Privacy Policy HIPPA compliance

ABC PEDIATRICS of FLORIDA, INC’s HIPAA POLICY

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR MINOR CHILD MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

Introduction:

The staff at ABC PEDIATRICS of FLORIDA is committed to treating and using protected health information about your child responsibly. Protected health information (PHI) is health information that contains identifiers such as name or Social Security number. This Notice of Health Information Practices describes the protected health information we collect and how and when we use or disclose that information. It also describes your rights as they relate to your child’s protected health information.

Understanding Your Child’s Medical Records/Information:

Each day your child receives care at ABC PEDIATRICS of FLORIDA a record is maintained. Typically this record contains an assessment, review of plan of care, symptoms, physician contact and treatments. This information is often referred to as your child’s chart. It is a record of the care he or she received at ABC PEDIATRICS of FLORIDA.

This record serves as a:

  • Basis for planning care and treatment: Means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your child’s care
    Legal document describing the care received
  • Means by which you or a third-party payer can verify that services billed were actually provided
  • A tool in educating health professionals
  • A source of data for medical research
  • A source of information for public health officials charged with improving the health of this state and the nation
  • A source of data for planning and marketing
  • A tool with which we can assess and continually work to improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve.

Understanding what is in your child’s record and how his or her PHI is used helps you to ensure its accuracy, better understand who, what, when, where and why others may access your child’s health information, and make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosures to others.

Your Health Information Rights:

Although your child’s health record is the physical property of ABC PEDIATRICS of FLORIDA, the information belongs to you.

  • In general, you have the right to inspect and receive a copy your minor child’s health records in designated record sets such as the medical record or billing records.
  • If you believe there is a mistake or important omission in your child’s health record, you may request a correction or addition.
  • You may obtain from us a list of our disclosures of your minor
  • child’s PHI as provided by federal law
  • You may request that we communicate health information about your minor child to you at an alternative location (for example, to a work address) or by different means (for example, by fax instead of telephone).
  • You may request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your minor child’s PHI as provided by federal law
  • You have the right to receive a printed copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices available upon request.

Our Responsibilities:

ABC PEDIATRICS of FLORIDA is required to:

  • Maintain the privacy of your child’s PHI
  • Provide you with this notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to
  • information we collect and maintain about your child.
  • Abide by the terms of this notice
  • Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction, and Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate PHI by alternative means or at alternative locations.

For More Information or to Report a Problem

If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact our Business Office at 305-938-0406 you believe your child’s privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There will be no retaliation for filing a.complaint with either our office or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of HHS.

How We May use or disclose Your Child’s Protected Health Information (PHI)

Treatment:

For example, information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of your child’s health care team will be recorded in your child’s record and used to determine the course of treatment that should work best for him or her. Your child’s physician will document in the record his or her expectations of the members of your child’s health care team. Members of the team will then record the actions they took and their observations. In that way; the physician will know how your child is responding to treatment. We will also provide your child’s physician or subsequent health care providers with copies of various reports that should assist him or her in your child’s treatment. This is to include all health care providers in our practice and those assisting in coverage of our practice.

Health care operations:

For example, members of the medical staff, risk or quality improvement manager, or members of the quality improvement team may use information in your child’s health record to assess the care and outcomes in your child’s case and others like it. This information will then be used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the health care and service we provide.

Business associates:

There are some services provided in our organization through contracts with business associates. Examples include radiology and laboratory tests and pharmacy services. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your child’s PHI to our business associate so that they can perform the job we’ve asked them to do. To protect your child’s privacy, however, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your child’s PHI.

Communication with family:

Health professionals, using their best judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any other person you authorize, PHI relevant to that person’s involvement in your child’s care or payment related to your child’s care.

Research:

We may disclose PHI to researchers when an Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved their research proposal under federal law.

Funeral directors and county coroner:

We may disclose PHI to funeral directors and the county coroner’s office, consistent with applicable law, to carry out their duties.

Fundraising:

We may contact you as part of a fund-raising effort.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

We may disclose to the FDA PHI relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.

Health oversight:

As a health care provider we are subject to oversight conducted by federal and state agencies. These agencies may conduct audits of our operations and activities and in that process they may review PHI.

Workers’ compensation:

We may disclose PHI to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs established by law.

Public health:

As required by law, we may disclose PHI to public health or legal authorities

charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

Required by law. In some circumstances federal or state law requires that we disclose PHI to others. For example, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services may review our compliance efforts, which may include seeing protected health information.

Law enforcement:

In some circumstances we will disclose PHI to law enforcement officials, for example, to respond to a search warrant or to report a crime on our premises.

Lawsuits and other legal disputes:

We may use and disclose PHI to respond to a court or administrative order, subpoena, or to defend a lawsuit or arbitration.

Abuse and neglect:

By law we will disclose PHI to the appropriate authority to report suspected child abuse or neglect or to identify suspected victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.

In the event you call for information while your child is at the facility you will be asked to

Supply your child’s date of birth as proof of identity.

Serious threat to health or safety:We may use and disclose PHI if it is necessary to avoid a

serious threat to your health or safety or to someone else’s.

All Other Uses and Disclosures Require Your Written Authorization

Except as described above in this Notice- we will not use or disclose your child’s protected health information without your written authorization. When your authorization is required and you have authorized us to use or disclose your child’s PHI, you may revoke that authorization by notifying us in writing at any time. The revocation will not apply to any authorized use or disclosure of your child’s PHI that took place before we received your revocation.

Changes to This Notice

We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. Should our information practices change, we will promptly revise this Notice and provide a new Not