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HIPPA Privacy Notice
RECCO HOME CARE SERVICE, INC.
As Required by the Privacy Regulations Promulgated Pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.
A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Our organization is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your protected health information. In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of protected health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices concerning your protected health information. By law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time.
To summarize, this notice provides you with the following important information:
• How we may use and disclose your protected
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your protected health information that are created, received, maintained or transmitted by our practice. We reserve the right to revise or amend our notice of privacy practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records our practice has created, received, maintained or transmitted in the past, and for any of your records we may create, receive, maintain, or transmit in the future. Our organization will post a copy of our current notice in our offices in a prominent location, and you may request a copy of our most current notice during any office visit.
B. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT
Taryn Birkmire, Executive Director at ph: 516.798.6688
C. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your protected health information.
1. Treatment. Our organization may use your protected health information to treat you. For example, we may ask you to undergo laboratory tests (such as blood or urine tests), and we may use the results to help us reach a diagnosis. Many of the people who work for our organization may use or disclose your protected health information in order to treat you or to assist others in your treatment. Additionally, we may disclose your protected health information to others who may assist in your care, such as your physician, therapists, spouse, children or parents.
2. Payment. Our organization may use and disclose your protected health information in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits), and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover, or pay for, your treatment. We also may use and disclose your protected health information to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your protected health information to bill you directly for services and items.
3. Health Care Operations. Our organization may use and disclose your protected health information to operate our business and maintain our license and accreditation. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our organization may use your protected health information to evaluate the quality of care you received from us, or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our practice. Also, the Department of Health and accrediting bodies may access protected health information as needed. Additionally, in the event of an emergency or disaster situation, necessary protected medical information could be given to any governmental agency, supplemental provider agency, community volunteer service or any other provider of services.
4. Appointment Reminders. Our organization may use and disclose your protected health information to contact you and remind you of visits/deliveries.
5. Health-Related Benefits and Services. Our organization may use and disclose your protected health information to inform you of health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
6. Release of Information to Family/Friends. When appropriate our organization may release your protected health information to a friend or family member that is helping you pay for your health care, or involved in your medical care. We may also notify your family about your location or general condition or disclose such information to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort.
7. Disclosures Required By Law. Our organization will use and disclose your protected health information when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law.
8. Research. Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose protected health information for research. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health of patients who received one treatment to those who received another, for the same condition. Before we use or disclose protected health information for research, the project will go through a special approval process. Even without special approval, we may permit researchers to look at records to help them identify patients who may be included in their research project or for other similar purposes, as long as they do not remove or take a copy of any protected health information.
D. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your protected health information:
1. Public Health Risks. Our organization may disclose your protected health information to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of:
• Maintaining vital records, such as births
2. Health Oversight Activities. Our organization may disclose your protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
3. Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. Our organization may use and disclose your protected health information in response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your protected health information in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
4. Law Enforcement. We may release protected health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
• Regarding a crime victim in certain situations,
if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement
5. Serious Threats to Health or Safety. Our organization may use and disclose your protected health information when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.
6. Military and Veterans. Our organization may disclose your protected health information if you are a member of the U.S. or foreign military forces and if required by the appropriate military command authorities.
7. National Security. Our organization may disclose your protected health information to federal officials for intelligence and national security activities authorized by law. We also may disclose your protected health information to federal officials in order to protect the President, other officials or foreign heads of state, or to conduct investigations.
8. Workers’ Compensation. Our organization may release your protected health information for workers’ compensation and similar programs.
9. Business Associates. We may disclose protected
health information to our business associates that perform functions
on our behalf or provide us with services if the protected health information
is necessary for such functions or services. For example, we may use
another company to perform billing services on our behalf. All of our
business associates are obligated to protect the privacy of your information
and are not allowed to use or disclose any information other than as
specified in our contract.
G. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
You have the following rights regarding the protected health information that we maintain about you:
1. Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that our organization communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request to our Privacy Officer, specifying the requested method of contact, or the location where you wish to be contacted. Our organization will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.
2. Requesting Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your protected health information for treatment, payment or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we limit our disclosure of your protected health information to individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request; however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies, or when the information is necessary to treat to you. In order to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your protected health information, you must make your request in writing to our Privacy Officer. Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion: (a) the information you wish restricted; (b) whether you are requesting to limit our practice’s use, disclosure or both; and (c) to whom you want the limits to apply.
3. Inspection and Copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the protected health information that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records, other than psychotherapy notes. You must submit your request in writing to our Privacy Officer, in order to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your protected health information. We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee associated with your request. We may not charge you a fee if you need the information for a claim for benefits under the Social Security Act or any other state of federal needs-based benefit program. Our practice may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however, you may request a review of our denial. Reviews will be conducted by another licensed health care professional chosen by us.
4. Right to an Electronic Copy of Electronic Medical Records. If your protected health information is maintained in an electronic format (known as an electronic medical record or an electronic health record), you have the right to request that an electronic copy of your record be given to you or transmitted to another individual or entity. We will make every effort to provide access to your protected health information in the form or format you request, if it is readily producible in such form or format. If the protected health information is not readily producible in the form or format you request your record will be provided in either our standard electronic format or if you do not want this form or format, a readable hard copy form. We may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for the labor associated with transmitting the electronic medical record.
5. Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our organization. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to our Privacy Officer. You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment. Our organization will deny your request if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the protected health information kept by or for the organization; (c) not part of the protected health information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our organization, unless the individual or entity that created the information is not available to amend the information. You will receive notification of the denial within 60 days of the request. You may appeal, in writing, a decision by us not to amend a record.
6. Right to Get Notice of a Breach.
You have the right to be notified promptly upon a breach of any of your
unsecured protected health information.
8. Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the protected health information we use or disclose for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the protected health information we disclose to someone involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not share information about a particular diagnosis or treatment with your spouse. To request a restriction, you must make your request, in writing, to our Privacy Officer. We are not required to agree to your request unless you are asking us to restrict the use and disclosure of your protected health information to a health plan for payment or health care operation purposes and such information you wish to restrict pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you have paid us “out-of-pocket” in full. If we agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment.
9. Right to Request Confidential Communications.
You have the right to request that we communicate with you
about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For
example, you can ask that we only contact you by mail or at work. To
request confidential communications, you must make your request, in
writing, to our Privacy Officer. Your request must specify how or where
you wish to be contacted. We will accommodate reasonable requests.
11. Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, contact our Privacy Officer.
12. Right to File a Compliant. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our organization or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our organization, contact our Privacy Officer. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized or retaliated against for filing a complaint.
13. Right to Provide an Authorization for Other Uses and Disclosures. Our organization will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your protected health information may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your protected health information for the reasons described in the authorization. Please note, we are required to retain records of your care.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE: