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NOTICE OF PRIVACY POLICY

Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice describes how your medical records may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this information.

The law protects the privacy of information we create and obtain in providing care and services to you. Your protected health information includes your diagnoses, treatment, information from other providers, and billing and payment information relating to these services. Federal and state laws allow us to use and disclose 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. 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. Domestic Violence Treatment Laws do require us to give some specific information to victims and authorities, which is explained at the time of admission.

 

Your Health Information Rights

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The healthcare and billing records we create and store are the property of Dontea’ Mitchell-Hunter. The protected health information in it 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.

  • Request and receive from us a paper copy of the most current Notice of Privacy Practices.

  • Request that you be allowed to see and get a copy of your records.

  • Have us review a denial of access to your records.

  • Ask us to change something in your records. Please give us this request in writing. If your request is denied you may write a statement of disagreement. It will be stored in your medical record and included with any release of your records.

  • You may request a list of disclosures of your records without charge once every 12 months. Requests made more frequently will require a fee to process. Please sign, date, and give us your request in writing. The list may not include disclosures for treatment, payment or health care operations.

  • You may ask that your records be given to you by another means or at another location.

  • 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 payment.

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may discuss your concerns with Dontea’ Mitchell-Hunter. You may also deliver a written complaint addressed to Dontea’ Mitchell-Hunter. You may also file a complaint with the Washington State Department of Health. If you reside in Georgia you can file a complaint with the Georgia Rules and Regulations Board.

 

Our Responsibilities

We are required to:

  • Keep your protected health information private unless authorized to give it out.

  • Allow you to read this Notice and give you a copy if you want one.

  • Update this Notice if we make changes. You may receive the most recent copy of this

  • Notice by calling, checking the website or emailing the office.

  • Notify family and others for public health and safety purposes as required by law:

o To prevent or reduce a serious, immediate threat to someone’s health or safety

o To prevent or control disease, injury, or disability

o To ensure that you receive proper medical care.

  • Ask your permission to share information of a personal nature for researchers’ purposes.

  • Give Coroners information consistent with applicable law to allow them to carry out their duties.

  • Report suspected abuse or neglect to public authorities.

  • Give Correctional Institutions information for health and safety purposes if you are in jail or prison.

  • Give information for law enforcement purposes or in the course of judicial proceedings such as when we receive a subpoena, court order, or other legal process, or you are the victim of a crime.

  • Give information for specialized government functions for national security purposes.

  • Get your written authorization for other uses and disclosures not in this Notice.

 

Examples of Use and Disclosures of Protected Health Information for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations:

For treatment:

  • Information obtained will be recorded in your medical record and used to help create a treatment plan for you.

  • Colleagues will occasionally discuss cases in a peer review format to assure the best approach for your treatment.

For payment:

 

● We require you to keep an active card on file. You also have the option to pay in another method (paypal). If you do not attend a scheduled appointment, or you cancel late, your card will be charged the hourly rate of that service.

 

For health care operations:

  • We use your medical records to assess quality and improve services.

  • We may use and disclose medical records to review the performance of our staff.

  • We may contact you to remind you about appointments and give you information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services

We may use and disclose your information for medical quality review by your health plan; accounting, legal, risk management; audit functions, including fraud and abuse detection and compliance programs.