Effective Date: This policy is in effect as of 4/1/2017
It is the policy of the Precision Dermatology that we will adopt, maintain and comply with our Notice of Privacy Practices, which shall be consistent with HIPAA and California law.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
It is the policy of Precision Dermatology that protected health information may not be used or disclosed except when at least one of the following conditions is true:
1. The individual who is the subject of the information has authorized the use or disclosure.
2. The individual who is the subject of the Information has received our Notice of Privacy Practices and acknowledged receipt of the Notice, thus allowing the use or disclosure and the use or disclosure is for treatment, payment or health care operations.
3. The individual who is the subject of the information agrees or does not object to the disclosure and the disclosure is to persons involved in the health care of the individual.
4.The disclosure is to the individual who is the subject of the information or to HHS for compliance related purposes.
5.The use or disclosure is for one of the HIPAA "public purposes" (i.e. required by law, etc.).
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
It is the policy of the Precision Dermatology that a notice of privacy practices must be published, which describes in sufficient detail this medical practice's privacy practices. It is the policy of this medical practice that this notice be provided to all subject individuals at the first patient encounter if possible, and good faith efforts made to obtain a written acknowledgement of receipt, and that all uses and disclosures of protected health information be done in accord with this organization's notice of privacy practices. It is the policy of the Precision Dermatology to have copies of the most current version of the privacy practices available for distribution at our reception desk. It is the policy to prominently post the notice of privacy practices on our website if one is in place. It is the policy to revise the notice whenever there are material changes to our privacy practices including changes in law such as the Final HIPAA Omnibus Rule of 2013.
ASSIGNING PRIVACY AND SECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the policy of the Precision Dermatology that a specific individual or individuals within our workforce are assigned the responsibility of implementing and maintaining the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule's requirements. Furthermore, it is the policy of Precision Dermatology that these individuals will be provided sufficient resources and authority to fulfill their responsibilities. At a minimum it is the policy of this medical practice that there will be one individual or job description designated as the HIPAA Privacy Official.
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