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Privacy Practices Notice

At our office, we are fully committed to safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of our patients’ information. Recognizing the trust you place in us, we ensure that every member of our team is thoroughly trained and dedicated to the principle that your health information is protected rigorously. While our privacy practices may evolve, we pledge to keep you informed about any changes that could impact our duties and your rights.

Safeguarding Your Healthcare Information

In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Iowa state laws, we responsibly manage the information we collect from you. This management pertains to activities related to your treatment, payment, and the operations of our healthcare services. We guarantee that your personal health information will not be disclosed to anyone—including family members—without your explicit consent or written authorization. You retain the right to authorize the disclosure of your information for any purpose you choose.

Our office and electronic systems are fortified against unauthorized access. We train our employees diligently to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility of your records are maintained. Our commitment to protecting your privacy applies to all past, present, and future patients, ensuring your protected health information is safeguarded against improper use or disclosure.

Collection of Protected Health Information (PHI)

We collect only the personal information necessary to deliver high-quality healthcare, process payments, conduct healthcare operations, and fulfill legal requirements. This may include sensitive data such as your name, contact information, social security number, employment details, medical history, and health records. Information may be gathered directly from you or, when necessary, from third parties. Regardless of the source, we are committed to protecting your information according to legal standards.

Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information

We adhere strictly to legal requirements in the use and disclosure of your information. Necessary disclosures may be made to law enforcement and government officials under specific conditions. Your information will not be used for marketing or fundraising without your express consent. We may use or disclose your health information for appointment reminders through various means unless instructed otherwise by you. We firmly prohibit the sale or unauthorized access to your personal information in exchange for financial gain.

In the event of any unauthorized breach of your personal health information, such as unauthorized access, acquisition, use, or disclosure, we will conduct a thorough investigation, take appropriate remedial actions, and comply with the HIPAA Privacy Breach Notification Rule, keeping you fully informed throughout the process.

Your Rights as a Patient

You have the right to access copies of your healthcare information in various formats and to request a record of disclosures of your protected information made for purposes other than treatment, payment, or healthcare operations. Requests for information must be made in writing, and fees for copies, if any, will be charged in accordance with the law. Should you feel your privacy rights have been compromised, we encourage you to contact us immediately, or you may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For a detailed review of our Privacy Practices, a complete copy is available upon request. Your privacy is our priority, and we are committed to ensuring the protection of your healthcare information.