B. Patient Rights
Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness complies with patient rights as they relate to PHI. Taking this into consideration, the organization has developed a standard method that includes, but is not limited to providing documentation, adjusting medical records, and communicating confidential information. The patient also maintains the right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights when they feel that Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness has violated their rights.
1.Provide the patient with a copy or summary of their health information within 30 days of their request. Apply any reasonable, cost-based fee.
2.Respond to patient requests to correct medical records.
a.If the answer is no, provide the patient with an explanation within 60 days.
3.Comply with reasonable patient requests to contact them in a specific way, or to send mail to a different address.
4.Respond to requests not to share certain health information for treatment, payment, or health care operations.
Note: Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness is not obligated to comply with all requests to not share the information referenced above.
a.If the patient (or individual on the patients behalf) pays for a service or health care item out of pocket in full, then comply with the request not to share PHI for the purpose of payment or operations with the patient's health insurer.
b.Otherwise, if not sharing the information would affect the patient's care, Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness may not comply with the request. Additionally, if the service or health care has not been paid for, then PHI may be disclosed for the purpose of payment or operations to the health insurer.
5.Provide the patient with a list of the times that PHI has been shared, dating back six years prior to the request date, when applicable.
a.The list may include who the information was shared with and why.
b.Include all the disclosures, except for those about treatment, payment and health care operations and certain other disclosures (such as any that the patient asked to make).
c.Provide one year of accounting for free, but charge a reasonable, cost-based fee for additionally accounting requested within the same year.
6.Provide the patient with a paper copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices.
7.Ensure that any party acting on the patient's behalf has the right to do so.
Note: When the patient has given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is the patients legal guardian, that person can exercise the patients' rights and make choices about their health information.
C. Patient Choices
Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness honors the patient's choice upon being advised how they wish for us to share certain health information. Once the patient's preference is made clear, PHI is only used in a manner that agrees with the patient's request.
1. Comply with the patient's choice to: Share information with family, close friends, or others involved in their care. Share information in a disaster relief situation. Include the patient information in a hospital directory.
Note: In cases where the patient is incapacitated and cannot share their preference, Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness may share information that is felt to be in the best interest of the patient. Information may also be shared when it is needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
2. In the cases below, PHI is never shared unless written permission is provided by the patient.
a. Marketing purposes
b. Sale of information
c. Most sharing of psychotherapy notes
3. We may contact the patient in fundraising efforts, however the patient has the choice to request that Precision Physical Therapy & Fitness not contact them again.