NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
The Notice of Privacy Practices is required by the Privacy Regulations stemming from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
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.
According to HIPAA regulations, you have the right to restrict the uses or disclosures of your information made for purposes of treatment, payment, and/or healthcare operations.
Treatment is the provision, coordination or management of health care. For example, we may use and disclose your information to consult with a third party or to refer you to other health care providers. We will get your written consent prior to making disclosures outside our practice for treatment purposes, except in emergencies.
Payment includes the activities necessary to obtain reimbursement for the provision of health care. For example, we may need to give your health plan information about treatment you received at our practice so your health plan will pay us or reimburse you for the treatment. We will get your written consent prior to making disclosures for payment purposes.
Health care operations include the activities necessary for our practice to run its business operations. For example, we may use your information to review treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff.
If you have any questions regarding our privacy practices or think we may have violated your privacy rights, please contact us at:
Bay Area Skin Cancer & Dermatology
702 Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
If your concern is not resolved, you may also submit a written complaint to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
This practice is determined to protect the privacy of your medical information. As we provide service to you, we create and store health information (a medical record) that identifies you. It is often necessary to share or disclose this health information in order to provide treatment for you, obtain payment, and to conduct healthcare operations in our office.
This Notice of Privacy Practices requires us to:
- Keep your medical records private and to provide you with this notice
- Update our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, ensuring our notice is effective, even for information recently obtained
We reserve the right to make an important change in our privacy practices and change this Notice to that effect.
You may contact us to request a new copy of our Notice and we will make the new Notice available upon request.