The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provide safeguards to protect your privacy as a patient. Implementation of HIPAA requirements oﬃcially began on April 14, 2003. While we have found these policies for years there have been a few updates that we wanted you to be aware of. This is a shortened version of the HIPAA policy. The full policy is available for your review in the reception area. There are rules and right restrictions on who may see or be notiﬁed of your protected health information (PHI). These restrictions do not include the normal exchange of information within our oﬃce. HIPAA provide certain rights and protections to you as a patient. We follow these guidelines and provide you with the quality care you deserve. Additional information is available from the US Department of Health and Human Services. You can ﬁnd them online at www.HHS.gov.
This summarizes our policy here at Kevin W Fryer DDS Inc.
Patient information will be kept conﬁdential except when it is necessary to provide services or to ensure that all administrative matters related to your care handled properly. This may include, but not limited to, the sharing of information with other healthcare providers, laboratories, and health insurance companies. Patient information (treatment plans, insurance forms, EOB's etc.) may be stored in ﬁle cabinets not accessible by patients. Preparing for and during your dental visit such records maybe left, at least temporarily, in administrative areas such as the front oﬃce, doctor's desk, examination room, etc. Those records will not be available to persons other than oﬃce staﬀ. You agree to the normal procedures utilized within the oﬃce for the handling of charts, patient records, (PHI) and other documents or information.
We send out reminders to our patients we do this by one or more of the following: email, calling and sending postcards. We try to make every eﬀort to remind you of your appointment and any treatment that you need. We may send you other communications informing you of changes to oﬃce policy and new technology that you might ﬁnd valuable or informative we may also send out newsletter or special promotions that we are oﬀering.