This Notice of Privacy Practices (Notice) applies to all covered entities
under HIPAA affiliated with SpecialtyCare, !nc.*
We are required by federal law, entitled the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and its related amendments (HIPAA), to safeguard your Protected Health Information (PHI). PHI is individually identifiable information about your past, present, or future health or condition, the provision of health care to you, or payment for health care. The distribution of this Notice and its content is governed by HIPAA and its related amendments.
We understand that health information about you is personal, and we are committed to protecting this information. This Notice applies to all of your protected health information maintained by us, including records relating to your care at a health care facility and/or health care records received by us from another source. We are required by HIPAA to:
1. Maintain the privacy of your PHI;
2. Provide you with this Notice as to our legal duties and practices with respect to PHI;
3. Notify you following a breach of unsecured PHI; and
4. Follow the terms of the Notice currently in effect.
The following categories describe different ways we may use and disclose your PHI:
We may use or disclose your PHI for treatment, such as to doctors, nurses, technicians, or other health care providers who are involved in taking care of you.
We may use or disclose your PHI to seek or receive payment for services that you receive, including payment from an insurance company or government payor.
For Health Care Operations
We may use or disclose your PHI for our operations. This is necessary to manage our programs and activities. For example, we may use PHI to review our services, programs, and/or the quality of care we provide to you.
How We May Use or Disclose Your Protected Health Information
As permitted by HIPAA, we may use or disclose your PHI from our records (even after your death) without your permission in the following circumstances.
As Required by Law
We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. For example, we must comply with laws regarding reports of abuse or neglect.
Health Oversight Activities
We may disclose PHI about you for health oversight activities. These activities may include audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the state and federal government to monitor the health care delivery system.
Individuals Involved in Your Care
We may release PHI to the person you named in your advance directive and to persons involved in your care or the payment for your care.
We may disclose PHI about you for public health activities. These activities may include the reporting of certain diseases, injuries, and disabilities.
The use of health information is important to develop new knowledge and improve medical care. We may use or disclose PHI for research studies but only when they meet all federal and state requirements to protect your privacy (such as using only de-identified data whenever possible).
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety
We may use or disclose your PHI when necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat to you or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat.
We may use or disclose a deceased patient’s PHI as authorized by federal or state law, including based on the signed authorization of the estate’s representative.
Lawsuits and Administrative Disputes
We may disclose your PHI in response to a court order, administrative order, or in response to a subpoena or discovery request.
We may use or disclose PHI as permitted under HIPAA for certain marketing purposes. If HIPAA requires an authorization, we will obtain one from you.
We may use or disclose PHI to our Business Associates as allowed by HIPAA. Business Associates have written agreements with us which contain specific assurances.
We may use or disclose PHI to persons who are authorized by law to make health care decisions for you.
We may disclose your PHI to our affiliates in connection with your treatment, payment for our services, or other affiliate activities.
Other Uses and Disclosures
Other uses and disclosures not described in this Notice will be made only with your written authorization. For example, most uses of psychotherapy notes require an authorization. Also, most uses of PHI for marketing or
sales require an authorization; if so, the authorization form will state whether we are receiving any remuneration (compensation). You have the right to revoke any authorization you have signed.
We may use your PHI for SpecialtyCare’s fundraising purposes. You have the right to opt out of receiving such communications. If you do not want to be contacted for fundraising, please notify the Privacy Officer listed at the end of this Notice.
Appointment Reminders/Other Information
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
For Specific Government Functions
As permitted by HIPAA, we may disclose PHI to law enforcement, to government benefit programs relating to eligibility and enrollment, and for workers’ compensation, disaster relief, and the interest of national security/ protective services.
Respond To Organ and Tissue Donation Requests
We may share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work With Medical Examiner or Funeral Director
We may share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
We can use or share health information about you for workers’ compensation claims.
Note: We will comply with applicable State laws that protect certain types of PHI such as substance abuse, mental health, genetics, and HIV/AIDS and we will not share this type of health information except as permitted by such laws, which may require your written permission.
You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about you:
Right to Inspect and Request a Copy
In most cases, you have the right to look at or get an electronic or paper copy of your record. You must make the request in writing. You may be charged a fee for the cost of copying your records.
Right to Amend
If you feel that there is a mistake or missing information in our record of your PHI, you may ask us to correct or add to the record. Your request must be made in writing, and you must provide a reason that supports
your request. We may deny your request under certain circumstances and we will tell you why in writing within 60 days. Any denial will state the reasons for denial and explain your rights to have the request and
denial, along with any statement in response you provide, appended to your PHI. You may also have a right to review your denial.
Right to Know What Health Information We Have Released
You have the right to ask for a list (“an accounting”) of certain disclosures made of your PHI on or after April 14, 2003. You must request this list in writing and state the period of time this list should cover for a period of
no longer than six (6) years. The first list you receive within a twelve (12) month period will be free.
Right to Request Restrictions
You have the right to ask us to limit how your PHI is used and disclosed. You must make the request in writing and tell us what information you want to limit and to whom the limits apply. For example, you could request that we not disclose to your spouse a blood test you received. We are not required to agree with your request. If we agree, however, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment or the information can be disclosed without your authorization.
Right to Restrict Disclosure to Health Plan
You have the right to restrict disclosure of PHI to a health plan if the disclosure is for purposes of payment or health care operations, is not required by law, and the PHI pertains only to a health care item or service for which we have has been paid in full out of pocket. We are required to agree to this request.
Right to Confidential Communications
You have the right to ask that we communicate with you in a certain way or at a certain place. For example, you may ask us to send information to your work address instead of your home address. You must make your request in writing. You will not have to explain the reason for your request. We will honor all
Right to Receive Written Notice
Affected individuals have the right to receive written notice following a breach of their unsecured PHI.
Right to Receive a Paper Copy of This Notice
You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice at any time. To get a copy of this Notice:
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and this Notice at any time and to make such changes effective to all PHI that we maintain. The new Notice will be available on request and on our website as indicated above.
Choose Someone to Act for You
If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information. We will make sure the person has the authority and can act for you before we take any action.
* This Notice applies to all covered entities under HIPAA affiliated with SpecialtyCare, Inc.: Active Diagnostics, LLC, Active Diagnostics of Nevada, LLC, Florida IONM Services, LLC, Neuro IOM Services, Inc., Remote Neuromonitoring Physicians, PC, Sentient Neurocare Services, Incorporated, Sentient Physicians, PC, SpecialtyCare Cardiovascular Resources, LLC, SpecialtyCare IOM Services, LLC, SpecialtyCare MISS Services, LLC, SpecialtyCare Surgical Assist, LLC, Surgical Monitoring Associates, LLC,
and Surgical Monitoring Services, Inc. (and its subsidiaries). These separate legal entities are or may be part of an Affiliated Covered Entity (ACE) which is treated under HIPAA as one covered entity. As permitted by HIPAA, we may use one Notice of Privacy Practices and may disclose information about
you within the ACE, including for treatment, payment and other purposes. References to ACE and affiliates are for HIPAA purposes only and will be periodically updated.
If you have any questions about this Notice or would like further information, please contact SpecialtyCare’s Privacy Officer listed below. If you believe we have violated your privacy rights, you may file a written complaint with SpecialtyCare and/or the Office of Civil Rights. Both are listed below. You will not be denied care or retaliated against for filing a complaint.
ATTN: Privacy Officer
3 Maryland Farms
Brentwood, TN 37027
Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Ave., SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201
(Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA))
SpecialtyCare complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. SpecialtyCare does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
If you need these services, contact Jeff Gray, SpecialtyCare’s EVP, CFO & CAO; his contact information is listed below:
3 Maryland Farms, Suite 200
Brentwood, TN 37027
Direct telephone: 615-345-5552
If you believe that SpecialtyCare has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with Jeff Gray, SpecialtyCare’s, EVP, CFO & CAO, using the above contact information. You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, Jeff Gray is available to help you. You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office for Civil Rights electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201
1–800–868–1019, 800–537–7697 (TDD)
Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html
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