NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
Effective April 14, 2013, the Department of Health & Human Services has implemented protection for patient health care information. It outlines who we may disclose information t without your authorization and how we can disclose your protected health information with your authorization as well as how you can gain access to your personal health information or to make a complaint to the Department of Health & Human Services if you feel your protected health information was used in an improper way. This notice will give you a brief description of our entire privacy practices.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
So that this office can treat you, receive payment for that treatment and run on health care operation, we may use your protected health information without your authorization to send to third party payers, administrators, etc.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION THAT MAY BE MADE WITH YOUR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION
With your signed authorization we may make communications with you to promote products and services that may not be for a specific purpose of providing treatment advice. You have the right to revoke this authorization. Other permitted and required uses and disclosures that may be made without your authorization or opportunity to object-we may disclose to a family member, a relative, a close friend or other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relate to that person’s involvement in your health care. We may also disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity as required by law.
OTHER PERMITTED AND REQUIRED USES AND DISCLOSURES THAT MAY BE MADE WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT, AUTHORIZATION OR OPPROTUNITY TO OBJECT
We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations:
Required by law
Your rights-You may inspect or obtain in a copy of your protected health information for as long as we maintain that information unless protected by federal law.
RIGHT TO REQUEST A RESTRICTION OF YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
You may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purpose of treatment, payment or health care operation. Also, you may request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed to your family members or friends who may be involved in your care. Your request must be in writing and state specific restrictions requested and to whom it applies.
RIGHT TO REQUEST TO RECEIVE CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION FROM US BY ALTERNATIVE MEANS OR AT AN ALTERNATIVE LOCATION
You may request that you receive these communications from us at an alternative location or by alternative means than is normally provided to other patients.
RIGHT TO AMEND YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
You may request an amendment to your protected health information for as long as we maintain your protected health information. In certain cases we may deny your request for an amendment.
RIGHT TO RECEIVE AN ACCOUNTING OF CERTAIN DISCLOSURES WE HAVE MADE
You have the right to receive an accounting if we receive a request for a disclosure of information for purposes other than treatment, payment and health care operations.
RIGHT TO OBTAIN A PAPER COPY OF THIS NOTICE
You have the right to receive a complete copy of our privacy practices by paper or electronically.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may complain t us or the Secretary of Health & Human Services.
This notice was published and becomes effective April 14, 2003.