Patient Privacy Policy

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 Officer or any staff member in our office.

Our Privacy Officer is De. Lee Oppenheimer, 843 842-5005

This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to

carry out your treatment, collect payment for your care and manage the operations of this clinic. It also describes

our policies concerning the use and disclosure of this information for other purposes that are permitted

or required by law. It describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. "Protected

Health Information" (PHI) is information about you, including demographic information that may identify you,

that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.

We are required by Federal law to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. 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. You may obtain revisions to our Notice of Privacy Practices by accessing our website, calling

the office and requesting that a revised copy be sent to you in the mail or asking for one at the time of your

next appointment.

A. Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information

By applying to be treated in our office, you are implying consent to the use and disclosure of your protected

health information by your doctor, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care

and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you. Your protected health information may

also be used and disclosed to bill for your health care and to support the operation of the practice.

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Based Upon Your Implied Consent

Following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your protected health care information we will

make, based on this implied consent. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive but to describe the types

of uses and disclosures that may be made by our office.

Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your

health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a

third party that has already obtained your permission to have access to your protected health information. For

example, we would disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to another physician who may be

treating you. Your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred

to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.

In addition, we may disclose your protected health information from time-to-time to another physician or health

care provider (e.g., a specialist or laboratory) who, at the request of your doctor, becomes involved in your care

by providing assistance with your health care diagnosis or treatment.

Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care

services. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or

pays for the health care services we recommend for you such as making a determination of eligibility or coverage

for insurance benefits, reviewing services provided to you for medical necessity, and undertaking utilization review

activities. For example, obtaining approval for procedures may require that your relevant protected health

information be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for those services.

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to support

the business activities of this office. These activities may include, but are not limited to, quality assessment

activities, employee review activities and staff training.

For example, we may disclose your protected health information to interns or precepts that see patients at our

office. In addition, we may use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name

and indicate your doctor. Communications between you and the doctor or his assistants may be recorded to

assist us in accurately capturing your responses. We may also call you by name in the reception area when your

doctor is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact

you to remind you of your appointment.

We will share your protected health information with third party "Business Associates" that perform various

activities (e.g., billing, transcription services for the practice). Whenever an arrangement between our office

and a Business Associate involves the use or disclosure of your protected health information, we will have a written

agreement with that Business Associate that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your protected

health information.

We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to provide you with information about

treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. We may also

use and disclose your protected health information for other internal marketing activities. For example, your

name and address may be used to send you a newsletter about our practice and the services we offer, we will

ask for your authorization. We may also send you information about products or services that we believe may

be beneficial to you. You may request that these materials not be sent to you.

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information That May Be Made With Your Written Authorization

Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information will be made only with your written authorization,

unless otherwise permitted or required by law as described below.

For example, with your written, signed authorization, we may use your demographic information and the dates

that you received treatment from our office, as necessary, in order to contact you for fundraising activities supported

by our office.

You may revoke any of these authorizations, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your doctor or the

practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.

Other Permitted and Required Uses and Disclosures That May Be Made With Your Authorization or Opportunity

to Object

In the following instance where we may use and disclose your protected health information, you have the opportunity

to agree or object to the use or disclosure of all or part of your protected health information. If you

are not present or able to agree or object to the use or disclosure of the protected health information, then your

doctor may, using professional judgment, determine whether the disclosure is in your best interest. In this case,

only the protected health information that is relevant to your health care will be disclosed.

Others Involved in Your Healthcare: Unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative,

a close friend or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that

person's involvement in your health care. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may

disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional

judgment. We may use or disclose protected health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member,

personal representative or any other person that is responsible for your care of your location or general condition.

Finally, we may use or disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity

to assist in disaster relief efforts and to coordinate uses and disclosures to family or other individuals involved in

your health care.

Other Permitted and Required Uses and, Disclosures That May Be Made Without Your Consent, Authorization

or Opportunity to Object

We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your consent or

authorization. These situations include:

Required By Law: We may use or disclose your protected health information to the extent that the use or disclosure

is required by law. The use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to

the relevant requirements of the law. You will be notified, as required by law, of any such uses or disclosures.

Public Health: We may disclose your protected health information for public health activities and purposes to

a public health authority that is permitted by law to collect or receive the information. The disclosure will be

made for the purpose of controlling disease, injury or disability. We may also disclose your protected health

information, if directed by the public health authority, to a foreign government agency that is collaborating with

the public health authority.

Communicable Diseases: We may disclose your protected health information, if authorized by law, to a person

who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may otherwise be at risk of contracting or spreading

the disease or condition.

Health Oversight: We may disclose protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized

by law, such as audits, investigations, and inspections. Oversight agencies seeking this information

include government agencies that oversee the health care system, government benefit programs, other government

regulatory programs and civil rights laws.

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your protected health information to a public health authority that is authorized

by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. In addition, we may disclose your protected health information

if we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence to the governmental

entity or agency authorized to receive such information. In this case, the disclosure will be made consistent with

the requirements of applicable Federal and state laws.

Legal Proceedings: We may disclose protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative

proceeding, in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal (to the extent such disclosure is expressly

authorized), in certain conditions in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process.

Law Enforcement: We may also disclose protected health information, so long as applicable legal requirements

are met, for law enforcement purposes. These law enforcement purposes include (I) legal process and otherwise

required by law, (2) limited information requests for identification and location purposes, (3) pertaining to

victims of a crime, (4) suspicion that death has occurred as a result of criminal conduct, (5) in the event that a

crime occurs on the premises of the Practice, and (6) medical emergency (not on the Practice's premises) and it

is likely that a crime has occurred.

Workers' Compensation: We may disclose your protected health information, as authorized, to comply with

workers' compensation laws and other similar legally-established programs.

Required Uses and Disclosures: Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the

Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the

requirements of Section 164.500 et. seq.

B. Your Rights

Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information and a brief description

of how you may exercise these rights.

You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. This means you may inspect and obtain

a copy of protected health information about you that is contained in a designated record set for as long as

we maintain the protected health information. A "designated record set" contains medical and billing records

and any other records that your doctor and the Practice uses for making decisions about you.

Under Federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: psychotherapy notes; information

complied in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding,

and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information.

Depending on the circumstances, a decision to deny access may be reviewed. In some circumstances, you may

have a right to have this decision reviewed. Please ask your doctor if you have questions about access to your

medical record.

You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. This means you may ask us

not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment or

healthcare operations. You may also request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed

to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes as described in this

Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must be in writing and state the specific restriction requested and to

whom you want the restriction to apply.

Your provider is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If the doctor believes it is in your

best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information

will not be restricted. If your doctor does agree to the requested restriction, we may not use or disclose

your protected health information in violation of that restriction unless it is needed to provide emergency treatment.

With this in mind, please discuss any restriction you wish to request with your doctor.

You may request a restriction by presenting your request, in writing to a staff member in our office. The staff

member will provide you with "Restriction of Consent" form. Complete the form, sign it, and ask that the staff

member provide you with a photocopy of your request initialed by them. This copy will serve as your receipt.

You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative

location. We will accommodate reasonable requests. We may also condition this accommodation by

asking you for information as to how payment will be handled or specification of an alternative address or other

method of contact. We will not request an explanation from you as to the basis for the request. Please make

this request in writing.

You may have the right to have your doctor amend your protected health information. This means you may

request an amendment of protected health information about you in a designated record set for as long as

we maintain this information. In certain cases, we may deny your request for an amendment. If we deny your

request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a

rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal. Please ask your doctor if you

have questions about amending your medical record.

You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health

information. This right applies to disclosures for purposes other than treatment, payment or healthcare operations

as described in this Notice of Privacy practices. It excludes disclosures we may have made to you, to family

members or friends involved in your care, pursuant to a duly executed authorization or for notification purposes.

The right to receive this information is subject to certain exceptions, restrictions and limits.

You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept

this notice electronically.

C. Complaints

You may complain to us, to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office, or the Secretary of Health and Human Services,

if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our

Privacy Officer of your complaint. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Our Privacy Officer is Dr. Lee Oppenheimer. You may contact our Privacy Officer in writing

at our office address or by calling 843 n842-5005. Our website may offer additional information

about the complaint process.

This notice was published and becomes effective on October 15, 2016.

 

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