Notice of Privacy Practices: Protected Health Information
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 to carry out treatment, payment, or 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. 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 condition, and related healthcare services. This notice is divided into three sections and describes the uses and disclosures of your Protected Health Information, your rights as they relate to your Protected Health Information, and our duties as a healthcare provider. We are required to abide by the terms of this notice of Privacy Practices.
Section I – Uses and Disclosures of Your Protected Health Information
Federal law allows this practice to use and disclose your Protected Health Information to carry out treatment, payment, and healthcare operation activities. 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 for the purpose of providing healthcare services to you. Your Protected Health Information may also be used and disclosed to obtain payment for your health care services and to support the operation of our practice. The following examples are not meant to be exhaustive, but to describe the types of uses and disclosures that may be made by our office.
The use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information for treatment purposes includes uses and disclosures to provide, coordinate, or manage your healthcare. Examples of this would include disclosure of Protected Health Information to other physicians who may be treating you, including physicians who refer you to our practice. Also, Protected Health Information may be provided to a physician or another service provider to whom you have been referred by our practice to insure that individual has the necessary information to diagnose you and provide care. Information will also be disclosed to and received from pharmacies to coordinate and oversee prescription medication management.
Your Protected Health Information will also be used as needed to obtain payment for your healthcare services. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for healthcare services that we recommend for you. Examples include determining eligibility or coverage for insurance benefit, reviewing services provided to you for medical necessity, and undertaking utilization review activities. This would include pre-certification or pre-determination of benefits for outpatient surgical procedures.
We may also use and disclose your Protected Health Information in order to support the business activities of this practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. A specific example of this would be the review of medical records by outside agencies who audit medical records for the purpose of insuring quality care. We may also use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name and service you are receiving. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when your physician or service provider is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information as necessary to contact you to remind you of your appointments.
We will share your Protected Health Information with Third Party “business associates” that perform various activities for our practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, the provision of certain types of patient's specific medical equipment, the maintenance of computer software, and collection activities. Whenever an arrangement between our office and a business associate involves the use or disclosure of your Protected Health information, we will have a written contract that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your Protected Health Information.
We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information as necessary to provide you with information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
In addition to the uses and disclosures described above that are permitted, as they relate to your treatment, payment for healthcare services, or the operations of this facility, certain other uses or disclosures are permitted or required by law. Specifically, unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a friend, or any other person you identify, your Protected Health Information that directly relates to that person's involvement in your healthcare. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgment. We may use or disclose Protected Health Information to identify your location or general condition to a family member, a personal representative, or any other person that is responsible for your care. Finally, we may use or disclose your Protected Health Information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster relief efforts and to coordinate uses and disclosures to family or other individuals involved in your care.
The following are specific uses and disclosures of your Protected Health Information that may be made without your agreement or authorization as required by law. We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information to the extent that the use or disclosure is required by law. The use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to the relative requirements of the law.
We may disclose your Protected Health Information for public health activities and purposes to a public health authority that is permitted by law to collect or receive the information. The disclosure will be made for the purpose of controlling disease, injury, or disability. We may also disclose your Protected Health Information if directed by the public health authority to a foreign government agency that is collaborating with the public health authority, including Adult Protective Service (APS).
We may disclose your Protected Health Information, if authorized by law, to a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may be otherwise at risk of contracting or spreading the disease or condition. We may disclose Protected Health Information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law such as audits, investigations, and inspections. Oversight agencies seeking this information include government agencies that oversee the healthcare system, government benefit programs, other government regulatory programs, and civil rights laws.
We may disclose your Protected Health Information to a public health authority that is authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. In addition, we may disclose your Protected Health Information if we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence to the governmental entity or agency authorized to receive such information. In this case, a disclosure will be made consistent with the requirements of applicable federal and state laws.
We may disclose your Protected Health Information to a person or company required by the Food and Drug Administration to report adverse events, product defects or problems, biologic product deviations; to track products to enable product recalls, to make repairs or replacements, or to conduct post marketing surveillance as required.
We may disclose Protected Health Information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding in response to a court order or administrative tribunal or in certain conditions in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process. We may also disclose Protected Health Information so long as applicable legal requirements are met for police law enforcement purposes. These law enforcement purposes include legal processes, limited information requests for identification and location, those pertaining to victims of a crime, in the event that a crime occurs on the premises of the practice, and in the event of a medical emergency. Consistent with applicable federal and state laws, we may also disclose your Protected Health Information if we believe that the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public. We may also disclose Protected Health Information if it is necessary for law enforcement authorities to identify or apprehend an individual.
When the appropriate conditions apply, we may use or disclose Protected Health Information of individuals who are armed forces personnel. Please inquire if you have specific questions regarding the disclosure of Protected Health Information as it relates to military service. We may disclose your Protected Health Information to authorize federal officials for conducting national security and intelligence activities, including for the provision of protective services.
In summary, we may use or disclose your Protected Health Information without your authorization for the purposes of providing healthcare services to you (treatment), securing payment for healthcare services, and supporting the operation of this practice. In addition, your Protected Health Information may also be disclosed without your authorization for certain purposes as described above and as required by law. Unless you object, your Protected Health Information can also be disclosed to family members or others involved in your care as described above.
All other uses and disclosures of your Protected Health Information will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke this authorization at any time in writing except to the extent that your physician or physician's staff has taken an action in response to that authorization.
Section II – Your Rights
You have the right to inspect and receive a copy of your Protected Health Information. This means that you may inspect, in the presence of a staff member, your Protected Health Information as well as request a copy of this information. You may request to inspect or to receive a copy of your Protected Health Information for as long as we maintain that information. This information may include medical and billing records and any other records that your physician and this practice uses for making decisions about you. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: psychotherapy notes that are maintained outside of the medical record, information compiled in reasonable anticipation of or in use in a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding, and Protected Health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to that information. Access may be denied if a healthcare provider has determined that access to the record is likely to endanger the life or safety of you or another individual, or cause substantial harm to another individual who is not a healthcare provider mentioned in the record. If access to your medical record is denied, you will be informed in writing of the denial. Certain reasons for denying access to your medical record are reviewable and you may have a right to request that a denial be reviewed. Please contact our Compliance Official if you have questions about access to your medical record, or if you wish to have a denial reviewed. The state approved fee for the copying of medical records will be applied to any request for copies of 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 a part of your Protected Health Information for the purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations. You may also request that a 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 described in this notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction requested 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 disclosure of your Protected Health Information, as otherwise permitted by law, your Protected Health Information will not be restricted. If your physician does agree to the requested restriction, we may not use or disclose your Protected Health Information in violation of that restriction unless it is needed to provide emergency treatment. With this in mind, please discuss any restriction you wish to request with your physician. You may request a restriction by informing any member of our staff of your desire to restrict the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information. The staff member will complete, with your assistance, a Restricted Disclosure Form, and forward it to the Compliance Official who will obtain the approval of the physician.
You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. This means you can ask us to contact you or leave messages at alternative phone numbers or send correspondence to an alternative address. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. We may, however, require you to provide us information as to how payment will be handled, or to specify an alternative address or method of contact. We will not request an explanation of your request from you. Please make this request in writing and ask any member of our staff to forward it to our Compliance Official.
You may have the right to have your physician amend your Protected Health Information. This means you may request that your physician correct information in your medical record that you believe to be inaccurate for as long as that health information is maintained in our practice. We may deny your request for an amendment if the information in question was not created by your physician or a member of the staff at this practice, or if your physician believes the information contained in your medical record is accurate and complete. If we deny your request for an amendment, you have the right to file a Statement of Disagreement with us, and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement. Both your Statement of Disagreement and our prepared rebuttal, if any, will become part of your Protected Health Information and will be disclosed as part of any permitted or required disclosure. You will receive a copy of any written statement of rebuttal placed into your medical record. Please make any requests for amendment of your Protected Health Information to a member of our staff in writing and ask them to forward it to the Compliance Official.
You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your Protected Health Information. This right applies to disclosures for purposes other than treatment, payment, or healthcare operations, and does not apply to disclosures made in response to a valid authorization signed by you or a personal representative. It also excludes disclosures made to family members or others involved in your care. You have the right to receive specific information regarding these disclosures that occurred after September 14, 2015. Your right to receive this information is subject to certain exceptions, restrictions, and limitations.
Section III – Our Duties
This practice is required by law to maintain the privacy of Protected Health Information and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and Privacy Practices with respect to Protected Health Information. We must provide to you this written notice of Privacy Practices. We may change the terms of our notice at any time. The new notice will be effective for all Protected Health Information that we maintain at that time. Upon your request, we will provide you with any revised notice of Privacy Practices. You may obtain a revised notice by calling the office and requesting that a revised copy be sent to you in the mail, or by asking for one at the time of your next appointment. You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our Compliance Official of your complaint. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint. Our Compliance Official is the director of Business operations and may be contacted at (317) 591-9941. This notice was published and effective on September 14, 2015.
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