PIN: To protect your privacy and ensure the confidentiality of your health records, our office utilizes a Patient PIN number system in order to share your information. Please note, our office can share information about you to individuals that have your PIN. By signing below, you agree with the St Johns Vein Center PIN System:
We are required by law to provide you with our Notice of Privacy Practices. To ensure that our records are accurate, please sign this form and return it to our receptionist to acknowledge that you have been provided with a copy of our notice.
I acknowledge receipt of St Johns Vein Center’s Notice of Privacy Practices. I hereby authorize St Johns Vein Center to share and/or discuss my medical information with the following individuals (family and/or friends)
At St Johns Vein Center, we are committed to treating and using protected health information about you responsibly. This notice of health information practices describes the personal information we collect and how and when we use or disclose that information. It also describes your rights as they relate to your protected health information. This notification is effective January 1, 2012 and applies to all protected health information as defined by federal regulations. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact Sonya Casey, Practice Administrator.
Understanding Your Health Record /Information
Each time you visit St Johns Vein Center, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination notes, test results, and a plan for future care or treatments. This information, often referred to as your health or medical record, serves as a:
- Basis for planning our care and treatment.
- Means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your care.
- Legal documentation describing the care you received.
- Means by which you or a third party payer can verify that services billed were actually provided.
- Tool in educating health professionals.
- Source of data for medical research.
- Source of data for our planning and marketing.
- Tool with which we can access and improve the care we tender and the outcomes we achieve.
You’re Health Information Rights
Although your health record is the physical property of St Johns Vein Center, the information belongs to you.
You have the right to:
- Obtain a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices.
- Amend your health record as provided in 45 CFR 164.524.
- Inspect and copy your health record as provided for in 45 CFR 164.524.
- Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information as provided for in 45 CFR 164.524.
St Johns Vein Center is required to:
- Maintain the privacy of your health information.
- Abide by the terms of this notice.
- Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
- Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction.
- Provide you with this notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you.
We are required by law to:
- Ensure that medical information that identifies you is kept private
- Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you
- Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
How we may use your health information:
The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose medical information. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories.
For Treatment. We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to the practice’s office personnel who are involved in taking care of you at the office or elsewhere. We also may disclose medical information about you to people outside our office who may be involved in your care after you leave the office, such as family members or others we use to provide services that are part of your care, provided you have consented to such disclosure. These
- entities include third-party physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, and clinical laboratories with whom the office consults or makes referrals.
- For Payment. We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at our office may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company, or a third party. For example, we may need to give your health plan information about procedures you received at the office so your health plan will pay us or reimburse you for the services. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the treatment.
- For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you for medical office operations.
These uses and disclosures are necessary to run our office and make sure that all of our patients receive quality care. For example, we may use medical information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also combine medical information about many patients to decide what additional services the office should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective. We may also disclose information to our physicians, staff, and other office personnel for review and learning purposes.
- Appointment Reminders. We may use and disclose medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment or medical care at the office.
- Treatment Alternatives. We may use and disclose medical information to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives that may be of interest to you.
- Health-Related Benefits and Services. We may use and disclose medical information to tell you about health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
- Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may release medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care, provided you have consented to such disclosure. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. In addition, we may disclose medical information about you to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, and location.
- As Required By Law. We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law.
- To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat.
- Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
- Lawsuits and Disputes. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
Changes to this notice
We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice in the office. The notice will contain on the first page, in the top right-hand corner, the effective date. In addition, each time you register, we will offer you a copy of the current notice in effect.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the office or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our practice, contact Sonya Casey at (904) 402-8346. All complaints must be submitted in writing.
You will not be penalized or retaliated against for filing a complaint.
Other Uses of Medical Information
Other uses and disclosures of medical information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written permission. If you provide us permission to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
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