NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review carefully. The privacy of your health information is important to us.
OUR LEGAL DUTY
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information. We are also required to give you this Notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect.
We may change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. We may make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice effective for all health information that we maintain, including health information we created or received before we made the changes. We will post a copy of our Notice in our office and on our website www.krspd.com.
You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact us using the information provided at the end of this Notice.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We may use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and health care operations. For example:
Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to another dentist or health care provider providing treatment to you, or if we refer you to another health care provider.
Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you. We may need to share part of your health information with our billing department, your insurance company, collection agencies or attorneys assisting us with collections, and others who are responsible for your bills, such as your spouse, as necessary for us to collect payment. For example, we may give information about a dental procedure that you had to your dental insurance company so it will pay us or reimburse you for your dental procedure.
Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our health care operations. Health care operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of health care professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, and licensing or credentialing activities.
To Your Family, Friends, and Other Persons Involved in Your Care: We may share with a family member, friend, or other person identified by you, your health information that is directly related to that person’s involvement in your care or payment for your care, or to notify such individuals of your location or general condition, but only if you agree that we may do so, or, based on our professional judgment, we determine that you would not object to the disclosure. We will also use our professional judgment and our experience in allowing a person to pick up supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information on your behalf.
Contacting You: We may use and disclose your health information to contact you about appointments and other matters,. We may contact you by telephone, text , email, or mail. We may leave you messages at the telephone number you give us.
Disaster Relief: We may use or disclose your health information to a public or private entity authorized by law or by charter to assist in disaster relief efforts.
Public Benefit: We may use or disclose your medical information as authorized by law for the following purposes deemed to be in the public interest of benefit:
- As required by law.
- For public health activities, including disease and vital statistic reporting , child abuse reporting , FDA oversight and to employers regarding work- related illness or injury.
- To report adult abuse , neglect , or domestic violence.
Swauger Pediatric Dentistry
Madison: 615-868-9057 | Hendersonville: 615-824-5047