The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is one of the laws that governs the confidentiality and privacy of the relationship between a therapist and clients. The policy and statements below describe how Protected Health Information (PHI) and other clinical information is handled in my practice. This information is provided in written form to all new clients and is maintained as a continous reference here on my website. If you have any questions about this information please contact me directly. Thank you.
IT IS MY LEGAL DUTY TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI). By law I am required to insure that your PHI is kept private. The PHI constitutes information created or noted by me that can be used to identify you. It contains data about your past, present, or future health or condition, the provision of health care services to you, or the payment for such health care. I am required to provide you with this Notice about my privacy procedures. This Notice must explain when, why, and how I would use and/or disclose your PHI. Use of PHI means when I share, apply, utilize, examine or analyze information within my practice; PHI is disclosed when I transfer, give or otherwise reveal it to a third party outside my practice. With some exceptions, I may not use or disclose more of your PHI than is necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the use or disclosure is made; however, I am always legally required to follow the privacy practices described in this notice. Please note that I reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and my privacy policies at any time. Any changes will apply to PHI already on file with me. Before I make any important changes to my policies, I will immediately change this Notice & post a new copy of it in my office. You may also request a copy of this Notice from me, or you can view a copy of it in my office.
HOW I WILL USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PHI. I will useand disclose your PHI for many reasons. Some of the uses or disclosures will require your prior written authorization; others, however, will not. Below you will find the different categories of my uses & disclosures, with some examples. Uses and disclosures related to treatment, payment or health care operations do not require your prior written consent. I may use or disclose your PHI without your consent for the following reasons:
For Treatment: I may disclose your PHI to physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, & other licensed health care providers who provide you with health care services or are otherwise involved in your care. Example: If a psychiatrist is treating you, I may disclose your PHI to her/him in order to co-ordinate your care.
For health care operations: I may disclose your PHI to facilitate the efficient & correct operation of my practice. Examples: Quality control might use your PHI in the evaluation of the quality of health care services that you have received or to evaluate the performance of the health care professionals who provided you with these services. I may also provide your PHI to my attorneys, accountants, consultants, & others to make sure I am in compliance with applicable laws.
To obtain payment for treatment: I may use & disclose your PHI to bill & collect payment for the treatment & services I provided you. Example: I might send your PHI to your insurance company or health plan in order to get payment for the health care services that I have provided to you. I could also provide your PHI to business associates, such as billing companies, claims processing companies, & others that process health claims for my office.
Thank you for your interest in my polices on Privacy and Confidentiality.