Stuart J. Oberman: The importance of privacy
from Dental Tribune International
Privacy is something we all value. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that dental patients want to ensure more than ever that their personal information will not be shared with anyone without a legitimate need to know. Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HIPAA Rules were created to ensure that all health care professionals respect and protect a patient's privacy. HIPAA gives patients significant rights in controlling how medical professionals maintain and communicate individual health information. How well does your office comply with HIPAA guidelines? Because HIPAA compliance is not optional, every dental office should take the necessary steps to ensure it is HIPAA compliant.
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