This Practice is required by law to provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices (hereafter: “Notice”) so that you will understand how we may use or share your information from your Designated Record Set. The Designated Record Set includes financial and health information referred to in this Notice as “Protected Health Information” (“PHI”) or simply “health information.” We are required to adhere to the terms outlined in this Notice. If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact our HIPAA Officer.
Each time you are admitted to our Practice, a record of your stay is made containing health and financial information. Typically, this record contains information about your condition, the treatment we provide and payment for the treatment. We may use and/or disclose this information to:
Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps you to:
The following categories describe the ways that we use and disclose health information. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall into one of the categories.
We may use or disclose health information about you to provide you with medical treatment. We may disclose health information about you to Practice personnel who are involved in taking care of you at our Practice.
Different departments of a Practice also may share health information about you in order to coordinate your care. We may also disclose health information about you to people outside the Practice who may be involved in your care after you leave a Practice. This may include family members or visiting nurses to provide care in your home.
We may use and disclose health information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at a Practice may be billed to you, an insurance company or a third party. For example, in order to be paid, we may need to share information with your health plan about services provided to you. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the treatment.
We may use and disclose health information about you for our day-to-day health care operations. This is necessary to ensure that all residents receive quality care. For example, we may use health information for quality assessment and improvement activities and for developing and evaluating clinical protocols.
We may also combine health information about many residents to help determine what additional services we should offer, what services should be discontinued, and whether certain new treatments are effective. Health information about you may be used for business development and planning, cost management analyses, insurance claims management, risk management activities, and in developing and testing information systems and programs. We may also use and disclose information for professional review, performance evaluation, and for training programs.
Other aspects of health care operations that may require use and disclosure of your health information include accreditation, certification, licensing and credentialing activities, review and auditing, including compliance reviews, medical reviews, legal services and compliance programs. Your health information may be used and disclosed for the business management and general activities of the Practice including resolution of internal grievances and customer service.
In limited circumstances, we may disclose your health information to another entity subject to HIPAA for its own health care operations. We may remove information that identifies you so that the health information may be used to study health care and health care delivery without learning the identities of residents.
We may disclose your age, birth date and general information about you in the Practice newsletter, on activities calendars, and to entities in the community that wish to acknowledge your birthday or commemorate your achievements on special occasions. If you are receiving therapy services, we may post your photograph and general information about your progress.
There may be some services provided in our Practice through contracts with business associates. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your health information so that they can perform the job we’ve asked them to do and bill you or your third-party payer for services rendered. To protect your health information, however, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
We may use and disclose health information to tell you about possible treatment options or alternatives that may be of interest to you.
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Unless you object, we may disclose health information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your care. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. In addition, we may disclose health information about you to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.
We will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
We may use and disclose health information about you to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. We would do this only to help prevent the threat.
If you are an organ donor, we may disclose health information to organizations that handle organ procurement to facilitate donation and transplantation.
If you are a member of the armed forces, we may disclose health information about you as required by military authorities. We may also disclose health information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose health information about you for research purposes. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health and recovery of all residents who received one medication to those who received another, for the same condition. All research projects, however, are subject to a special approval process. This process evaluates a proposed research project and its use of health information, trying to balance the research needs with residents’ need for privacy of their health information. Before we use or disclose health information for research, the project will have been approved through this research approval
process. We may, however, disclose health information about you to people preparing to conduct a research project so long as the health information they review does not leave a Practice.
We may disclose health information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs. These programs
provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Reporting Federal and state laws may require or permit the Practice to disclose certain health information related to the following:
We may disclose health information about you for public health purposes, including:
or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree or when required or authorized by law.
We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities may include audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose health information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose health information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
Notifying the appropriate government agency if we believe a resident has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
We may disclose health information when requested by a law enforcement official:
We may disclose medical information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also disclose medical information to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
We may disclose health information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence,
and other national security activities authorized by law.
Should you be an inmate of a correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution or its agents health information necessary for your health and the health and safety of others.
Other uses and disclosures of health information not covered by this Notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written permission. If you provide us permission to use or disclose health information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose health information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
Although your health record is the property of the Practice, the information belongs to you. You have the following rights regarding your health information:
With some exceptions, you have the right to review and copy your health information. You must submit your request in writing our HIPAA Officer. We may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request.
If you feel that health information in your record is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have this right for as long as the information is kept by or for the Practice.
You must submit your request in writing to our HIPAA Officer.
In addition, you must provide a reason for your request.
We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
You have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures”. This is a list of certain disclosures we made of your health information, other than those made for purposes such as treatment, payment, or health care operations.
You must submit your request in writing to our HIPAA Officer. Your request must state a time period which may not be longer than six years from the date the request is submitted and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, on paper or electronically). The first list you request within a twelve month period will be free. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information we use or disclose about you. For example, you may request that we limit the health information we disclose to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care. You could ask that we not use or disclose information about a surgery you had to a family member or friend.
We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.
You must submit your request in writing to our HIPAA Officer.
In your request, you must tell us:
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a confidential manner or at a specific location. For example, you may ask that we only contact you via mail to a post office box.
You must submit your request in writing to our HIPAA Officer.
We will not ask you the reason for your request. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices even if you have agreed to receive the Notice electronically. You may ask us to give you a copy of this Notice at any time.
We reserve the right to change this Notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for health information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice in the Practice and on the website. The Notice will specify the effective date on the first page, in the top right-hand corner. In addition, if material changes are made to this Notice, the Notice will contain an effective date for the revisions and copies can be obtained by contacting the Practice administrator.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Practice or with the
Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
To file a complaint with the Practice, contact our HIPAA Officer.
All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
Please contact us regarding the terms in this Notice.
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