Privacy Practices

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The Vasinda companies accepts patients for care regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, being a qualified disabled veteran, being a qualified veteran of the Vietnam era, or any other category protected by law, or decisions regarding advanced directives.

A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY

Our organization is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your identifiable health information. In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We may be required to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices concerning your identifiable health information. By law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time.

B. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT:

John Vasinda, HIPAA Privacy Officer at 661-343-3244

C. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS :

1. Provision of care. Our organization may use your identifiable health information in order to provide care for you. Many of the people who work for our organization may use or disclose your identifiable health information in order to plan and provide care to you. Additionally, we may disclose your identifiable health information to others who may assist in your care, such as your physician, therapists, spouse, children or parents.

2. Payment. Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits) and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover or pay for your treatment. We also may use and disclose your identifiable health information to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your identifiable health information to bill you directly for services and items.

3. Health Care Operations. Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information to operate our business. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our organization may use your health information to evaluate the quality of care you received from us or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our organization.

4. Disclosures Required by Law. Our organization will use and disclose your identifiable health information when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law.

5. Confidential Communication. You have the right to request that our organization communicate with you about your health related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than at work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request to:

John Vasinda, HIPAA Privacy Officer
Around the Clock
5251 Office Park Dr., Suite 400
Bakersfield, Ca 93309

You must specify the requested method of contact or the location where you wish to be contacted. Our organization will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.

2.  Requesting Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your identifiable health information for treatment, payment or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we limit our disclosure of your identifiable health information to individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request ; however if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies or when the information is necessary to treat you. In order to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your identifiable health information, you must make your request in writing to:

John Vasinda, HIPAA Privacy Officer
Around the Clock
5251 Office Park Dr., Suite 400
Bakersfield, Ca 93309

Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion: (a) the information you wish restricted; (b)whether you are requesting to limit our practice’s use, disclosure or both; and (c) to whom you want the limits to apply.

3. Inspection and Copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the identifiable health information that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records but not including psychotherapy notes. In order to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your identifiable health information, you must submit your request in writing to:

John Vasinda, HIPAA Privacy Officer
Around the Clock
5251 Office Park Dr., Suite 400
Bakersfield, Ca 93309

Our organization may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, labor and supplies associated with your request. Our organization may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however you may request a review of our denial. Another licensed health care professional chosen by us will conduct reviews.

4.  Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our organization. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to:

John Vasinda, HIPAA Privacy Officer
Around the Clock