Virginia Cancer Specialists social work services will document your visit in our electronic medical record, noting only that you have been here, what interventions happened in session, and the topics discussed. Under the provisions of the Health Care Information Act of 1992, you have the right to a copy of your file at any time. You have the right to request that we correct any errors in your file. You have the right to request that a copy of your file be available to any other health care provider at your written request.
There are limits and exceptions to legal confidentiality within the context of an oncology setting. It is important to discuss with your social worker the types of information that will be shared. There are other exceptions to confidentiality. These include but are not limited to the following:
- If you sign a release of information granting us permission to release information.
- For continuity of care and care coordination.
- If there appears to be an intent to harm yourself or others.
- If there is abuse, neglect, or suspected abuse or neglect of children, the elderly, or others unable to care for themselves.
There are limits to privileged communication within a health care setting. Privileged communication is the understanding between the professional and patient that the information revealed by the patient will not be divulged to others without expressed permission.
We do not fall under privileged communication. Privileged communication generally only pertains to psychotherapeutic relationships.
Virginia Cancer Specialists complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at: (703) 208-3155, from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM