Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

Dr. Stephen S. Jennings, O. D. - Your Privacy Rights

Policy FormsAOA2013PrivacyPractices.pdf

RIGHT TO NOTICE-As a patient, you  have the right to adequate notice of the uses and disclosures of  your protected health information. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility  Act (HIPPA), Dr. Stephen S Jennings can use your protected  health information for treatment, payment and health care operations. a) Treatment-We may use or disclose your health information to a physician or other healthcare provider providing treatment to you. b) Payment-We may use or disclose your health  information to obtain payment for services we provide you. c) Health Care Operations-We may use or disclose your health  information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities,  reviewing the competency or qualifications of healthcare  professionals, evaluating provider performance, conducting training  programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing  activities.

YOUR AUTHORIZATION-Most uses and disclosures that do not fall under treatment, payment, health care operations will require your written authorization. Upon signing,  you may revoke your authorization (in writing) through our practice at any time.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS-In the event of  your incapacity or an emergency situation, we will disclose health  information to a family member, or another person responsible for your care, using our professional judgment. We will only disclose health information that is relevant to the person’s involvement in your healthcare.

MARKETING-We will not use your health  information for marketing communications without your written  authorization.

REQUIRED BY LAW-We may also 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 victim of other crimes. We may disclose  your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious  threat to your or other people’s health or safety.

NATIONAL SECURITY-We may disclose the  health information of Armed Forces personnel to military authorities  under certain circumstances. We may disclose health information to  authorized federal officials required for lawful intelligence,  counterintelligence and other national security activities. We may  disclose health information of inmates or patients to the appropriate authorities under certain circumstances.

APPOINTMENT REMINDERS-We may use or  disclose your health information to provide you with appointment  reminders via phone, e-mail or letter.

PATIENT RIGHTS-You have the right to restrict  disclosure of your protected health information (in writing). The request for restriction may be denied if the information is required for treatment, payment or health care  operations. You have the right to receive confidential  communications regarding your protected health information. You have  the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. You have the right to amend your protected health information. You have  the right to receive a account of disclosures of your protected health information. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice of privacy practices.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS-Dr. Stephen S Jennings is required by law to maintain the privacy of your  protected health information. We are required by the terms of this notice as it is currently stated, and reserve the right to change  this notice. The policies in any new notice will not be in effect until they are posted to this site, or are available within our office.

COMPLAINTS-If you have complaints  regarding the way your protected health information is handled, you may submit a complaint in writing to our office. You will not be retaliated against in any manner for a complaint.