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Summary of Notice of Privacy Practices
Complaints and Privacy Official, Dee Kneeland, O.M.
The following is a brief summary of your rights and our responsibilities
as detailed in the Notice of Privacy Practices (the “Notice”).
This summary is for your convenience and is not a substitute for reading
the entire Notice and does not modify the terms of the Notice.
1. Uses and disclosures of Your Health Information. We may use the
information we develop and collect for treatment by our practice or
disclose the information to others to whom we refer you for treatment,
for payment of these services and for certain health care “operations”
such as improving the competence and quality of our staff and business
planning and management. We may disclose your information to our business
associates such as medical transcriptionists, billing services and
others who assist us in the operations of our practice. We may call
you to remind you of appointments and may leave a message on your
answering machine if you have one. We may also disclose information
to your family about your location, general condition or death. If
you are available and able, we will ask your consent first. We may
also use your information to recommend products or services related
to your care but will not use or disclose your medical information
for marketing purposes without your written authorization. Your medical
information may be disclosed without your authorization as required
by law, for public health purposes, healthcare oversight, including
audits and investigations, judicial and administrative proceedings,
subject to the limits by state and federal law, and certain other
2. Other Uses and Disclosures. Except as described in the Notice,
we will not use or disclose your medical information without your
written authorization. You can revoke an authorization at any time,
except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance
on the authorization.
3. Your Health Information Rights. You have a number of rights under
the state and/or federal law which are subject to the terms and conditions
specified in the Notice:
a) You may request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of
4. Changes to the Notice. We reserve the right to change the Notice.
If we do so, we will post it in our office, and provide a copy upon
b) You may request that you receive your information from us in a
c) You may inspect and copy your medical records
d) You may request an amendment to any record you believe is inaccurate
e) You may request an accounting of disclosures made to your records
5. Complaints. You may file a complaint to our Complaints Official
whose name is above or with the
federal government as detailed in the Notice. You will not be penalized
for filing any complaint.
The Physician Assistant
Today you may be seeing a physician assistant. Physician assistants
provide high quality health care services to patients and the community.
A Physician Assistant, or P.A., is a licensed and highly skilled health
care professional, trained to provide patient evaluations, education,
and health care services. A P.A. works with the physician to provide
care and guidance to patients.
P.A.’s attend specialized medical training programs associated
with a medical school that includes classroom studies and clinical
experience. An academic degree is awarded upon graduation. Many P.A.’s
have two or four year academic degrees before entering a P.A. training
program. Most P.A. training programs require prior health care experience.
P.A.’s perform several duties in the office including taking
health histories, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting
x-rays and other diagnostic tests etc. The P.A. will also be involved
closely with any surgical procedures you may need, assisting in surgery
and supervising your postoperative rehabilitation course.
Physician Assistants practice medicine under the supervision of a
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