HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
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.
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of my responsibilities to help you.
Request confidential communications
- You can ask me to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
- I will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.
Ask to correct your medical record
- You can ask me to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete.
- I may say “no” to your request, but will tell you why in writing within 60 days.
Ask to limit what I use or share
- You can ask me not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or my operations. I am not required to agree to your request, and may say “no” if it would affect your care.
- If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask me not to share that information for the purpose of payment or my operations with your health insurer. I will say “yes” unless a law requires me to share that information.
Get a list of those with whom I’ve shared information
- You can ask for a list (“accounting”) of any times I’ve shared your health information outside of treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes. This list will include six years prior to the date you ask, who I shared it with, and why.
- I will include all disclosures except for those which are allowed by law for treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other purposes (such as any you asked me to make). I’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
- You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information I have about you.
- I will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. I may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
Get a copy of this privacy notice
- You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. I will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
Choose someone to act for you
- If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
- I will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before I take any action.
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
- You can complain if you feel I have violated your rights by contacting me using the information at the start of the document.
- You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1- 877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
- I will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
My Uses and Disclosures
I typically use or share your health information in the following ways:
I can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you. Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
Run this organization
I can use and share your health information to run this practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary. Example: I use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
Bill for your services
I can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities. Example: I give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
How else can I use or share your health information?
- I am allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. I have to meet many conditions in the law before I can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
- I can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
- Reporting suspected abuse or neglect
- Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
- Preventing disease
- Helping with product recalls
- Reporting adverse reactions to medications
Comply with the law
- I may share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that I am complying with federal privacy law.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
- I can use or share health information about you:
- For workers’ compensation claims
- For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
- With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
- For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
- I may share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
- I am required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
- I will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
- I must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and provide you with a copy of it.
- I will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell me I can in writing. If you have previously told me I can use or share your information, you may change your mind at any time. Let me know in writing if you change your mind. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.
Changes to the Terms of this Notice
- I can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information I have about you. The new notice will be available upon request.
Effective Date of this Notice
- This notice went into effect on July 22, 2021.
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