WESTFIELD EYE CENTER
2575 Lindell Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
The Effective Date of This Notice April 14, 2003
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.
These pages describe the type of information we gather about you, with whom that information may be shared and the safeguards we have in place to protect it. You have the right to confidentiality of your medical information and the right to approve or refuse the release of specific information except when the release of required by law or permitted by law without your authorization.
If the practices described in this notice meet your expectations, there is nothing you need to do. If you prefer additional limitations on the use of your medical information, you may request them by following the procedures below:
If you have any questions about this notice, please contact our Privacy Officer.
This notice describes the Provider's practices regarding the use of your medical information and that of:
- Any health care professional employed by the (Provider) who is authorized to enter information into your medical record.
- Any member of a volunteer group we allow to help you.
- All employees, staff and other personnel who may need access to your information.
- If we have, or in the future will have, multiple sites or locations, all of them will adhere to the provisions in this notice. Multiple sites and locations may share medical information with each other for treatment, payment or health care operations purposes as described in this notice.
OUR PLEDGE REGARDING MEDICAL INFORMATION
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal. Protecting medical information about you is important. We create a record of the care and services you receive. We need this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by (the Provider)'s employees, whether made by health care professionals or other personnel. This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose medical information about you. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we regarding the use and disclosure of personal medical information.
We are required by law to:
- Keep confidential any medical information that concerns your condition or treatment, how your care is paid for and demographic information, if such information can be used to identify you;
- Give you this notice of our policies, procedures and information privacy practices with respect to medical information about you;
- Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
The following categories describe different ways that we may use and disclose medical information. For each category of uses or disclosures we will try to give some examples. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed.
For Treatment: We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment services. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, training doctors or other health care professionals who are involved in taking care of you. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. Different health care professionals also may share medical information about you in order to coordinate the different things you need, such as prescriptions, lab work and x-rays.
For Payment: We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, and insurance company or a third party. For example, your insurance may need to know about surgery your received so they will pay us or reimburse you for the surgery. We may also use and disclose medical information about you to obtain prior approval or to determine whether you insurance will cover the treatment, or undertake other tasks related o seeking payment for services provided. We may also disclose medical information to another health care provider who is or has been involved in our treatment, so that that provider may seek payment for services rendered.
For Health Care Operations Purposes: We may use and disclose medical information about you for health care operations purposes. This is necessary to 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, or to otherwise manage and operate more effectively. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, training doctors, medical students and other hospital personnel for review and learning purposes. We may remove information that identifies you from this set of medical information so others may use it to study health care and health care delivery without learning who the specific patients are.
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.
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 n 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. We may also you're your information to someone who helps pay for your care. If you are in the hospital, we may also tell your family or friends your condition and that you are in a hospital. In addition, we may disclose medical information about you to and entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.
Research: Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose medical information about you for research purposes. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health and recovery of all patients who received one medication to those who received another, for the same condition. All research projects, however, are subject to a special approval process. This process evaluates a proposed research project and its use of medical information, trying to balance the research needs with patients' need for privacy of their medical information. Before we use or disclose medical information for research, the project will have been approved through this research approval process, but we may, however, disclose medical information about you to people preparing to conduct a research project, for example, to help them look for patients with specific medical needs, so long as the medical information they review does not leave the facility conducting research.
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.
Fundraising Activities: We may use medical information about you in and effort to raise money for a purpose of potential benefit to you. For example, if you have a particular medical problem and an entity is conducting fundraising for research in that area of medical science, we may write you for solicitation of funds for that entity. We expect this to occur very rarely. If you do not want us to contact you for fundraising efforts, you must notify our Privacy Officer in writing at the address below.
Where Nevada law and HIPAA regulations conflict, we will abide by the more stringent provision protecting your personal health information.
SPECIAL SITUATIONS REQUIRING RELEASE OF INFORMATION
Organ and Tissue Donation: If you are an organ donor, we may relase medical information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to and organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Military and Veterans: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release medical information about you as required by military command authorities.
Workers' Compensation: We may release medical information about you for workers' compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illiness.
Public Health Risks: We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities. These activities generally include the following:
- To prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
- To report births and deaths;
- To report child abuse or neglect;
- To report reactions to medications or problems with products;
- To notify people of recalls of products they may be using;
- To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition;
- To notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim or abuse, neglect or domestic violence
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 and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the overall health care system, the conduct of government programs and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes: We may disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful order from a court.
Law Enforcement: We may release medical information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official as part of law enforcement activities; in investigations or criminal conduct or of victims or crime, in response to court orders; in emergency circumstances when required by law.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors: We may release medical information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine cause of death. We may also release medical information about patients of the hospital to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
Protective Services for the President, National Security and Intelligence Activities: We may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations, or for intelligence, counterintelligence and other national security activities authorized by law.
Inmates and in the Custody of Law Enforcement: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release medical information aboutyou to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about you:
Right to Inspect and Copy: You have the right to inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about your care. This includes medical and billing records, but does not include psychotherapy notes.
To inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about you, you must submit your request in writing to our Privacy Officer at the address below. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, or other unusual supplies associated with your request.
We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to medical information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by (the Provider) will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
Right to Amend: If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept.
To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to our Privacy Officer. In addition, you must provide a reason that supports your request.
We may deny your request for an amendment if t is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, we may deny your request of you ask us to amend information that:
- Was not created by us, unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment;
- Is not part of the medical information kept by the Provider;
- Is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy;
- Is accurate and complete.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to request an "accounting of disclosures." This is a list of the disclosures we made of medical information about you. This accounting will not include many routine disclosures including those made to you or pursuant to your authorizations, those made for treatment, payment and operations purposes as discussed above, those made to the facility directory as discussed above, those made for national security and intelligence purposes, those made to correctional institutions and those made to law enforcement in compliance with law.
To request this list or accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to our Privacy Officer. Your request must state a time period that may not be longer than six years and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, on paper, electronically0. The first list you request within a 1-month period will be free. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the cost involved and your may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment of your care, like a family member or friend.
We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide your emergency treatment. To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing to our Privacy Office at the address below. In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use. Disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply.
Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail.
To request confidential communications, you must make your request in writing to our Privacy Officer. We will not ask you the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contracted. If complying with your request entails additional expense over our usual means of communication, we may ask that you reimburse us for those expenses.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice: You have the right to a paper copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, please request one from our Privacy Officer.
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 always post a copy of the current notice in the following location: in patient reception area. The notice will contain, on the first page, the effective date.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with us, contact our Privacy Officer at the address and phone number below. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized 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 authorization. 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 thereafter 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 under your authorization. We are required to retain our records of the care we provided to you for six years.
The provider's Privacy Officer is: TANYA HUFFMAN, C.O.T. (Ask the receptionist for name of Privacy Officer or simply address communications to designated Privacy Officer, 2575 Lindell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (702) 362-3937.