THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) is a federal statute that requires that all protected health information used or disclosed by Hooman Khorasani, MD PLLC (“Practice”) in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, are kept confidential. Protected health information is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services (“PHI”).
As required by HIPAA, this Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”) describes how the Practice is required to maintain the privacy of your PHI and how it may use and disclose PHI. It also describes your rights to access and control your PHI.
Use and Disclosures of PHI
Your PHI is subject to use or disclosure by the Practice’s physicians, office staff, employees or other third parties that are involved in your care and treatment, including electronic disclosures. It is the Practice’s responsibility to ensure that all uses or disclosures are made in accordance with HIPAA and as further detailed below in this Notice and as further detailed below in this Notice.
NO AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED
Any uses or disclosures outside the scope described above will be made only with your written authorization. Most uses or disclosures of psychotherapy notes, and of PHI for marketing purposes and the sale of PHI require an authorization. You may revoke such authorization in writing at any time and the Practice is required to honor and abide by that revocation, except to the extent that it has already taken actions relying on your authorization.
Your Rights for PHI
You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice.
You have the right to make reasonable requests to receive confidential communications of your PHI from the Practice by alternative means or at alternative location.
You have the right to request restrictions on uses and disclosures of PHI for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, or disclosures to family members, other relatives, close personal friends, or any other person identified by you. Generally, the Practice is not legally required to agree to a requested restriction. However, if the request is made to restrict disclosure to a health plan for purposes of carrying out Payment or Health Care Operations and the PHI pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you have paid out of pocket in full, the Practice is legally required to agree to the requested restriction.
You have the right to read or obtain a copy of your PHI or choose to get a summary of your PHI in lieu of a copy. There are some reasons why the Practice may deny such a request which will be delivered to you in writing stating the reason. If a summary or a copy of your PHI is provided, you may have to pay a reasonable fee.
You have the right to request the Practice to amend or correct your PHI to the extent legally and ethically permissible. If the Practice denies the request, it will do so in writing and you will have the ability to file a statement of disagreement.
You have the right to receive an accounting of the disclosures of PHI by the Practice in the last six years but it will not include certain disclosures including those made for treatment, payment, healthcare operations or where you specifically authorized a use or disclosure.
You may exercise any of the rights described above by contacting the Practice and requesting to speak with the Privacy Officer.
You have recourse if you feel that the privacy of your PHI has been violated. If you feel there has been a violation, you have the right to file a complaint by submitting your complaint in writing by mail to the address above or by fax at the number above. You may also contact the Practice directly by telephone. For all complaints, please ask for or direct attention to the Privacy Officer. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.
You may also file a complaint with or contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights at: Office of Civil Rights, DHHS, by mail at Jacob Javits Federal Building 26 Federal Plaza – Suite 3312, New York, New York 10278, by telephone at (800) 368-1019 or (800) 537-7697 (TDD), or by facsimile at (202) 619-3818.
The Practice is required by law to maintain the privacy of your PHI, to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI, and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured PHI. This Notice is effective as of May 30th, 2020. The Practice reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice and to make any such changes or amendments effective for all PHI that it maintains. The Practice will periodically post from time to time, and you may request a written copy of, any updated versions of this Notice.