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.
Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S. respects your privacy. We understand that your personal health information is very sensitive. We will not disclose your information to others unless you tell us to do so, or unless the law authorizes or requires us to do so.Laws protect the privacy of the health information we create and obtain in providing our care and services to you. For example, your protected health information includes your symptoms, test results, diagnoses, treatment plans, health information from other providers, and billing and payment information relating to these services. Federal and state law allows us to use and disclose your protected health information for purposes of treatment and health care operations. State law requires us to get your authorization to disclose this information for payment purposes.
The health and billing records we create and store are the property of the practice/health care facility.
The protected health information in it, however, generally belongs to you. You have a right to:
- Receive, read, and ask questions about this Notice.
- Ask us to restrict certain uses and disclosures. You must deliver this request in writing to us. We are not required to grant the request, but we will comply with any request granted.
- Request and receive from us a copy of this or the most current Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (“Notice”).
- Request that you be allowed to see and get a copy of your protected health information. You may make this request in writing. We have a form available for this type of request.
- You have the right to request to be given or have transmitted to another individual or entity, an electronic copy of your medical record, if they are maintained in an electronic format. We will make every effort to provide the electronic copy in the format you request, however, if it is not readily producible by us, we will provide it in our standard format (fees my apply).
- Have us review a denial of access to your health information—except in certain circumstances.
- Ask us to change your health information. You may give us this request in writing. You may write a statement of disagreement if your request is denied. It will be stored in your medical record, and included with any release of your records.
- When you request, we will give you a list of disclosures of your health information. The list will not include disclosures to third-party payors. You may receive this information without charge once every 12 months. We will notify you of the cost involved if you request this information more than once in 12 months.
- Cancel prior authorizations to use or disclose health information by giving us a written revocation. Your revocation does not affect information that has already been released. It also does not affect any action taken before we have it. Sometimes, you cannot cancel an authorization if its purpose was to obtain insurance.
- You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the disclosure of your health information 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 involved in your care or involved in the payment of your care. Your request must be made in writing with specific instructions. If we agree to this restriction, we may violate the request only for emergency treatment. You may not request that we restrict the disclosure of your health information for treatment purposes.
For help with these rights during normal business hours, please contact the administrator of the location at which you have been treated. Please call the main office phone number and ask for the administrator.
We are required to:
- Keep your protected health information private;
- Give you this Notice, and
- Follow the terms of this Notice and state and federal laws.
We have the right to change our practices regarding the protected health information we maintain. If
we make changes, we will update this Notice. You may receive the most recent copy of this Notice by
calling and asking for it or by visiting our office to pick one up.
Unless you object, we may release health information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care.We may tell your family or friends your condition and that you are in a hospital.You have the right to object to this use or disclosure of your information. If you object, we will not disclose it to your family member or friends.
With Medical Researchers
—if the research has been approved and has policies to protect the privacy of your health information. We may also share information with medical researchers preparing to conduct a research project.
- To Funeral Directors/Coroners consistent with applicable law to allow them to carry out their duties.
- To Organ Procurement Organizations (tissue donation and transplant) or persons who obtain, store, or transplant organs.
- To the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relating to problems with food, supplements, and products.
- To Comply With Workers’ Compensation Laws—if you make a workers’ compensation claim.
- For Public Health and Safety Purposes as Allowed or Required by Law:
- to prevent or reduce a serious, immediate threat to the health or safety of a person, or the public, and
- to public health or legal authorities;
- to protect public health and safety
- to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability
- to report vital statistics such as births or deaths.
- To Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect to public authorities.
- To Correctional Institutions if you are in jail or prison, as necessary for your health and the health and safety of others.
- For Law Enforcement Purposes such as when we receive a subpoena, court order, or other legal process, or you are the victim of a crime.
- For Health and Safety Oversight Activities.For example, For example, we may share health information with the Department of Health.
- For Disaster Relief Purposes. For example, we may share health information with disaster relief agencies to assist in notification of your condition to family or other.
- For Work-Related Conditions That Could Affect Employee Health. For example, an employer may ask us to assess health risks on a job site.
- To the Military Authorities of U.S. and Foreign Military Personnel. For example, the law may require us to provide information necessary to a military mission.
- In the Course of Judicial/Administrative Proceedings at your request, or as directed by a subpoena or court order.
- For Specialized Government Functions. For example, we may share information for national security purposes.