At The Medicology, Dr. Hector Varas and his medical staff understand that your health information is very personal. We are mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect your health information. Therefore, we create a record of the care and services you receive from us, which helps provide you with quality care and to comply with specific legal requirements. This Notice applies to all forms of your care generated by us and informs you about how we may use and disclose information about you. We also want to let you know that we also describe your rights to the health information we keep about you and our obligations regarding using and disclosing your health information.
We are required by law to:
* Make sure that health information that identifies you is kept private
* Give you this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices concerning health information about you
*Follow the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect
How we may use and disclose health information about you:
*For Healthcare operations
*For appointment reminders
*As required by law
*As required by the Military or Veterans and Workers' Compensation
*Coroners, health examiners, and funeral directors
*National Security and Intelligence activities
*Protective Services for the President and others
*Public Health risks
*Health oversight activities
*Lawsuits and disputes
*To avert a serious threat to health and safety
*Security Officials for Inmates
Your rights regarding Health Information about you:
*Right to inspect and copy
*Right to Amend
*Right to Accounting of Disclosures
*Right to Request Restrictions
*Right to Request Confidential Communication
Your Medical Records: The original copy of your electronic medical record is the property of Medicology and Dr. Hector Varas. You may request a copy of your documents to be transferred by completing a medical records release form. We would like 14 business days from your request to prepare and send your records unless the records are urgent or for life-threatening health issues.
Changes to this Notice: We reserve the right to change this Notice. We will post a copy of the current notice in our facility with the current effective date.
Complaints: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us. So that you know, all complaints must be in writing. Please get in touch with the administrator where you were treated to file a complaint. For complete, detailed information regarding privacy laws, visit http://www.cms.gov/hipaa
Permission to Share your Health Information: We must follow specific federal guidelines and laws regarding the confidentiality of your personal health information. One prevents us from discussing anything in your medical file with anyone other than yourself or other medical personnel involved in your care. So, if you would like us to discuss lab results or additional personal information with your significant other, family members, or any other individuals, please let us know their names at your appointment.