NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you may get access to this information. Please read it carefully.
Atlantic Urology Medical Group is dedicated to protecting your medical information. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. Atlantic Urology Medical Group is required by law to abide by the terms of this Notice.
We will use your medical information as part of rendering patient care. For example, your medical information may be used by the doctor or nurse treating you, by the business office to process your payment for the services rendered and by administrative personnel reviewing the quality of the care you receive.
We may also use and/or disclose your information in accordance with federal and state laws for the following purposes:
Appointment Reminders. We may contact you to provide appointment reminders.
Treatment Information. We may contact you with information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Disclosure to Department of Health and Human Services. We may disclose medical information when required by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as part of an investigation or determination of our compliance with relevant laws.
Facility Directory. Unless you object, we will include your name, location in the Atlantic Urology Medical Group, your condition described in general terms and your religious affiliation in our directory of individuals. The directory information, except for your religious affiliation, will be released to people who ask for you by name. Your religious affiliation may be given to members of the clergy, even if they do not ask for you by name, unless you object.
Family and Friends. Unless you object, we may disclose your medical information to family members, other relatives or close personal friends when the medical information is directly relevant to that persons involvement with your care.
Notification. Unless you object, we may use or disclose your medical information to notify a family member, a personal representative or another person responsible for your care of your location, general condition or death.
Disaster Relief. We may disclose your medical information to a public or private entity, such as the American Red Cross, for the purpose of coordinating with that entity to assist in disaster relief efforts.
Health Oversight Activities. We may use or disclose your medical information for public health activities, including the reporting of disease, injury, vital events and the conduct of public health surveillance, investigation and/or intervention. We may disclose your medical information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law, including audits, investigations, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, administrative and/or legal proceedings.
Abuse or Neglect. We may disclose your medical information when it concerns abuse, neglect or violence to you in accordance with federal and state law.
Legal Proceedings. We may disclose your medical information in the course of certain judicial or administrative proceedings.
Law Enforcement. We may disclose your medical information for law enforcement purposes or other specialized governmental functions.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may disclose your medical information to a coroner, medical examiner or a funeral director.
Organ Donation. If you are an organ donor, we may disclose your medical information to an organ donation and procurement organization.
Research. We may use or disclose your medical information for certain research purposes if an Institutional Review Board or a privacy board has altered or waived individual authorization, the review is preparatory to research or the research is on only decedent's information.
Public Safety. We may use or disclose your medical information to prevent or lessen a serious threat to the health or safety of another person or to the public.
Workers' Compensation. We may disclose your medical information as authorized by laws relating to workers' compensation or similar programs.
Business Associates. We may disclose your health information to a business associate with whom we contract to provide services on our behalf. To protect your health information, we require our business associates to appropriately safeguard the health information of our patients.
If you would like further information regarding your rights or regarding the uses and disclosures of your medical information, you may contact:
Atlantic Urology Medical Group
Barton H. Wachs, M.D.
Atlantic Medical Center
701 E. 28th St., Suite 319
Long Beach, California 90806