Element Body Lab notice of Privacy Practices
Effective January 1, 2019.
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.
WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE?
This notice describes the practices of Element Body Lab and the practices that will be followed by all of Element Body Lab workforce members who handle your medical information.
OUR COMMITTMENT TO PROTECT YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We maintin our records and conduct our treatment environment with a goal of providing the highest level of protection for your medical information, while still providing you with the highest level of medical care. This notice applies to all of the records of your meidcal care which are received or created by Element Body Lab.
Your other treatment providers (e.g. doctors, hospitals, home helath agencies) may have different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.
This notice will tell you about the ways in which Element Body Lab will use and diclose medical information about you.
How we may use and disclose your health information: We use health information about you for treatment, to get paid for treatment, for administrative purposes, and to evaluate the quality of care that you receive. For example, your health information may be shared with other providers to whom you are referred. Information may be shared by paper, mail, electronic mail, or other methods. We may use or disclose your health information without your authorization for appropriate medical reasons, for any situation beyond those we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing your health information. If you sign an authorization to disclose information, you can later revoke it to stop any future uses and disclosures.
Your rights: In most cases, you have the right to look at or get a copy of your health information that we use to make decisions about you. If you request copies, we may charge you a cost-based fee. You also have the right to request a list of certain types of disclosures of your information that we may have made. If you believe your health information is incorrect or information is missing, you have a right to request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information.
Our legal duty: We are required by law to protect the privacy of your health information, provide this notice about our privacy practices, follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice, and see to your acknowledgement of receipt of this notice. We may change our privacy 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. You can also request a copy of our notice at any time. For more information about our privacy policies, contact the person listed below.
HIPAA/HI-TECH notice: We are required to notify you that we use e-mail and text correspondence for purposes of office operations, including but not limited to appointment and treatment reminders. If you wish to decline this means of communication, you must do so in writing, or you may “opt out” on any email correspondence through the link provided. We discourage the use of text messaging for details about your treatment because those messages are the property of telecommunication companies and therefore your privacy is NOT protected. Any text message or email you send to any member of our staff indicates that you waive your rights to privacy regarding that message as well as any and all other incidences of messaging via the same means with any member of the office staff. Any verbal or written request to send treatment related details via email or text will be followed.
VIRTAUL CONSULTATIONS: To offer virtual consultations and information, our office may use Facetime and/or Zoom as a means of communication, only if approved by you. By accepting and communicating by Facetime, you waive your rights to privacy regarding anything disclosed during a video conference call.
Privacy complaints: If you are concerned that we have violated your privacy rights, our privacy policies, or if you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information, you may contact the person listed below. You may send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The person listed below can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Office Manager at Element Body Lab.