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HIPAA & Red Flags

It seems like almost every day we are asked to give our personal information in exchange for services. Often we don’t think about what happens behind the scenes with that information, but we should! There were more than 12 million identity fraud victims in 2012. Those who have been affected know the effect that it can have on your life. It can take years to resolve and during that time, it can be a nightmare to obtain credit, needed services, etc.

Here at Florida Skin Center, we take the oath to protect your personal information very seriously and have policies and procedures in place to insure that your information is never breached. Our office currently complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and in 11 years of practice, we have never had a HIPAA breach. In addition, each team member of FSC is required to sign a confidentiality agreement and strict training is done before they ever access patient data. Your information will never be released without your specific consent, with the exception of health insurance companies we are filing a claim with or laboratories that your specimen is sent to.

Also, we are currently in compliance with the new Red Flag law. This law is in place to protect consumers mainly from credit card fraud. You may ask, how are we protecting you? At FSC, we only run credit cards where the card holder is present. In addition, your credit card numbers are never kept on file. Even the receipt that we keep on file does not show your credit card numbers. Finally, our check-out staff will always check the ID we have on file to match your credit card information.

At times, it may seem an inconvenience to show your ID, sign an authorization for medical records, etc. But remember, doing these things only takes minutes, while recovering your identity can take years! If you have more questions about how we are keeping your information safe, feel free to ask one of our highly trained staff members, they will be happy to answer your questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued trust!

 

 

More information

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Understanding HIPAA Privacy - For Consumers & Patients

 

HIPAA Main Page

 

What is the Red Flags Rule?