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Sleep Medicine Cosultants
Privacy of Policy Practices

Our Pledge Regarding Protected Health Information (“PHI”)

The privacy of your protected health Information (hereinafter referred to as “PHI”) is important to us.  We understand that your PHI is personal, and we are committed to protecting it.  We create a record of the care and services you receive at our organization.  We need this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This privacy policy will inform you about the ways we may use and share PHI about you.  We also describe your rights and certain duties we have regarding the use and disclosure of any of your PHI.

 

Our Legal Duty

 

Law requires us to:

  1. Keep your PHI private and confidential.

  2. Give you this Privacy Policy describing our legal duties, privacy practices, and your rights regarding your PHI. 

  3. Follow the terms of the current Privacy Policy.

 

We have the right to:

  1. Change or modify our privacy practices and the terms of this Privacy Policy at any time, and at our sole discretion, with or without notice to you, as long as such changes or modifications are permitted by law. Any such modification(s) will be effective immediately upon public dissemination.

  2. Make changes and or modifications to our privacy practices and to the new terms of our notice effective for all PHI that we keep, including information previously created or received before such changes and or modifications. 

 

Notice of Change to Privacy Practices:

From time to time, we may change our privacy practices and this policy will be changed accordingly.  Please [check our website frequently or request a copy of this policy] to see any recent changes to our privacy practices.

 

Use and Disclosure of Your PHI

The following Section describes different ways that we are permitted to use and disclose your PHI.  We will not use or disclose your PHI for any purpose other than those listed below, without your specific written authorization.  Any specific written authorization you provide may be revoked at any time by submitting such revocation in writing to us.

 

For Treatment:

We may use your PHI to provide you with medical treatment or services.  We may disclose your PHI to other doctors, nurses, medical assistants, technicians, or other people who are taking care of you within our practice.  We may also share your PHI with your other health care providers to assist them in treating you.

 

For Payment:

We may use and disclose your PHI for payment purposes.  A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer.  The information on or accompanying the bill may include your PHI.

 

For Health Care Operations:

We may use and disclose your PHI for our health care operations. This might include measuring and improving quality, evaluating the performance of employees, conducting training programs, and getting the accreditation, certificates, licenses and credentials we need to serve you.

 

Additional Uses and Disclosures:

  1. Notification:  With your written permission we may disclose PHI to a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care.  In case of emergency, and if you are not able to give or refuse permission, we will only share the health information that is directly necessary for your health care, according to our professional judgment. 

 

  1. Research:  With your verbal permission we may share your contact information with FutureSearch Trials (FST) with whom we participate in clinical research. If you agree to participate in a clinical trial, FST will obtain your written permission to view your PHI that we have in our records.

 

  1. Coroner, Medical Examiner:  We may share the PHI of a person who has died with a coroner or medical examiner to help them carry out their duties.

 

  1. Specialized Government Functions:  Subject to certain requirements, we may disclose personal health information for medical suitability determinations for Departments of State or Federal agencies, law enforcement custodial situations and for government programs providing public benefits.

 

6.  Court Orders and Judicial and Administrative Proceedings:  As required by law, we may disclose PHI in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process.

 

7.  Public Health Activities:  As required by law, we may disclose your PHI to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, including child abuse or neglect.  We may also disclose your PHI to persons subject to jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration for purposes of reporting adverse events associated with product defects or problems. 

 

8. Marketing:  With your written permission, we may use your contact information to send marketing and promotional communications, as well as share your contact information with affiliates but not with third party advertisers.

 

Your Individual Rights

 

You Have a Right to:

1.  Look at or get copies of certain parts of your PHI.  You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies.  We will use the format you request unless it is not practical for us to do so.  You must submit a written request for medical records (a “HIPAA Authorization Form”) to request copies of your PHI.  You may ask the receptionist for such HIPAA Authorization Form.  There may be charges for copying and for postage if you want the copies mailed to you.  Ask the receptionist about our fee structure.

 

2.  Request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your PHI.  We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in the case of an emergency).

 

3.  Request that we communicate with you about your PHI by different means such as using qualified interpreters for deaf communication.

 

4.  Request that we change certain parts of your PHI.  We may deny your request if we did not create the information you want changed or for certain other reasons.  If we deny your request, we will provide you with a written explanation.  You may respond with a statement of disagreement that will be added to the information you wanted changed.  If we accept your request to change the information, we will make reasonable efforts to tell others, including people you name, of the change and to include the changes in any future sharing of that information.

 

5.  Receive a copy of this privacy policy by making a request to the receptionist or by submitting a written request to the Privacy Officer.

 

Questions and Complaints

 

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or if you think that we may have violated your privacy rights, please submit a written complaint to our Privacy Officer. 

 

You may also submit a written complaint to:

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Office for Civil Rights, DHHS

1301 Young Street, Suite 1169

Dallas, TX  75202

Phone (214)767.4056  

TDD # (214)767.8940 

 

We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

 

This Notice of Privacy Practices is currently in effect and will remain in effect until further notice.

 

Privacy Officer for

Sleep Medicine Consultants:

Tavara Greene, Office Manager

(512)697.9896 ext. 225

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