Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
La Clínica de Rinosinusitis LLC (LCR LLC) is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your health information. This Privacy Notice is being provided to you as a requirement of a federal law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how LCR LLC may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) in order to carry out treatment, payment and health care operations and for other purposes permitted or required by law. It also describes your right to access and control your PHI.
Use and Disclosure of Health Information
LCR LLC may use your PHI for the purposes of providing treatment, obtaining payment for treatment and conduction of health care operations. Your PHI may be used or disclosed only for these purposes unless we have obtained your authorization or the use or disclosure is permitted or required by the HIPAA regulations or other law.
We will use and disclose your protected healthcare information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and related services, including coordination and management with third parties for treatment purposes. Here are some examples of how we may use or disclose your PHI for treatment:
A. We may disclose your PHI to a laboratory or diagnostic center to order tests.
B. We may disclose your PHI to other physicians who may be treating you or who are consulting with us regarding your care.
C. We may disclose your PHI to those who may be involved in your care after you leave here, such as family members or your personal representative.
We will use your PHI to obtain payment for the services we provide to you. We may also disclose your PHI to another provider involved in your care for their payment activities. Here are some examples of how we may use or disclose your PHI for payment: We may communicate with your health insurance company to get approval for the services we render, to verify your health insurance coverage, to verify that particular services are covered under your insurance plan, and to demonstrate medical necessity.
3. Health Care Operations
We may use and disclose your PHI to facilitate our own health care operations and to provide quality care to all of our patients. Health care operations include such activities as: quality assessment and improvement; employee review activities; conduction or arranging for medical review, legal services, and auditing functions, including fraud and abuse detection and compliance reviews; business planning and development; and business management and general administrative activities. Here are some examples of how we may use or disclose your PHI for health care operations: A. We may use your PHI to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. B. We may combine PHI about many patients to decide what additional services we should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective. C. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, and other personnel for review purposes.
4. Other Uses and Disclosures
A. When Required By Law.
B. For Public Health Reasons..
C. To Report Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence.
D. For Health Oversight Activities.
E. For Judicial or Administrative Proceedings. We may disclose your PHI in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal.
F. For Law Enforcement Purposes.
G. For Workers’ Compensation. We may use and disclose your protected heath information, as necessary, to comply with workers’ compensation laws or similar programs.