NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
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.
If you have any questions about this notice please contact: our Privacy Contact who is Mark Finkelstein
The Effective Date of this Privacy Notice is: March 1, 2009
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. respects the privacy of your health information and is committed to maintaining our Resident’s confidentiality. This notice describes your rights and our obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act’s (“HIPPA’S) Privacy Rule (the “Privacy Rule”) regarding your health information. This notice applies to all information and records related to your care that the Hughes has received or created, or will receive or create. It extends to information received or created by our employees, staff and volunteers as well as by doctors and/or other health care practitioners practicing at the facility.
This notice applies to all of the facility’s programs and affiliates which may share information as necessary to coordinate your care and for the purposes described in this notice.
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. take seriously the privacy of your protected information, and abides by the requirements under the law to maintain the privacy of your health information: to provide you this detailed notice of our legal duties and privacy practices relating to your health information, and to abide by the terms of the notices that are currently in effect. We may change the terms of our notice, at any time. The new notice will be effective for all protected health information that we maintain at that time. By calling the facility and requesting that a revised copy be sent to you in the mail or asking for one at a time of your next visit we will provide you with a revised Notice of Privacy practices.
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. May Use and Disclose Your Health Information For Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations.
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. may use and disclose your health information for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations as described below.
I. Uses and Disclosures:
1. For Treatment: We will use and disclose your health information in providing you with treatment and services and coordinating your care. Your health information may be used by doctors and nurses, as well as by lab technicians, dieticians, physical therapists or other personnel involved in your care, both within the facility and may be disclosed to other health care providers in connection with your treatment. We may also disclose health information to individuals or other facility’s that will be involved in your care after you leave Hughes.
For example: health information of many residents may be combined and analyzed for purposes such as evaluating and improving quality of care and planning for services. Health information is used in evaluating our employees and in reviewing the qualifications and practices of doctors and other practitioners at Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. We may use and disclose health information for education and training purposes. We may also disclose health information to other health care entities that have a relationship with you, in compliance with the Privacy Rule.
II. Other Uses and Disclosures That May Be made Without Written Authorization:
Under the Privacy Rule, Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc.is permitted and may be required to use or disclose your health information without your written authorization in limited situations. The following lists the limited situations in which Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. may use or disclose your health information without written authorization:
8. Research: Your health information may be used for research purposes, but only if (1) the privacy aspects of the research have been reviewed and approved by a special Privacy Board or Institutional Review board and the Board can legally waive individual authorizations otherwise required by the Privacy Rule: (2) the researcher is collecting information for a research proposal: (3) the research occurs after your death: or (4) if you give written authorization for the use of disclosure.
9. To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: When necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety of the health or safety of the public or another person, we may use or disclose health information, to someone able to help lessen or prevent the threatened harm.
13. Workers’ Compensation: We may use or disclose your health information to comply with laws relating to workers’ compensation or similar programs.
III. Other Uses and Disclosures That May Be Made Without Written Authorization, Unless You Object:
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. may use or disclose your health information in the following ways:
2. Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment of Your Care: Unless you object, we may disclose health information about you to a family member, close personal friend or other person you identify, including clergy who is involved in your care. These disclosures are limited to information relevant to the person’s involvement in your care or in arranging payment for your care.
3. Disaster Relief: We may disclose health information about you to an organization assisting in a disaster effort.
IV. Your Authorization Is Required For All Other Uses Of Health Information.
Except as described above in this notice, we will use and disclose your health information only with your written authorization. Such an authorization must specify other particular uses or disclosures that you may allow, and it will be limited to a certain time or event. You may revoke an authorization to use or disclose health information, in writing, at any time. If you revoke an authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your health information for the purposes covered by that authorization, except where we have already relied on the authorization.
V. Your Rights Regarding Your Health Information.
You have the following rights regarding your health information at Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc.
3. Right of Access to Personal Health Information: You have the right, upon written request, to inspect and, upon written request, obtain a copy of your medical or billing records or other written information that may be used to make decisions about your care. Under State law, if Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. make a copy of your protected health information, we will not charge more than sixty-five cents per page.
We may deny your request for amendment if the information (a) was not created by Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc., unless you provide reasonable information that the originator of the information is no longer available to act on your request: (b) is not part of health information maintained by or for Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc.: (c) is not part of the information to which you have a right of access: or (d) is already accurate and complete, as determined by Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc.
If we deny your request for amendment, we will give you a written denial including the reasons for the denial and explain to you that you have the right to submit a written statement disagreeing with the denial. Your letter of disagreement will be attached to your protected health information.
To request an accounting of disclosures, you must submit a request in writing, stating a time period beginning after April 13, 2003 that is within six years from the date of your request. An accounting will include, if requested: the disclosure date: the name of the person or entity that received the information and address, if known: a brief description of the information disclosed: and a brief statement of the purpose of the disclosure or a copy of the authorization or request or certain summary information concerning multiple disclosures. The first accounting provided within a 12-month period will be free: for further requests we may charge you our costs.
VI. Special Rules Regarding Disclosure of Psychiatric Substance Abuse and HIV-Related Information.
For disclosures concerning health information relating to care for psychiatric conditions, substance abuse or HIV-related testing and treatment, special restrictions may apply. For example, we generally may not disclose this specially protected-information in response to a subpoena, warrant or other legal process unless you sign a special authorization or a court orders the disclosure.
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. is required by law to do certain things with regard to your privacy rights. They include:
1. Notice Of Legal Duties: We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with notice of the facilities legal duties and privacy practices.
2. Comply with Privacy Notice: Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. is required to abide by the terms of its then-covered privacy Notice.
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint in writing with Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. or with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 509 F, HHH Building, Washington D.C. 20201. To file a complaint with the facility, contact:
Mark Finkelstein, Administrator, (860) 236-5623.
Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Inc. will not retaliate against you if you file a complaint.