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 03/01/2003 and will remain in effect until we replace 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. 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 incapacity 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
reason-able 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.
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Reproduction and use of this form by dentists and their staff is permitted. Any other use, duplication or distribution of this form by any other party requires the prior
written approval of the American Dental Association.
This Form is educational only, does not constitute legal advice, and covers only federal, not state, law (August 14. 2002).
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).


PATIENT RIGHTS


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
$14.00 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.
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 support your 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 US department of Health and Human Services.
Contact: Julian Lender, 1616 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446 p: 617.264.9200 f: 617.264.9204 e: drlender@aplusdentist.com

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