Premier Health Services
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
This notice of privacy practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or healthcare operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law.We want you to know about these policies and procedures, which we developed to make sure your health information, will not be shared with anyone who does not require it. Our office is subject to State and Federal law regarding the confidentiality of your health information and in keeping with these laws, we want you to understand our procedures and your rights as our valuable patient.We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice while it is in effect. This notice takes effect as of today’s date and will remain in effect until we replace it. We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time. Provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. If any changes are made, we will make the new notice available upon request.
USES AND DISCLOSURE OF HEALTH INFORMATION
TO PROVIDE TREATMENT:We will use your health information within our office to provide you with the best medical care possible. This may include administrative and clinical office procedures designed to optimize scheduling and coordination of care. In addition, we may share your information with physicians, referring doctors, laboratories, pharmacies or other healthcare personnel providing treatment.
TO OBTAIN PAYMENTS:We may include your health information with an invoice used to collect payment for treatment you receive in this office. We will be sure to only work with companies with a similar commitment to the security of your health information.
HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS:We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to help support the business activities of your physician’s practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, licensing, and conduction or arranging for other business activities.In addition, we use a sign-in sheet for all follow up patients asking to verify and update their personal demographics. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when the provider is ready to see you.
SCHOOL/WORK EXCUSES AND ALLERGIES:Occasionally a patient will forget their school/work excuse. This notice states that you give us permission to fax your school/work excuse to the appropriate school or employer. Patients have allergies to certain things (e.g. latex, codeine or antibiotics). By signing this notice, you give us permission to notate on the outside of the chart any given allergies that the patient may have.
PATIENT REMINDERS:Because we believe regular care is very important to your general health, we will remind you of a scheduled appointment or that it is time for you to contact us and make an appointment. Additionally, we may contact you to follow up on your care and inform you of treatment options or services that may be of interest to you or your family. They may include postcards, letters, and telephone reminders to home and or work. (Unless you state otherwise.)
ABUSE AND NEGLECT:We will notify government authorities if we believe a patient is the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will make this disclosure only when we are compelled by our ethical judgment when we are specifically required by law or with the patient’s agreement.
PUBLIC HEALTH, NATIONAL SECURITY & LAW ENFORCEMENT:As permitted or required by State officials, Federal officials or military authorities, health information necessary to complete an investigation related to public health, national security or for certain law enforcement purposes, under certain limited circumstances, if you are a victim of a crime or in order to report a crime. Health information could be important when the government believes that the public safety could benefit, when the information could lead to the control or prevention of an epidemic or the understanding of new side effects of a drug or medical device.
FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND CAREGIVERS:We may share your health information with those you tell us will be helping you with your home hygiene, treatment, medications, or payment. We will be sure to ask your permission first. In the case of an emergency, where you may be unable to tell us what you want, we will use our very best judgment when sharing your health information only when it will be important to those participating in providing your care.
AUTHORIZATION TO USE OR DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION:Other than is stated above or where Federal, State, or Local law require us, we will not disclose your health information other than with your written authorization. You may revoke that authorization in writing at any time.
The following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information and a brief description of how you may exercise these rights.
ACCESS:You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practicable do so. You must make a request in writing to obtain access to your health information. We will charge you a reasonable cost based fee for expenses such as copies and staff time. You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address in this notice. If you request an alternative format, we will charge a cost based fee providing your health information in that format. If you prefer, we will prepare a summary or an explanation of your health information for a fee. Contact us using the information in the notice for a full explanation of our fee schedule.
DISCLOSURE:You have a right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information for purposes other than treatment, payments, healthcare operations and certain other activities for the last six years. If you are requesting this accounting more than once in a 12 month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost based fee responding to these additional requests.
RESTRICTIONS:You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use of disclosure of your health information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency).
ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATIONS:You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means, or to alternative locations. You must make your request in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.
AMENDMENT:You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information should be amended. We may deny your request under certain circumstances.You have the right to express complaints to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, if you believe your privacy of rights have been compromised. We encourage you to express any concerns you may have regarding the privacy of your information, to our Privacy Officer or HIPPA Coordinator. Please let us know of your concerns or complaints in writing.
Thank you very much for taking the time to review how we are carefully using your health information. If you have any question, we want to hear from you.