Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (HIPAA)

This Notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can access this information. Please review it carefully!

• Introduction
• Responsibilities of Dr. Figueroa and His Staff
Your Health Information Rights
Primary Uses and Disclosures of Your Health Information
Other Uses and Disclosures of Your Health Information
Requesting More Information or Filing a Complaint
Effective Date of This Notice

Introduction

My staff and I have always taken utmost care to protect the privacy of my patients’ medical records and health information. New federal laws were enacted in 2003, known as “HIPAA,” which are designed to ensure that virtually all health care providers maintain high standards regarding the privacy of health information. The Notice you are now reading specifies the minimum standards you can expect from me and my office staff regarding the handling of your health information.

Responsibilities of Dr. Figueroa and His Staff

Your health information includes records that I create and obtain when I provide you care, such as a record of your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatments and referrals for further care. It may also include notes I take during psychotherapy sessions. Finally, it also includes bills, insurance claims, or other payment information that my staff maintains related to your care.

We are required to:

We reserve the right to amend, change, or eliminate provisions in our privacy practices and access practices and to enact new provisions regarding the protected health information we maintain. If our information practices change, we will amend our Notice. You are entitled to receive a revised copy of the Notice by calling and requesting a copy of our Notice or by visiting our office and picking up a copy.