Privacy Practices

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Modern Eyes, LLC
Dr. Mark P. Borsuk

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.

This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations, and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protected health information” is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, and related health care services.

You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information.

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.

This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations, and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protected health information” is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, and related health care services.

1. Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information

Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by your optometrist, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the optometrist’s practice, and any other use required by law.

Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. Examples of how we use or disclose information for treatment purposes are: setting up an appointment for you; testing or examining your eyes; prescribing glasses, contact lenses, or eye medications and faxing them to be filled; referring you to another doctor or clinic for additional eye care; or getting copies of your health information from another professional that you may have seen before us.

Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services.Examples of how we use or disclose your health information for payment purposes are:asking you about your health or vision care plans, or other sources of payment; preparing and sending bills or claims; and collecting unpaid amounts (either ourselves or through a collection agency or attorney).

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information in order to support the business activities of your optometrist’s practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, financial or billing audits, defense of legal matters, business planning, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, we may call you by name in the waiting room when your optometrist is ready to see you. We may call or write to remind you of scheduled appointments, or that it is time to make a routine appointment. We may also call or write to notify you of other treatments or services available at our office that might help you. Unless you tell us otherwise, we will mail you an appointment reminder on a post card, and/or leave you a reminder message on your home answering machine or with someone who answers your phone if you are not home and/or send an e-mail reminder if an e-mail address has been provided to us.

We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your authorization. These situations include: public health issues as required by law, communicable diseases, health oversight, abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, Food and Drug Administration requirements, legal proceedings, law enforcement, research, criminal activity, military activity and national security, Workers’ Compensation, and other required uses and disclosures. Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of Section 164.500.

Unless you object, we will also share relevant information about your care with your family or friends who are helping you with your eye care.

Other Permitted and Required Uses and Disclosures will be made only with your consent, authorization or opportunity to object unless required by law. We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.

You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your optometrist or the optometrist’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.

2. Your Rights

Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information.

You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding, and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information. Otherwise, you will be able to review or have a copy of your health information within 21 days of asking us. You may have to pay for photocopies in advance. If we deny your request, we will send you a written explanation, and instructions about how to get an impartial review of our denial if one is legally available.

You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You may also request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction requested and to whom you want the restriction to apply.

Your optometrist is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If the optometrist believes it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another healthcare professional.

You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. We will accommodate these requests if they are reasonable, and if you pay us for any extra costs incurred.

You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this notice alternatively, i.e., electronically.

You may have the right to have your optometrist amend your protected health information. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal.

You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health information, within the past six years. You are entitled to one such list per year without charge. If you want more frequent lists, you will have to pay for them in advance.

We reserve the right to change this notice at any time as allowed by law. If we change this Notice, the new privacy practices will apply to your health information that we already have as well as to such information that we may generate in the future. If we change our Notice of Privacy Practices, we will post the new notice in our office, have copies available in our office, and post it on our Web site. You will then have the right to object or withdraw as provided in this notice.

3. Complaints

You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our privacy contact of your complaint. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

This notice was published and becomes effective on January 1, 2005.

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of, and provide individuals with, this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. If you have any objections to this form, please contact Dr. Mark P. Borsuk at visiondoc@moderneyes.biz.

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