It is the policy of Northeast Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine that all employees preserve the integrity and the confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) pertaining to the patients we serve. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that we have the necessary medical information and PHI to ensure payment for care while protecting the confidentiality of the PHI of the patients we serve to the highest degree possible. Patients should not be afraid to provide information to our business and our staff for purposes of payment for healthcare received. To that end, our company and staff will:
Recognize that patients have a right to privacy. Our company and its staff respect the patient's individual dignity at all times. We will respect the patient's privacy to the extent consistent with obtaining payment for the medical services you have received.
Adhere to our internal policy practices.
Collect, use and disclose PHI only in conformance with state and federal laws and current patient authorizations as appropriate. Our business and its staff will not use or disclose PHI for uses outside the scope of payment, such as marketing, employment, life insurance application etc. without an authorization from the patient.
Recognize that PHI collected about patients must be accurate, timely, complete and available when needed. Our staff will implement reasonable measures to protect the integrity of all PHI maintained about patients.
Act as responsible stewards and treat all PHI as sensitive and confidential in accordance with legal requirements and our internal Code of Conduct. We will not disclose PHI data unless the patient (or his or her authorized representative) has properly consented to or authorized the release or the law otherwise authorizes the release.
We will maintain a list of all disclosures of PHI for purposes other than payment for each patient. We will provide this list to a patient upon his/her written request.