Lake Washington Vascular

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Privacy Policy

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this information.

Please review it carefully.

Lake Washington Vascular, PLLC, respects your privacy. We understand that your personal health information is very sensitive. We will not disclose your information to others unless you tell us to do so, or unless the law authorizes or requires us to do so.

The law protects the privacy of the health information we create and obtain in providing our care and services to you. For example, your protected health information includes your symptoms, test results, diagnoses, treatment, health information from other providers, and billing and payment information relating to these services. Federal and state law allows us to use and disclose your protected health information for purposes of treatment and health care operations. State law requires us to get your authorization to disclose this information for payment purposes.

Examples of Use and Disclosures of Protected Health Information for Treatment, Payment, and Health Operations

For treatment:

  • Information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of our health care team will be recorded in your medical record and used to help decide what care may be right for you.
  • We may also provide information to others providing your care. This will help them stay informed about your care.

For payment:

  • We request payment from your health insurance plan.  Health plans need information from us about your medical care.  Information provided to health plans may include your diagnoses, procedures performed, or recommended care.

For health care operations:

  • We use your medical records to assess quality and improve services.
  • We may use and disclose medical records to review the qualifications and performance of our health care providers and to train our staff.
  • We may contact you to remind you about appointments and give you information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services.

Our Responsibilities

We are required to:

  • Keep your protected health information private;
  • Give you this Notice;
  • Follow the terms of this Notice.

We have the right to change our practices regarding the protected health information we maintain.  If we make changes, we will update this Notice.  You may receive the most recent copy of this Notice by calling and asking for it or by visiting our office/medical records department to pick one up.

To Ask for Help or Complain

If you have questions, want more information, or want to report a problem about the handling of your protected health information, you may contact:

Clinic Administrator (425) 453-1772

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may discuss your concerns with any staff member.  You may also deliver a written complaint to the Clinic Administrator at our practice/health care facility.  You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

We respect your right to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.  If you complain, we will not retaliate against you.

Other Disclosures and Uses of Protected Health Information

  • Unless you object, we may release health information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. We may tell your family or friends your condition and that you are in a hospital.  In addition, we may disclose health information about you to assist in disaster relief efforts.

You have the right to object to this use or disclosure of your information.  If you object, we will not use or disclose it.

Other Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information

  • Use and disclosures not in this Notice will be made only as allowed or required by law or with your written authorization.

Effective Date: 09/06/12

If you would like to download a copy of this policy, please click here.

Give us a call: 425.453.1772