NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES – PEDIATRIC THERAPY ASSOCIATES – effective September 27, 2013
Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.
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.
Your Privacy is Important to All of Us
Most of us feel that our health and medical information is private and should be protected, and we want to know who has this information. Now, Federal Law:
- Gives you rights over your health information
- Sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information
Your Health Information is Protected by Federal Law
Who must follow this law?
- Most doctors, nurses, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and many other healthcare providers.
- Health insurance companies, HMO’s, most employer group health plans
- Certain government programs that pay for healthcare such as Medicare and Medicaid
What information is protected?
- Information your doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers put in your medical records
- Conversations your doctor has about your care or treatment with nurses or others
- Information about you in your health insurer’s computer system.
- Billing Information about you a your clinic
- Most other health information about you held by those who must follow this law
The Law Gives You Rights Over Your Health Information
Providers and health insurers who are required to follow this law must comply with your right to
- Ask to see and get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record
- Have corrections to your paper or electronic medical record
- Receive a notice that tells you how your health information may be used or shared.
- Decide if your want to give your permission before your health information can be used or shared for certain purposes, such as for marketing.
- Get a report on when and why your health information was shared for certain purposes
- If you believe your rights are being denied or your health information isn’t being protected:
- File a complaint with your provider or health insurer
- File a complaint with the U.S. Government
You should get to know these important rights, which can help you protect your health information. You can ask your provider or health insurer questions about your rights. You also can learn more about your rights, including how to file a complaint from the website at hhs.gov/hipaa/index
The Law Sets Rules and Limits on Who Can Look at and Receive Your Information
To make sure that your information is protected in a way that does not interfere with your health care, your information can be used and shared
- For your treatment and care coordination
- To pay doctors and hospitals for your healthcare and help run their businesses
- With your family, relatives, friends or others you identify who are involved with your healthcare or your healthcare bills, unless you object
- To make sure doctors give good care and nursing homes are clean and safe
- To protect the public’s health, such as by reporting when the flu is in your area
- To make required reports to the police, such as reporting gunshot wounds
Your health information cannot be used or shared without your written permission unless this law allows it. For example, without your authorization, your provider generally cannot
- Give your information to your employer
- Use or share your information for marketing or advertising purposes
- Share private notes about your mental health counseling sessions
The Law Protects the Privacy of Your Health Information
Providers and health insurers who are required to follow this law must keep your information private by:
- Teaching the people who work for them how your information may or may not be used and shared.
- Taking appropriate and reasonable steps to keep your health information secure
For More Information
This is a brief summary of your rights and protections under the federal health information privacy law. You can learn more about health information privacy and your rights in a fact sheet called “Your Health Information Privacy Rights” at hhs.gov/hipaa/index
Other privacy rights
Another law provides additional privacy protections to patients of alcohol and drug treatment programs. for more information, go to the website at samhsa.gov
Changes to the Terms of this Notice
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our website.
For further information regarding our privacy practices please contact a member of our staff at 361-853-0488 or correspond to the following address:
1001 Louisiana Ave. Suite 402
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
Attn: Privacy Officer