THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
We at Dalton ENT understand that medical information about you and your family is personal. We are committed to protecting your information. This notice tells you how we may use and disclose medical information about you. It tells you your rights and our requirements about your information.
YOUR RIGHTS: When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
- Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record. You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this. We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
- Ask us to correct your medical record. You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this. We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.
- Request confidential communication. You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address. We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.
- Ask us to limit what we use or share. You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care. If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.
- Right to decline participation in Health Information Exchange. Health information exchanges (HIEs) are networks of electronic health information contributed by various providers. By seeing records of past care received at other locations in an HIE, providers can make more informed decisions about care plans and avoid duplicative or unnecessary treatment. We participate in several HIEs. You do not have to participate in an HIE to receive care from us, though note that opting out of an HIE does not stop us from using or sharing your information as described in this Notice. If you do not want your medical information shared through our health information exchanges, please contact Dalton ENT’s Privacy Officer* to opt out.
- Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information. You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why. We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
- Get a copy of this privacy notice. You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
- Choose someone to act for you. If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information. We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.
- File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated. You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting Dalton ENT’s Privacy Officer* as listed at end of this notice. You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
OUR USES AND DISCLOSURES: We typically use or share your health information in the following ways;
- Treat you. We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you. Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
- Run our organization. We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary. Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
- Bill for your services. We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities. Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
- Help with public health and safety issues. We can share health information about you for certain situations such as: Preventing disease; helping with product recalls; reporting adverse reactions to medications; reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety.
- Do research: We can use or share your information for health research.
- Comply with the law: We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
- Respond to organ and tissue donation requests. We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
- Work with a medical examiner or funeral director.
- Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests. We can share health information about you for workers’ compensation claims; for law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official; with health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law; for special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services.
- Respond to lawsuits and legal actions. We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information. We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information. We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it. We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.
For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site daltonent.com.
Dalton Ear Nose & Throat Associates, PC
1436 Chattanooga Avenue, Dalton, GA 30720
* Privacy Officer: Deborah Trammell, 706-226-2142
This privacy notice was revised and effective on July 2, 2019.
Our Patient Care Services
- Relief for Ear, Nose, Throat & Hearing Problems
- Nasal and Sinus Treatment
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Allergy Care & Management
- Comprehensive Pediatric ENT Care
- Sleep Apnea Diagnosis & Treatment
- CT Scanning Services for Head & Neck
- Hearing Problems, Diagnostic Testing & Hearing Aid Fitting
- Chronic Cough
- Ear Pain & Infection
- Skin Lesion & Cancer Removal
- Balance & Vestibular Disorders
- Head & Neck Masses
- Thyroid & Parathyroid Problems
- Nose & Ear Cosmetic Care