Information on Collection and Use
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.
Athens Brain & Spine and its affiliated entities (collectively "Athens Brain & Spine") use health information about you for treatment, to obtain payment for treatment, to evaluate the quality of care you receive, and for other administrative and operational purposes. Your health information is contained in a medical record that is the physical property and responsibility of Athens Brain & Spine. Athens Brain & Spine is required by law to maintain the privacy of health information about you and provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information ("Notice of Privacy Practices" or "Notice"). We must abide by the terms of this Notice currently in effect. Athens Brain & Spine reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice, our privacy practices, and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. You may contact your local Athens Brain & Spine location or Athens Brain & Spine's Chief Privacy Officer at the address or phone listed below to obtain a revised Notice of Privacy Practices.
Your Health Information Rights: You have the following rights with respect to health information about you.
Right to Copy of Notice of Privacy Practices. You have the right to a paper copy of our Notice at any time. Please contact your local Athens Brain & Spine location or Athens Brain & Spine's Chief Privacy Officer at the address or phone listed below to obtain a copy.
Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and/or obtain a copy of the health information about you that we maintain. Your request must be in writing. We will charge you a fee to cover the costs of copying and mailing that are necessary to fulfill your request. In very limited circumstances, we may deny your request. If we deny your request, we will explain our reasons in writing. Under certain circumstances, you have the right to request that another person at Athens Brain & Spine review the decision. We will comply with the review outcome.
Right to Amend. If you feel that health information about you that we maintain is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to request that we amend the information. You may request an amendment as long as we maintain the information. We may ask that you submit it in writing and include a reason supporting the request. In certain circumstances, we may deny your request. If your request is denied, we will explain our reasons in writing. You may submit a statement explaining why you disagree with our decision to deny your amendment request. We will share your statement when we disclose health information about you that we maintain in certain groups of records.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an accounting or detailed listing of certain disclosures of health information about you. The time period covered by the accounting is limited to six years prior to the date of your request. Your request must be in writing. If you request an accounting more often than once every twelve (12) months, we may charge you a fee to cover the costs of preparing the accounting.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information about you that we use or disclose. Your request must be in writing. We are not required to agree to your request. However, we must agree not to disclose health information about you to your health plan if the disclosure is for payment or health care operations and relates to a health care item or service which you paid for in full out of pocket. If we agree to your request, we will comply with it unless the information is needed for emergency treatment. We will notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction.
Right to Revoke Authorization. You have the right to revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information, except to the extent that action has been taken in reliance upon your authorization. Your request must be in writing.
Right to Request Alternative Method of Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. Your request must be in writing. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
Right to Notification of Breach. You have a right to be notified if you are affected by a breach of unsecured health information about you.
Right to Opt Out of Fundraising Communications. We may contact you for fundraising purposes. You have the right to opt out to receiving these communications.
Complaints: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may complain to Athens Brain & Spine and to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. You may make a complaint to us by contacting Athens Brain & Spine's Chief Privacy Officer at the address or phone listed below. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
Uses or Disclosures of Your Health Information That May Be Made Without Your Authorization
Treatment. We may use and disclose health information about you to provide you with pharmacy care or other medical treatment or services. For example, information related to your treatment may be communicated with and obtained by a health care provider, such as a pharmacist, nurse, or other person providing health services to you, and will be recorded in your medical record. This information is necessary for health care providers to determine what treatment you should receive.
Payment. We may disclose health information about you for payment related purposes. For example we may contact your insurer, payor, or other entity, for purposes of receiving payment for treatment and services that you receive or to determine whether the entity will pay for the particular product or service. The billing information may identify you, your diagnosis, and treatment or supplies used in the course of your treatment.
Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose health information about you for administrative and operational purposes. For example, members of the risk management or quality improvement teams may use health information about you to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. The results will be used internally to continually improve the quality of care for all patients.
Organized Health Care Arrangement. An organized health care arrangement is a clinically integrated care setting in which individuals typically receive health care from more than one health care provider. We may participate in organized health care arrangements with long-term care facilities, hospice, or other health care facilities in connection with the services we furnish to patients in such settings. Health information may be shared between the participants in the organized health care arrangement for the health care operations of the arrangement.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any other person you identify, health information about you directly relevant to that person's involvement in your care or payment related to your care. In addition, we may disclose health information about you to a public or private entity assisting in a disaster relief effort (such as the Red Cross) so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, and location.
Business Associates. We provide some services through contracts with business associates, such as accountants, consultants, and attorneys so that they can perform the tasks that we have assigned to them. To protect your health information, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard health information about you.
Appointment Reminders. We may use health information about you to provide you with appointment or prescription reminders.
Alternative Treatments. We may use health information about you to provide you with information about alternative treatments or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Future Communications. We may communicate with you via newsletters, mailings, or other means regarding treatment options, health-related information, disease-management programs, wellness programs, or other community-based initiatives or activities in which we are participating.
Required by Law. We may use and disclose health information about you as required by federal, state, or local law. For example, we may disclose health information for the following purposes: (1) for judicial or administrative proceedings pursuant to legal authority; (2) to report information related to victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; and (3) to assist law enforcement officials in their law enforcement duties.
Public Health. We may use or disclose health information about you for public health activities such as assisting public health authorities or other legal authorities to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability, or for other health oversight activities.
Health Care Oversight. We may use or disclose health information about you to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, and inspections.
Research. We may use or disclose health information about you to researchers if an institutional review board or privacy board has reviewed and approved the research proposal, and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information.
Health and Safety. We may use or disclose health information about you to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or any other person pursuant to applicable law.
Medical Examiners and Others. We may use or disclose health information about you to medical examiners, coroners, or funeral directors to allow them to perform their lawful duties. If you are an organ or tissue donor, we may disclose health information about you to organizations that help with organ, eye, and tissue donation and transplantation.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We may use or disclose health information for purposes of notifying the FDA of adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product, and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacements.
Information Not Personally Identifiable. We may use or disclose health information about you in ways that do not personally identify you or reveal who you are.
Government Functions. We may use or disclose health information about you for specialized government functions, such as protection of public officials, national security and intelligence activities, or reporting to various branches of the armed services.
Workers Compensation. We may use or disclose health information about you to comply with laws and regulations related to workers compensation.
Correctional Institutions. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may use or disclosure health information about you. Such health information will be disclosed to the correctional institution or law enforcement official when necessary for the institution to provide you with health care and to protect the health and safety of others.
Affiliated Covered Entity. We are part of an affiliated covered entity with other entities that are under common ownership or control. The entity treats itself as a single entity for purposes of using and disclosing health information about you.
Uses or Disclosures of Your Health Information Based Upon Your Written Authorization
Psychotherapy Notes. We must obtain your written authorization for must uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes.
Marketing. We must obtain your written authorization to use and disclose health information about you for most marketing purposes.
Sale of Your Health Information.We must obtain your written authorization for any disclosure of health information about you which constitutes a sale of such health information.
Other Uses. Other uses and disclosures of health information about you, not described above, will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke your authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have taken action in reliance on the authorization.
Other Applicable Laws
This Notice is provided to you as a requirement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). There are other laws that may apply and limit our ability to use and disclose health information about you beyond what we are allowed to do under HIPAA.
State Laws. We will comply with your state's laws if they provide you with greater rights over your health information or provide for more restrictions on the use or disclosure of your health information.
Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records. The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records by us is protected by Federal law and regulations. Generally, we may not say to a person outside our alcohol and drug treatment program that you attend the program, or disclose any information identifying you as an alcohol or drug abuser, unless:
- You consent in writing;
- The disclosure is allowed by a court order; or
- The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation.
Violation of the Federal law and regulations by the program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with Federal Regulations. Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime. Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate State or local authorities. For more information, see 42 U.S.C 290dd-3 and 42 U.S.C. 290ee-3 for Federal laws and 42 C.F.R Part 2 for Federal regulations.
Some of our advertisers may participate in the Facebook/Nielsen program, which helps advertisers improve their measurement of advertising effectiveness. If you are a Facebook user and access a page on our site containing an ad from a participating advertiser, Facebook receives a random numeric code identifying the ad that was served to you. The ad is only identified to Facebook by the numeric code. Facebook does not receive information that identifies the product or the advertiser. Facebook, in turn, discloses only aggregate, de-identified information to Nielsen and the advertiser, not any personally identifiable information from your Facebook profile. You can learn more about this program and find out how to opt out here.
Any materials, articles, statements, and linked websites on the pages that comprise this website are not provided in the course of a health/medical practitioner-client relationship. The material contained on this website does not constitute health/medical advice. The information presented may not be applicable to your particular situation. You should consult with a medical practitioner regarding your specific situation. This website may provide links to other websites that are provided for your convenience. Athens Brain & Spine undertakes reasonable efforts to keep the information contained in this website accurate. However, because Athens Brain & Spine compiles such information from numerous and varied sources and may experience reporting and processing errors or delays, Athens Brain & Spine does not vouch for the provider of such linked websites or the quality, reliability, or any other characteristic or feature of such linked websites. In addition, you should be aware that your use of any linked website is subject to the terms and conditions applicable to that website, including the privacy policies (or lack thereof) of such website. The action of communicating with Athens Brain & Spine via telephone, facsimile, or other means does not alone create a health practitioner-client relationship. Please also be aware that electronic mail on the Internet is not secure. Do not communicate any information via electronic mail that is sensitive or otherwise requires that level of confidentiality which the security of the Internet cannot provide. Confidential messages should be sent by other means of communication. Your use of this and any linked websites is solely at your own risk. Athens Brain & Spine makes no representations or warranties of any nature, whether expressed or implied, with respect to the information obtained through this or any linked websites, including without limitation, the implied warranties or merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. You should confirm any and all information you intend to rely upon through your use of this website or any linked websites. Athens Brain & Spine shall not be liable (including without limitation with respect to any loss or injury you may suffer) to you or others for any matter associated with or decision made or action taken by you in reliance on the information obtained from or content provided in this or any linked websites.
Contact Information: If you have any questions, requests, or concerns about your Athens Brain & Spine-related health information rights or our use and disclosure of health information, please contact:
Chief Privacy Officer
Athens Brain & Spine
242 King Avenue
Medical Services Building
Athens, GA 30606