The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 ensures that your health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high-quality health care and to protect your health and well-being. This gives you the right to understand and control how your health information is used.
As required by HIPAA, Genesis Medical Clinic understands and is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your health information. We collect personally identifiable information such as names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc. We make a record of the medical care we provide and may receive such records from others. We use these records to enable Genesis Medical Clinic or other health care providers to provide quality medical care, obtain payment for services rendered, and meet professional or legal obligations needed to operate our medical practice properly.
Uses and Disclosures of Health Information
Treatment: Disclosure of your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage health care and other related services. We may share your health information with referring physicians, your primary care physician, a specialist, or a pharmacy.
Payment: Disclosure to obtain reimbursement for healthcare services, confirmation coverage, billing, or collection activities and utilization review.
Healthcare Operations: Disclosure to support the business side of running our practice, such as evaluating our treatment and services to you, evaluating our staff, conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, and auditing functions. We also may disclose your health information to third-party business associates who perform billing, consulting, transcription, or other services for our facility.
We will use and disclose your protected health information when required to by federal, state, or local law.
We may use and disclose protected health information to remind you about appointments.
In any other situation, we will obtain your written authorization before disclosing your protected health information. Even if you provide us with a written authorization to release your information, you later can revoke that authorization to stop future disclosures at any time.
As required by law, if we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, and you agree to the report, we may use and disclose your protected health information to notify a government agency. We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.
We may use and disclose health information about you for research purposes.
We may release medical information about you to military command authorities, if you are a member of the armed forces and your information is requested. We may also release medical information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities. This may be done to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability; to report births and deaths; to report child abuse or neglect; to report reactions to medications or problems with products; to notify you of recalls of products you may be using; or to notify you if you have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition.
Your Individual Rights
You have the following rights with respect to your protected health information, which you can exercise by presenting a written request to the Privacy Officer:
- You have the right to inspect decisions made about your care and to obtain a copy of your medical information.
- You have the right to request an amendment from us if your medical information is incorrect or incomplete.
- You have the right to request limitations and restrictions on medical information disclosure, including disclosure to family members, relatives, close friends, or any other person identified by you. Please note that we are not required by law to agree to the requested restriction. But if we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.
- You have the right to receive written notification of a breach if your unsecured medical information has been accessed, used, acquired, or disclosed to an unauthorized person as a result of such breach, and if the breach compromises the security or privacy of your medical information.
- You have the right to request an accounting of disclosures: a list of times we disclosed your health information.
- You have the right to a paper copy of this notice from us upon request. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time.
To exercise the above rights and submit concerns of privacy violation, please contact Judy Bosamente at 813-549-7465. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint. You may also send a written complaint to the US Department of Health and Human Services.