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GWOG's Notice of Privacy Practices

The following list explains how we use protected healthcare information.
Your health information will be used for treatment, payment, and health care operations.


Treatment:

Information obtained by your health practitioner in this office will be recorded in your medical record and used to determine the course of treatment that should work best for you. This consists of your physician recording his own expectations and those of others involved in providing you care. The sharing of your health information may progress to others involved in your care, such as other physician specialists, radiology technologists and laboratory technicians.

Payment:

Your health care information will be used in order to receive payment for services rendered by this office. A bill may be sent to either you or a third-party payer with accompanying documentation that identifies you, your diagnosis, procedures performed and supplies used.

Health Care Operations:

The medical staff in this office will use your health information to assess the care you received and the outcome of your case compared to others like it. Your information may be reviewed for risk management or quality improvement purposes in our efforts to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the care and services we provide.

Business Associates:

Some or all of your health information may be subject to disclosure through contracts for services to assist this office in providing health care. For example, it may be necessary to obtain specialized assistance to process certain laboratory tests or radiology images. To protect your health information, we require these Business Associates to follow the same standards held by this office through terms detailed in a written agreement.

Notification:

Your health record may be used to notify or assist family members, personal representatives, or other persons responsible for your care to enhance your well being or your whereabouts.

Communications with Family:

Using best judgment, a family member, or close personal friend, identified by you, may be given information relevant to your care and/or recovery.

Organ Procurement Organizations:

Your health information may be disclosed consistent with laws governing entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation or transplant.

Marketing:

This office reserves the right to contact you with appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives and other health-related benefits that may be appropriate to you.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

This office is required by law to disclose health information to the FDA related to any adverse effects of food, supplements, products, and product defects for surveillance to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacements.

Workers' Compensation:

This office will release information to the extent authorized by law in matters of workers' compensation.

Public Health:

This office is required by law to disclosed health information to public health and/or legal authorities charged with tracking reports of birth and morbidity. This office is further required by law to report communicable disease, injury, or disability.

Correctional Facilities:

This office will release medical information on incarcerated individuals to correctional agents or institutions for the necessary welfare of the individual or for the health and safety of other individuals. The rights outlined in this Notice of Privacy Practices will not be extended to incarcerated individuals.

Law Enforcement:

(1) Your health information will be disclosed for law enforcement purposes as required under state law or in response to a valid subpoena.

(2) Provisions of federal law permit the disclosure of your health information to appropriate health oversight agencies, public health authorities, or attorneys in the event that a staff member or business associate of this office believes in good faith that there has been unlawful conduct or violations of professional or clinical standards that may endanger one or more patients, workers, or the general public.

 

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES AVAILABILITY:

The terms described in this notice will be posted where registration occurs.
All individuals receiving care will be given a hard copy.

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