THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION
ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU
CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY.
Binson's Hospital Supplies, Inc. (BHS) (d/b/a Binson's Home Health Care Centers) Pledge Regarding Health Information
BHS understands that health information about you is personal. We need this information to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements, but we are committed to protecting your health information. This notice applies to all of the records about you generated by BHS.
We will not use or disclose your health information without your consent or authorization except as provided by law or otherwise described in this notice. We reserve the right to change our practices and make new provisions effective for all protected health information. Should our practices change, we will make the new version available to you upon request. We are required by law to:
- Make sure that health information that identifies you is kept private.
- Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to health information about you.
- Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction.
- Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations, and follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
Your Health Information Rights
Although your health record is the physical property
of BHS, the health information contained in the record
belongs to you.
You have the right to:
- Inspect and Copy
You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your health information. Such a request must be made in writing. This right is not absolute, and, in some cases, we may deny access. We may charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing, or other services associated with your request.
You have the right to request to amend your health information. Such a request must be made in writing.
- An Accounting of Disclosures
You have the right to request an accounting of uses and disclosures of your health information. An accounting does not include disclosures associated with treatment, payment, and healthcare operations, disclosures made pursuant to an authorization, disclosures required by law, incidental disclosures, or some other disclosures. This request must be in writing and pertain to a specific time frame of less than six (6) months. We will act upon the request for an accounting no later than 60 days after receipt of your written request, but may extend this time frame an additional 30 days under certain circumstances. You may have one accounting per year free of charge, but will be charged a reasonable fee for any additional accountings.
- Right to Request Restrictions
on Uses and Disclosures
You have the right to request a restriction on the health information we use or disclose about you however, we may refuse to accept the restriction. You also have the right to request a limit on the health information we disclose to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for such care. If we do agree with your request, we will comply unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment. Such a request must be made in writing.
- Request Confidential
You have the right to request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations. We will accommodate reasonable requests that are submitted in written form and specify how and where you wish communication.
- Revoke Your Authorization
You have the right to revoke your authorization to BHS to use or disclose health information about you. Your revocation will be honored to the extent that action has not already been taken and as otherwise provided by law. Revocation must be submitted in writing.
A paper copy of the most current Notice of Health Information Practices will be posted in visible areas of BHS. You will also receive a paper copy of the Notice of Information Practices and can request an additional copy if needed.
- Make a Request, Report
a Concern, File a Complaint or Request More Information
To obtain request forms for any of the above requests, contact BHS at 586-755-2300. If you have questions and would like additional information or would like to report a concern, please contact Binson's during normal business hours at 586-755-2300. If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with our Privacy Officer. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.
How We May Use and Disclose Health Information About You
The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose health information about you. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed.
- For Treatment
We may use health information about you to plan your care and provide for medical treatment or services. We may disclose health information to your treating physician(s) or other health care provider(s) rendering services to you. For example: information obtained by our staff will be recorded in your record. Your physician may sign orders for your care or provide other communications. This information becomes a legal document describing the care you received and is part of your health records.
- For Payment
We may use and disclose health information about you so that third-party payers can verify that you actually received the services billed for and to verify your benefits. We may use and disclose health information about you so that the medical care and services you receive may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. For example: the information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as your diagnosis, care provided, and supplies used. In the event that payment is not made, we may also provide limited information to collection agencies, attorneys, credit reporting agencies, and other organizations as are necessary to collect for services rendered.
- For Health Operations
We may use and disclose health information about you for purposes of health care operations. We may use health information as a source of data for facility planning, community outreach, and to continually work to improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the company and help make sure that all of our clients receive quality care. For example: for the purposes of quality we may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it.
- Business Associates
There are some services provided at BHS through contracts with business associates. For example: collection agencies and medical storage company(s). When these services and others like them are contracted, we may disclose your health information to our business associates so that they can perform the job we have asked them to do. To protect your health information, we will require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
We may disclose health information to researchers when their research has been approved using established protocol to ensure the privacy of your health information.
- Funeral Directors
We may disclose health information to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to carry out their duties.
- As Required By Law
We will disclose health information about you when required by federal, state, or local law. This includes disclosures required to the Department of Public Health, which is responsible for preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability. It also includes disclosure for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena.
- Worker's Compensation
We may release health information about you to the extent authorized by, and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to Worker's Compensation.
- Organ and Tissue Donation
If you are an organ donor, we may release health information about you to organizations that handle organ procurement or transplantation.
- Health Oversight Activities
We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits, investigations, inspections, and certification. These activities are necessary for the government, accreditation, and licensing bodies to monitor the health care system.
- Community Resources
We may use and disclose health information about you to make referrals for discharge planning, or other community resources. Examples include, but are not limited to, infusion, medical equipment companies, hospice, certified home care, and nursing homes or other health related services.
Uses or Disclosures of Your Health Information to Which You May Object
We may use or disclose your health information for the following purposes, unless you ask us not to.
- Individuals Involved
in Your Care or Payment for Your Care
Health professionals, using their best judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend, or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person's involvement in your care, or payment related to your care.
- Appointment Reminders
We may use and disclose health information to contact you at your home, office, or other location that you have designated to provide a reminder that you have an appointment, or other services provided by BHS.
- Informing You About Treatment
or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
- Assistance in Disaster
Other uses and disclosures of health information not covered by this notice will be made only with your written permission.
Effective Date: 04-14-2003