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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.
Dr. Greg Barsten dba HealthQuest is required, by law, to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your protected health information and to provide our patients with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information.
Disclosure of Your Health Care Information
Treatment We may disclose your health care information to other healthcare professionals within our practice for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. (example)
"On occasion, it may be necessary to seek consultation regarding your condition from other health care providers associated with Dr. Greg Barsten dba Health Quest."
"It is our policy to provide a substitute health care provider, authorized by Dr. Greg Barsten dba Health Quest to provide assessment and/or treatment to our patients, without advanced notice, in the event of your primary health care provider's absence due to vacation, sickness, or other emergency situation."
Please note that one of our treatment rooms is an enclosed space, does not have walls that meet the ceiling. Every effort will be made to protect your privacy. If you are at all uncomfortable, please inform any of our staff.
Our answering machine is not a closed system. When messages are retrieved, there is a chance your message could be overheard. Again every effort is made to take messages off of the machine with your privacy considered.
Our filing area is monitored by staff at all times, as it is separate from the treatment rooms.
We may disclose your health information as necessary to comply with State Workers' Compensation Laws.
We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, or another person responsible for your care about your medical condition or in the event of an emergency or of your death.
As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health authorities for purposes related to: preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting domestic violence, reporting to the Food and Drug Administration problems with products and reactions to medications, and reporting disease or infection exposure.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
We may disclose your health information in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding.
We may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for purposes such as identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person, complying with a court order or subpoena, and other law enforcement purposes.
We may disclose your health information to coroners or medical examiners.
We may disclose your health information to researchers conducting research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board.
It may be necessary to disclose your health information to appropriate persons in order to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or to the general public.
Specialized Government Agencies
We may disclose your health information for military, national security, prisoner and government benefits purposes.
We may contact you for marketing purposes or fundraising purposes, as described below: (example)
"As a courtesy to our patients, it is our policy to call your home on the evening prior to your scheduled appointment to remind you of your appointment time. If you are not at home, we leave a reminder message on your answering machine or with the person answering the phone. No personal health information will be disclosed during this recording or message other than the date and time of your scheduled appointment along with a request to call our office if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment"
"It is our practice to participate in charitable events to raise awareness, food donations, gifts, money, etc. During these times, we may send you a letter, post card, invitation or call your home to invite you to participate in the charitable activity. We will provide you with information about the type of activity, the dates and times, and request your participation in such an event It is not our policy to disclose any personal health information about your condition for the purpose of Dr. Greg Barsten dba Health Quest sponsored fund-raising events."
Change of Ownership. In the event that Dr. Greg Barsten dba HealthQuest is sold or merged with another organization, your health information/record will become the property of the new owner.
Your Health Information Rights
Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices
Dr. Greg Barsten dba HealthQuest reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future, and will make the new provisions effective for all information that it maintains. Until such amendment is made, Dr. Greg Barsten dba HealthQuest is required by law to comply with this Notice.
Dr. Greg Barsten dba HealthQuest is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. If you have questions about any part of this notice or if you want more information about your privacy rights, please contact: Dr. Greg Barsten by calling this office at 408-358-2225. If Dr. Greg Barsten is not available, you may make an appointment for a personal conference in person or by telephone within 2 working days.
Complaints about your Privacy rights, or how Dr. Greg Barsten dba HealthQuest has handled your health information should be directed to Dr. Greg Barsten by calling this office at 408-358-2225 If Dr. Greg Barsten is not available, you may make an appointment for a personal conference in person or by telephone within 2 working days.
If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles your complaint, you may submit a formal complaint to:
DHHS, Office of Civil Rights
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