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.
There are several circumstances in which we are allowed to use or disclose your health data without your authorization:
Texas residents: Beginning September 1, 2012, we are also allowed to disclose your health data without your authorization to perform insurance or health maintenance organization (HMO) functions defined by Section 602.053, Insurance Code. Examples of each kind of release are given in the sections below. We will only use or disclose your protected health information when the law allows or requires us to do so. Any other use or disclosure will be made only with your prior authorization, and if you revoke that authorization, no further use or disclosure will be made; however, information which was released while your authorization was in effect will not be recalled. Texas residents: beginning on September 1, 2012, for any disclosure other than those we’re either permitted or required by law to make, we have to get a separate authorization from you before each disclosure. That authorization can either be in writing or oral. If it’s oral, we will note it in your records.
From time to time, our doctor(s) may decide you need to be seen by a specialist. The specialist can’t tell what kind of treatment you need without seeing your health records, so we send them to the specialist for review. This kind of disclosure doesn’t require your consent.
Many patients have medical insurance that pays for their treatment. Since the insurer requires your medical information in order to properly pay us for providing that treatment, we send them what they need in order to properly classify and pay for the treatment. This kind of disclosure doesn’t require your consent.
We are allowed to disclose your medical information if that is necessary for our office to function efficiently. There are also times when we may need the help of a special vendor, such as a medical billing specialist, and we would then send your records to that vendor in order for us to carry on our business. There are certain other occasions when we are lawfully allowed to use or disclose your health information without your authorization. Those situations are more than likely what you would expect from us, but just so you are aware of them, they are:
This Notice is effective as of 9 January 2012. From time to time, we may revise our Notice. If we do, we will post the most current version in our office, and you may ask for a copy of the Notice at any time.