Accreditation & Safety
AAAASF has become recognized as the Gold Standard. The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are not accredited, therefore operating independently of any inspections or peer review process. Our private surgery suite has been accredited since 1988, and Dr. Siegel is also an inspector for other ambulatory surgery facilities which keeps him current with the latest changes and policies. April of 2014 he traveled to San Francisco to attend the Inspectors program and is currently up to date on the latest changes and safety information. Visit the AAAASF website to learn more about this important accreditation and how it affects YOUR safety.
The criteria for passing and having the accreditation for AAAASF is what sets Dr. Siegel apart from other plastic surgeons in Chesapeake. He has patients that come from neighboring cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Portsmouth. Patients that are aware of this type of accreditation because of it’s high standards for safety seek out Dr. Siegel from other states across the USA.
Contact us by EMAIL for more information on AAAASF.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY. The following is the privacy practice followed by Dr. Fred H. Siegel and his employees.
A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your individually identifiable health information (IIHI). In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and the privacy practices that we maintain in our practice concerning your IIHI. By federal law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time.
We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information:
*How we may use and disclose your IIHI
*Your privacy rights in your IIHI
*Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your IIHI
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your IIHI tht are created or retained by our practice. We reserve the right to revise or amend this Notice of Privacy Practices. Any revisions or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records that our practice has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records that we may create or maintain in the future. Our practice will post a copy of our current Notice in our offices in a visable location at all times, and you may request a copy of our most current Notice at any time.
B. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT:
Our privacy official at (757) 547-2115 or 700 Battlefield Boulevard North, Suite A, Chesapeake VA 23320.
C. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION (IIHI) IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose you IIHI.
1. Treatment. Our practice may use your IIHI to treat you. For example, we may ask you to have laboratory tests (such as blood or urine tests), and we may use the results to help us reach a diagnosis. We might use you IIHI in order to write a prescription for you, or we might disclose your IIHI to a pharmacy when we order a prescription for you. Many of the people who work for our practice-including, but not limited to, our doctors and nurses-may use or disclose your IIHI to treat you or to assist others in your treatment. Additionally, we may disclose your IIHI to others who may assist in your care, such as your spouse, children, or parents.
Finally, we may also disclose your IIHI to other health care providers for purposes related to your treatment.
2. Payment. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits), and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover, or pay for your treatment. We also may use and disclose your IIHI to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your IIHI to bill you directly for services and items. We may disclose your IIHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their billing and collection efforts.
3. Appointment Reminders. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI to contact you and remind you of an appointment.
4. Release of Information to Family/Friends. Our practice may release your IIHI to a friend or family member that is involved in your care, or who assists in taking care of you.
5. Disclosures Required By Law. Our practice will use and disclose your IIHI when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law.
D. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR IIHI IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
1. Public Health Risks. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of:
*reporting child abuse or neglect
*preventing or controlling disease, injury or disablilty
*notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease
*reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices
*notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled
*Notifying appropriate government agency(ies) regarding the potential abuse or neglect of and adult patient (including domestic violence); however, we will oly disclose this information if the patient agrees or we are required or authorized by law to disclose this information
*notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury or illness or medical surveillance
2. Health Oversight Activities. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example. investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
3. Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI in response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your IIHI in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protesting the information the party requested.
4. Law Enforcement. We may release IIHI if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
*Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement
*In response to a warrant, summons, court order, subpoena or similiar legal process
*To identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive or missing person
*In an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime, or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator).
5. Serious Threats to Health or Safety. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, as we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.
6. Military. Our practice may disclose your IIHI if you are a member of U.S. or foreign military froces (including veterans) and if required by the appropriate authorities.
7. National Security. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to federal officials for intelligence and national security activities authorized by law. We also may disclose your IIHI to federal officials in order to protect the President, other officials or foreign heads of state, or to conduct investigations.
8. Inmates. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official. Disclosure for these purposes would be necessary: (a) for the institutions to provide health care services to you, (b) for the safety and security of the institution, and/or (c) to protect your health and safety of other individuals.
9. Workers’ Compensation. Our practice may release your IIHI for workers’ compensation and similar programs.
E. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR IIHI
You have the following rights regarding the IIHI that we maintain about you:
1. Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that our practice communicate with you about your health and related issuses in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request specifying the requested method of contact, or the location where you wish to be contacted. Our practice will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.
2. Requesting Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your IIHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we restrict our disclosure of your IIHI to only certain individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care such as family members and friends. We are not required to agreee to your request, however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies, or when the information is necessary to treat you. In order to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your IIHI, you must make your request in writing. Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion:
a. the information you wish restricted:
b. whether you are requesting to limit our practice’s use, disclosure or both, and
c. to whom you want the limit to apply.
3. Inspection ad Copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the IIHI that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records, but not including psychotherapy notes. You must submit your request in writing in order to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your IIHI. Our practice may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, labor and supplies associated with your request. Our practice may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however, you may request a review of our denial. Another licensed health care professional chosen by us will conduct reviews.
4. Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our practice. To request an amendment, your request must be in writing. You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment. Our practice will deny request a if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is in opinion: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the IIHI kept by or for the practice; (c) not part of the IIHI which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our practice, unless the individual or entity tht created the information is not available to amend the information.
5. Accounting of Disclosures. All of our patients have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures”. An “accounting of disclosures” is a list of certain non-routine disclosures our practice has made of your IIHI for non-treatment, non-payment or non-operations purposes. Use of your IIHI as part of the routine patient care in our practice is not required to be documented. For example, the doctor sharing information with the nurse; or the billing department using your information to file your insurance claim. In order to obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing. All request for an “accounting of disclosures” must state a time period, which may not be longer than six (6) years from the date of disclosure. The first list you request within a 12-month period is free of charge, but our practice may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period. Our practice will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and may withdraw your request before you incur any costs.
6. Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time.
7. Right to File a Complaint. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
8. Right to Provide an Authorization for Other uses and Disclosures. Our practice will obtain your written authorizations for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your IIHI may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your IIHI for the reasons described in the authorization. Please note, we are requried to retain records of your care.
Again, if you have any questions regarding this notice or our health information privacy policies, please contact our privacy official at (757) 547-2115.
Fred H. Siegel, M.D.
700 North Battlefield Boulevard
Chesapeake, VA 23320