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  • HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

    This notice was published and becomes effective on April 14th 2003

    Women to Women, Dr. Valerie A. Knudsen, M.D. 2831 Fort Missoula Road, Suite 306 Missoula, MT 59804 406-327-4395

    THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

    Uses and disclosures of Protected Health Information: Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by your physician, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in you care and treatment for the purpose of providing healthcare services to you, to pay your healthcare bills, to support the operation of the physician's practice and any other use requires by law.

    Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your healthcare and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party.

    Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your healthcare services.

    Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to support the business issues as required by law, Communicable Diseases, Health Oversight, Abuse or Neglect, Food and Drug Administration requirements, Legal Proceedings, Law Enforcement, Coroners, Funeral Directors, Organ Donation, Research, Criminal Activity, Military Activity, National Security, Worker's Compensation, and Inmates.

    Required Uses and Disclosures: Under the law we must make disclosures to you 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 this authorization at any time, in writing except to the extent that you physician or the physician's practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.

    • You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: psychotherapy notes, information compiled in reasonable anticipation of or use in a civil, criminal or administrative action or proceeding and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information.

    • You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. Your physician is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If your physician believes it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another healthcare professional.

    • You have the right to request or receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of the notice from us.

    • You may have the right to have your physician amend your protected health information.

    • You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health information.

    Complaints: You may complain to us or the secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us.

    We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

    By clicking Next you are providing your acknowledgment that you have received and understand this Notice of our Privacy Practices:

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FAQs

What is ACOG?

ACOG is the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynedology.  It is evidence based science of the practice of OB/GYN.  It is only the facts!

How often should I get an annual physical?

Every year, unless instructed otherwise by your gynecologist. Your annual isn’t only for a pap smear (a cervical cancer screening); breast, pelvic and over all physicals should be done annually to prevent risk of serious disease. It’s also just good to check that you’re physically well at least once a year and to meet with your doctor to discuss any changes that may have occurred since your last visit.

What should I expect from my annual appointment?

Your annual will consist of a thorough physical including, a pelvic exam, breast exam, pap smear (a cervical cancer screening) and further testing if requested. (additional time spent in appointments discussing procedures or other issues will be charged accordingly.) Your annual can be a good time to discuss birth control or pregnancy plan options as well as discussing any issues you’ve had concerning past medication, body irregularities, health changes, etc.

What should I expect from my first obstetric appointment?

Your first OB appointment will typically get scheduled when you are 8-12 weeks along which is determined by the first day of your last period and is referred to as the LMP (last menstrual period). During your visit you’ll get a full physical exam including, a pelvic exam, breast exam, urine test, blood work and likely an ultrasound. We want to check your overall health and attempt to identify any risk factors that may occur during pregnancy, at birth or if there will be any fetal complications. Based on your OB doctor’s assessment you may be asked to stop certain habits, watch for specific warning signs and symptoms, and using your LMP (last menstrual period) date, ESTIMATE your due date. Your first visit is always the best time to ask questions and discuss any lifestyle changes or health and risk factors that may result in specific restrictions and/or additional testing. Also remember to establish a reasonable schedule for future visits with your doctor according to your needs.

How far along will I need to be for my detailed ultrasounds and what will each be for?

Your first detailed ultrasound will happen at approximately 20 weeks and is mainly to check the baby’s estimated size, ensure that the baby is properly developing and how the placenta and umbilical cord are positioned. You’ll also get a chance to find out the sex of your baby.
Your second detailed ultrasound will happen at approximately 30 weeks and is referred to as a biophysical profile. This ultrasound is to ensure your baby’s safety by checking the baby’s position, the amount of fluid, placental position and maturity and the size and weight of the baby.