Privacy Practices

My office is dedicated to protect the privacy rights of my patients and the confidential information entrusted to me. I am committed to ensuring that your health information is never compromised; this is a principal concept of my practice. I may, from time to time, amend my privacy policies and practices, but will always inform you of any changes that might affect your rights.

Protecting Your Personal Healthcare Information

I use and disclose the information I collect from you only as allowed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the State of New York. This includes issues relating to your treatment, payment, and our healthcare operations. Your personal health information will never otherwise be given to anyone, even family members, without your written consent. You, of course, may give written authorization for us to disclose your information to anyone you choose, for any purpose.

My office and electronic systems are secure from unauthorized access to ensure that the confidentiality of your records is always protected. My privacy policy and practices apply to all former, current and future patients, so you can be confident that your protected health information will never be improperly disclosed or released.

The HIPAA officer for this practice is Carly Snyder, M.D.

Collecting Protected Health Information

I will only request personal information needed to provide our standard of quality healthcare, implement payment activities, conduct normal health practice operations, and comply with the law. This may include your name, address, telephone numbers, social security number, employment data, medical history, health records, etc. While most of the information will be collected from you, I may obtain information from third parties if deemed necessary. Regardless of the source, your personal information will always be protected to the full extent of the law.

Disclosure of Your Protected Health Information

As stated above, I may disclose information as required by law. I am obligated to provide information to law enforcement and governmental officials under certain circumstances. I will not use your information for marketing purposes without your written consent. I may use and/or disclose your health information to communicate reminders about your appointments including voicemail messages, answering machine messages, and postcards.

Patient Rights

You have the right to request copies of your healthcare information, to request copies in a variety of formats, and to request a list of instances in which I, or my business associates, have disclosed your protected information for uses other than stated above. All such requests must be in writing. I may charge for your copies in an amount allowed by law. If you believe your rights have been violated, I urge you to notify us immediately. You can also notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

I thank you for being a patient at my office. Please let me know if you have any questions concerning your privacy rights and the protection of your personal health information.

Carly Snyder, M.D