This notice describes how your medical information may be used or disclosed and how you can gain access to it. Please read this notice carefully.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 is a federal program that requires strict confidentiality for all your personal health information. That includes all your medical and dental information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether electronic, written or verbal. The Act gives you significant rights to understand and control how your health information is used. The Act also provides penalties for the misuse of Protected Health Information (PHI). PHI is any information about you, including demographic data that identifies you and your past, present or future physical or mental health condition, as well as related healthcare services. This Privacy Policy describes how we may use or disclose your PHI to provide treatment, payment or healthcare operations or other purposes that are permitted or required by law. This policy also describes your rights to access and control your PHI.

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information

Your PHI may be used or disclosed by our physician, office staff or others involved in your care and treatment, whether providing healthcare services to you, paying your healthcare bills, supporting the operation of our practice or any other lawful use. Treatment: We will use and disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate or manage your healthcare and related services. This includes the coordination or management of your healthcare by a third party. For example, your PHI may be given to a physician you have been referred to in order to ensure that he or she has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose your PHI to support our business activities. These activities may include quality assessment, employee review and conducting or arranging other business activities. We may also use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name and indicate your physician. We may call you by name in our reception area when your physician is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your PHI, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment. We may phone your home and leave a message (on an answering machine or with the person answering the phone) to remind you of an upcoming appointment, the need to schedule a new appointment or to call our office. We may also mail a postcard reminder or letter to your home address. Please tell us if you prefer that we call or contact you at another phone number or location.

We may use or disclose your PHI under the following circumstances without your authorization. These include, as required by law:

  • public health issues
  • communicable diseases
  • health oversight
  • abuse or neglect
  • Food and Drug Administration requirements
  • legal proceedings
  • law enforcement
  • coroners, funeral directors and organ donation
  • medical research
  • criminal activity; prison inmates
  • military activity and national security
  • Workers’ Compensation

Required Uses and Disclosures: The law requires us to disclose to you when we are investigated by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to determine our compliance with HIPAA. Other permitted and required uses and disclosures will be made only with your consent, authorization or opportunity to object unless required by law. You may revoke this authorization in writing at any time except to the extent that your physician or the physician’s practice has taken action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in your authorization. Payment: Your PHI will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for healthcare services. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant PHI be disclosed to your health insurance plan to obtain approval for a hospital admission or a health-related procedure.

Your Rights

You have the right to inspect and copy your PHI. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records:

  • psychotherapy notes
  • information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in civil, criminal or administrative actions or proceedings
  • PHI that is subject to law prohibiting access to said PHI

You have the right to request a restriction of your health information. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You may also request nondisclosure of any part of your PHI to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes described in these Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction and to whom you want the restriction to apply.

Your physician is not required to agree to your requested restriction. If your physician believes it is in your best interests to permit use and disclosure of your PHI, your PHI will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another healthcare professional. You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this Notice alternatively (e.g., electronically). You have the right to have your physician amend your PHI. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal. You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your PHI.

We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and will inform you of any changes. You then have the right to object or withdraw as provided in this Notice.

Complaints

You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint by notifying our privacy officer at our office and main telephone number. We will not retaliate against you for exercising your right to file a complaint.

This Notice was published and is effective on or before 6/1/2010.

Francisco J. Garcini, MD, PhD, FACOG, FACS
Gynecologic Surgery & Menopause Solutions
1870 Silver Cross Boulevard, Suite 210,
New Lenox, IL 60451
Phone: 815.463.3000
Fax: 815.463.3013
www.GarciniGYN.com

Our Services

  • Abnormal PAP
  • Permanent Contraception
  • Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  • Heavy, Painful Periods
  • Pelvic Pain & Bladder Problems
  • Menopause
  • Robotic Surgery

Abnormal PAP

The Pap test is an important part of our well-woman exams because it's the best way to detect changes in the cervix that could indicate cervical cancer. For the majority of women, the Pap test comes back normal. Even when the test does indicate a problem, often the cause is inflammation of the cervix or a vaginal infection, but you still need timely follow-up care.

Permanent Contraception

When you are done having children, Essure is the most effective permanent birth control available (even more effective than tying your tubes). Besides being surgery-free and hormone-free, Essure is performed in as little as 10 minutes with no slowing down to recover so you can get back to your family right away. Discover why women don't just depend on Essure, they love Essure.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

If there is ever a time when you need gynecologic surgery, it's good to know that there are now minimally invasive surgical solutions for most gynecologic problems. Dr. Garcini now performs 90% of his surgeries using these techniques. The reason is simple. These surgical solutions require either tiny incisions or no incisions at all. There is less pain for the patient, much shorter recovery times, less blood loss and far fewer complications - exactly what Dr. Garcini wants for all of his patients..

Heavy, Painful Periods

If heavy, painful menstrual cycles cause you to miss work or social activities every month, please talk with Dr. Garcini. He is a board-certified gynecology doctor with 17 years of experience evaluating and treating this common and very treatable health problem.

Pelvic Pain & Bladder Problems

Chronic pelvic pain not only hurts, it can be a major source of worry and keep you from leading a normal, fulfilling life. Even if you've been told that nothing can be done about your pelvic pain, we encourage you to schedule a visit. Our board-certified gynecology doctor, Francisco J. Garcini, MD, has 17 years of experience diagnosing and treating pelvic pain. He offers comprehensive testing, including in-office gynecologic ultrasound, to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain. He will investigate your medical history and listen to you about your symptoms, previous treatments and anything else about your life that may be related.

Menopause

Menopause is a retrospective diagnosis. It is defined as the time when 12 consecutive months have passed since your last period, and it is a biological process that is characterized by a series of events that can start as early as your late 30s and last into your 50s and 60s. Physiologically, menopause is caused by the gradual decline in the production of estrogen by the aging ovaries. This state of estrogen deprivation is associated with hormonal, physical and psychological changes in your life; however, it is not the end of your youth or sexuality.

Robotic Surgery

Dr. Garcini is skilled and experienced with total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH). With TLH or the single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), you can expect a much faster, easier recovery and less postoperative pain than with other approaches. Robotic da Vinci hysterectomy is the latest method that brings 21st-century computer precision to the procedure. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System® is widely touted as today's most effective, least invasive surgical treatment option - an effective alternative to traditional open surgery. For you, that means improved precision, significantly less pain and a faster return to normal daily activities.