HIPAA Privacy Notice

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.

Who will follow this notice?

This notice describes the practices of Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS, and the practices that will be followed by all of Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS workforce members who handle your medical information.

Our pledge regarding your protected health information

Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS understands that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We maintain our records and conduct our treatment environment with a goal of providing the highest level of protection for your medical information, while still providing you with the highest level of medical care. This notice applies to all of the records of your medical care which are received or created by Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS.

Your other medical treatment providers (e.g. doctors, hospitals, home health agencies, etc.) may have different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.

This notice will tell you about the ways in which Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS may use and disclose medical information about you. Your medical information, also referred to as “protected health information” is that information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health information and related health care services.

In this notice, we also describe your rights and certain obligations Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS has regarding the use and disclosure of your protected health information. We are required by name to:

  • Make sure that medical and other information that identifies you (protected health information) is kept
    private;
  • Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information
    about you.
  • Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.

Uses and Disclosures for treatment, payment and health care operations

By becoming a patient at Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS, you are giving consent for Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS to use your protected health information for certain activities, including treatment, payment, and other health care operations. Sometimes, you may hear these three activities referred to as “TPO”.

First of all, we may use and disclose protected health information about you so that Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS and its medical professionals can treat you. For example, we may use your past medical information in order to diagnose your present condition or we may provide information regarding your medical condition to another doctor to whom we refer you for additional care. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you so that we may be paid for the medical treatment we provide you. For example, we will submit protected health information about you to your insurance company in order to receive payment for services we have provided to you. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you for Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS’s health care operations, in other words, those other tasks that we need to perform to make sure that you are provided the highest quality of medical care. For example, we may use your protected health information to evaluate how we can better meet your needs or we may provide protected health information about you to an auditor who reviews our books so that we can keep our license to provide medical services in California

Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information

The following uses of your protected health information may be made without any additional authorization from you. (Not every use or disclosure is listed, but be assured that all uses and disclosures made by Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS are only those which are permitted under the law).

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Uses and disclosures for appointment reminders

We may use and disclose your medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment at the office. If you request that such communications be made confidentially, please contact our office in writing at 9735 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 330, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.

Uses and disclosures to others involved in your healthcare

We may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your medical care. If you are unable to agree or object to this disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interests based on our professional judgment. We may also use or disclose protected health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or any other person that is responsible for your care of your location, general condition, or death. Finally, we may use or disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster relief efforts and to coordinate uses and disclosures to family or other individuals involved in your health care.

Uses and disclosures in emergency situations

We may use or disclose your protected health information in an emergency treatment situation. If this happens, your physician will attempt to obtain your acknowledgment of this Notice as soon as reasonably practicable after the delivery of treatment.

Uses and disclosures for health-related benefits or services

From time to time, Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS may use and disclose protected health information to tell you about certain health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.

Uses and disclosures required by law

We will use or disclose protected health information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. The use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to the relevant requirements of the law. You will be notified, if the law requires us to do so, of any such uses or disclosures. We must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the law.

Uses and disclosures related to communicable diseases

We may disclose your protected health information, if authorized by law, to a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may otherwise be at risk of contracting or spreading the disease or condition.

Disclosures for health oversight activities

We may disclose protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These activities include, for example, audits, investigations, and inspections. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, the delivery of health care, government benefit programs, other government regulatory programs, and civil rights laws.

Disclosures of abuse or neglect

We may disclose your protected health information to a public health authority authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. In addition, we may disclose your protected health information if we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence to a governmental entity or agency authorized to receive such information. In such cases, the disclosure will only be made in accordance with California law.

Disclosures to the food and drug administration

We may disclose your protected health information to a person or company required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to report adverse events, product defects or other problems, biologic product deviations, track products; to enable product recalls; to make repairs or replacements; or to conduct post-market surveillance, as required.

Your rights regarding protected health information about you

Right to inspect and copy

You have the right to inspect and copy protected health information that may be used to make decisions about your medical care. Usually, this right includes both medical and billing records. You must submit your request in writing. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies associated with your request. Your request to inspect and copy your information may only be denied in very limited circumstances and you have a right to request that any such denial be reviewed.

Right to request restrictions

You have the right to request that we restrict the use and disclosure of your protected health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations. We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.

  • What information you want to limit
  • Whether you want to limit our use, disclosure, or both.
  • To whom you want the limits to apply.

Right to confidential communications

You also have the right to request to receive private health information communications (such as appointment confirmations) by alternative means or at alternative locations. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. To request confidential communications, you must make your request in writing to 9735 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 330, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. We will not ask you the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.

To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing to 9735 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 330, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. In your request, you must tell us:

Right to amend

If you feel that the protected health information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to request that your protected health information be amended. Only the health care entity (e.g., doctor, hospital, clinic, etc.) that created your protected health information is responsible for amending it. For more information regarding the procedures for submitting such a request, contact 9735 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 330, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Office Manager at Dr. Cat Begovic, MD, FACS.

Effective August 1, 2005

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