Policies - Records


Records Disclosure Upon Request.

We keep a record of the health care services we provide you. You may ask us to see and copy that record. You may also ask us to correct that record. We will not disclose your record to others unless you give us written direction to do so or unless the law authorizes or compels us to do so. You may schedule to see your record or get more information about it by written request at the front desk. As defined in the Uniform Health Care Information Act, we do have the right to deny access to your records, or to a portion of your record in special circumstances.

Records may be duplicated for release to another caregiver. In the case of referring care to specialist, written authorization is not required so long as we remain your primary caregiver. A fee may be charged for records duplication as provided for in RCW 70.02.010(12). Fees will not exceed the amount set by law. If a patient's account is deemed to be current at the time of transfer/records request, then our regular duplication fee will be waived.

A valid authorization must identify the nature of the information to be disclosed, must be dated and signed by the patient or guardian in the case of a minor, and must identify the name, address and institutional affiliation of the person to whom the information is to be disclosed. By law, authorizations are valid for 90 days only.

When records are to be forwarded to another dentist as a change of primary caregiver, we will forward only duplicates of current x-rays (1 year for bitewings, 3-5 years for fmx/pano) unless directed to provide additional information. (copies of periodontal charting if available-will be sent upon request).



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