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 August 30, 2010, and will remain in effect until we
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 provide the new Notice at our practice location, and we will
distribute it 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.
Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for the following purposes, 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.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We use and disclose health information about you without authorization for the following purposes.
Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information for your treatment. For example, we may 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. For example, we may
send claims to your dental health plan containing certain health information.
Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. For example,
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
To You Or Your Personal Representative: 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 your personal representative, but only if you agree that we may do
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 absence or incapacity or in 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.
Disaster Relief: We may use or disclose your health information to assist in disaster relief efforts.
Marketing Health-Related Services: We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written
Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.
Public Health and Public Benefit: We may disclose your health information to report abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; to report
disease, injury, and vital statistics; to report certain information to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); to alert someone who may
be at risk of contracting or spreading a disease; for health oversight activities; for certain judicial and administrative proceedings; for
certain law enforcement purposes; to avert a serious threat to health or safety; and to comply with workers compensation or similar
Decedents: We may disclose health information about a decedent as authorized or required by law.
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 an inmate or patient under certain circumstances.
Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voice
mail messages, postcards, or letters).
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. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the end of this Notice. We will charge
you a reasonable cost-based fee for the cost of supplies and labor of copying. If you request copies, we will charge you $0.50 for
each page, $20.00 per half hour for staff time to 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. In
most cases we are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in certain
circumstances where disclosure is required or permitted, such as an emergency, for public health activities, or when disclosure is
required by law). We must comply with a request to restrict the disclosure of protected health information to a health plan for purposes
of carrying out payment or health care operations (as defined by HIPAA) if the protected health information pertains solely to a health
cared item or service for which we have been paid out of pocket in full.
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 of 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: You may receive a paper copy of this notice upon request, even if you agreed to receive this notice electronically
on our Web site or by electronic mail (e-mail).
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 U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services.
Lynda Liposchak or Dr. Christi Peterson
Tele: (562) 493-6106 Fax: (562) 493-6235
E-mail: [email protected]
Address: 3772 Katella Ave., Suite 207, Los Alamitos, CA 90720