USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION:
We may use and disclose your PHI for treatment, payment and health operations. We will only disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party that has already obtained your permission to have access to your PHI. Example: we would disclose your PHI, as necessary, to the physician or health care professional who referred you to our office. We will also disclose PHI to other physicians who may be treating you. Your PHI will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services. This may include activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the recommended services.
HEALTH CARE OPTIONS:
We may disclose, as needed, your PHI in order to support the business activities of your physical therapist’s practice. These activities may include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training, and conducting other business activities. Example: we may use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name. We may also call you by name from the waiting area when your physical therapist is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your PHI, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment. We may need to share your PHI with third-party “business associates” that perform various activities (i.e., billing, transcription) for our practice. We may use and disclose your PHI for marketing activities to share information about products or services that we believe may be beneficial to you.
We sign a Business Associate Agreement with each physical therapist, staff member, and independent contractor that we partner with. We comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its privacy and security regulations (“HIPAA”), and under the privacy and security provisions of the Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (the “HITECH Act”); the provisions of the HIPAA Security Rule that apply to business associates under the HITECH Act; and the privacy and security provisions of the HITECH Act that are applicable to business associates.
OTHERS INVOLVED IN YOUR HEALTHCARE:
Unless you object, we may disclose your PHI to family members, a close friend or any other person you identify to be involved in your healthcare as your emergency contact. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose information if we determine, based on professional judgment, which it is in your best interest.
COMMUNICATING WITH YOU:
We may contact you (including by email or post) with information about our products, services and offers which either you request, or which we believe you may be interested in (including through newsletters, alerts, and reminders about recurring event sales), unless you have told us that you don’t want to receive these message, or, otherwise, if it is in our legitimate interests, for business development and marketing purposes. From time to time we will send you service-related emails, such as a welcome email when you register for the Site.
If you provide us personal information when you communicate with us (including in person, by phone, or via email) this information may be shared with an Artist or customer relations representative, employee, or expert that is most likely to be able to address your inquiry. This information will be used only for the purpose of responding to your inquiry.
We may use or disclose your PHI in an emergency treatment situation. If this happens, your physical therapist will try to obtain consent as soon as reasonably practical after the delivery of treatment.
We may disclose PHI in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding, in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal (to the extent such disclosure is expressly authorized), in certain conditions in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process.
Your PHI may be disclosed by us as authorized to comply with Worker’s Compensation laws and other similar legally established programs.
REQUIRED USES AND DISCLOSURES:
Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of Section 164,500 et. seq.
You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying us of your complaint at email@example.com.
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