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.
This notice of privacy practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protected health information” is information about you, including demographic 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
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 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 physicians’ practice, and any other use required by law.
Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with the third party. For example, we would disclose our protected health information, as necessary, to a home health agency that provides health to you. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.
Payment: Your protected health information may be used, as needed to obtain payment for your health care services. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for the hospital admission.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to support the business activities of your physicians’ practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities.
We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your authorization. These situations include: as required by Law, Public Health issues as required by Law, Communicable Diseases, Health Oversight, Abuse or Neglect, Food and Drug Administration requirements, Legal Proceedings, Law Enforcement, Coroners, Funeral Directors and Organ Donation Research, Criminal Activity, Military Activity and National Security, Workers’ Compensation, Inmates requires Use and Discloser 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 compliances 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 your physician or the physicians’ practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.
Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information.
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 of proceedings, 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. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You may also request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes as descried in this Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction and to whom you want the restriction to apply.
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 disclose 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 to receive confidential communication from us by alternative location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this notice alternatively i.e. electronically.
You may have the right to have your physician amend your protected health information. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to you statement and will provide you a copy of any such rebuttal.
You have the right to receive and accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health information.
We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and we will inform you by mail of any changes. You then have the right to object or withdraw as provided in this notice.
You may complain to the Secretary of Health and Human Services or us if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our privacy contact of your complaint. We will not retaliate against you for filling a complaint.
This notice was published and becomes affective on/or before April 14, 2003.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of, and provide individuals with, this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. If you have any objections to this form, please ask to speak with our HIPAA Compliance Officer by phone at 772-781-2207.