This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review this notice carefully.
Your health record contains personal information about you and your health. This information, which may identify you and relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services, is referred to as Protected Health Information (“PHI”). This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your PHI in accordance with applicable law. It also describes your rights regarding how you may gain access to and control your PHI.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI. We are required to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practices at any time. Any new Notice of Privacy Practices will be effective for all PHI that we maintain at that time. We will provide you with a copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices by posting a copy on our website, sending a copy to you in the mail upon request, or providing one to you at your next appointment.
How we may use and disclose health information about you:
Your PHI may be used and disclosed by those who are involved in your care for the purpose of providing, coordinating, or managing your health care treatment and related services. This includes consultation with clinical supervisors or other treatment team members. We may disclose PHI to any other consultant only with your authorization.
We may use or disclose PHI so that we can receive payment for the treatment services provided to you. This will only be done with your authorization. Examples of payment-related activities are: making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits, processing claims with your insurance company, reviewing services provided to you to determine medical necessity, or undertaking utilization review activities. If it becomes necessary to use collection processes due to lack of payment for services, we will only disclose the minimum amount of PHI necessary for purposes of collection.
For Health Care Operations
We may use or disclose, as needed, your PHI in order to support our business activities including, but not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, reminding you of appointments, to provide information about treatment alternatives or other health related benefits and services, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, we may share your PHI with third parties that perform various business activities (e.g., billing or typing services) provided we have a written contract with the business that requires it to safeguard the privacy of your PHI. For training or teaching purposes PHI will be disclosed only with your authorization.
Required by Law
Under the law, we must make disclosures of your PHI to you upon your request. In addition, we must make disclosures to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of investigating or determining our compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Rule.
Following is a list of the categories of uses and disclosures permitted by HIPAA without an authorization
Abuse and Neglect
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
Public Safety (Duty to Warn)
Applicable law and ethical standards permit us to disclose information about you without your authorization only in a limited number of other situations. The types of uses and disclosures that may be made without your authorization are those that are:
We may use or disclose your information to family members that are directly involved in your treatment with your verbal permission.
Uses and disclosures not specifically permitted by applicable law will be made only with your written authorization, which may be revoked at any time.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR PHI
You have the following rights regarding your personal PHI maintained by our office. To exercise any of these rights, please submit your request in writing to Metta Counseling, Ms. Michelle Staley or Dr. Robert Lusk, at 510 Wellesley Dr., Normal, IL 61761:
If you believe we have violated your privacy rights, you have the right to file a complaint in writing with
Metta Counseling, Ms. Michelle Staley or Dr. Robert Lusk, at 510 Wellesley Dr., Normal, IL 61761, or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, or by calling (202) 619-0257.
We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
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