Thank you for choosing us as your health care provider. We are committed to your treatment being successful. Please understand that payment of your bills is considered a part of your treatment. The following is a statement of our financial policy, which we require you to read, agree to, and sign prior to any treatment. Dr. Kakar and the providers of Snoring & Fatigue render only services that, in their professional judgment, are needed to provide quality medical care for you.
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
This notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment of health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.
1. Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Your protected health infor mation (PHI) may be used and disclosed by your physician, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the physician’s practice, and any other use required by law.
Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your healthcare with any related health services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, we would disclose your PHI as necessary, to a durable medical equipment company that provides care to you. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.
Payment: Your PHI will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services; For example, obtaining approval for an overnight sleep study may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to obtain approval or authorization.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your PHI in order to support the business activities of your physician’s practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, licensing or conducting or arranging for other business activities. In addition, we may use a sign in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked o sign your name. We may also call you by name in the waiting room 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 use or disclose your PHI in the following situations without your authorization. These situations include, as required by law, public health issues as required by law, communicable diseases, abuse or neglect, FDA requirements, legal proceedings, law enforcements, coroners, criminal activities, military activities and national security, and worker’s compensation. Under the law, we must make disclosures to your and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of section 164.500.
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 the authorization at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your physician’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use of disclosure indicated in the authorization.
I have reviewed this office’s Notice of Privacy Practices, which explains how my medical information will be used and disclosed. I understand that I am entitled to receive a copy of this document.
This Release of Information will remain in effect until terminated by me in writing.
Scheduled appointment times are reserved especially for you. If an appointment is missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice for office appointments and Sleep Studies, you will be billed:
$100 for new patient appointments
$35 for clinic appointments
$250 for Sleep Study appointments
Please note that calls must be received during our regular business hours. Our hours are Monday – Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm.
Please know that your insurance company does not cover this charge. Repeated “no show” appointments could result in referring you back to your insurance company for reassignment to another specialist.
I understand that the office will make every attempt to place a reminder call for my appointments. However, whether or not a confirmation call is placed, I am still held responsible for remembering my appointment day and time.
Select any that apply below:
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 – Would never doze
1 – Slight chance of dozing
2 – Moderate chance of dozing
3 – High chance of dozing
Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is the result of many different problems and it can cause impaired human performance. We feel obligated to inform you about EDS because of its potential for increased accidents and injuries.
Driving while you are sleepy is dangerous. There are 100,000 – 200,000 automobile accidents in the US each year due to sleepiness and fatigue. These crashes cost the US economy $12.5 billion, injure 71,000 individuals, and kill 1,500 people each year in the US alone. Sleep problems and EDS lead to 4 – 7 times the normal risk of having an auto or truck accident. Obviously, it is dangerous to be sleepy in any situation that requires complete alertness.
We recommend that you drive only when fully alert. If you become drowsy while driving, you should pull off the road safely and stop driving. Return to driving only when you are clearly awake. Some people find that a brief nap, a brisk walk, or a cup of coffee will help them become more alert.
There are significant legal and social obligations associated with the safe operation of your motor vehicle. You need to inform us is you are unable to follow our recommendations regarding driving and sleepiness.
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The Dallas Kakar Inventory is a screening tool and is not intended to provide a diagnosis of any disease or illness. The Author of the Inventory assumes no liability for its use.
Snoring & Fatigue Center
6313 Preston Road, Suite 400 | Plano, Texas 75024T 972.473.7300 | F 972.473.7750