The Elmwood Health Center (EHC) is required by federal and New York State law to protect medical information about you and to provide you with a notice about our privacy practices and obligations. Your medical records are strictly confidential, and are the property of the Elmwood Health Center. Under most circumstances, your medical information cannot be released to anyone without written permission. It is important to note that if you are a member of a health maintenance organization (HMO), your subscriber contract gives the HMO the authority to conduct a professional review of your medical record.
Upon your initial registration at a EHC office, you will be offered a copy of our privacy practices which explains how your health information may be used during your course of treatment, and that we are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of any health information that identifies you. In addition, you will be asked to sign a statement indicating that you have received the privacy practices notice. We ask that you take a few minutes to review this important information. If you have any questions about the EHC's privacy practices, please don't hesitate to talk with your doctor or a member of our support staff.
As an Elmwood Health Center patient, you are entitled to receive quality medical care and have the right to:
- Considerate and respectful care
- Privacy concerning your medical care
- Expect that all communications and records pertaining to your care will be treated as confidential
- Obtain from your physician complete, current information concerning your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in language you can easily understand
- Receive from your physician information necessary to give informed consent prior to the start of any procedure and/or treatment
- Refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the medical consequences of your action
- Expect reasonable continuity of care
- Examine and receive an explanation of your bill regardless of source of payment