Your Privacy and Health Information

You have privacy rights under a federal law that protects your health information. These rights are important for you to know. Federal law sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information.

Our Physicians, Nurses, Billing Staff, clerical staff, and any other staff must follow this law. Information that is protected includes:

  •  Any information that is put into you medical records

  • Conversations that the physician has with nurses and others regarding your care or treatment

  • Information about your health insurance

  • Billing about your visit at this clinic.

You have rights about your health information that includes the following:

  • To see and get a copy of you health records (copies may come with a fee)

  • Have corrections added to your health information

  • Receive a notice that tells you how your health information may be used and shared

  • Decide if you want to give your permission before our health information can be used or shared for certain purposes, such as marketing.

  • Get a report on when and why your health information was shared for certain purposes

  • File a complaint.

To make sure that your health information is protected in a way that doesn't interfere with your healthcare, your information can be used and share in the following way:

  • For your treatment and care coordination

  • To pay doctors and hospitals for your healthcare and help run their businesses

  • With your family, relatives, friends or others that you identify who are involved with your healthcare or your health care bills, unless you object.

  • To make sure doctors give good care

  • To protect the public's health, such as by reporting when the flu is in your are

Without your written permission, your provider cannot: 

  • Give your health information to your employer

  • Use or share your health information for marketing or advertising purposes

  • Share private notes about your mental health counseling sessions

If you believe your health information was used or shared in a way that is not allowed under the privacy law, or if you weren't able to exercise your rights, you can file a complaint with your provider or health insurer. You also can file a complaint with the U.S. Government.