At the Michigan College of Optometry, we are taking an active role in complying with HIPAA. HIPAA calls for controlling protected health information of patients. In order to comply with HIPAA s Privacy Rule, it is the policy of MCO to obtain a signed patient authorization before disclosure of protected health information, except in those circumstances in which HIPAA does not require such an authorization.
It is a policy of MCO to provide every patient with
MCO's Notice of Privacy Practices (see below).
It is MCO policy to allow patients to inspect and/or copy their own protected health information under the conditions stated in MCO HIPAA policy guidelines. If the patient has a personal representative, the personal representative can inspect or copy the patients protected health information on behalf of the patient.
It is MCO policy to permit patients to request that we restrict the way that we use some protected health information for purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations.
It is the policy of this office to use de-identified information instead of protected health information whenever feasible.
It is MCO policy to provide our patients, upon request, with an accounting of the disclosures that we have made of their protected health information.
For full details into the MCO policies on HIPAA, please visit our office and request our HIPAA Policies book.