HIPAA – NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

This notice describes how medical information about our patients may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

Purpose of this Notice: “Preserva Therapy Group Inc” doing business as “Preserva Therapy MED SPA” is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information (PHI), and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy with respect your PHI. This Notice describes legal rights, advises of our privacy practices and outlines how Preserva Therapy Group is permitted to use and disclose PHI.

Preserva Therapy Group is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect. In most situations we may use this information as described in this Notice without permission, but there are some situations where we may use it only after we obtain your written authorization.
Use and Disclosure of PHI: Preserva Therapy Group may use PHI for the purposes of payment and health care operations, in most cases without written permission including:
For treatment: This includes the provision, coordination, or management of health care and related services by one or more health care providers, including the coordination or management of health care by a health care provider with a third party, consultation between health care providers relating to a patient or the referral of a patient for health care from one health care provider to another; for payment: This includes any activities we must undertake in order to get reimbursed for the services provided to our patients including: Organizing PHI and submitting bills to insurance companies (either directly or through a third party), management of billed claims for services rendered, medical necessity determinations and reviews, utilization review and collection of outstanding accounts;
Preserva Therapy Group will not use or disclose more information for payment purposes than is necessary. This is known as using only the minimum necessary amount to accomplish the purpose of use or disclosure. We are accountable to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to safeguard (keep secure) and protect (keep private) our patients’ information;
For health care operations: This includes quality assurance activities, licensing and training programs to ensure that our personnel meet our standards of care and follow established policies and procedures, obtaining legal and financial services, conducting business planning, processing grievances and complaints, creating reports that do not individually identify you for data collection purposes, and fundraising and certain marketing activities.
Notification in the Case of a Breach: Preserva Therapy Group is required by law to notify our patients in case of a breach of their unsecured protected health information when it has been or is reasonably believed to have been accessed, acquired or disclosed as a result of a breach.

Use and Disclosure of PHI without your Authorization.
Preserva Therapy Group is permitted to use PHI without written authorization, or opportunity to object in certain situations including:

  1. For Preserva Therapy Group use in obtaining payment for services provided or in other health care operations;
  2. To another health care provider or entity for the payment activities of the provider or entity that receives the information(such as your hospital or insurance company);
  3. To another health care provider (such as the hospital) for the health care operations of the entity that receives theinformation as long as the entity receiving the information has or has had a relationship with our patients and the PHIpertains to that relationship;
  4. For health care fraud and abuse detection, or for any activity related to compliance with the law;
  5. To a family member, other relative or close personal friend or other individual involved in our patients’ care if we obtainverbal agreement to do so or if we give our patients an opportunity to object to such a disclosure and you do not raise an objection. We may also disclose health information to family, relatives or friends if we infer from the circumstances that there is no objection. For example, we may assume our patients agree to our disclosure of personal health information to their spouse when their spouse has called us for them. In situations where our patients are not capable of objecting (because the patients are not present or due to incapacity or medical emergency), we may, in our professional judgment, determine that a disclosure to our patient’s family member, relative or friend is in the best interest. In that situation, we will disclose only health information relevant to that person’s involvement in our patient care;
  6. To a public health authority in certain situations (such as reporting a birth, death or disease as required by law, as part of a public health investigation, to report child or adult abuse or neglect or domestic violence, to report adverse events such as product defects or to notify a person about exposure to a possible communicable disease) as required by law;
  7. For health oversight activities including audits or government investigations, inspections, disciplinary proceedings and other administrative or judicial actions undertaken by the government (or their contractors) by law to oversee the health care system;

Preserva Therapy Group – HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices Form 1.01 – A photocopy of this authorization may be honored as the original – All rights reserved

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  1. For judicial and administrative proceedings as required by a court or administrative order, or in some cases, in response to a subpoena or other legal process;
  2. For law enforcement activities in limited situations, such as when there is a warrant for the request or when the information is needed to locate a suspect or stop a crime;

10.For military, national defense and security and other special government functions; 11.To avert a serious threat to the health and safety of a person or the public at large; 12.For workers’ compensation.

Any other use or disclosure of PHI, other than those listed above, will only be made with written authorization (the authorization must specifically identify the information we seek to use or disclose, as well as when and how we seek to use or disclose it). Authorization may be revoked at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance on that authorization.
Patient Rights:

  • Our patients have a number of rights with respect to the protection of their PHI. Preserva Therapy Group will permitindividuals to exercise patient rights.
  • The right to access copy or inspect PHI. This means our patients may come to our offices and inspect and copy most of themedical information about them that we maintain in both paper and electronic format. We will generally permit access, copying or inspection of PHI. Information held electronically must be provided in electronic form if requested by the patient.
  • The right to amend PHI. Our patients have the right to ask us to amend their written medical information. We will consider amending any patients’ PHI.
  • The right to request an accounting of our use and disclosure of an individual’s PHI. Our patients may request an accounting from us of certain disclosures of their medical information that we have made in the last six years prior to the date of the request.
  • We are not required to give an accounting of information we have used or disclosed for purposes of treatment, payment or health care operations.
  • We also are not required to give an accounting of our uses of PHI for which we already have a written authorization for such use. To request an accounting of the medical information that we have used or disclosed that is not exempted from the accounting requirement, contact the Privacy Officer listed at the end of this Notice.
  • The right to request that we restrict the uses and disclosures of an individual’s PHI. Our patients have the right to request that we restrict how we use and disclose their medical information that we have or treatment, payment or health care operations, or to restrict the information that is provided to family, friends and other individuals involved in their health care. If the information is needed to provide emergency treatment, then we may use the PHI or disclose the PHI to a health care provider to provide them with emergency treatment.
  • Our patients have a right to a restriction to disclosure of PHI to a health plan for payment if the patient has paid in full for the services and items provided in that visit.
  • Revisions to the Notice: Preserva Therapy Group reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice at any time, and the changes will be effective immediately and will apply to PHI that we maintain. Any material changes to the Notice will be promptly posted in our facilities and posted to our website. Our patients will be given a copy of the latest version of this Notice at their next visit or by contacting the Privacy Officer identified below.Your Legal Rights and Complaints: Our patients also have the right to complain to us, or to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, if they believe their privacy or security rights have been violated. Complainants will not be retaliated against in any way for filing a complaint with us or to the government. Should our patients have any questions, comments or complaints they may direct all inquiries to the Privacy Officer listed at the end of this Notice. Individuals will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.If you have any questions or if you wish to file a complaint or exercise any rights listed in this Notice, please contact: Kathy Pilkenton, Privacy Officer – HIPAA Compliance Office
    Agency for Health Care Administration – 2727 Mahan Drive, Mail Stop #4 – Tallahassee, FL 32308-5403
    Phone: (850) 412-3960 – Fax: (850) 414-6837 – Email:[email protected]

    Effective Date: September 2013