|Protecting the Confidentiality of Our Patients Personal Medical Information
Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center Privacy Protection: Our Commitment to You
At Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center, we recognize the sensitive nature of your personal medical information, and take every precaution to protect your privacy. When you entrust us with this information, you can be certain it will be used only within our strict guidelines.
Weve prepared this page to explain what types of information we collect, and under what circumstances we may share it.
We hope you will read through all the details of Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Centers official position on privacy. Importantly, we want you to understand that Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center uses information responsibly and in order to:
- Provide you with the healthcare services youve requested.
- File your healthcare claim with your insurance company.
- Make having your procedure at the Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center more convenient and efficient for you.
In no case do we provide account or personal medical information to any other companies for the purpose of independent telemarketing or direct mail marketing of any types of products or services.
The Kinds of Information We Collect
When your doctor registers you for a procedure at the Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center, we ask the office to provide us with information in order to accurately file your insurance claim. The following information is requested:
- Name and address
- Telephone number, home and work
- Social Security number
- Marital Status
- Guarantor demographic information
- Insurance carrier name and address
- Insurance ID and group number
- Scheduled procedure
- Patients history and physical
How We Use This Information
Most of the information we collect is used for only one purpose to help us deliver the healthcare services youve requested, accurately and efficiently.
Who Has Access to This Information?
Within Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center:
Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center employees are permitted access to the information they need to perform their jobs on your behalf. We maintain strict internal policies against unauthorized disclosure or use of personal medical information by employees.
Outside service providers:
We have arrangements with companies whose experience is essential for our own services to operate properly. For example, we work with companies that perform pathology, laboratory, pharmacy, management, and medical transcription services. Other companies prepare our financial statements, enable online claims submission, and make banking transactions. These firms perform their functions at Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center's directions and, as permitted by law, we share patient information necessary to perform these functions with them. As with all our business partners, these companies are required to safeguard your information and use it only for authorized purposes.
Courts and government bodies:
Certain federal and state laws may require us to share information about you. For example, if you are involved in a legal matter with a third party, we may be ordered to provide information to a court or other party. In these circumstances, only the specific information required by law, subpoena, or court order will be shared.
New Patient Rights are on the Way
For the first time ever, the federal government passed comprehensive privacy regulations for health information. This new federal regulation establishes standards for most healthcare providers and payers in the protection of health information and established new patient rights.
The new privacy regulations are part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) passed by Congress in 1996. The privacy rules became effective in April 2001, and gave healthcare providers two years to comply.
At the Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center, we have always protected our patients privacy and the new rule amounts to informing our patients about the HIPAA regulations.
What Rights Do Patients Have?
Patients at the Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center have the right to:
- Access or inspect their medical record
- Obtain a copy of their medical record
- Access and copying for as long as information is retained (seven years for adults and seven years after minors become adults)
- Request an amendment to their medical record
- Request a list of when and where their confidential information was released within the past six years (may not include information released for care and treatment purposes, for payment, or when used for internal quality assurance purposes)
- Request an organization to restrict the use and disclosure of their confidential information (can request restriction in use of information for treatment, payment, or healthcare operation purposes, however, we can choose if we will honor the request)
- Request to receive communication by alternative means or locations (such as leaving messages at work instead of at home)
- File a complaint to the following if you believe your privacy rights were violated:
The Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center Privacy Officer
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,
Tommy G. Thompson
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775
- Receive a notice of Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center privacy practices (this web page)
The Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center is Committed to Protecting Your Privacy
The health information professionals at the Mississippi Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center have been trained to manage many of the systems required by HIPAA. Professionally, we are bound by a code of ethics to promote and protect the confidentiality and security of your medical records and health information. Our goal is to have patients trust that their medical records and confidential information will remain private. Our health information professionals are committed to maintaining privacy and quality of care.
Effective April 2001.