We use and disclose health information about you for treatment. For example, we may use or disclose your health information to another dentist, physician or other health care provider providing treatment to you.
We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you.
We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities.
Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this Notice. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect.
To Your Family and Friends
We must disclose your health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of this Notice. We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or other person involved in your treatment to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare.
Persons Involved In Care
We will also use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.
Marketing Health-Related Services
We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.
Required by Law
We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law. Electronic Filing: We may submit insurance claims electronically through our practice software.
Abuse or Neglect
We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes . We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.
We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institution or law enforcement official having lawful custody of protected health information of inmate or patient under certain circumstances.
We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters.