Privacy Policy

Tender Dental 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 IT CAREFULLY.THE PRIVACY OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT TO US.

 

OUR LEGAL DUTY
We are required by applicable federal and state 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.This Notice takes effect (04/14/03), and will remain in effect until were place it.

 

We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. We reserve the right to 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. Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this Notice and make the new Notice available upon request.

 

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 listed at the end of this Notice.

 

USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. For example:

 

Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a physician or other healthcare provider providing treatment to you.

 

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you.

 

Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation,certification, licensing or credentialing activities.

 

Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this Notice.

 

To Your Family and Friends: We must disclose your health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of this Notice. Health information is but is not limited to diagnosis,clinical notes, ledger and prognosis. We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or other person to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare or with payment for your healthcare, but only if you agree that we may do so.

 

Persons Involved In Care: We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of(including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location,your general condition, or death.If you are present, then prior to use or disclosure of your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures. In the event of your in capacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement in your healthcare. We will also use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.

 

Marketing Health-Related Services: We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.

 

Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.

 

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.

 

National Security: We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institution or law enforcement official having lawful custody of protected health information of inmate or patient under certain circumstances.

 

Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters).

 

PATIENTRIGHTS
Access: You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practicably do so.(You must make a request in writing to obtain access to your health information. You may obtain a form to request access by using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice. We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee for expenses such as copies and staff time. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the end of this Notice. If you request copies, we will charge you $0.20 for each page, $10.00 for each printed page of x-rays, $50.00 for duplicates of a set of stone models and $20.00 per hour for staff time to locate and copy your health information, and postage if you want the copies mailed to you.If you request an alternative format,we will charge a cost-based fee for providing your health information in that format.If you prefer, we will prepare a summary or an explanation of your health information for a fee.Contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice for a full explanation of our fee structure.)

 

Disclosure Accounting: You have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information for purposes, other than treatment, payment,healthcare operations and certain other activities, for the last 6 years, but not before April 14, 2003. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests.

 

Restriction: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency).

 

Alternative Communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations. {You must make your request in writing.} Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.

 

Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your health information. (Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information should be amended.) We may deny your request under certain circumstances.

 

PATIENT RIGHTS

 

 

LAS VEGAS ORAL SURGERY, Inc is committed to providing comprehensive health care in a manner, which acknowledges the uniqueness and dignity of each patient. We encourage patients and families to have clear knowledge of, and to participate in, matters and decisions relating to their medical care.

 

 

Each patient receiving services in this facility shall have the following rights:

 

 

To be informed of these rights, as evidenced by the patient’s written acknowledgment, or by documentation by staff in the medical record, that the patient was offered a written copy of these rights and given a written or verbal explanation of these rights, interms the patient could understand.The facility shall have a means to notify patients of any rules and regulations it has adopted governing patient conduct in the facility;

 

 

To be informed of services available in the facility, of the names and professional status of the personnel providing and/or responsible for the patient’s care, and of fees and related charges, including the payment, fee, deposit, and refund policy of the facility and any charges for services not covered by sources of third-party payment or not covered by the facility’s basic rate;

 

 

 

 

To be informed if the facility has authorized other health care and educational institutions to participate in the patient’s treatment.The patient also shall have a right to know the identity and function of these institutions, and to refuse to allow their participation in the patient’s treatment;

 

 

To receive from the patient’s practitioner(s) or clinical practitioner(s), in terms that the patient understands, an explanation of his or her complete medical/health condition or diagnosis, recommended treatment, treatment options, including the option of no treatment, risk(s) of treatment, and expected result(s).

 

 

To participate in the planning of the patient’s care and treatment, and to refuse medication and treatment. Such refusal shall be documented in the patient’s medical record;

 

 

To be included in experimental research only when the patient gives informed, written consent to such participation, or when a guardian gives such consent for an incompetent patient in accordance with law, rule and regulation. The patient may refuse to participate in experimental research, including the investigation of new drugs and medical devices;

 

 

To voice grievances or recommend changes in policies and services to facility personnel, the governing authority, and/or outside representatives of the patient’s choice either individually or as a group, and free from restraint, interference, coercion,discrimination, or reprisal. To be free from mental and physical abuse, free from exploitation, and free from use of restraints unless they are authorized by a practitioner for a limited period of time to protect the patient or others from injury. Drugs and other medications shall not be used for discipline of patients or for convenience offacility personnel;

 

 

To confidential treatment of information about the patient. Information in the patient’s medical record shall not be released to anyone outside the facility without the patient’s approval, unless another health care facility to which the patient was transferred requires the information, or unless the release of the information is required and permitted by law, a third-party payment contract, or a peer review, or unless the information is needed by the Nevada State Department of Health for statutorily authorized purposes. The facility may release data about the patient for studies containing aggregated statistics when the patient’s identity is masked;

 

 

To be treated with courtesy,consideration, respect, and recognition of the patient’s dignity,individuality, and right to privacy, including, but not limited to, auditory and visual privacy. The patient’s privacy shall also be respected when facility personnel are discussing the patient;

 

 

To not be required to perform work for the facility unless the work is part of the patient’s treatment and is performed voluntarily by the patient. Such work shall be in accordance local, State, and Federal laws and rules;

 

 

To exercise civil and religious liberties, including the right to independent personal decisions. No religious beliefs or practices, or any attendance at religious services, shall be imposed upon any patient; and

 

 

To not be discriminated against because of age, race, religion, sex, nationality, or ability to pay, or deprived of any constitutional, civil, and/or legal rights solely because of receiving services from the facility.

 

 

Each patient receiving services in this facility shall have the following responsibilities:

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to read all permits and/or consents that he/she signs.

 

If the patient does not understand, it is the patient’s responsibility to ask the nurse or

 

practitioner for clarification.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to answer all medical questions truthfully to the best of his/her knowledge; providing complete and accurate information to the best of his/her ability about his/her health, any medications, including over-the-counter products and dietary supplements and any allergies and sensitivities.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to inform his/her provider about any living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect his/her care.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to read carefully and follow the preoperative instructions that his/her practitioner has given.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to notify the organization if he/she has not followed the preoperative instructions.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to provide transportation as directed to and from the organization appropriate to the medications and/or anesthetics that he/she will be receiving.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to read carefully and to follow the postoperative instructions and treatment plan prescribed that he/she receives from the practitioner or nurses. This includes post operative appointments.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to contact his/her practitioner if he/she has any complications.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to assure that all payments for services rendered are on a timely basis and, that ultimately responsibility for all charges is his/hers,regardless of whatever insurance coverage he/she may have.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to be respectful of all the health care providers and staff, as well as other patients.

 

 

It is the Patient’s responsibility to notify the Medical Director if he/she feels that any of his/her Patient’s Rights have been violated or if he/she has a significant complaint or a suggestion to improve services or the quality of care. This can be done by filling out our patient satisfaction questionnaire, by direct contact or by telephone/fax/email.

 

 

 

 

Electronic Notice: If you receive this Notice on our Web site or by electronic mail(e-mail), you are entitled to receive this Notice in written form.

 

QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us.

 

If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information or in

 

response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information or to have us communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations, you may complain to us using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upon request. We supporty our right to the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Contact Officer: Kevin M. Martin D.D.S. Telephone: East Bonanza Office Phone Number 702-307-2273 Fax: 702-312-2276 Address:7670 W. Lake Mead BlvdSte 130 Las Vegas, NV 89128

 



 

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