Notices & Disclosures

HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices | Disclosure | Patient Bill of Rights

HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

This Notice of Privacy Practices (H2.6C) describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice upon request.

Patient Health Information: Under federal law, your patient health information is protected and confidential. Patient health information includes information about your symptoms, test results, diagnosis, treatment and related medical information. Your health information also includes payment, billing and insurance information.

How We Use Your Patient Health Information: We use health information about you for treatment, to obtain payment and for health care operations, including administrative purposes and to evaluate the quality of care that you receive. Under some circumstances, we may be required to use or disclose the information without your permission.

Examples of Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations: We will use and disclose your health information to provide you with appropriate medical treatment or services. For example, nurses, physicians and other members of your treatment team will record information in your medical record and use it to determine the most appropriate course of care. We may also disclose the information to other health care providers who are participating in your treatment, to pharmacists who are filling your prescriptions, and to family members who are helping with your care.

We will use and disclose your health information for payment purposes. For example, we may need to obtain authorization from your insurance company before providing certain types of treatment. We will submit bills and maintain records of payments from your health plan.

We will use and disclose your health information to conduct standard internal operations, including proper administration of records, evaluation of the quality of treatment, and to assess the care and outcomes of your case and others like it.

Special Uses: We may use your information to contact you with appointment reminders. We may also contact you to provide information about treatment alternatives, or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

Other Uses and Disclosures: We may use or disclose identifiable health information about you for other reasons, even without your consent. Subject to certain requirements, we are permitted to give out health information without your permission.

Required by Law: We may be required by law to report gunshot wounds, suspected abuse or neglect, or similar injuries and events.

Research: We may use or disclose information for approved medical research.

Public Health Activities: As required by law, we may disclose vital statistics, diseases and information related to recalls of dangerous products, and similar information to public health authorities.

Health Oversight: We may be required to disclose information to assist in investigations and audits, eligibility for government programs, and similar activities.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings: We may disclose information in response to an appropriate subpoena or court order.

Law Enforcement Purposes: Subject to certain restrictions, we may disclose information required by law enforcement officials.

Deaths: We may report information regarding deaths to coroners, medical examiners, funeral directors and organ donation agencies.

Serious Threat to Health or Safety: We may use and disclose information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety, or the health and safety of the public or another person.

Military and Special Government Functions: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release information as required by military command authorities. We may also disclose information to correctional institutions or for national security purposes.

Worker’s Compensation: We may release information about you for workers compensation or similar programs providing benefits for work-related injuries or illness.

In any other situation, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing any identifiable health information about you. If you choose to sign an authorization to disclose information, you can later revoke that authorization to stop any future uses and disclosures.

Individual Rights: You have the following rights with regard to your health information. Please contact the person listed below to obtain the appropriate form for exercising these rights.

Request Restrictions: You may request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. We are not required to agree to such restrictions, but if we do agree, we must abide by those restrictions.

Confidential Communications: You may ask us to communicate with you confidentially. Examples include sending notices to a special address or not using postcards to remind you of appointments

Inspect and Obtain Copies: In most cases, you have the right to look at or get a copy of your health information. There may be a small charge for the copies.

Amend Information: If you believe that information in your record is incorrect, or if important information is missing, you have the right to request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information.

Accounting of Disclosures: You may request a list of instances where we have disclosed health information about you for reasons other than treatment, payment or health care operations.

Our Legal Duty: We are required by law to protect and maintain the privacy of your health information, to provide this Notice about our legal duties and privacy practices regarding protected health information, and to abide by the terms of the Notice currently in effect.

Changes in Privacy Practices: We may change our policies at any time. Before we make a significant change in our policies, we will change our Notice and post the new Notice in the waiting area and each examination room. You can also request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, contact the person listed below.

Complaints: If you are concerned that we have violated your privacy rights, or if you disagree with a decision we made about your records, you may contact the compliance officer. You also may send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The compliance officer will provide you with the appropriate address upon request. You will not be penalized in any way for filing a complaint.

Disclosure Statement

If you are scheduled for a procedure at Arizona Digestive Institute, your Arizona Gastroenterology physician may have a financial or economic interest in the center.

Patient Bill of Rights

As a patient of Arizona Gastroenterology, this policy gives you – the patient – the right to:

Considerate and respectful care.

Receive, upon request, the name of the person in charge of your care.

The name and function of any person providing services to you.

Participate in decisions involving your health care and be informed of any responsibilities you may have in the care process (unless contraindicated for medical reasons).

Receive information necessary to give informed consent prior to the start of any procedure and/or treatment, with the exception of emergency situations.

Refuse treatment and to be informed of the medical or other consequences of your action.

Privacy to the extent consistent with adequate medical care.

Confidential and discreet case discussion, consultation, examination and treatment.

Privacy and confidentiality of all records pertaining to your treatment, except as otherwise provided by law or third party payment contract.

Expect reasonable continuity of care.

To be informed by the person responsible for your health care of possible continuing health care requirements following discharge, if any.

The identity, upon request, of all health care personnel and health care institutions authorized to assist in your treatment.

Refuse to participate in research. Human experimentation affecting care or treatment shall be performed only with your informed consent.

Upon request, examine and receive an itemized explanation of your bill, regardless of source of payment.

Treatment without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, source of payment, political beliefs or handicap.