Your medical information is personal and private. We are committed to protecting this information. We create a record of the care you receive. This record is needed to provide you with good care and to comply with certain legal requirements.
We are required by law to:
• Make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private;
• Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your medical information; and,
• Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.

From the U.S. department of Health and Human Services:

“The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.  The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.”

Here is a link to the Hipaa combined regulation text. It is in a PDF file; you will need Adobe Reader (free) to view it.

You will be asked to sign a Hipaa form at Dr. Burns’ office.