HIPAA

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.

What Health Information Is Protected?

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:

  • Information indicating that you are a patient receiving treatment or other health-related services from our physicians or staff
  • Information about your health condition (such as a disease you may have)
  • Information about healthcare products or services you have received or may receive in the future (such as an operation)
  • Information about your healthcare benefits under an insurance plan (such as whether a prescription is covered)
  • Demographic information (such as your name, address, or insurance status)
  • Unique numbers that may identify you (such as your social security number, your phone number, or your driver's license number)
  • Any other types of information that may identify who you are

Exceptions to the Minimum Necessary Standard

The following uses, disclosures, and requests are not limited by the minimum necessary standard:

  • Requesting patient information from or disclosing patient information to another healthcare provider for treatment purposes
  • Disclosing patient information to the patient or personal representative who is authorized to make healthcare decisions for the patient
  • Using or disclosing patient information pursuant to a patient's written authorization consistent with such authorization
  • Disclosing protected health information required by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in connection with its investigation or determination of the FGP's compliance with the HIPAA privacy regulation
  • Using or disclosing protected health information as required by law (for example: regulatory reporting)
  • Using or disclosing protected health information in order to complete standard electronic transactions

We will ask you to sign an "acknowledgment" indicating that you have been provided with this notice.

1. Written Authorization Requirement

  • 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 generally need your written authorization for other uses and disclosures of your health information, unless an exception described in this notice applies.

2. Authorizing Transfer of Your Records

  • You may request that we transfer your records to another person or organization by completing a written authorization form. Please specify what information you want us to release, to whom, and for what purpose.

3. Canceling Your Written Authorization

  • If you provide us with written authorization, you may revoke or cancel an authorization at any time, except to the extent that we have already relied upon it. To revoke a written authorization, please contact our front desk for further assistance.

How We May Use and Disclose Your Health Information Without Your Written Authorization

a. Treatment, Payment, and Business Operations

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.

b. Payment

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.

c. Business Operations

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.

d. Appointment Reminders, Treatment Alternatives, Benefits and Services

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.

e. Workers' Compensation

We may disclose your health information for workers' compensation or similar programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries.

Incidental Disclosures

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

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.