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Privacy & Policy

Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

The law protects the relationship between a patient and physician, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation in ensuring his or her safety. If the person does not cooperate, I will take further measures without permission that are provided to me by law in order to help ensure his or her safety.
42 CFR, Part 2

Patients seeking treatment for substance abuse are protected by the following federal law:

The confidentiality of alcohol- and drug-dependence patient records maintained by this practice is protected by federal law and regulations. Generally, the practice may not say to a person outside the practice that a patient attends the practice, or disclose any information identifying a patient as being alcohol- or drug-dependent unless:

1. The patient consents in writing;
2. The disclosure is allowed by a court order; or
3. The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or practice/program evaluation.

Violation of the federal law and regulations by a practice/program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations. Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the practice/program or against any person who works for the practice/program or about any threat to commit such a crime. Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under state law to appropriate state or local authorities.

 

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