THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
If you have any questions, please contact our Privacy Office at the address or phone number at the bottom of this notice.
Terry Rehabilitation & Testing, Inc. provides healthcare to our patients in partnership with physicians, other professionals, and organizations. The information privacy practices in this notice will be observed by:
- Any health care professional who treats you at any of our locations.
- All departments and units of our organization.
- All employed associates, staff or volunteers of our organization.
- Any business associate or partner of Terry Rehabilitation & Testing, Inc. with whom we share health information.
Our Pledge to You
We understand that medical information about you is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We create a record of the care and services you receive in order to provide quality care and to comply with legal requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This notice applies to all of the records of your care that we maintain, whether created by facility staff or your personal physician, who may have different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information created in their office.
We are required by law to:
- keep medical information about you private.
- give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you.
- follow the terms of the current notice.
Changes to This Notice
We may change our policies at any time. Changes will apply to medical information we already hold, as well as new information after the change occurs. Before we make a significant change in our policies, we will change our notice and post the new notice in waiting areas, exam rooms, and on our Web site at www.terry-rehab.com.
You can receive a copy of the current notice at any time. The effective date is listed just below the title. You will be offered a copy of the current notice on your first appointment for physical therapy or if the policy is changed, and you will also be asked to acknowledge in writing your receipt of this notice.
How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You
We may use and disclose medical information about you for treatment (such as sending medical information about you to a specialist as part of a referral);to obtain payment for treatment (such as sending billing information to your insurance company or Medicare); and to support our health care operations(such as comparing patient data to improve treatment methods.)
We may use or disclose medical information about you without your prior authorization for several other reasons. Subject to certain requirements, we may give out medical information about you without prior authorization for public health purposes, health oversight audits or inspections, qualified research studies, workers’ compensation purposes, to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public, or other emergencies. We also disclose medical information when required by law, such as in response to a request from law enforcement in specific circumstances, or in response to valid judicial or administrative orders.
We also may contact you for appointment reminders, or to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options, alternatives, health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
We may disclose medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care.
Other Uses of Information
In any other situation not covered by this notice, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing medical information about you. If you chose to authorize use or disclosure, you can later revoke that authorization by notifying us in writing of your decision.
Credit card numbers and credit card billing information is not retained by Terry Rehabilitation & Testing.
Your Rights Regarding Medical Information About You
In most cases, you or your personal representative have the right to look at or get a copy of medical information that we use to make decisions about your care, when you submit a written request. If you request copies, we may charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing or other related supplies. If we deny your request to review or obtain a copy, you may submit a written request for a review of that decision.
If you believe that information in your record is incorrect or if important information is missing, you have the right to submit a written request that we correct the records providing your reason for requesting the amendment. We could deny your request to amend a record if the information was not created by us, if it is not part of the medical information maintained by us, or if we determine that record is accurate. You may submit a written appeal if we decided not to amend a record.
You have the right to a list of those instances where we have disclosed medical information about you, other than for treatment, payment, health care operations or where you specifically authorized a disclosure, when you submit a written request. The request must state the time period desired for the accounting, which must be less than a 6-year period and starting after July 5, 2005. You may receive the list in paper or electronic form. The first disclosure list request in a 12-month period is free; other requests will be charged according to our cost of producing the list. We will inform you of the cost before you incur any costs.
You have the right to request that medical information about you be communicated to you in a confidential manner, such as sending mail to an address other than your home, by notifying us in writing of the specific way or location for us to use to communicate with you.
You may request, in writing, that we not use or disclose medical information about you for treatment, payment or healthcare operations or to persons involved in your care except when specifically authorized by you, when required by law, or in an emergency. We will consider your request but we are not legally required to accept it. We will inform you of our decision on your request.
All written requests or appeals should be submitted to our Privacy Office listed at the bottom of this notice.
If you are concerned that your privacy rights may have been violated, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your records, you may contact our Privacy Office (listed below).
You may send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. Our Privacy Office can provide you the address.
Under no circumstance will you be penalized or retaliated against for filing a complaint.
Address All Inquiries to:
Terry Rehabilitation & Testing, Inc
Attn: Privacy/Security Officer
PO Box 117213
Carrollton, TX 75011