HIPAA NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
For the Practice of
Dental Associates of Hershey
1253 Cocoa Avenue
Hershey, PA 17033
THIS NOTICE DESCRIES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule of 2013.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY
For purposes of this Notice “us” “we” and “our” refers to the Name of this practice: Dental Associates of Hershey and “you” or “your” refers to our patients (or their legal representatives as determined by us in accordance with state informed consent law). When you receive healthcare services from us, we will obtain access to your medical information (i.e. your health history). We are committed to maintaining the privacy of your health information and we have implemented numerous procedures to ensure that we do so.
The Federal Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 2013, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, (formerly HIPAA 1996 & HI TECH of 2004) require us to maintain the confidentiality of all of your healthcare records and other identifiable patient health information (PHI) used by or disclosed to us in any form, whether electronic, on paper, or spoken. HIPAA is a federal law that gives you significant new rights to understand and control how your health information is used. Federal HIPAA Omnibus Rule and state law provide penalties for covered entities, business associates, and their subcontractors and records owners, respectively that misuse or improperly disclose PHI.
Starting April 14, 2003, HIPAA requires us to provide you with the Notice of our legal duties and the privacy practices we are required to follow when you first come into our office for healthcare services. If you have any questions about this Notice, please ask to speak to our HIPAA Privacy Officer.
Our doctors, clinical staff, employees, business associates (outside contractors we hire), their subcontractors and other involved parties follow the policies and procedures set forth in this Notice. If at this facility, your primary caretaker/dentist is unavailable to assist you (i.e. illness, on-call coverage, vacation etc.), we may provide you with the name of another health-care provider outside our practice for you to consult with. If we do so, that provider will follow the policies and procedures set forth in this Notice or those established for his or her practice, so long as they substantially conform to those of our practice.