Privacy Policy

Affordable Quality Care

 

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REIVEW IT CAREFULLY.

 

This Notice of Privacy Practices is provided to you as a requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 

We are strongly committed to protecting your medical information, also referred to as “Protected Health Information”. We create a medical record about your care because we need the record to provide you with appropriate treatment and to comply with various legal requirements. We transmit some medical information about your care in order to obtain payment for the services you receive, and we use certain information in our day-to-day operations. This Notice will let you know about the various ways we use and disclose your Protected Health Information. This Notice describes your rights and our obligations with respect to the use or disclosure of your Protected Health Information.

 

Understanding Your Health Record/Information

Each time you visit a hospital, physician, or other health care provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your health or medical records, serves as a:

 

Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps you to:

 

Our Responsibilities

“Protected Health Information” is individually identifiable health information. This information relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services; to the past, present or future payment for such health care services; and includes demographic information such as your age, address or email address. Affordable Quality Care is required by law to do the following:

 

We reserve the right to change this Notice. We reserve the right to make the revised Notice effective for Protected Health Information we already have about you, as well as any Protected Health Information we create or receive in the future. You may obtain another Notice of Privacy Practices by asking your practitioner for a copy at your next appointment or by sending a written request for a copy to the Affordable Quality Care Privacy Officer at the address listed below.

 

How we may use or disclose your Protected Health Information

The following categories describe the ways that we may use and disclose your medical information, including sensitive information such as mental health, communicable disease and drug and alcohol abuse information. In order to assure compliance with Oklahoma law, we will obtain your general consent to use and disclose your medical information. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed.

If you are concerned about a possible use or disclosure of any part of your medical information, you may request a restriction. Your right to request a restriction is described in the section below regarding patient rights.

Oklahoma law only permits disclosure of communicable disease information, (such as HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis, etc.) under the following circumstances: (i) with the patient's written consent, (ii) if release is ordered by a court; (iii) if release is required by the State Department of Health to protect the public; (iv) if release is made to a person exposed to such diseases; (v) if release is required to health professionals, appropriate state agencies or a court to enforce Oklahoma law; (vi) if release is required for statistical purposes without patient identity, or (vii) if release is required to health care providers and related parties for diagnosis and treatment purposes.

 

Your Rights Regarding Your Protected Health Information

Although your person health record is the physical property of the health care practitioner, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:

 

For More Information or to Report a Problem

If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact Affordable Quality Care's Privacy Officer at 405-217-9997.

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us. These complaints must be filed in writing and you may send to the Privacy Officer or Administration. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.