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Statement of Privacy
Dr. Patricia L. Yoder

It is the policy of our practice that all doctors and staff preserve the integrity and the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) pertaining to our patients. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that our practice and its doctors and staff have necessary medical information and PHI to provide the highest quality care possible, while protecting the confidentiality of the PHI of our patient to the highest degree possible. Our practice and its doctors and staff will:

-adhere to the standards set forth in this Notice of Privacy Practices;

-collect, use, and disclose PHI only in conformance with state and federal laws and current patient covenants and/or authorization, as appropriate.  Our practice and its doctors and staff will not use or disclose PHI for uses outside of the practice's treatment, payment, and healthcare operations (TPO), such as marketing, employment, life insurance applications, etc. without an authorization from the patient;

-use and disclose PHI to remind patients of their appointments unless they instruct us not to;

-recognize the PHI collected about patients must be accurate, timely, complete, and available when needed.  Our practice and doctors and staff will implement reasonable measures to protect the integrity of all PHI maintained;

-recognize that patients have a right to privacy.  Our practice and its doctors and staff respect the patient's individual dignity at all times and will respect the patient’s privacy to the extent consistent with providing the highest quality medical care possible and with the efficient administration of the facility;

-act as responsible information stewards and treat all PHI as confidential.  Consequently, our practice and doctors and staff will:  treat all PHI data as confidential in accordance with professional ethics, accreditation standards, and legal requirements; and not disclose PHI data unless the patient (or his or her authorized representative) has properly authorized the release;

-recognize that, although our practice "owns" the medical records, the patient has the right to obtain a copy of his/her PHI.  In addition, the patient has the right to request an amendment to his/her records if he/she believes his/her information is inaccurate or incomplete.  Our practice and its doctors and staff will:  permit patient access to their medical records when their written requests are approved by our practice (If we deny their request, we must inform that patient that they may request a review of our denial. In such cases, we will have an on site healthcare professional review the patient's appeal); and provide patients an opportunity to request the correction of inaccurate or incomplete PHI in their medical records in accordance with the law and professional standards;

-maintain a list of certain disclosures of PHI for purposes other than TPO for each patient and those made pursuant to an authorization as required by HIPAA.  We will provide this list to patients on written request;

-adhere to any restrictions concerning the use or disclosure of PHI that patients have requested and have been approved by our practice;

- adhere to this policy.  Our practice will not tolerate violations of this policy.  Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and criminal or professional sanctions in accordance with our practice's personal rules and regulations.

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