This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please read it carefully.
As a patient, you have the right to adequate notice of the uses of your protected health information. Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Columbia Vision Center is authorized by law to use your health information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.
a) Treatment- We may disclose your health information to other healthcare providers for treatment purposes.
b) Payment- We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide you.
c) Healthcare operations- These operations include participation in managed care plans, internal quality assurance, training programs, accreditation, certification, financial or billing audits, business planning, and defense of legal matters.
In other limited situations, we are authorized by law to use your health information without your permission. For purposes of public health, we may be required to release your health information to governmental entities. We may also use your health information to provide you with appointment reminders via phone, email, or letter. However, we WILL NOT use your health information for marketing purposes or other reasons without your expressed written consent. You may also revoke your own authorization at any time in the future.
A copy of this privacy notice will be given to you upon request. Contact Jean Hua with any questions or concerns at 206-382-6682.