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privacy policy

Effective Date: April 14, 2003


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.


We understand the importance of privacy and are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your medical information. We use these records to provide or enable other health care providers to provide quality medical care, to obtain payment for services provided to you as allowed by your health plan and to enable us to meet our professional and legal obligations to operate this medical practice properly. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information. This notice describes how we may use and disclose your medical information. It also describes your rights and your legal obligations with respect to your medical information. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact our office.


A) HOW THIS MEDICAL PRACTICE MAY USE OR DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION


This medical practice collects health information about you and stores it in a chart or computer. This is your medical record. The medical record is the property of this medical practice but the information in the medical record belongs to you. The law permits us to use or disclose your health information for the following purposes:

  1. Treatment: We use medical information about you to provide your medical care. We disclose medical information to our employees and others who are involved in providing the care you need. For example, we may share your medical information with either physicians or other health care providers who will provide services that we do not provide; with a pharmacist who needs it to dispense a prescription to you; with a laboratory that performs a test; or with members of your family or others who can help you when you are sick or injured.
  2. Payment: We may use and disclose medical information about you to obtain payment for the services we provide. We may give your health plan the information it requires before it will pay us. We may disclose to other health care providers to assist them in obtaining payment for services they have provided to you.
  3. Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose medical information about you to operate this medical practice. We may use and disclose this information to review and improve the quality of care we provide or the competence and qualifications of our professional staff. We may use this information to get your health plan to authorize services or referral. We may use this information as necessary for medical reviews, legal services, and audits (including fraud and abuse detection and compliance program). We may also share your medical information with our “Business Associates”, such as our billing service, that perform administrative services for us. We have a business contract with each of these Business Associates that contains terms requiring them to protect the confidentiality of your medical information. Although Federal law does not protect health information that is disclosed to someone other than another healthcare prohibited from re-disclosing it except as specifically required or permitted by law. We may share your information with other health care providers, healthcare clearinghouses, or health plans that have a relationship with you where they request this information to help them with their quality assessment and improvement activities, their efforts to improve health or reduce health care costs, their review of competence, qualifications and performance of health care professionals, their training programs, their accreditation, certification or licensing activities, or their health care fraud and abuse detection and compliances efforts. We may also share medical information about you to all of the other health care providers, healthcare providers, healthcare clearinghouses and health plans who participate in the following organized health care arrangements for any health care operations activities of Glendale Memorial Medical Group, Verdugo Hills Medical Group, and Regal Medical Group.
  4. Appointment Reminder: We may use and disclose medical information to contact and remind you about appointments. If you are not home, we may leave this information on your answering machine or in a message left with the person answering the phone.
  5. Sign-In Sheet: We may use and disclose medical information about you by having you sing in when you arrive at our office. We may also call out your name when we are ready to see you.
  6. Notification and Communication With Family: We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, your person representative, or another person responsible for your care about your location, your general condition, or in the event of your death. In the event of a disaster, we may disclose information to a relief organization so that they may coordinate these notification efforts. We may also disclose information to someone who is involved with our care of helps pay for your care. If you are able and available to agree or object, we will give you the opportunity to object prior to making these disclosures, although we may disclose this information in a disaster ever over your objections if we believe it is necessary to respond to the emergency circumstances. If you are unable to or unavailable to agree or object, our health professional will use their best judgment in communication with your family and others.
  7. Marketing: We may contact you to give you information about products or services related to your treatment, case management, care coordination, or to direct or recommend other treatments or health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you or to provide you with small gifts. We may also encourage you to purchase a product or service when we see you. We will not otherwise use or disclose your medical information for marketing purposes without your written authorization.
  8. Required By Law: As required by law, we will use and disclose your health information but we will limit our use or disclosure to the relevant requirements of the law. When the law requires us to report abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, or respond to judicial or administrative proceedings, or to enforcement officials, we will further comply with the requirements set forth below concerning those activities.
  9. Public Health: We may, and are sometimes required by law, disclose your health information to public health authorities for purposes related to: Preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability; reported child, elder or dependent adult 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.  When we report suspected elder or dependent adult abuse or domestic violence, we will inform you or your personal representative promptly unless, in our profession judgment, we believe the notification would place you at risk of serious harm or would require informing a personal representative we believe is responsible for the abuse or harm.
  10. Health Oversight Activities:  We may, and are sometimes required by law, disclosed your health information to health oversight agencies during the course of audits, investigations, inspections, licensure and other proceedings subject to the limitations imposed by Federal and California Law.
  11. Judicial And Administrative Proceedings: We may, and are sometimes required by law, your health information in the course of any administrative or judicial proceedings to the extent expressly authorized by a court or administrative order. We may also disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process if reasonable efforts have been made to notify you of the request and you have not objected or if you objections have been resolved by a court or administrative order.
  12. Law Enforcement: We may, and are sometimes required by law, 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, warrant, grand jury subpoena and other law enforcement purposes.
  13. Coroners: We may, and are sometimes required by law to, disclose your health information to coroners in connection with their investigations of death.
  14. Organ or Tissue Donation: We may disclose your health information to organizations involved in procuring, banking, or transplanting organs and tissues.
  15. Public Safety: We may, and are sometime required by law 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 the general public.
  16. Specialized Government Functions: We may disclose your health information for military or national security purposes or to correctional institutions or law enforcement officers that have you in their lawful custody.
  17. Workers Compensation: We may disclose your health information as necessary to comply with workers compensation law. For example, to the extent your care is covered by workers compensation, we will make periodic reports to your employer about you condition. We also required by law to report cased of occupational injury or occupational illness to the employer or workers compensation insurer.
  18. Change of Ownership: In the event that this medical practice is sold or merged with another organization, your health information/record will become the property of the new owner, although you will maintain the right to request that copies of your health information be transferred to another physician or medical group.

B) WHEN THIS MEDICAL PRACTICE MAY NOT USE OR DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION


Except as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices, this medical practice will not use or disclose health information that identifies you without your written authorization. If you do authorize this medical practice to use or disclose your health information for another purpose, you may revoke your authorization in writing at any time.


C) YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS

  1. Right to Request Special Privacy Protections:  You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information by a written request specifying what information you want to limit and what limitations on our use or disclosure of that information you wish to have imposed. We reserve the right to accept or reject your request and will notify you of your decision.
  2. Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request that you receive your health information in a specific way or at a specific location. For example, you may ask that we send information to a particular fax number or to your work address. We will comply with all reasonable request submitted in writing that specifies how or where you wish to receive this communication.
  3. Right to Inspect and Copy:  You have the right to inspect and copy your health information with limited exceptions. To access your medical information, you must submit a written request detailing what information you want and Federal Law. We may deny your request under limited circumstances. If we deny your request to access your child’s records or the record of an incapacitated adult that you are representing because we believe allowing access would be reasonably likely to cause substantial harm to the patient, you will have a right to appeal our decision. If we deny your request to access you psychotherapy notes, you will have the right to have them transferred to another medical health professional.
  4. Right to amend or Supplement:  You have a right to request that we amend your health information that you believe is incorrect or incomplete. You must make a request to amend in writing and include the reasons you believe the information is inaccurate or incomplete. We are not required to change your health information, and will provide you with information about this medical practice’s denial and how you can disagree with the denial. We may deny your request if we do not have the information, if we did not create the information (unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment), if you would not be permitted to inspect or copy the information at issue, or if the information is accurate and complete as is. You also have the right to request that we add to your record a statement of up to 250 words any statement or item you believe to be incomplete or incorrect.
  5. Right to an Accounting of Disclosures: You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information made by this medical practice except that this medical practice does not have to account for the disclosure provided to you or pursuant to your written authorization, or as described in paragraph 1 (treatment), 2 (payment), 3 (health care operations), 6 ( notification and communications with family), and 16 ( specialized government functions) of Section A of this Notice of Privacy Practices or disclosures for purposes of research or public health that exclude direct patient identifiers or which are incident to a use or disclosure otherwise permitted or authorized by law, or the disclosures to a health oversight agency or law enforcement official to the extent this medical practice has received notice from that agency or official that providing this accounting would be reasonably likely to impede their activities.

You have a right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices, even if you have previously received a copy of it.

If you would like to have a more detailed explanation of these rights or if you would like to exercise one or more of these rights, please contact our office as listed above.

 

D) CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

We reserve the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future. Until such amendment is made, we are required by law to comply with this Notice. After an amendment is made, the revised Notice of Privacy Practices will apply to all protected health information that we maintain regardless of when it was created or received. We will keep a copy of the current notice posted in our reception area and will offer you a copy at each appointment.

 

E) COMPLAINTS

Complaints about this Notice of Privacy Practices or how this medical practice handles your health information should be direct to our office listed at the top of this notice. If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles a complaint, you may submit a formal complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.