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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 medical record may contain personal information about your health. This information may identify you and relate to your past, present or future physical or mental health condition and related health care services and is called Protected Health Information (PHI). This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we 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. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI. We are required to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practices at any time. Any new Notice of Privacy Practices will be effective for all PHI that we maintain at that time. We will provide you with a copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices by posting a copy on our website, sending a copy to you in the mail upon request or providing one to you at your next appointment.
For Care or Treatment: Your PHI may be used and disclose to those who are involved in your care for the purpose of providing, coordinating, or managing your services. This includes consultation with clinical supervisors or other team members. Your authorization is required to disclose PHI to any other care provider not currently involved in your care.
Example: If another physician referred you to us, we may contact that physician to discuss your care. Likewise, if we refer you to another physician, we may contact that physician to discuss your care or they may contact us.
For Payment: We may use and disclose health information, as needed, about you so the treatment and services you receive may be billed, and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. For example, this may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the healthcare services we recommend for you, such as making a determination of eligibility or coverage of health benefits.
For Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information for our day-to-day health care operations to ensure that you and other patients receive quality care. For example, we may use or disclose PHI relating to the evaluation of patient care, business management activities, quality assessment and improvement, employee reviews, legal services, and auditing functions. All disclosures of your PHI will be limited to the minimum necessary or that which is contained in a limited data set (e.g. PHI that excludes certain identifiers including demographic information photographs, etc).
Required by Law: Under the law, we must make disclosures of your PHI available to you upon your request. In addition, we must make disclosures to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of investigating or determining our compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Rule, if so required.
Without Authorization: Applicable law and ethical standards permit us to disclose information about you without your authorization only in a limited number of other situations. Examples of some of the types of uses and disclosures that may be made without your authorization are those that are:
Required by Law, such as the mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect or mandatory government agency audits or investigations (such as the health department).
Required by Court Order. Necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public. If information is disclosed to prevent or lessen a serious threat it will be disclosed to a person or persons reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat, including the target of the threat.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your health information in the course of an administrative or judicial proceeding in response to a court order. Under most circumstances, when the request is made through a subpoena, a discovery request, or involves another type of administrative order, your authorization will be obtained before disclosure is permitted.
Law Enforcement. We may disclose your health information for law enforcement purposes.
Other uses and disclosures require your authorization. Disclosures of your health information or its use for any purpose other those listed above requires your specific written authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing a use or disclosure of your information, you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not affect or undo any use of disclosure of information of information that occurred before you notified us of your decision to revoke your authorization.
Appointment Notices We may contact you at the address and phone number you provide (including leaving a voice message) about scheduled or canceled appointments, billing and/or payment matters. We may also contact you about health related services.
Public Health Risks. We may release your health information for public health activities. For example, disclosures related to the quality, safety or effectiveness of a product, prevention or disease control, to coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors as needed to perform their duties as required by law, and organ procurement organizations for the purpose of facilitating organ, eye or tissue donation and transplantation.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your health information to health agencies authorized by law to conduct audits, investigations, inspections, licensure and other proceedings related to oversight of government regulatory programs.
Research. Your health information may be used for research purposes in certain circumstances with your permission, or after we receive approval from a special review board whose members review and approve the research project.
Fund Raising. Unless you request us not to, we will use your name and address to support our fund-raising efforts. If you do not want to participate, in fund-raising efforts, please notify us.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may disclose your health information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety, or the health and safety of a particular person or the general public.
Specialized Government Functions. We may disclose health information for military and veterans’ affairs, or national security and intelligence activities.
Worker’s Compensation. Both state and federal law allow, without your authorization, the disclosure of your health information that is reasonably related to a worker’s compensation injury. These programs may provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Others Involved in Your Healthcare. Unless you object, we may disclose to a family member, relative or close friend your PHI that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your care. If you have a personal representative, such as a legal guardian (or an executor or administrator of your estate after your death), we will treat that person as if that person is you with respect to disclosures of PHI.
Business Associates. We may disclose PHI to our business associates who perform functions on our behalf or provide us services if the PHI is necessary for those functions or services. For example, we may use a shredding company to destroy paper medical records. To protect your health information, we require the business associate to appropriate to appropriately safeguard your information.
Information Not Personally Identifiable. We may use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.
Non-Custodial Parent. We may disclose PHI about a minor equally to the custodial and non-custodial parent unless a court order limits the non-custodial parent’s access to the information.
Special privacy protections apply to HIV-related information, alcohol and substance abuse, mental health, and genetic information. Please contact our Manager of Privacy and Compliance for more information.
You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your healthcare information. This includes health and billing records. Your request to inspect and obtain a copy of your healthcare information must be made in writing to: PCPTC, 84 Pinnacles Drive, Suite 300, Palm Coast, FL 32137. In addition, we may charge you a reasonable fee to cover our expenses for copying your health information. We may deny your request to inspect and copy your PHI in certain very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to health information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by our practice will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who participated in the original decision to deny the request for access.
Right to an electronic copy of electronic medical records. If your PHI is maintained in an electronic format (known as an electronic medical record or an electronic health record), you have the right to request an electronic copy of your record be given to you or transmitted to another individual or entity.
Right to receive a security breach notice. You have the right to receive written notification if PCPTC discovers a breach of unsecured PHI, and determines through a risk assessment that notification is required.
You have the right to request an amendment to your protected health information. If you believe the health information we maintain about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. An amendment request must be made in writing, and must provide reasons to support your request. In certain cases we may deny your request for an amendment if: Your request is not in writing or does not include reasons to support the request; the medical record was not created by us, the person who created the information is no longer available to make the amendment, the record is not part of the health information we maintain, is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy, or is accurate and complete. You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the health information we disclose about you to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or payment for your care. Your request must state the specific restriction requested and to whom you want the restriction to apply. We are not required to agree to your requested restriction. If we agree, we will comply unless we terminate our agreement or the information is needed to provide emergency treatment to you.
Any personal information you provide us with via our website, including your e-mail address, will never be sold or rented to any third party without your express permission. If you provide us with any personal or contact information in order to receive anything from us, we may collect and store that personal data. We do not automatically collect your personal e-mail address simply because you visit our site. In some instances, we may partner with a third party to provide services such as newsletters, surveys to improve our services, health or company updates, and in such case, we may need to provide your contact information to said third parties. This information, however, will only be provided to these third-party partners specifically for these communications, and the third party will not use your information for any other reason. While we may track the volume of visitors on specific pages of our website and download information from specific pages, these numbers are only used in aggregate and without any personal information. This demographic information may be shared with our partners, but it is not linked to any personal information that can identify you or any visitor to our site.
Out-of-pocket payments. If you paid out-of-pocket in full for a specific item or service, you have the right to request that your PHI with respect to that item or service not be disclosed to a health plan for purposes of payment or health care operations. We are required to agree to your request.
You have the right to request that you receive confidential communications. You have the right to request confidential communication from us by alternate means or at an alternate location. For example, you may ask that we only contact you at work or by mail.
You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures.You have the right to receive a list of disclosures of your PHI that we have made, except for disclosures pursuant to an authorization, for purposes of treatment, payment, healthcare operations, or required by law. Your request must state a time period which may not be longer than 6 years before your request.
You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice, even if you agreed to receive the notice electronically.
HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS: To exercise your rights described in this notice, you must submit your request in writing to: PCPTC Attn: Compliance Office, 84 Pinnacles Drive, Suite 300, Palm Coast, FL 32137.
Complaints: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our practice. We request that your file your complaint in writing so we may better assist in the investigation of your complaint. Send your written complaint to: PCPTC Attn: Compliance Office, 84 Pinnacles Drive, Suite 300, Palm Coast, FL 32137. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington D.C. 20201. Additional information can also be found on their website at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/.
You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.