HIPAA Patient Privacy Notice
Privacy Disclosure and Policies

As a patient at this clinic, you have the right to know how your private, confidential healthcare and personal information is being protected. Below are the methods in which your information is secured confidentially in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA). This notice describes the policy for how medical information about you may be used and disclosed, how you can get access to this information, and how your privacy is being protected.

Safeguards in place include:
- Limited access to facilities where information is stored.

- Policies and procedures for handling information.

- Requirements for third parties to contractually comply with privacy laws.

- All medical files and records (including email, regular mail, telephone, and faxes sent) are kept on permanent file.

Public Interaction


Should we see you socially, by coincidence or intent, we will not acknowledge how we are acquainted unless you infer consent through introduction, etc. It is our preference to discuss your health in the office setting only to protect you privacy and ensure that important information is kept in your chart.

Consultations


We consult with other healthcare practitioners and clinical specialists while working on patient cases and treatment plans. These conversations and transfers of information by phone, in person, by fax, or email are confidential, and names are not used unless necessary and consent is provided from you either verbally or in writing. In administering your health care, we may gather and maintain information that may include these examples of non-public personal information:
- From your medical history, treatment notes, all test results, and any letters, faxes, emails or telephone conversations to or from other health care practitioners.
- From health care providers, insurance companies, workman’s comp and your employer, and other third party administrators (e.g. requests for medical records, claim payment information).

Records Release


Your confidential healthcare information is private and cannot be copied and shared with anyone else without your written, signed consent. In some cases, if time does not permit, your verbal approval may be accepted after proper identification is acquired. Copies of released records are sent by mail or fax, and are accompanied by a Confidential Patient Information Cover Sheet if faxed.

Definition and Penalties to Comply


Protected health information is any information, whether oral or recorded, in any form or medium that: 1) is created or received by a healthcare provider, health plan, public health authority, employer, life insurer, school or university, or healthcare clearing house in the normal course of business, and 2) relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual; the provision of healthcare to an individual; or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare to an individual. This information may reside in any medium: tape, paper, disc, fax, email, and/or digital voice message.
I have read and understand my right to privacy, as stated above, and agree to have Inner Chi Hawai’i maintain my records confidentially in accordance with the law. I agree to inform Inner Chi Hawai’i if I need any special arrangements pertaining to this issue.
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