At the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, we take patient confidentiality very seriously. The first time you contact us, we will set up parameters of communication so that we always know what you are comfortable with. For example, you may or may not want us to keep your primary care physician informed of treatments you receive from us and progress you make.
Our highly sensitive staff will make sure that the same level of confidentiality is upheld at all times, even after you leave our care. Additionally, the Domar Center adheres to the government regulations and standards known as HIPAA.
HIPAA is an acronym which stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
HIPAA is a Federal regulation that was originally created to aide in the portability of health insurance from one employer to another. Congress soon decided that it was important to add privacy and security to the HIPAA regulations. The privacy regulations were finalized in August 2002 and the security regulations were finalized in February 2003.
HIPAA gives you greater control over how and when your Protected Health Information (PHI) can be used. All new patients receive a Notice of Privacy Practices at their first appointment. This document is an outline of how medical practices like the Domar Center can use the information that is gathered during your treatment. This document also tells you when you need to give a medical practice express authorization to “use” your information. For example, when you want us to send your medical records to your OBGYN or primary care physician, you will need to give us express permission to do so. The notice also outlines your rights under HIPAA. You have the right to:
- Request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your information
- Request confidential communications
- Inspect and copy your protected health information
- Receive an accounting of disclosures
The notice has all of your rights listed as well as the information as to how to exercise these rights.
When we give you our Notice of Privacy Practices, we will ask you to sign an acknowledgment form stating that we gave you a copy of the Notice. This is an acknowledgment of receipt and does not confirm that you have read it. If you have any questions you can contact our Privacy Official