THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS/HEALTH INFORMATION
Every time you visit DeSoto Healthcare Center, call in for refills, call in for medical advice or make an appointment, a record is made. This record most often contains–but is not limited to–your examination, diagnosis, test results, and treatment as well as any other pertinent health data. This information, referred to as your medical record, is used as:
Foundation for planning your care and treatment Basis of communication with other providers involved with your care Legal document describing the care you received Proof that you or another payer (insurance) use to verify services billed were provided An educational tool for medical health providers A source for medical research Basis for public health officials who might use this information to assess and/or improve state as well as national healthcare standards A reference tool to ensure the highest quality of care and patient satisfaction By understanding what is in your record and how it is used, you can ensure its accuracy, determine what entities have access to your health information, and make an informed decision when authorizing the disclosure of this information to other individuals.
You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include: The right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information The right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical condition and treatment The right to inspect and copy your protected health information The right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information The right to receive an accounting of how and to whom your protected health information has been disclosed The right to receive a printed copy of this notice
DeSoto Healthcare Center is required to:
Maintain the privacy of your health information Provide you with this Notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you Abide by the terms of this notice Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction Accommodate reasonable requests you may have regarding communication of health information via alternative means and/or locations As permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify our privacy policies and practices. These changes in our policies and practices may be required by changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Whatever the reason for these revisions, we will provide you with a revised notice on your next office visit. The revised policies and practices will be applied to all protected health information that we maintain. We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this notice. We will also discontinue to use or disclose your health information after we have received a written revocation of the authorization according to procedures included in the authorization.