Notice of Use of Private Health Information
We will never share your information with anyone outside our practice without your permission. Please see attached document for use of private health information.
Keeping your health information private is one of our most important responsibilities. We are committed to protecting your health information and following all laws regarding the use of your health information. The laws say:
- We must keep your health care information from others who do not need to know it.
- You may ask that we not share certain health information. (In some instances, we may not be able to agree to your request.)
Who sees my health information?
Your private health information may be used by the health care providers (e.g., substance abuse treatment counselors, mental health providers, doctors, nurses) who take care of you. We need this information in order to plan your care. When appropriate, we may share health information about you in order to help you get the services you need. We may also use your information to contact you about appointment reminders or to tell you about treatment alternatives.
May I see my health information?
You may see your health information except for the private notes taken by a substance abuse provider and cases where the information is part of a legal case. Most of the time you may receive a copy if you ask, and you may be charged a fee to cover copy costs.
If you think some of the information is wrong, you may request in writing that it be changed or that new information be added. You may request that the changes or new information be sent to others who have received your health information from us. You may request a list of any places where health information has been sent, unless it was sent for treatment, payment, or quality review or to make sure we are following the laws protecting your privacy.
What if my health information needs to go someplace else?
You may be asked to sign an authorization form allowing your health care information to go elsewhere if:
- your health care provider needs to send it to other places;
- you want us to send it to another health care provider; or
- you want it sent to another person for you.
The authorization form tells us what, where, and to whom the information should be sent. Your authorization is good for twelve months or until the date you put on the form. You can cancel or limit the amount of information sent at any time by informing us in writing.
If you are younger than 18 years old, your parents or guardians will receive your private health information, unless by law you are able to consent for your own health care treatment. If you are, then your private health information will not be shared with parents or guardians unless you sign an authorization form. You may also ask to have your health information sent to a different person who is helping you with your health care.
Could my health information be released without my authorization?
When private health information is released without an authorization, it is normally used for treatment, payment, or operations (i.e., managing the business of a health care provider and reporting to agencies that oversee our business such as state regulators). The release of health information for this purpose is not tracked and we are not accountable to you for it. Any other release made without your authorization is tracked and accounted. We always report:
- Contagious diseases, birth defects, and cancer
- Reactions and problems with medicine
- Victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
- To the government agency that oversees our business and CARF (our accreditation body)
- To prevent serious threat to your or other’s health and safety
- Work-related injuries
- Out-of-state offenders
- As required by court order and/or subpoena
- If you commit a crime on the premises
In the case of an emergency situation in which you cannot agree to the use or disclosure, we may release information directly related to your care if it is determined to be in your best interest. In the case of a disaster situation, information regarding you may be released to assist in disaster relief if it is determined to be in your best interest. All attempts will be made to have you agree or disagree with the disclosure, prior to releasing information in these situations.
How can I find out if my health information has been released without my authorization
To find out if your health information has been released without your authorization for purposes other than treatment, payment, or operations, contact the HIPAA Privacy Officer at (970) 586 ‒4491 and ask for a Request of Accounting of Disclosures form. Simply fill out the form, attach a copy of your most recent picture ID, and send both to:
HIPAA Privacy Officer
Harmony Foundation, Inc.
1600 Fish Hatchery Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
May I have a copy of this notice?
This notice is yours. If we change anything in it, you will get a new notice. You can obtain additional copies of this notice by asking your health care provider.
Questions or Complaints
If you have questions about this notice or you think that we have not protected your private health information and you wish to file a complaint, please contact the HIPAA Privacy Officer at Harmony Foundation at (970) 586‒4491.
You can file a report with the federal government contacting the Office for Civil Rights.
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201‒0004