In Motion Physical Therapy
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HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

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 (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment of healthcare operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control our 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 services.

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by your physical therapist, 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 physical therapist’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 healthcare and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your healthcare with a third party. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.

Payment: Your protected health care information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your healthcare services. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for the hospital admission.

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information in order to support the business activities of your physical therapist’s practice. These activities include, but are limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of physical therapy students, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For, example we may disclose your protected healthcare information to medical school students that see patients at our office. In addition, we may use a sign in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name and indicate your physical therapist. We may also call you by name in the waiting room when your physical therapist is ready to see you we may use or disclose your protected healthcare information, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment. We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your authorization. These situations include: as required by law, public health issues as required by law, communicable diseases: health oversight: abuse or neglect: FDA requirements: legal proceedings: law enforcement: coroners:, funeral directors, and organ donation research, criminal activity, military activity, and national security, worker’s compensation, inmates, 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. Other permitted and required uses and disclosures will be made only with your consent, authorization or opportunity to object, unless required by law. You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your physical therapist or the physical therapist’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.

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: psychotherapy notes, information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding, and protected health care information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information. You have the right to request a restriction to your protected health information. This means that you may ask us not to disclose any part of your protected health information for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You may also request that any part of your protected health information not to be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction and to whom you want the restriction to apply. Your physical therapist is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If a physical therapist believes that it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information, your protected healthcare information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another Healthcare Professional. You have the right to request to receive confidential communication from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. 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 physical therapist amend your protected health information. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement 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 disclosure we have made, if any, of your protected health information. We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and will inform you by mail of any changes. You then have the right to object or withdraw as provided in this notice.

Complaints: you may complain to us or 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 or before April 14, 2003. 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 objection to this form, please ask to speak with our HIPPA complaints office in person or by phone at our main phone number.