The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which was signed into law in 1996, requires the implementation of measures to standardize electronic transactions in health care while protecting the security and privacy of patient health information used or disclosed in any medium, including oral communications. Specifically, we are required to demonstrate that we have established baseline security policies, procedures, practices and technical mechanisms, which preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all identifiable health information maintained or disclosed by an SSMHC entity in any form, whether communicated electronically, on paper or orally.
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. For the full and complete description of our practices, please read the full notice located in each patient room.
How your medical information will be used:
- For Treatment:
- We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services.
- For Payment:
- We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party.
- For Health Care Operations:
- We may use and disclose medical information about you for practice operations.
- For Appointment Reminders:
- We may use and disclose medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment or medical care.
We are required by law to:
- Make sure medical information that identifies you is kept private;
- Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practice with respect to medical information about you; and
- Follow the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect
Circumstances where your information may be used without your prior permission
- Public health and other safety issues to help prevent or control disease
- Workers’ Compensation programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries
- When required by law
Your rights as described in the Patient Privacy Notice
- To review or copy your medical records
- To request an amendment to your medical information
- To receive an accounting of disclosures of your medical information
- To request a restriction in how we disclose your medical information
- To have us communicate with you in a certain location
- To make a complaint about privacy issues
- To authorize other releases of medical information
- Right to a paper copy of a complete and full description of our practices.