OUR PLEDGE REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION

This Notice describes the privacy practices of Patrick J. Cardinale, D.M.D., P.C., James C. Brummett, D.M.D., P.C. 

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (“HIPAA”) this office has agreed to abide by the terms of this Notice and may share protected health information only as permitted by law.

We understand that health information about you is personal. We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your health information that we maintain and using your information appropriately. 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects only certain health information known as “Protected Health Information” (“PHI”). Generally, PHI is individually identifiable health information, including demographic information, transmitted or maintained by us, regardless of form (oral, written or electronic).

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured PHI. This Notice explains how we may use your health information and when we can share that information with others. This Notice also informs you of your rights with respect to your health information and how you may exercise those rights.

 We comply with the provisions of HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act and their implementing regulations. We maintain a breach reporting policy and have in place appropriate safeguards to track required disclosures and meet appropriate reporting obligations. In addition we comply with the “Minimum Necessary” requirements when using or disclosing your health information or when requesting your health information.

This Notice does not apply to information that has been de-identified. De-identified information is information that does not identify an individual and with respect to which there is no reasonable basis to believe that the information can be used to identify an individual.