HIPAA Privacy Practices
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 READ IT CAREFULLY.
OUR LEGAL DUTY AND COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY
Nourished Routes is committed to maintaining the privacy of your protected health information (“PHI”). Nourished Routes is required by law to maintain the privacy of this information, provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices and notice of our legal duties regarding your PHI. Nourished Routes is also required to follow the practices described in this Notice of Privacy Practices currently in effect.
If you have any questions or complaints, please contact:
Nourished Routes: Allison Tallman
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT OR HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS (“TPO”)
Nourished Routes may use or disclose PHI about you for our TPO, including for example:
- For treatment purposes (such as verifying your insurance coverage or providing information needed for your health insurance plan to cover and pay for the claim for services that we provide to you).
- For payment purposes (such as verifying your insurance coverage or providing information needed for your health insurance plan to cover and pay for the claim for services that we provide).
- For health care operations (such as our administration activities, activities to enhance the care that we provide to our patients and their satisfaction with our services, and activities to help assure that we are in compliance with applicable law).
We may also disclose your PHI for treatment activities of other health care providers, for payment activities of other health care providers, payors or health care clearinghouses, or for the health care operations of one of those entities if we and that entity each have (or have had) a relationship with you and the PHI relates to that relationship.
OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES WITHOUT WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION
We may use or disclose PHI about you without your authorization for several other purposes required or permitted by law. Subject to certain requirements, we may use or disclose your PHI without your authorization as follows:
- To you upon request or as required by law;
- When required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services;
- For public health activities (such as reporting information to agencies authorized to collect information for purposes of preventing or controlling
- diseases, injuries or disabilities; preparing reports to the FDA; maintaining vital health records such as for births and deaths, etc.);
- To our business associates;
- To your personal representatives;
- For certain incidental uses or disclosures;
- For face-to-face communications that we make with you regarding products or services;
- To provide gifts of nominal value to you or your family;
- To correctional institutions if you are an inmate;
- To help prevent or control communicable diseases;
- To your employer in limited circumstances, typically related to workplace injuries or medical surveillance;
- For reporting abuse, neglect or domestic violence;
- For health oversight activities authorized by law (such as civil or criminal investigations, audits, licensure and disciplinary proceedings, etc...);
- For judicial and administrative proceedings (such as in response to court orders or discovery requests);
- For law enforcement;
- To funeral directors, coroners and medical examiners;
- For purposes of organ, eye or tissue donation;
- To avoid a serious threat of harm to health and safety;
- For specialized government functions (such as military operations; national security);
- For auditing purposes;
- For certain research studies;
- For workers’ compensation purposes;
- For emergencies or disaster relief;
- To persons involved in your care or payment related to your care;
- For notification purposes with request to your care, condition, location or death.
We may also contact you about appointment reminders, treatment alternatives or for fundraising purposes.
In any other situation, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing any of your PHI. If you sign an authorization to use or disclose information, you can later revoke that authorization to stop further uses and disclosures.
In most cases, you have the right to look at or obtain a copy of PHI that we maintain about you. We may charge a fee for costs related to your request. We may, under certain circumstances, deny your request but if we do, you can obtain a review of that denial by another licensed health care professional that we designate.
You also have the right to receive an “accounting” that lists certain instances when we have disclosed PHI about you for reasons other than treatment, payment, or health care operations. The request can cover a time period no longer than six years from the date of disclosure. Your first request in a twelve (12) month period is free. After that, we may charge for costs related to additional requests.
If you believe that information in your record is incorrect, or if important information is missing, you also have that right to request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information. We have the right to deny any such request under certain circumstances.
You have the right to request that your health information be communicated to you in a confidential manner such as asking that we contact you at work rather than at home.
You may request that we restrict how we use or disclose information about you for treatment, payment, or health care operations or to persons involved in you care (except when specifically authorized by you, when required by law, or in emergency circumstances). We will consider your request for such restrictions but are only bound by them if we agree to them.
To exercise any of the rights described above, please make a request in writing to our Contact Person listed on page one of this document.
CHANGES IN OUR NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
We may change our privacy practices at any time and the new terms shall apply to all PHI about you that we have at the time of the change and to all PHI about you that we maintain in the future. If we make any material changes, we will change our Notice of Privacy Practices and make them available to you. The changes will not take effect until they are reflected in a revised Notice of Privacy Practices. You can request a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practice at any time. If this Notice of Privacy Practice was sent to you electronically, you have the right to obtain a paper copy upon request. For more information about our privacy practices, contact our office as listed on the first page of this document.
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, you may contact Nourished Routes as listed on the first page of this document. You may also send a written complaint to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.