They are talking about us and we love it!

Thank you to Cassandra, Evie and Cee for taking the time to post comments on YELP.   Thank you too, for the trust you place in us.  We are honored that you have chosen us to provide your health care. 

 

Cassandra S.:  

"No one likes to go to these places.  Five stars for the people who work there, everyone I spoke to, from the front desk to the treatment   areas, was extremely kind and professional.  I left with my dignity intact and my faith in humanity renewed."

 

Evie S.: 

"Kristin Paulson, P.A., makes me feel comfortable and reassured during every visit."

 

Cee R.:

"I do not understand why this place gets such poor reviews. I had a great first experience a the medical clinic.  Dr. Pohl was kind and professional.  He really cares about the concerns of his patients.  I am definitely returning for a follow up visit."



 

Do you know and understand the Healthcare Information Portability and Privacy Act, often referred to as "HIPAA," or "the Privacy Act?"    HIPAA is a Federal law that safeguards patient privacy.  The Department of Health and Human Services hosts a detailed website dedicated to HIPAA and because we take your privacy very seriously at Mission Valley Medical Clinic, we want to bring the H.H.S. resource site to your attention.   

    

Notice of Privacy Practices -- courtesy of Health and Human Services Department  http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html  

Why you are receiving a Notice from your doctors and health plan

 

Your health care provider and health plan must give you a notice that tells you how they may use and share your health information and how you can exercise your health privacy rights. In most cases, you should get this notice on your first visit to a provider or in the mail from your health insurer, and you can ask for a copy at any time.  The provider or health plan cannot use or disclose information in a way that is not consistent with their notice.

 

Why you are asked to “sign” a form

 

The law requires your doctor, hospital, or other health care provider you see in person to  ask you to state in writing that you received the notice.  Often, that means the doctor will ask you to sign a form stating that you received the notice that day.

  • The law does not require you to sign the “acknowledgement of receipt of the notice.” 
  • Signing does not mean that you have agreed to any special uses or disclosures of your health records. 
  • Refusing to sign the acknowledgement does not prevent the entity from using or disclosing health information as the Rule permits it to do. 
  • If you refuse to sign the acknowledgement, the provider must keep a record that they failed to obtain your acknowledgement.

What is in the Notice

the covered entity’s duties to protect health information privacy.

 

 

When and how you can receive a Notice of Privacy Practices

Most covered health care providers must give notice to their patients at the patient’s first service encounter (usually at your first appointment).  In emergency treatment situations, the provider must give the patient the notice as soon as possible after the emergency.  It must also post the notice in a clear and easy to find location where patients are able to read it.  

 

 

 

 

 

  • A health plan must give its notice to each new enrollee at enrollment, and send a reminder to every enrollee at least once every three years that the notice is available upon request. A health plan can give the notice to the “named insured,” that is, the subscriber for coverage. It does not also have to give separate notices to any covered spouses and dependents.  
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  •  A covered entity must give a copy of the notice to anyone who asks for one.  If a covered entity has a web site for customers, it must post its notice in an obvious spot there.  -- Courtesy of Health and Human Services Department
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