HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The following Health Information Privacy Policies & Procedures implement Kids in Need of Dentistry’s obligations to protect the privacy of individually identifiable health information that we create, receive, or maintain as a healthcare provider. KIND implements these Health Information Privacy Policies and Procedures as a matter of sound business practice; to protect the interests of our patients; and to fulfill our legal obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), its implementing regulations at 45 Cfr Parts 160 and 164 (65 Fed. Reg 82462 (Dec. 28, 2000)) (“Privacy Rules”), as amended (67 Fed. Reg. 53182 [Aug. 14, 2002]), and state law that provides greater protection or rights to patients than the Privacy Rules. As a member of our workforce or as our Business Associate, you are obligated to follow these Health Information Privacy Policies & Procedures faithfully. Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action, including termination of your employment or affiliation with us. These Policies & Procedures address the basics of HIPAA and the Privacy Rules that apply in our dental practice. They do not attempt to cover everything in the Privacy Rules. The Policies & Procedures sometimes refer to forms we use to help implement the policies and to the Privacy Rules themselves when added detail may be needed. Please note that while the Privacy Rules speak in terms of “individual” rights and actions, these Policies & Procedures use the more familiar word “patient” instead; “patient” should be read broadly to include prospective patients, patients of record, former patients, their authorized representatives, and any other “individuals” contemplated in the Privacy Rules. If you have questions or doubts about any use or disclosure of individually identifiable health information or about your other obligations under these Health Information Privacy Policies & Procedures, the Privacy Rules or other federal or state law, please consult KIND at 303-733-3710.
HIPAA PRIVACY FORM 1: NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
This form, Notice of Privacy Practices, presents the information that federal law requires Kids in Need of Dentistry to give our patients regarding our privacy practices. (Note: this form may need to be changed to reflect the dental practice’s particular privacy policies and/or stricter state laws.) We must provide this Notice to each patient beginning no later than the date of our first service delivery to the patient, including service delivered electronically, after April 14, 2003. We must make a good-faith attempt to obtain written acknowledgement of receipt of the Notice from the patient. We must also have the Notice available at the office for patients to request to take with them. We must post the Notice in our office in a clear and prominent location where it is reasonable to expect any patients seeking service from us to be able to read the Notice. Whenever the Notice is revised, we must make the Notice available upon request on or after the effective date of the revision in a manner consistent with the above instructions. Thereafter, we must distribute the Notice to each new patient at the time of service delivery and to any person requesting a Notice. We must also post the revised Notice in our office as discussed above.