Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, PSC
Effective October 1, 2009
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of our patients’ personal health information and to provide patients with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to personal health information. We are required to abide by the terms of this Notice for as long as it remains in effect. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices as necessary and to make a new Notice effective for all personal health information maintained by Advanced Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, PSC.
Personal Health Information Privacy
Authorization and Consent:
Except as outlined below, we will not use or disclose your personal health information for any purpose other than treatment, payment or health care operations unless you have signed a form authorizing the use or disclosure.
Uses and Disclosures for Treatment:
With your agreement, we will make uses and disclosures of your personal health information as necessary for your treatment. Health care professionals involved in your care will use information in your medical record and information that you provide about your symptoms and reactions to your course of treatment that may include procedures, medications, tests, medical history etc.
Uses and Disclosures for Payment:
With your agreement, we will make uses and disclosures of your personal health information as necessary for payment purposes. During the normal course of business operations, we may forward information regarding your medical procedures and treatment to your insurance company to arrange payment for the services provided to you. We may use your information to prepare a bill to send to you or to the person responsible for your payment.
Uses and Disclosures for Health Care Operations:
With your agreement, we will use and disclose your personal health information as necessary, and as permitted by law, for our health care operations, which may include clinical improvement, professional peer review, business management, accreditation and licensing, etc. For instance, we may use and disclose your personal health information for purposes of improving the clinical treatment and patient care.
Certain aspects and components of our services are performed through contracts with outside persons or organizations, such as auditing, accreditation, outcomes data collection, legal services, etc. At times it may be necessary for us to provide your personal health information to one or more of these outside persons or organizations who assist us with our health care operations. In all cases, we require these business associates to appropriately safeguard the privacy of your information.
Appointments and Services:
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about your treatment or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. You have the right to request and we will accommodate reasonable requests by you to receive communications regarding your personal health information from us by alternative means or at alternative locations. For instance, if you wish appointment reminders to not be left on voice mail or sent to a particular address, we will accommodate reasonable requests. You also have the right to request that we not send you any future marketing materials and we will use our best efforts to honor such request.
Workers’ Compensation: For patients whose medical treatment is covered under a state workers’ compensation program, please note the following: Disclosure of your protected health information (PHI) for purposes of providing treatment and obtaining payment under the state’s workers’ compensation is governed by the state workers’ compensation regulations and procedures. Therefore, we are not obligated to secure a written authorization as otherwise required by HIPAA in order to disclose your PHI for workers’ compensation purposes, nor may you restrict our use or disclosure of your PHI for workers’ compensation purposes. Written consent to use or disclose your PHI may be required pursuant to our internal policies and/or state workers’ compensation program rules in order to process your claims. Failure to provide any required written consent may result in your financial liability for medical services and supplies.
Web Site Privacy
- We may collect contact and patient information that you provide voluntarily. At various locations through the Site, there are links through which you can email us to request information, submit applications, or submit comments. We also may collect contact information so that we may send to you requested materials, information, and news.
- Please note, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure. Consequently, any Internet transmission of information is made at your own risk. If you prefer, you may contact us via telephone at the numbers identified on the Site.