Dr. Alizadeh is committed to maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of his patients' Protected Health Information ("PHI") in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") and applicable federal and local laws/regulations. This policy sets forth Dr. Alizadeh's practice of obtaining a patient's written authorization before using or disclosing PHI for purposes other than treatment, payment, and healthcare operations or in other special circumstances.
We are committed to protecting the privacy of information we gather about you while providing health-related services. Some examples of protected health information are:
The following uses, disclosures, and requests are not limited by the minimum necessary standard:
We will ask you to sign an "acknowledgment" indicating that you have been provided with this notice.
We may use your health information or share it with others in order to treat your condition, obtain payment for that treatment, and run our business operations. We may share your health information with doctors or nurses who are involved in taking care of you. They may, in turn, use that information to diagnose or treat you. A doctor may share your health information with another doctor inside our office or with a doctor at another hospital or office to determine how to diagnose or treat you. We may also share your health information with other doctors who referred you to us and/or to whom you have been referred for further health care.
We may use your health information or share it with others so that we may obtain payment for your healthcare services. For example, we may share information about you with your health insurance company. This will help us obtain reimbursement after we have treated you, or determine whether your health insurance will cover your treatment. We might also need to inform your health insurance company about your health condition in order to obtain pre-approval for your treatment, such as admitting you to the hospital for a particular type of surgery. Finally, we may share your information with other health care providers and payers for their payment activities. We may ask for your consent to use or disclose your health information for some or all of these payment activities.
We may use your health information or share it with others in order to conduct our business operations. For example, we may use your health information to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also use it to educate our staff or medical students and other health care students on how to improve the care they provide for you.
We may also share your health information with other healthcare providers to help them with their business operations.
In the course of providing treatment to you, we may use your health information to contact you with a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment or services at our facility. We may also use your health information in order to recommend possible treatment alternatives or health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
We may disclose your health information for workers' compensation or similar programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries.
While we will take reasonable steps to safeguard the privacy of your health information, certain disclosures of your health information may occur during or as an unavoidable result of our otherwise permissible uses or disclosures of your health information. For example, during the course of a treatment session, other patients in the treatment area may see, or overhear discussion of, your health information.
We are not required to agree to your request for a restriction, and in some cases the restriction you request may not be permitted under law. However, if we do agree, we will be bound by our agreement unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment or comply with the law. Once we have agreed to a restriction, you have the right to revoke the restriction at any time. Under some circumstances, we will also have the right to revoke the restriction as long as we notify you before doing so; in other cases, we will need your permission before we can revoke the restriction.