This Notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review this notice carefully.
Your health record contains personal information about you and your health. This information about you that may identify you and that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services is referred to as Protected Health Information (“PHI”). This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how your provider may use and disclose your PHI in accordance with applicable law. It also describes your rights regarding how you may gain access to and control your PHI.
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), your provider is required to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with notice of his or her legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI. Your provider is required to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. Your provider reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time. Any new Notice of Privacy Practices will be effective for all PHI that your provider maintains at that time. Your provider will provide you with a copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices by sending a copy to you in the mail upon request or by providing one to you at your next appointment.
How Your Provider May Use And Disclose Health Information About You:For Treatment: Your PHI may be used and disclosed by those who are involved in your care for the purpose of providing, coordinating, or managing your healthcare treatment and related services. This includes consultation with clinical supervisors or other treatment team members. Your provider may disclose PHI to any other consultant only with your authorization.
For Payment: Your provider may use and disclose PHI so that he or she can receive payment for the treatment services provided to you. Examples of payment-related activities are: making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits, processing claims with your insurance company, reviewing services provided to you to determine medical necessity, or undertaking utilization review activities. If it becomes necessary to use collection processes due to lack of payment for services, only disclose the minimum amount of PHI necessary for purposes of collection will be disclosed.
Health Care Operations: Your provider may use or disclose, as needed, your PHI in order to support his or business activities including, but not limited to, quality assessment activities, licensing and conducting or arranging other business activities. For example, your PHI may be shared with third parties that perform various business activities provided we have a written contract with the business that requires it to safeguard the privacy of your PHI. Your PHI may be used to contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services.
Required by Law: Under the law, your provider must make disclosures of your PHI to you upon your request. In addition, disclosures must be made to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of investigating or determining compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Rule.
Without Authorization: Applicable law and ethical standards permit your provider to disclose information about you without your authorization only in a limited number of other situations. The types of uses and disclosures that may be made without your authorization are those that are: