Fairbanks Psychiatric and Neurological Clinic is committed to the protection of your privacy and security of your protected health information.
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal program that requires that all medical records and other health information used or disclosed by us in any form are kept properly confidential. This Act gives you, the patient, significant rights to understand and control how your health information is used.
As required by HIPAA, we have prepared this explanation of how we are required to maintain the privacy of your health information and how we may use this information.
We may use and disclose your medical records only for each of the following purposes: treatment, payment and health care operations.
Treatment means providing, coordinating, or managing health care and related services by one or more health care providers.
Payment means such activities as obtaining reimbursement for services, confirming coverage, billing or collection activities and utilization review.
Health care operations include the business aspects of running our practice such as conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, audit functions and customer service.
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. Any other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written permission, unless required by law.
You have the following rights with respect to your protected health information (PHI), which you can exercise by presenting a written request to our office:
The right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of PHI including those related to family members, other relatives, close personal friends or any other person identified by you. We are, however, not required to agree to a requested restriction.
The right to inspect and receive a copy of your PHI.
The right to amend your PHI.
The right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI.
We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practices and to make the new notice provisions effective for all PHI that we maintain. We will post and you may request a written copy of the revised notice.
You have recourse if you feel that your privacy protections have been violated. You have the right to file a written complaint with our office, or with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Please contact us for more information.