HiPAA and Patient Privacy & Responsibilites 

What is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996 and provides you with the ability to continue and transfer health insurance coverage when you change or lose your job. It reduces health care fraud and abuse, mandates industry-wide standards for information on electronic billing and other processes, and requires that your health information be protected and confidential.

The HIPAA Privacy regulations require providers and their business associates to develop and follow procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of protected health information when it is transferred, received, handled, or shared. This applies to paper, oral, and electronic information.

Please click on the link below to view our full HIPAA privacy policy:

Notice_of_Privacy_Practices_ Third Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

As a healthcare recipient, you possess certain entitlements safeguarded by federal and state laws. These rights encompass the ability to access and maintain the privacy of your medical records. Additionally, you should anticipate exemplary care from your healthcare providers and be aware of those responsible for your well-being.

Modern dentistry strives to cater to individual patients while acknowledging their fundamental human rights and patient privileges as integral aspects of the dental profession’s ethos. Our practice adheres to these principles of quality and ethical service, considering them essential elements of the care we deliver.

Your entitlements as a patient encompass:

  • The right to oral healthcare in a hygienic, secure setting with due regard for your rights and dignity.
  • The right to receive accurate, impartial, and ethical information and treatment concerning oral health.
  • The right to safeguard your personal privacy.
  • The right to voice concerns regarding your needs, preferences, and grievances.
  • The right to actively participate in decisions affecting your oral health, including informed consent—granting permission with full awareness of potential risks and benefits.
  • Assurance of assistance upon departure from our practice, including guidance on self-care or follow-up procedures and clarification regarding billing or insurance matters.

Please click on the link below to view our full Patient Rights & Responsibilities policy:

Patient Rights & Responsibilities – 2024