HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

The Chiropractic Office of Gary C. Stewart, D.C. (Stewart Family Chiropractic)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW CHIROPRACTIC AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

 

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
Ask us to correct your medical record
  • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.
Request confidential communications
  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.
Ask us to limit what we use or share
  • You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
  • If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
Get a copy of this privacy notice
  • You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
Choose someone to act for you
  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
  • You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting our privacy official us using the information on page 2.
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us and tell us what you want us to do. In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care.
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation.
    • If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
  • We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.
    • In this case, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
  • Sale of your information – we do not sell your information.
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways:
  • We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
  • We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.
  • We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
  • We may contact you by postal mail (letter, postcard, flier, brochure, etc.), e-mail, telephone, or mobile device regarding appointment reminders, re-evaluations or other appointment or care related issues, account status or bills, office announcements, greeting cards, newsletters, health related meetings or workshops, or other health related information that may be of interest to you. We may leave voice mail messages on your answering machine or mobile device.
  • Unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your health care., If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgment.
  • We may publish patient testimonials, contest winners, office-related activities, or photographs taken in the office in such things as newsletters, handouts, websites, advertising, or other marketing. If you choose not to authorize this information use, your decision will have no adverse effect on your care from Stewart Family Chiropractic or on your relationship with our staff. If you choose not to provide us with authorization, please notify us in writing.
Open Adjusting
  • This office utilizes an “open-adjusting” environment for ongoing patient care. “Open adjusting” involves several patients being seen in the same adjusting room at the same time. Patients are within sight of one another and some ongoing routine details of care are discussed within earshot of other patients and staff. This environment is used for ongoing care and this is NOT the environment used for taking patient histories, providing examinations or presenting reports of findings. These procedures are completed in a private, confidential setting. There are various interpretations under federal law with respect to what is known as an “incidental disclosures” of health information. It is our view that the kinds of matters related in an “open door” environment are incidental matters. You may choose to be adjusted in our private room.
How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
  • Preventing disease.
  • Helping with product recalls.
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications.
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety.
Do research
  • We can use or share your information for health research.
Comply with the law
  • We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
  • We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
  • We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
We can use or share health information about you:
  • For workers’ compensation claims.
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official.
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law.
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services.
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
  • We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
Our Responsibilities
We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.
Changes to the Terms of this Notice:
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.
Privacy Official
Gary C. Stewart, D.C. (973)835-5773 drgary@stewartfamilychiro.com
Effective Date of this Notice
January 16, 2014.  

 

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