HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
BENGTSON CENTER FOR AESTHETICS AND PLASTIC SURGERY
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.
WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE?
This Notice describes the practices of Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery and the practices that will be followed by all of Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery workforce members who handle your medical information.
OUR PLEDGE REGARDING YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery understands that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We maintain our records and conduct our treatment environment with a goal of providing the highest level of protection for your medical information, while still providing you with the highest level of medical care. This Notice applies to all of the records of your medical care which are received or created by Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.
Your other medical treatment providers (e.g., doctors, hospitals, home health agencies, etc.) may have different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.
This Notice will tell you about the ways in which Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery may use and disclose medical information about you. Your medical information, also referred to as "protected health information," is that information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health information and related health care services.
In this Notice, we also describe your rights and certain obligations Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery has regarding the use and disclosure of your protected health information. We are required by law to:
- make sure that medical and other information that identifies you (protected health information) is kept private;
- give you this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information about you; and
- follow the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect.
USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS
By becoming a patient of Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, you are giving consent for Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery to use your protected health information for certain activities, including treatment, payment and other health care operations.
First of all, we may use and disclose protected health information about you so that Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery and its medical professionals can treat you. For example, we may use your past medical information in order to diagnose your present condition or we may provide information regarding your medical condition to another doctor to whom we refer you for additional care. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you so that we may be paid for the medical treatment we provide you. For example, we will submit protected health information about you to your insurance company in order to receive payment for services we have provided to you. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you for Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery's health care operations, in other words, those other tasks that we need to perform to make sure that you are provided the highest quality of medical care. For example, we may use your protected health information to evaluate how we can better meet your needs or we may provide protected health information about you to an auditor who reviews our books so that we can keep our license to provide medical services in MI.
OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
The following uses of your protected health information may be made without any additional authorization from you.
USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR APPOINTMENT REMINDERS
We may use and disclose your medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment at the office. If you request that such communications be made confidentially, please contact our office in writing at 555 MidTowne Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
USES AND DISCLOSURES TO OTHERS INVOLVED IN YOUR HEALTH CARE
We may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that person's involvement in your medical care. If you are unable to agree or object to this disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interests based on our professional judgment. We may also use or disclose protected health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or any other person that is responsible for your care of your location, general condition, or death. Finally, we may use or disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster relief efforts and to coordinate uses and disclosures to family or other individuals involved in your health care.
USES AND DISCLOSURES IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
We may use or disclose your protected health information in an emergency treatment situation. If this happens, your physician will attempt to obtain your acknowledgment of this Notice as soon as reasonably practicable after the delivery of treatment.
USES AND DISCLOSURES REQUIRED BY LAW
We will use or disclose protected health information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. The use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to the relevant requirements of the law. You will be notified, if the law requires us to do so, of any such uses or disclosures. 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 law.
USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES
We may disclose your protected health information for public health activities and disclosure for such purposes will be to a public health authority that is permitted by law to collect or receive the information. The disclosure will be made for purposes such as controlling disease, injury or disability. Disclosures to public health authorities may include disclosure to a foreign authority that is working with the public health authority.
USES AND DISCLOSURES RELATED TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
We may disclose your protected health information, if authorized by law, to a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may otherwise be at risk of contracting or spreading the disease or condition.
DISCLOSURES FOR HEALTH OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES
We may disclose protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These activities include, for example, audits, investigations, and inspections. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, the delivery of health care, government benefit programs, other government regulatory programs and civil rights laws.
DISCLOSURES OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT
We may disclose your protected health information to a public health authority authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. In addition, we may disclose your protected health information if we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence to a governmental entity or agency authorized to receive such information. In such cases, the disclosure will only be made in accordance with MI law.
DISCLOSURES TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
We may disclose your protected health information to a person or company required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to report adverse events, product defects or other problems, biologic product deviations, track products; to enable product recalls; to make repairs or replacements; or to conduct post-market surveillance, as required.
DISCLOSURES FOR LAWSUITS AND DISPUTES
If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose protected health information about you in response to a court order or administrative order. We may also disclose protected health information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
DISCLOSURES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
We may release protected health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official, in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons, or similar process. Other related disclosures may include disclosures relating to individuals who are Armed Forces personnel, to national security and intelligence agencies, as well as disclosures to authorized federal officials for the protection of the President of the United States or other authorized persons or foreign heads of state.
DISCLOSURES TO CORONERS, FUNERAL DIRECTORS, AND ORGAN DONATION
We may disclose protected health information about you to a coroner or medical examiner for identification purposes, determining cause of death, or for the coroner or medical examiner to perform other duties required by law. We may also disclose protected health information about you to a funeral director in order to permit the funeral director to carry out legal duties, and may do so if death is reasonably anticipated. Your protected health information may also be disclosed for certain organ donations to which you may have agreed.
DISCLOSURES FOR RESEARCH
We may disclose your protected health information to researchers when their research has been approved and protocols have been established to ensure the privacy of your information. We may also disclose a limited set of your information, as allowed under the law, for research purposes.
DISCLOSURES RELATED TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
We may disclose your protected health information, consistent with federal and MI laws, if we believe that the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious or imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public, or if it is necessary for law enforcement authorities to identify or apprehend an individual.
DISCLOSURES FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION
We may release protected health information about you for workers' compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU.
Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and copy protected health information that may be used to make decisions about your medical care. Usually this right includes both medical and billing records. You must submit your request in writing. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. Your request to inspect and copy your information may only be denied in very limited circumstances and you have a right to request that any such denial be reviewed.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request that we restrict the use and disclosure of your protected health information for treatment, payment and health care operations. We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment. With this in mind, please discuss any restriction you wish to request with your physician. You may request a restriction by submitting a written request to our Privacy Contact.
Right to Confidential Communications. You also have the right to request to receive private health information communications by alternative means or at alternative locations. We will accommodate reasonable requests. We will not ask you the reason for your request. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.
Right to Amend. If you feel that the protected health information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to request that your protected health information be amended. Only the health care entity (e.g., doctor, hospital, clinic, etc.) that created your protected health information is responsible for amending it. For more information regarding the procedures for submitting such a request, contact Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have a right to an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information. This right applies to disclosures for purposes other than treatment, payment and valid authorizations or incidental disclosures as described in the Notice of Privacy Practices. It excludes disclosures we may have made to your, for a facility directory, to family members or friends involved in your care, or for notification purposes. You have the right to receive a specific information regarding these disclosures that occurred after April 14, 2003. You may request a shorter timeframe. The right to receive this information is subject to certain expectations, restrictions and limitations.
Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice. You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time.
- You may obtain a copy of this Notice at our website: www.bengtsoncenter.com
- To obtain a paper copy of this Notice, contact office at 616.588.8880
OTHER USES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to Bengtson Center of Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery will be made only with your written permission ("authorization"). If you provide us permission to use or disclose protected health information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose protected health information about you for the reasons covered by your authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the medical treatment or other services that we have provided to you.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, you may reach our privacy contact, Lisa McNees at 616.588.8880.
Bengtson Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Patient Acknowledgment Form
Our Notice of Privacy Practices provides information about how we may use and disclose protected health information about you. You have the right to receive and review our Notice before signing this acknowledgment. As provided in our Notice, the terms of our Notice may change. If we change our Notice, you may obtain a revised copy.
By signing this form, you acknowledge that you have been informed of our uses and disclosures of protected health information about you for all of the purposes set out in our Notice.
By signing this form, you also acknowledge that a copy of our Notice has been provided to you, that you understand the contents of our Notice and how it applies to you, and that all of your questions regarding the contents of our Notice have been answered.