HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
Elite Orthodontics LLC
109 Eastern Avenue, Dedham MA 02026
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW DENTAL AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHILD MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED. IT ALSO DESCRIBES HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your family’s individually identifiable health information (PIHI). In conducting our business we create records regarding treatment and services provided to your family. We are required by law to maintain confidentiality of this information, we are also required by law to provide you with this notice of legal duties and privacy practices that we maintain in our practice regarding (PHI) Protected Health Information.
We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following information in accordance with the Notice of Privacy Created as a Result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA.) This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protected health information” is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.
- Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by Elite Orthodontics, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the Elite Orthodontics, and any other use required by law.
Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a dentist or physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the dentist or physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you. Additionally we may disclose PHI to others who assist in your child’s care such as spouse, babysitter or grandparent.
Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for the hospital admission.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information in order to support the business activities of Elite Orthodontics. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of dental staff, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, we may disclose your protected health information to dental staff trainees who see patients at our office. In addition, we may use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk, and have schedules posted in protected areas to indicate our office patient schedule. When indicated we may provide generic information relating to the days treatment. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when your dentist, hygienist or other auxiliary dental staff member is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment by telephone or post card.
If you desire not to be contacted or reminded of your appointment you must notify us in writing.
We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your authorization. These situations include: as Required By Law, Public Health issues as required by law, Communicable Diseases: Health Oversight: Abuse or Neglect: Food and Drug Administration requirements: Legal Proceedings: Law Enforcement: Coroners, Funeral Directors, and Organ Donation: Research: Criminal Activity: Military Activity and National Security: Workers’ Compensation: Inmates: Required Uses and Disclosures: Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of Section 164.500.
Other Permitted and Required Uses and Disclosures Will Be Made Only With Your Consent, Authorization or Opportunity to Object unless required by law.
You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your physician or the physician’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.
Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information.
You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records; psychotherapy notes; information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding, and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information.
You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You may also request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction requested and to whom you want the restriction to apply.
Your physician is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If physician believes it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another Healthcare Professional.
You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us bv alternative means or at an alternative location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this notice alternatively i.e. electronically.
You may have the right to have your dentist amend your protected health information. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal.
You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of vour protected health information.
We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and will inform you by mail of any changes. You then have the right to object or withdraw as provided in this notice.
You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our privacy contact of your complaint. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
This notice was published and becomes effective on/or before 5/9/2023.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of, and provide individuals with, this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. If you have any objections, please ask to speak with our HIPAA Compliance Officer in person or by phone at our Main Phone Number.