Effective: 3/1/05

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed into law in 1996 with the primary goal of making it easier for people to maintain basic health insurance benefits and to help the health care industry control administrative costs. One portion of this act contains rules for protecting the privacy of your health information.

The HIPAA regulation gives Pediatric Associates of Durango the right to use and disclose your health information for treatment, payment, and certain health care operations purposes without specific authorization from you. You have the right to receive a paper copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices. We will offer you a copy of our notice the first time you are present for treatment or health care services at Pediatric Associates of Durango. This notice lists all the different ways that we might use or disclose your health information and provides you with information about exercising your various rights.

What is a Notice of Privacy Practices?
This notice is very similar to ones you have received in the recent years from your financial institutions.
This Notice is required by Federal Law and it describes how your medical information may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

Pediatric Associates of Durango respects your privacy. We understand that your personal health information is very sensitive. We will not disclose your information to others unless you tell us to do so, or unless the law authorizes or requires us to do so.

Our Notice of Privacy Practices can be found in our waiting rooms and you may also find it here on our website.

What is a Notice of Privacy Practices Acknowledgement form?

This form acknowledges that you have received our Notice of Privacy Practices.
It is required to be signed & placed into each child’s/patient’s chart.
Pediatric Associates of Durango respects your right and we will continue to do our best to protect your privacy and the privacy of your health information.