Privacy Policy

It is the policy of this office that:

  • Each new employee will receive a patient data privacy orientation.  The employee’s supervisor will explain HIPAA privacy and security regulations as they relate to the employee’s job, their importance and how our practice has responded to these regulations.
  • Each new employee will receive a copy of all relevant policies and procedures.
  • During the orientation, the Privacy Officer or the employee’s supervisor will discuss confidentiality of patient data with the employee, and the practice’s and employee’s obligations regarding patient confidentiality.  Each new employee will sign a confidentiality statement certifying that they will not discuss or reveal any patient data outside the office, and will not access or communicate any patient data except as necessary to complete their assigned tasks.  The confidentiality statement will include language that the obligation of confidentiality regarding patient data survives the employee relationship.
  • Each new employee will sign a statement indicating that they have read, understand and agree to abide by all policies and procedures of this office, and further understand that the penalties for not following these policies and procedures may include disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
  • The Privacy Officer is responsible for ensuring that appropriate education and procedures are in place and enforced to assure senior management that new employees are  trained properly regarding privacy and confidentiality and in accordance with our policies and the relevant statutes.

Violation of these policies can carry serious consequences for the practice.  Disciplinary actions for anyone violating this policy may include suspension without pay or termination.

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