Notice of Privacy Practices
This Notice describes how healthcare information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review this Notice carefully.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates the protection and confidential handling of protected healthcare information. This Notice informs you of your rights regarding your healthcare information under HIPAA. Your health information includes any information that I record or receive about your past, present and future healthcare. HIPAA regulations require that I maintain this privacy and provide you a copy of this Notice.
Record Keeping Practices
Standard practice requires me to keep a record of your treatment. This includes relevant data about dates of service, payments for service, insurance billing, and relevant treatment information. This record of treatment is your protected health care information or ‘PHI’. I may use or disclose your PHI for treatment, payments, and healthcare operation purposes.
Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, & Health Care Operations
I may use or disclose your PHI to coordinate or mange your treatment. An example of treatment would be when I consult with another healthcare provider or therapist.
I will disclose your healthcare information if you request that I bill a third party. And example of payment is when I disclose your protected health information to your health insurere to obtain reimbursement or to determine eligibility or coverage.
I may disclose your PHI during activities that relate to the performance and operation of my practice. Examples of health care operations are quality assessment activities, case management, legal, audits, and administrative services.
Uses and Disclosures that do NOT require your Authorization or an opportunity to Object
Required by Law
I may use or disclose your PHI to the extent that use or disclosure is required by law, made in compliance with the law, and limited to the relevant requirements of the law. Examples are public health reports, law enforcement reports, abuse and neglect reports, and reports to coroners and medical examiners in connection with death. I also must make disclosures to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of investigating or determining my compliance with the required of the Privacy Rule.
I may disclose your healthcare information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as my professional licensure. Oversight agencies also include government agencies and organizations that provide financial assistance to me, such as third-party payers.
Child Abuse or Neglect
If I have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect, I am required by law to report it to the proper law enforcement agency or the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
If I have reasonable cause to believe that abandonment, sexual or physical abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect of a vulnerable adult has occurred, I must report the abuse to the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
Threat to Health or Safety
In the instance when you or someone else is in imminent danger of harm I may disclose your healthcare information for the purposes of safety.
I may disclose your healthcare information to law enforcement officials if you have committed a crime on my premises or against me.
I may disclose your healthcare information with business associates that I contract with to administer billing and/or legal services. My contract with them requires them to safeguard the privacy of your information.
I may be required to disclose your PHI if a court of competent jurisdiction issues an appropriate order. I will comply with this order if (a) you and I have been notified in writing at least fourteen days in advance of a subpoena or other legal demand, (b) no protective order has been obtained, and (c) I have satisfactory assurances that you have received notice of any opportunity to have limited or quashed the discovery demand.
Effective Date: September 10, 2022
HOW WE COLLECT, STORE, AND USE INFORMATION
The Company only contacts individuals who specifically request that we do so, or in the event that they have signed up to receive our newsletters. The Company collects and stores names and e-mail address for registration to receive our newsletters in MailChimp. All of this information is provided to us by you.
If you enter your name and email address to receive our newsletters, or you become a client, we also provide your information to MailChimp.
If you do not wish your information to be used for these purposes, you can unsubscribe from emails sent to you by us.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will delete your name and email address from Mailchimp.
Be aware that we would only release information about our visitors, newsletter subscribers, and clients by a court order. (Refer to HIPAA above if a client.)
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