This notice describes the procedures and practices that Therapies Prestiges and its professional, support and administrative staff follow to protect the privacy of your health information.
Your health information
This notice applies to the information and records we have about your health, your health status, and the health care and services you receive with Therapies Prestiges. Your health information may include information created and received by this office, it may take the form of written or electronic records, images or speech, and may include information about your medical history, health condition, symptoms, examinations, test results, diagnoses, treatments, procedures, prescriptions, related billing activity and similar types of health-related information.
We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of your health information and to give you this notice. It will inform you of how we may use and disclose your health information and describes your rights and our obligations regarding the use and disclosure of that information. We are required to comply with the terms of this notice and to notify you of a breach of your unsecured health information.
How we may use and disclose your health information
We may use and disclose health information for the following purposes:
For treatment: We may use health information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose health information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, office staff or other personnel involved in your care and health.
For example, the professional who referred you for physical therapy may be treating you for a medical or orthopedic condition, and we may need to know this and any other health problems that may complicate your treatment. We may use your medical history to decide which treatment is best for you. We will consult with your doctor and send him or her reports on your treatment. We do this to provide you with the most appropriate care.
Different staff members in our office may share information about you and disclose information to people outside our office to coordinate your care, such as calling your doctor and getting the information you need. Your family members and other health care providers may be part of your physical therapy outside this office and this may require us to provide information about you.
For health care operations: We may use and disclose medical information about you to manage the clinic and to ensure that you and our other patients receive quality care. For example, we may use your health information to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also use health information about all or many of our patients to help us decide what additional services we should offer, how we can become more efficient, or whether certain treatments are effective for certain problems.
To prevent a serious threat to health or safety: We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or to the health and safety of the public or another person.
Public Health Risks: We may disclose your health information for public health reasons to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability; or to report suspected abuse or neglect, non-accidental physical injuries, or problems with products.
Family and Friends: We may disclose medical information about you to family members, friends, or others involved in your care or payment if we obtain your verbal consent to do so or if we give you the opportunity to object to such disclosure and you do not raise an objection.
We may also disclose medical information to your family or friends if we can infer from the circumstances, based on our professional judgment, that you would not object.
For example, we may assume that you consent to our disclosure of your personal medical information to your spouse when you bring your spouse with you to the room during treatment or while treatment is being discussed.
In situations where you are unable to give consent (due to your incapacity or a medical emergency), we may, using our professional judgment, determine that disclosure to a family member or friend is in your best interest. In this situation, we will only disclose medical information relevant to the person's involvement in your care.
Personal Representative: If you have a personal representative who has the authority to make health care decisions on your behalf, such as a parent or guardian, we may disclose your health information to such personal guardian.
Other uses and disclosures as authorized by you
We will not use or disclose your health information for any purpose other than those identified in the preceding sections without your specific written authorization. We will not sell your health information, use or disclose any psychotherapy notes about you, or use or disclose your health information for marketing purposes without your authorization, unless otherwise permitted under federal law. If you sign an Authorization allowing us to use or disclose health information about you, you may revoke that Authorization, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your Authorization, we will no longer use or disclose information about you for the purposes covered by your written Authorization, but we cannot take back uses or disclosures already made with your permission.
Your rights regarding your health information
You have the following rights regarding the medical information we maintain about you:
Right to Inspect and Copy: You have the right to inspect and copy your health information, such as medical and billing records, which we maintain and use to make decisions about your care. At each visit, your follow-up will be communicated to you via email or printout as you wish.
Right of Correction: If you believe that the medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to change it. You have the right to request a correction for as long as the information is held by this office via email.
Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limitation on the medical information we disclose about you to someone involved in your care or payment, such as a family member or friend. For example, you may request that we not use or disclose information about a surgical procedure you have undergone.
Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you may request that we contact you only by telephone (calls), whatsapp or e-mail.
Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice: You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to provide you with a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive it electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy.
Changes to this notice
We reserve the right to modify this notice and to apply the revised or modified notice to medical information we already have about you, as well as to any information we receive in the future.