Frye Chiropractic, Inc 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.
Frye Chiropractic, Inc is required, by law, to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your protected health information and to provide our patients with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information. This notice is effective as of 04/14/2003
Disclosure of Your Health Care Information
Treatment. We may disclose your health care information to other healthcare professionals within our practice for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. We may call your home or work to remind you of your appointment time or advise you of a referral or other healthcare issue. We may leave a reminder message on your answering machine or with the person answering the phone. No personal health information is disclosed in our message nor will be disclosed to any other person during this call. We may also send post cards to remind you of appointments, thank you for referring patients into the office, notifying you of missed appointments and informing you of services that may be of value to you.
On occasion, it may be necessary to seek consultation regarding your condition from other health care providers associated with Frye Chiropractic, Inc It is our policy to provide a substitute health care provider, authorized by Frye Chiropractic, Inc to provide assessment and/or treatment to our patients, without advanced notice, in the event of your primary health care provider’s absence due to vacation, sickness, or other situation. Your treatment may be provided by multiple providers. Much of our office is open, and as a result you may be treated in an environment where others may be able to see your treatment and/or hear any and all conversations about you, your conditions, your treatment, referrals, disability and any other discussion that may occur. If you do not wish to be treated in this environment, you may request private treatment. We may or may not be able to honor your request.
We may disclose your health information to your insurance provider for the purpose of payment or health care operations. As a courtesy to our patients, we may submit an itemized billing statement to your insurance carrier for the purpose of payment to Frye Chiropractic, Inc. for health care services rendered. If you pay for your health care services personally, we will, as a courtesy, provide an itemized billing to your insurance carrier for the purpose of reimbursement to you. The billing statement contains medical information, including diagnosis, date of injury or condition, and codes which describe the health care services received.
Public Health, Judicial and Administrative Proceedings, Law Enforcement, Emergency, Workers’ Compensation. As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health authorities for purposes related to: preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting domestic violence, reporting to the Food and Drug Administration problems with products and reactions to medications, and reporting disease or infection exposure. We may disclose your health information in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding. We may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for purposes such as identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person, complying with a court order or subpoena, and other law enforcement purposes. We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, or another person responsible for your care about your medical condition or in the event of an emergency or of your death. We may disclose your health information as necessary under State Workers’ Compensation Laws.
Deceased Persons, Organ Donation, Research, Public Safety, Specialized Government Agencies.
We may disclose your health information to coroners or medical examiners. We may disclose your health information to organizations involved in procuring, banking, or transplanting organs and tissues. We may disclose your health information to researchers conducting research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board. It may be necessary to disclose your health information to appropriate persons in order to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or to the general public. We may disclose your health information for military, national security, prisoner and government benefits purposes.
We may contact you for marketing purposes or fundraising purposes. It is our practice to participate in charitable events to raise awareness, food donations, gifts, money, etc. During these times, we may send you a letter, post card, invitation or call your home to invite you to participate in the charitable activity. We will provide you with information about the type of activity, the dates and times, and request your participation in such an event. It is not our policy to disclose any personal health information about your condition for the purpose of Frye Chiropractic sponsored fund-raising events.
Change of Ownership.
In the event that Frye Chiropractic is sold or merged with another organization, your health information/record will become the property of the new owner.
You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. Please be advised, however, that Frye Chiropractic is not required to agree to the restriction that you requested. You have the right to have your health information received or communicated through an alternative method or sent to an alternative location other than the usual method of communication or delivery, upon your request. You have the right to inspect and copy your health information. You have a right to request that Frye Chiropractic amend your protected health information. Please be advised, however, that Frye Chiropractic is not required to agree to amend your protected health information. If your request to amend your health information has been denied, you will be provided with an explanation of our denial reason(s)and information about how you can disagree with the denial. You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information made by Frye Chiropractic. You have a right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time upon request.
Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices.
Frye Chiropractic reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future, and will make the new provisions effective for all information that it maintains. Until such amendment is made, Frye Chiropractic is required by law to comply with this Notice. Frye Chiropractic is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. If you have questions about any part of this notice or if you want more information about your privacy rights, please contact: the privacy officer by calling this office at 661-949-9655. If the officer is not available, you may make an appointment for a personal conference in person or by telephone within 2 working days.
Complaints about your Privacy rights, or how Frye Chiropractic has handled your health information should be directed to the Privacy Officer by calling this office at 661-949-9655. If the privacy officer is not available, you may make an appointment for a personal conference in person or by telephone within 2 working days. If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles your complaint, you may submit a formal complaint to: DHHS, Office of Civil Rights, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 509F HHH Building, Washington, DC 20201.
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