Privacy Policy

Notice of Privacy Practices

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION REGARDING YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GAIN ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.

PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.

Use and Disclosures

  •  Treatment – Your health information maybe used by staff members or disclosed to other healthcare professionals for the purpose of evaluating your health, diagnosing medical conditions, and providing treatments. For example, results of laboratory tests and procedures will be available in your medical record to all health professionals who may provide treatment or who may be consulted by staff members.
  • Payment – Your health information maybe used to seek payment from your health plan, from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from credit card companies that you may use to pay for services. For example, your health plan may request and receive information on dates of services, the services provided, and the medical condition being treated.
  • Healthcare Operations – Your health information may be used, as necessary, to support the day-to-day activities and management of Healthcare Services, LC. For example, information on the services you received may be used to support budgeting and financial reporting activities to evaluate and promote quality.
  • Law Enforcement – Your health information may be disclosed to public health agencies as required by law. For example, we are required to report certain communicable diseases to the states public health department.
  • Other Uses and Disclosures Require Your Authorization – Disclosure of your health information or its use for any purpose other than those listed above requires your specific written authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing the use or disclosure of your information, you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not effect or undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before you notified us of your decision to revoke your authorization.

Additional Uses of Information

  • Appointment Reminders – Our staff may use your health information in order to send you appointment reminders.
  • Information and Treatments – Your health information may be used to send you information that you may find interesting on the treatment and management of any medical conditions you may have. We may also send you information describing other health-related products and services that we believe may interest you.

Individual Rights

You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include:

  • The right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information.
  • The right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical condition and treatment.
  • The right to inspect and copy your protected health information.
  • The right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information.
  • The right to receive the accounting of how and to whom your protected health information has been disclosed

Health Care Services Duties

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with this notice of privacy practices. We also are required to abide by the privacy policies and practices that are outlined in this notice.

Right to Revise Privacy Practices

As permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify or privacy policies and practices. These changes in our policies and practices may be required by changes in federal or state law and regulations. Upon request, we will provide you with the most recently revised notice on any office visit. The revised policy and practices will be applied to all protected health information we maintain.

Requests to Inspect Protected Health Information

You may generally inspect or copy the protected information that we maintain. As permitted by federal regulations, we require that requests to inspect or copy protected health information be submitted in writing. You may obtain a form to request access to your records by contacting the front office assistant or our privacy officer. Your request will be reviewed and will generally be approved unless there are legal or medical reasons to deny the request.

Complaints or Grievances

If you would like to submit a complaint or comment about our privacy practices, you can do so by sending a letter outlining your concerns to:

C/O Privacy Officer
Health Care Services LC.
931 SE. Ocean Blvd.
Suite A
Stuart, FL 34996

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should call the matter to our attention by sending a letter describing the cause of your concern to the same address. You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)

1-888-419-3456

Effective Date: This notices is effective on or after January 1, 2007