Axzons Health System Corporation
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
Effective Date: July 15, 2017
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL/HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Axzons Health System Corporation.(the “Agency”) is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and notify you in the event there is a breach of your unsecured health information. We are also required by law to provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”) detailing our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information and to abide by the terms of the Notice that are currently in effect.
The term “health information” means information about you created or received by us, including demographic information, that may reasonably identify you and that relates to your physical or mental health condition, the provision of health care to you, or payment for the provision of your health care.
- USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS
The following lists various ways in which we may use or disclose your health information for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations.
For Treatment. We may use and disclose your health information to provide you with medical treatment and related services and coordinate your care. Your health information may be used by doctors involved in your care and by nurses and home health aides as well as by physical therapists, pharmacists, suppliers of medical equipment or other persons involved in your care. For example, we may contact your physician to discuss your plan of care.
For Payment. We may use and disclose your health information for billing and payment purposes. We may disclose your health information to your representative, or to an insurance or managed care company, Medicare, Medicaid or another third party payor. For example, we may contact Medicare or your health plan to confirm your coverage or to request prior approval for services that will be provided to you.
For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose your health information as necessary for health care operations, such as management, personnel evaluation, education and training and to monitor our quality of care. We may disclose your health information to another entity with which you have or had a relationship if that entity requests your information for certain of its health care operations or health care fraud and abuse detection or compliance activities. For example, patients’ health information may be combined and analyzed for purposes such as evaluating and improving quality of care and planning for services.
- SPECIFIC USES AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
The following lists various ways in which we may use or disclose your health information.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for 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.
Emergencies. We may use or disclose your health information as necessary in emergency treatment situations.
As Required By Law. We may use or disclose your health information when required by law to do so.
Business Associates. We may disclose your health information to a business associate who needs the information to perform services for the Agency. Our business associates are committed to preserving the confidentiality of this information.
Public Health Activities. We may use or disclose your health information for public health activities. These activities may include, for example, reporting to a public health authority for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability; reporting child abuse or neglect or reporting births and deaths.
Reporting Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence. If we believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, we may use and disclose your health information to notify a government authority, if authorized by law or if you agree to the report.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, inspections and licensure actions or for activities involving government oversight of the health care system.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. When necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of the public or another person, we may use or disclose health information, limiting disclosures to someone able to help lessen or prevent the threatened harm.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order. We also may disclose information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process if such disclosure is permitted by law.
Law Enforcement. We may disclose your health information for certain law enforcement purposes, including, for example, to comply with reporting requirements, to comply with a court order, warrant, or similar legal process, or to answer certain requests for information concerning crimes.
Research. We may use or disclose your health information for research purposes if the privacy aspects of the research have been reviewed and approved, if the researcher is collecting information in preparing a research proposal, if the research occurs after your death, or if you authorize the use or disclosure.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Directors, Organ Procurement Organizations. We may release your health information to a coroner, medical examiner, funeral director or, if you are an organ donor, to an organization involved in the donation of organs and tissue.
Disaster Relief. We may disclose health information about you to a disaster relief organization.
Military, Veterans and other Specific Government Functions. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may use and disclose your health information as required by military command authorities. We may disclose health information for national security purposes or as needed to protect the President of the United States or certain other officials or to conduct certain special investigations.
Workers’ Compensation. We may use or disclose your health information to comply with laws relating to workers’ compensation or similar programs.
Inmates/Law Enforcement Custody. If you are under the custody of a law enforcement official or a correctional institution, we may disclose your health information to the institution or official for certain purposes including the health and safety of you and others.
Fundraising Activities. We may use certain limited information to contact you in an effort to raise funds for the Agency and its operations. You have the right to opt out of receiving these communications and will be provided with an opportunity to do so.
Appointment Reminders. We may use or disclose health information to remind you about appointments.
Treatment Alternatives and Health-Related Benefits and Services. We may use or disclose your health information to inform you about treatment alternatives and health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
III. USES AND DISCLOSURES WITH YOUR AUTHORIZATION
Except as described in this Notice, we will use and disclose your health information only with your written authorization. Your written authorization will specify particular uses or disclosures that you choose to allow. You may revoke an authorization 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.
Marketing. A signed authorization is required for the use or disclosure of your health information for a purpose that encourages you to purchase or use a product or service except for certain limited circumstances such as when the marketing communication is face-to-face or when marketing includes the distribution of a promotional gift of nominal value provided by the Agency. An authorization is not required to describe a health-related product or service provided by use; to make communications to you regarding your treatment; or to direct or recommend alternative treatments, therapies, providers or settings of care for you. An authorization is also not required for the coordination or management of your treatment or consultations between the Agency and other health care providers related to your treatment.
Sale of Protected Health Information. A signed authorization is required for the use or disclosure of your health information in the event that the Agency directly or indirectly receives remuneration for such use or disclosure, except under certain circumstances as allowed by federal or State law. For example, authorization is not needed if the purpose of the use or disclosure is for your treatment, public health activities, or providing you with a copy of your protected health information
- YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
Listed below are your rights regarding your health information. Each of these rights is subject to certain requirements, limitations and exceptions. Exercise of these rights may require submitting a written request to the Agency. At your request, the Agency will supply you with the appropriate form to complete. You have the right to:
Request Restrictions. You have the right to request restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request restrictions on the health information we disclose about you to a family member, friend or other person who is involved in your care or the payment for your care.
We are not required to agree to your requested restriction unless it involves the disclosure of health information to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations that pertains solely to a health care item or service for which the Agency has been paid out of pocket in full. If we do agree to accept your requested restriction, we will comply with your request except as necessary to provide you with emergency treatment.
Access to Personal Health Information. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your health information for as long as the health information is maintained by the Agency. If we maintain your health information electronically in a designated record set, then you have the right to request an electronic copy of such health information. To inspect and copy your health information, you must submit your request in writing to the Agency. In most cases we may charge a reasonable fee for our costs in copying and mailing your requested information.
We may deny your request to inspect or receive copies in certain limited circumstances. If we deny your request, we will provide you with a written explanation of the reason for the denial. In some cases, you may have the right to request review of this denial. This review would be performed by a licensed health care professional designated by the Agency who did not participate in the decision to deny.
Request Amendment. You have the right to request amendment of your health information maintained by the Agency for as long as the information is kept by or for the Agency. Your request must be made in writing and must state the reason for the requested amendment.
We may deny your request for amendment if the information (a) was not created by the Agency, unless the originator of the information is no longer available to act on your request; (b) is not part of the health information maintained by or for the Agency; (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 the Agency.
If we deny your request for amendment, we will give you a written denial including the reasons for the denial and the right to submit a written statement disagreeing with the denial.
Request an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an “accounting” of certain disclosures of your health information. This is a listing of disclosures made by the Agency or by others on our behalf, but does not include disclosures for treatment, payment and health care operations, disclosures made pursuant to your authorization, and certain other exceptions.
To request an accounting of disclosures, you must submit a request in writing, stating a time period that is within six years from the date of your request. The first accounting provided within a 12-month period will be free. We may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for each future request for an accounting within a single twelve-month period. However, you will be given the opportunity to withdraw or modify your request for an accounting of disclosures in order to avoid or reduce the fee.
An accounting of disclosures from an electronic health record related to treatment, payment or health care operations will be made only for the three (3) year period preceding the request.
Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you concerning your health matters in a certain manner. We will accommodate your reasonable requests.
- 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. Except as provided below and as specifically permitted or required under state or federal law, health information relating to care for psychiatric conditions, substance abuse or HIV-related testing and treatment may not be disclosed without your special authorization.
- Psychiatric information. If needed for your diagnosis or treatment in a mental health program, psychiatric information may be disclosed. Certain limited information may be disclosed for payment purposes. Otherwise, we will only disclose such information pursuant to an authorization, court order or as otherwise required by law. For example, all communications between you and a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker and certain therapists and counselors will be privileged and confidential in accordance with Connecticut and Federal law.
- HIV-related information. We may disclose HIV-related information as permitted or required by Connecticut law. For example, your HIV-related information, if any, may be disclosed without your authorization for treatment purposes, certain health oversight activities, pursuant to a court order, or in the event of certain exposures to HIV by personnel of the Agency.
- Substance abuse treatment. If you are treated in a specialized substance abuse program, your special authorization will be needed for most disclosures, not including emergencies.
- FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO FILE A COMPLAINT
If you have any questions about this Notice or would like further information concerning your privacy rights, please contact: Compliance Officer, .
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint in writing with the Agency or with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will not retaliate against you if you file a complaint.
To file a complaint with the Agency, contact:
Axzons Health System Corporation
38 Grove Street
Garden City, NY 11530
Compliance Officer, 516-777-0612
VII. CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE
We reserve the right to change this Notice and to make the revised or new Notice provisions effective for all health information already received and maintained by the Agency as well as for all health information we receive in the future. We will provide a copy of the revised Notice at your next home visit and upon request.