HIPAA PRIVACY NOTICE INTRODUCTION Healthmax Pharmacy understands that your medical information is private and confidential. Further, we are required by law to maintain the privacy of ?protected health information.? ?Protected Health Information? includes and individually identifiable information that we obtain from you or others that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health, the health care you have received, or payment for your health care. As required by law, this notice provides you with information about your rights and our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to the privacy of protected health information. This notice also discusses the uses and disclosures we will make of your protected health information. We must comply with the provisions of this notice as currently in effect, although we reserve the right to change the terms of this notice from time to time and to make the revised notice effective for all protected health information we maintain. You can always request a written copy of our most current privacy notice from the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer. PERMITTED USES AND DISCLOSURES We can use or disclose your protected health information for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations. For each of these categories of uses and disclosures, we have provided a description and an example below. However, not every particular use or disclosure in every category will be listed. * Treatment means the provision, coordination or management of your health care, including consultations between health care providers regarding your care and referrals for health care from one health care provider to another. For example, a pharmacist may need to know information about other health conditions you may have or other medications your are taking in order to reduce the likelihood of side effects from medications you are prescribed. * Payment means the activities we undertake to obtain reimbursement for the health care provided to you, including billing, collections, claims management, determinations of eligibility and coverage and utilization review activities. For example, prior to providing health care services, we may need to provide information to your third party payor about the medication prescribed to you to determine whether the proposed medication will be covered. When we subsequently bill the third party payor for the services rendered to you, we can provide the third party with information regarding your care if necessary to obtain payment. Federal or State Law may require us to obtain a written release from you prior to disclosing certain specially protected information for payment purposes, and we will ask you to sign a release when necessary under applicable law. * Health care operations means the support functions of our pharmacy related to treatment and payment, such as quality assurance activities, case management, receiving and responding to patient comments and complaints, compliance programs, audits, business planning, development, management and administrative activities. For example, we may use your protected health information to evaluate the performance of our staff when caring for you. We may also combine health information about many patients to decide what addition services we should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments or drugs are effective. In addition, we may remove information that identifies you from you patient information so that others can use the de-identified information to study health care and health care delivery without learning who you are. OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION In addition to using and disclosing your information for treatment, payment and health care operations, we may use your protected health information in the following ways: * We may contact you to provide refill or appointment reminders for treatment or medical care. * We may contact you to tell you about or recommend possible treatment alternatives or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. * We may disclose to your family or friends or any other individual identified by you protected health information directly relevant to such person?s involvement with your care or payment for your care. We may use or disclose your protected health information to notify or assist in the notification of, a family member, a personal representative, or another person responsible for your care of your location, general condition, or death. If you are present or otherwise available, we will give you an opportunity to object. If you are not present or available, we will determine whether a disclosure to your family or friends is in your best interest, taking into account the circumstances and based upon our professional judgment. * When permitted by law, we may coordinate our uses and disclosures of protected health information with public or private entities authorized by law or by charter to assist in disaster relief efforts. * We will allow your family and friends to act on your behalf to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, and similar forms of protected health information, when we determine, in our professional judgment, that it is in your best interest to make such disclosures. * We may contact you as part of our efforts to market our Pharmacy?s services as permitted by applicable law. * Subject to applicable law, we may make incidental uses and disclosures of protected health information. Incidental uses and disclosures are by-products of otherwise permitted uses or disclosures which are limited in nature and cannot be reasonably prevented. * We may use or disclose your protected health information for research purposes, subject to the requirements of applicable law. For example, a research project may involve comparisons of health and recovery of all patients who received a particular medication. All research projects are subject to a special approval process which balances research needs with a patient?s need for privacy. When required, we will obtain a written authorization from you prior to using your health information for research. SPECIAL SITUATIONS Subject to the requirements of applicable law, we will make the following uses and disclosures of your protected health information: * Organ and Tissue Donation. If you are an organ donor, we may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation. * Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release health information about you as required by military command authorities. We may also release health information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority. * Worker?s Compensation. We may release health information about you for programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses. * Public health Activities. We may disclose health information about you for public health activities, including disclosures: 1. To prevent or control disease, injury or disability; 2. To report births and deaths; 3. To report child abuse or neglect; 4. To persons subject to the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for activities related to the quality, safety, or effectiveness of FDA-regulated products or services and to report reactions to medication or problems with products; 5. To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition; 6. To notify the appropriate government authority if we believe that an adult patient has been a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if the patient agrees or when required or authorized by law. We will use or disclose protected health information about you when required to do so by applicable law. * Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose health information to Federal or State agencies that oversee our activities. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government benefit programs, and compliance with civil rights laws or regulatory program standards. * Lawsuits and Disputes. If you are involved in lawsuit or dispute, we may disclose health information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if the Pharmacy is given assurances that efforts have been made by the person making the request to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested. * Law Enforcement. We may release health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official: 1. In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process; 2. To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person; 3. About the victim of a crime under certain limited circumstances; 4. About a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct; 5. About criminal conduct on our premises; and 6. In emergency circumstances, to report a crime, the location of the crime or the victims, or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime. * Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors. We may release health information to a coroner or medical examiner. Such disclosures may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release health information about patient to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties. * National Security and Intelligence Activities. We may release health information about you to authorized Federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, or other national security activities authorized by law. * Protective Services for the President and Others. We may disclose health information about you to authorized Federal officials so they may provide protection to the President or other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or may conduct special investigations. * Inmates. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release health information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for safety and security of the correctional institution. * Serious Threats. As permitted by applicable law and standards of ethical conduct, we may use and disclose protected health information if we, in good faith, believe that the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health and safety or a person or the public or is necessary for law. Note: HIV related information, genetic information, alcohol and/or substance abuse records, mental health records and other specially protected health information may enjoy certain special confidentiality protections under applicable State and Federal law. Any disclosures of these types of records will be subject to these special protections. OTHER USES OF YOUR INFORMATION Other uses and disclosures of protected health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your permission in a written authorization. You have the right to revoke that authorization at any time, provided that he revocation is in writing, except to the extent that we already have taken action in reliance on your authorization. YOUR RIGHTS 1. You have the right to request restrictions on our uses and disclosures of protected health information for treatment, payment and health care operations. However, we are not required to agree to your request. To request a restriction, you must make you request in writing to the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer. 2. You have the right to reasonably request to receive confidential communications of protected health information by alternative means or at alternative locations. To make such a request, you must submit your request in writing to the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer. 3. You have the right to inspect and copy the protected health information contained in your medical and billing records and in any other Pharmacy records used by us to make decisions about, except: * For protected health information involving laboratory tests when your access is restricted by law; * If you are a prison inmate, obtaining a copy of your information may be restricted if it would jeopardize your health, safety, security, custody, or rehabilitation or that of other inmates, or the safety of any officer, employee, or other person at the correctional institution or person responsible for transporting you; * If we obtained or created protected health information as part of a research study, your access to the health information may be restricted for as long as the research is in progress, provided that you agreed to the temporary denial of access when consenting to participate in the research; * For protected health information contained in the records kept by a Federal agency or contractor where your access is restricted by law; and * For protected health information obtained from someone other than us or under a promise of confidentiality when the access requested would be reasonably likely to reveal the source of the information. In order to inspect and copy your health information, you must submit your request in writing to the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer. If you request a copy of your health information, we may charge you a fee for the costs of copying, mailing your records, as well as other costs associated with your request. We may also deny a request for access to protected health information if: * A licensed health care professional has determined, in the exercise of professional judgment, that the access requested is reasonably likely to endanger your life or physical safety or that of another person; * The protected health information makes reference to another person (unless such other person is a health care provider) and a licensed professional has determined that the access requested is reasonably likely to cause substantial harm to such other person; or * The request for access is made by the individual?s personal representative and a licensed health care professional has determined, in the exercise of professional judgment, that the provision of access to such personal representative is reasonably likely to cause substantial harm to you or another person. If we deny a request for access for any of the three reasons above, then you have the right to have our denial reviewed in accordance with the requirements of applicable law. 4. You have the right to request an amendment to your protected health information, but we may deny your request for amendment, if we determine that the protected health information or record that is subject of the request: * Was not created by us, unless you provide a reasonable basis to believe that the originator of protected health information is no longer available to act on the requested amendment; * Is not part of your medical or billing records or other records used to make decisions about you; * Is not available for inspection as set forth above; or * Is accurate and complete. In any event, any agreed upon amendment will be included as an addition to, and not a replacement of, already existing records. In order to request an amendment to your health information, you must submit your request in writing to the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer, along with a description of the reason for your request. 5. You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information made by us to individuals or entities other than to you for the six years prior to your request, except for disclosures: * To carry out treatment, payment and health care operations as provided above; * Incident to a use or disclosure otherwise permitted or required by applicable law; * Pursuant to a written authorization obtained from you; * To persons involved in your care or for other notification purposes as provided by law; * For national security or intelligence purposes as provided by law; * To correctional institutions or law enforcement officials as provided by law; * As part of a limited data set as provided by law; or * That occurred prior to April 14, 2003. To request an accounting of disclosures of your health information, you must submit your request in writing to the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer. Your request must state a specific time period for the accounting. The first accounting you request within a twelve (12) month period will be free. For additional accountings, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the costs involved, and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred. COMPLAINTS If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should immediately contact the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer. We will not take action against you for filing a complaint. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. CONTACT PERSON If you have any questions or would like further information about this notice, please contact the Pharmacy?s Privacy Officer.
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