Privacy Policy

To all anesthesia patients: This notice describes how your health information (as our patient) may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to it. This is required by the Privacy Regulations created as a result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 (also known as the HIPPA regulations).

We Are Committed To Your Privacy

Our medical practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your health information. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of your health information. We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information.

The use and disclosure of your health information in certain, special circumstances.

The following circumstances may require us to use or disclose your health information:

  1. At the request of public health authorities and public health oversight agencies that are authorized by law to collect such information.
  2. In response to a court or administrative order resulting from lawsuits or similar proceedings.
  3. If required to do so by a law enforcement official with proper written directives.
  4. If necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or that of another individual or the general public. We will only make disclosures of your health information to a person or organization that is able to prevent the threat.
  5. If you are a member of the U.S. or foreign military forces (including veterans of either) and only if required by the appropriate authorities.
  6. To Federal officials for intelligence and national security activities as authorized by law.
  7. To correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official.
  8. For claims from Workers Compensation and similar programs. 

Your rights regarding your health information:

  1. Communications with us. You can request that our practice communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance you may ask that we contact you at home rather than work. We will always accommodate reasonable requests.
  2. You can request that we restrict our disclosure of your health information for treatment, payment, or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we restrict our disclosure of your health information to only certain individuals involved in your care or payment for your care. We are not required to agree to your request. However, if we do agree we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies, or when the information is necessary to treat you.3. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of health information that may be used to makedecisions about you, including medical records and billing records. You must submit a signed and dated request to us, and there may be a charge for copying your information.
  3. You may request that we amend your information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, as long as the information is kept by or for our practice. You must submit a written request to us, and must provide us with the reasons that support your request for an amendment.
  4. You have the right to a copy of this notice. Please contact our office or front desk for this during business hours.
  5. You have the right to file a complaint. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be submitted in writing to us. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
  6. You have the right to provide authorization for other uses and disclosures. We will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or applicable laws. If you have any questions regarding this notice or our health information privacy policies please contact our office during business hours.