Nothing has changed …
but everything seems different.
A physician-patient relationship, to be strong, must be governed by mutual trust, respect, honesty and courtesy. A fundamental part of that relationship is everyone's understanding that a patient's personal health information is private.
Since the founding of The Jackson Clinic Professional Association in 1950, our patients have shared personal health information with our professional staff. That information has been placed into each individual's medical record. We have respected the confidentiality of that medical record and the health information in it. We still do … nothing has changed.
We always have required that our employed staff – medical, business and administrative – understand the importance to patients of confidentiality, and that they abide by The Jackson Clinic rules and policies to preserve patient privacy. We still require that … nothing has changed.
Since 1998, the U.S. Government has issued hundreds of pages of regulations that prescribe detailed federal rules governing the privacy of personal health information. The use of various notices, forms and authorizations is now mandated. Formal procedures are specified. These regulations are intended to help keep your health information private in a modern, computerized world. As all of us comply with the new law, things may seem different.
But the fundamental principal has not changed. Your privacy has always been important to us … and it still is.
The Physicians and Staff of The Jackson Clinic, P.A.