Dr. Behmand's Blog

Privacy Policy

Understanding Your Health Record/Information

Each time you visit a hospital, physician, or other healthcare provider, a record of
your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination and
test results, diagnosis, treatment, and plan for future care or treatment. This
information is often referred to as your health or medical record, and serve as:

  • basis for planning your care and treatment
  • means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your care
  • legal document describing the care you received
  • means by which you or a third party payer can verify that services billed were actually provided
  • tool in educating health professionals
  • source of data for medical research
  • source of data for facility planning and marketing
  • tool with which we can assess and continually work to improve the care we render and the outcome we achieve
  • understanding of what is in your record and how your health information is used to help you to:

1. ensure its accuracy

2. better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access your health information

3. make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others

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Your Health Information Rights

Although your health record is the physical property of the Behmand Institute of
Plastic Surgery, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:

  • request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information as provided by 45 CFR 164.522
  • obtain a paper copy of the notice of the information practices upon request
  • inspect and copy your health record as provided for in 45 CFR 164.524
  • amend your health record as provided for in 45 CFR 164.528
  • obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information as provided in 45 CFR 164.528
  • request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations
  • evoke your authorization to use or disclose health information except to the extent that action has already been taken

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Our Responsibilities

The Behmand Institute of Plastic Surgery is required to:

  • maintain the privacy of your health information
  • provide you with a notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you
  • abide by the terms of this notice
  • notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction
  • accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations

We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new
provisions effective for all protected heath information we maintain.
Should our information practices change, we will mail a revised notice
to the address you have supplied us. We will not use or disclose your
health information without your authorization, except as described in
this notice.

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For More Information & To Report A Problem

If you have questions and would like additional information,
you may contact our office at (925-939-9200). If you believe
your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint
with the director of health information management or with the
Secretary of Health and Human Services. There will be no
retaliation for filing a complaint.

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Examples of Disclosure for Treatment, Payment, and Health Operations

1. We will use your health information for treatment:

For example: Information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of
your health care team will be recorded in your record and used to determine the
course of treatment that should work best for you. Dr. Behmand will document
in your record his expectations of the members of your health care team.
Members of your health care team will then record the actions they took and
their observations, such that Dr. Behmand will know how you are responding to

2. We will use your health information for payment:

For example: A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer. The information
on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well
as your diagnosis, procedures, and supplies used.

3.) We will use your health information for regular health operations:

A.) Quality Assurance: Members of our medical staff, the risk or quality
improvement manager may use information in your health record to assess the
care and outcomes in your case and others like it. This information will then be
used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the health
care and service we provide.

B.) Business Associates: There are some services provided in our organization
through contacts with Business Associates. Examples include diagnostic services,
certain laboratory tests, and therapy sessions and when these services are
contracted, we may disclose your health information to our Business Associates
so that it can perform the job we have asked it to do and bill you or your third-
party payer for services rendered. To protect your health information, however,
we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.

C.) Notification: We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in
notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person
responsible for your care, your location, and general condition.

D.) Communication with family: Health professionals, using their best
judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend
or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person’s
involvement in your care or payment related to your care.

E.) Marketing: Unless specifically notified to the contrary by you, we may
contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment
alternatives or other health-related benefits and devices that may be of interest to

F.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA): We may disclose to the FDA health
information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements,
product and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to
enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.

G.) Workers compensation: We may disclose health information to the extent
authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers
compensation or other similar programs established by law.

H.) Public health: As required by law, we may disclose your health information
to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling
disease, injury, or disability.

I.) Correctional institution: Should you be an inmate of a correctional
institution, we may disclose to the institution or agents thereof health information
necessary for your health and the health and safety of other individuals.

J.) Law enforcement: We may disclose health information for law enforcement
purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena.

Federal law makes provision for your health information to be released to an
appropriate health oversight agency, public health authority, or attorney,
provided that a work force member or business associate believes in good faith
that we have engaged in unlawful conduct or have otherwise violated professional
or clinical standards and are potentially endangering one or more patients,
workers, or the public.

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Walnut Creek, California 94598
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