We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal protected health information and we are fully committed to protecting your medical information. Personal health information includes individually identifiable information about our past, present or future health or condition, the provision of health care to you or payment for said health care.
We use and disclose personal health information about you for treatment, payment and for various health care procedures.
We may disclose personal health information to your insurance provider, our dentists and other dental care providers for treatment purposes. For instance, your Spokane dentist may wish to provide a dental service to you but first seeks information from your insurance provider as to whether the service has been previously provided.
Summit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry may disclose your personal health information in order to fulfill our duty to check your coverage, determine your benefits and secure payment for services that may have been provided to you. For instance, we use your personal health information to request process of your claims by your insurance provider.
Health Care Operations
Summit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry may disclose your personal health information as a part of certain operations, such as quality improvement. For instance, we may use your personal health information to evaluate the quality of dental services that were performed.
Summit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry may be asked by the sponsor of your health plan to provide your personal health information to the sponsor. If we are asked to do so, we intend to honor such requests unless we are prohibited to do so by law.
We may use or disclose your personal health information without your authorization for one of several reasons. Subject to certain requirements, Summit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry may give out your personal health information without your authorization for public health purposes, auditing purposes, research studies, and emergencies. We provide personal health information when otherwise required by law, such as for law enforcement in specific circumstances, or for judicial or administrative proceedings.
In any other situation, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing personal health information. If you choose to sign an authorization to allow disclosure of your personal health information, you can later revoke that authorization to stop any future uses and disclosures (other than for the purposes of treatment, payment and other health care operations).