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Confidentiality Statement

HIPAA

HIPAA Requirements


All patients have certain rights to privacy regarding their protected health information. These rights are given to them under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
• Treatment (including direct and indirect treatment by other healthcare providers involved in my treatment);
• Obtaining payment from third party payers (e.g. my insurance company);
• The day-to-day health care operations of your practice.
All patients will be informed of, and given the right to review and secure a copy of their Statement of Privacy Practices, which contains a more complete description of the uses and disclosures of my protected health information, and my rights under HIPAA. We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice from time to time and when contacted will disclose it to our patients
All patients have the right to request restrictions on how their protected health information is used and disclosed to carry the treatment, payment, and health care operations, but that they are not required to agree to these requested restrictions.
All patients may revoke this consent, in writing, at any time. However, any use or disclosure that occurred prior to the date they revoke this consent is not affected. Your physician understands the importance of patient confidentiality and is committed to the protection of your personal health information.
All personal identification information is protected and stored on a secure server.
All information given via the physician consult form or in a conversation with any of our employees is held in complete confidence. Our employees adhere to the strict standards for patient confidentiality set by the American Medical Association and the Health on the Net Foundation.
We do not share any of your personal information with any of our affiliate or associate sites. 
We will not release any personally identifying information to anyone unless mandated by federal or state laws. Aggregate statistical summaries may be released to third parties, but these statistics will contain no personally identifiable information.

When you submit your information to your physician's website, that information is converted to a random code. This is called encryption. When the information arrives at its destination, the data is decoded and stored on a secure server.
There are two ways of knowing you are connected to a secure server.
A little closed padlock or unbroken key will appear on the bottom of your browser's window when you access a secure page.
The "http" at the beginning of the URL will change to "https" when you access secure pages.
Other ways we provide Internet security:

Email correspondence and notifications from Star Family Medicine will not contain any medical information or indication of medical treatment.