HIPAA Privacy Practices
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Linking Policy Statement
Thank you for your interest in the Institute for Advanced Bariatric Surgery (IABS) at MIS-Hospital. A link to our web site from another web site is permitted as long as the use of such a link does not suggest, indicate, or imply that the owner of the web site where the link resides is an official representative of IABS, or that IABS in any way endorses the content on the linking web site. IABS generally does not object to links to our web site from third party sites. However, there are certain conditions that must be followed:
- Unless we enter into a specific written agreement with you, you may not use any of IABS's names, logos, designs, slogans, or service marks in or with your links, except that you may link to IABSobesitysurgery.com using the plain text name of that site.
- Do not present the link to the IABSobesitysurgery site in any way that suggests IABS has any relationship or affiliation with your site or endorses, sponsors or recommends the information, products or services on your site.
- Do not use any of IABS' names, logos, designs, slogans, or service marks in any advertising, publicity, promotion, or in any other commercial manner without the prior express written permission for a particular use from IABS.
- We ask that you link only to the home page/first page/registration page of this site. Please do not incorporate any content from this site into your site (e.g., by in-lining or framing).
- Do not use any of IABS' names, logos, designs, slogans, or any other words or codes identifying IABSobesitysurgery in any "metatag" or other information used by search engines or other information location tools to identify and select sites, without IABS' prior express written permission for a particular use.
- Before creating your link to our site, please e-mail us to let us know you are doing so. You may not publish any website content without prior express written permission. Please e-mail with requests, including who will be using this information and when it will be used. IABS reserves the right to request any other site to delete or modify its link to our website for any reason. It is anticipated that this will occur within five working dates from notice to do so. If you have comments, questions or requests please write to our office address.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective Date 1/1/2006
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
If you have any questions about this notice, please contact our office and ask to speak to our Privacy Officer by dialing (913) 322-7408.
Each time you visit a physician, hospital, or another healthcare provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, a plan for future care or treatment, and billing-related information. This notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by a doctor's office, whether made by an office personnel, agents of the office, or your personal doctor.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and provide you a description of our privacy practices. We will abide by the terms of this notice.
Uses and Disclosures
How we may use and disclose Health Information about you.
The following categories describe examples of the way we use and disclose health information:
For Treatment: We may use health information about you to provide you treatment or services. We may disclose health information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, or other office personnel who are involved in taking care of you at the doctor's office. For example, the doctor treating you for abdominal pain may need to admit you to a hospital. Different office employees may share health information about you in order to coordinate the different things you may need such as lab work, x-rays, and consults. We may also provide a subsequent healthcare provider with copies of various reports to assist him or her in treating you.
For Payment: We may use and disclose health information about your treatment and services to bill and collect payment from you, your insurance company or a third party payer. For example, we may need to give your insurance company information about your surgery so they will pay us or reimburse you for the treatment. We may also tell your health plan about treatment you are going to receive to determine whether your plan will cover it.
For Health Care Operations: Members of the office staff may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. The results will then be used to continually improve the quality of care for all patients we serve. For example, we may combine health information about many patients to evaluate the need for new services or treatment. We may disclose information to physicians and nurses for educational purposes. And we may combine health information we have with other physicians and hospitals to see where we can make improvements. We may remove information that identifies you from this set of health information to protect your privacy.
We may also use and disclose Health Information:
- To business associates we have contracted with to perform the agreed upon service and billing for service
- To remind you that you have an appointment for medical care
- To assess your satisfaction with our services
- To tell you about possible treatment alternatives
- To tell you about health-related benefits or services
- For conducting training programs
- When disclosing information, primarily appointment reminders and billing/collections efforts, we may leave messages on your answering machine/voice mail.
Business Associates: There are some services provided in our organization through contracts with business associates. Examples include services in Radiology, certain laboratory tests, and a copy service which we may use when making copies of your health record. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your health information to our business associates so that they can perform the job we've asked them to do and bill you or your third-party payer for services rendered. To protect your health information, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
Individuals Involved in your Care or Payment for your Care: We may release health information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care or who helps pay for your care. In addition, we may disclose health information about you to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.
Research: We may disclose information to researchers when an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information has approved their research and granted a waiver of the authorization requirement.
Future Communications: We may communicate to you via newsletters, mail outs or other means regarding treatment options, health-related information, disease-management programs, wellness programs, or other community based initiatives or activities our facility is participating in.
Organized Health Care Arrangement: Our office is presenting you this document as a joint notice. Information will be shared as necessary to carry out treatment, payment and health care operations. Physicians and caregivers may have access to protected health information in their offices to assist in reviewing past treatment as it may affect treatment at the time.
Affiliated Covered Entity: Protected health information will be made available to hospital personnel at local affiliated hospitals as necessary to carry out treatment, payment and health care operations. Caregivers at other facilities may have access to protected health information at their locations to assist in reviewing past treatment information as it may affect treatment at this time. Please contact the Facility Privacy Official for further information on the specific sites included in this affiliated covered entity.
As required by law, we may also use and disclose health information for the following types of entities, including but not limited to:
- Food and Drug Administration
- Public Health or Legal Authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability
- Correctional Institutions
- Workers Compensation Agents
- Organ and Tissue Donation Organizations
- Military Command Authorities
- Health Oversight Agencies
- Funeral Directors, Coroners and Medical Directors
- National Security and Intelligence Agencies
- Protective Services for the President and Others
Law Enforcement/Legal Proceedings: We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena.
State-Specific Requirements: Many states have requirements for reporting including population-based activities relating to improving health or reducing health care costs. Some states have separate privacy laws that may apply additional legal requirements. If the state privacy laws are more stringent than federal privacy laws, the state law preempts the federal law.
Your Health Information Rights
Although your health record is the physical property of the health care practitioner or facility that compiled it, you have the right to:
- Inspect and Copy: You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the health information that may be used to make decisions about your care. Usually, this includes medical and billing records, but does not include psychotherapy notes. We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to health information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another health care professional chosen by the office will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
- Amend: If you feel the health information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for the office. We may deny your request for an amendment and if this occurs, you will be notified of the reason for the denial.
- An Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to request an accounting of disclosures. This is a list of certain disclosures we make of your health information for purposes other than treatment, payment or health care operations where an authorization was not required.
- Request Restrictions: You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the health information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we do not use or disclose information about a surgery you had. We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.
- 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 may ask that we contact you at work instead of your home. The facility will grant reasonable requests for confidential communications at alternative locations and/or via alternative means only if the request is submitted in writing and the written request includes a mailing address where the individual will receive bills for services rendered by the facility and related correspondence regarding payment for services. Please realize, we reserve the right to contact you by other means and at other locations if you fail to respond to any communication from us that requires a response. We will notify you in accordance with your original request prior to attempting to contact you by other means or at another location.
- A Paper Copy of This Notice: You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice.
You may print a copy of the notice by clicking on Notice of Privacy Practices link.
To exercise any of your rights, please obtain the required forms from the Privacy Official and submit your request in writing.
Change to this Notice
We reserve the right to change this notice and the revised or changed notice will be effective for information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. The current notice will be posted in our office and include the effective date. In addition, each time you visit our office, a copy of the current notice in effect is available.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our office. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
Other Uses of Health Information
Other uses and disclosures of health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written permission. If you provide us permission to use or disclose health information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose health information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
Facility Privacy Official
Telephone Number: (913) 322-7408