Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information

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!

With your consent, the practice is permitted by federal privacy laws to make uses
and disclosures of your health information for purposes of treatment, payment,
and health care operations.  Protected health information is the information we create and obtain in providing our services to you.  Such information may include documenting your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and applying for future care or treatment.  It also includes billing documents for those services.

Example of uses of your health information for treatment purposes:

A nurse obtains treatment information about you and records it in a health
record.  During the course of your treatment, the doctor determines a need to consult with another specialist in the area.  The doctor will share the information with such specialist and obtain input

Example of use of your health information for payment purposes:

We submit a request for payment to your health insurance company.  The health insurance company requests information from us regarding medical care given.  We will provide information to them about you and the care given.

Example of Use of Your Information for Health Care Operations:

We obtain services from our insurers or other business associates such as quality
assessment, quality improvement, outcome evaluation, protocol and clinical
guidelines development, training programs, credentialing, medical review, legal
services, and insurance. We will share information about you with such insurers
or other business associates as necessary to obtain these services.

Your Health Information Rights

The health record we maintain and billing records are the physical property of the
practice.  The information in it, however, belongs to you.  You have a right to: Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your health information bydelivering the request in writing to our office.  We are not required to grant the request butwe will comply with any request granted;

Request a restriction on disclosures of medical information to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations; and the PHI pertains solely to a health care service for which the provider has been paid out of pocket in full—we must comply with this
request;

    Request that you be allowed to inspect and copy your health record and billing record—you may exercise this right by delivering the request in writing to our office;

Appeal a denial of access to your protected health information except in certain circumstances;

    Request that your health care record be amended to correct incomplete or incorrect information by delivering a written request to our office;
    File a statement of disagreement if your amendment is denied, and require that the request for amendment and any denial be attached in all future disclosures of your protected health information;
    Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information as required to be maintained by law by delivering a written request to our office.  An accounting will

not

    include internal uses of information for treatment, payment, or operations, disclosures made to you or made at your request, or disclosures made to family members or friends in the course of providing care;

Request that communication of your health information be made by alternative means or at an alternative location by delivering the request in writing to our office;

    Elect to opt out of receiving further fundraising communications from theoffice/hospital;

Revoke authorizations that you made previously to use or disclose information except
to the extent information or action has already been taken by delivering a
written revocation to our office.

If you want to exercise any of the above rights, please contact the front desk via phone at (970) 498-0196, in person during normal business hours or in writing. They will provide you with assistance on the steps to take to exercise your rights.

Our Responsibilities

The practice is required to:

Maintain the privacy of your health information as required by law;

Provideyou with a notice of our duties and privacy practices as to the information we collect and maintain about you;

    Abideby the terms of this Notice;

Notify you if we cannot accommodate a requested restriction or request; and ccommodate your reasonable requests regarding methods to communicate health information with you.

    We reserve the right to amend, change, or eliminate provisions in our privacy practices and access practices and to enact new provisions regarding the protected health information we maintain. If our information practices change, we will amend our Notice.  You are entitled to receive a revised copy of the Notice by calling and requesting a copy of our “Notice” or by visiting our office and picking up a copy. 

To Request Information or File a Complaint

If you have questions, would like additional information, or want to report a problem regarding the handling of your information, you may contact the front desk at (970)-498-0196.

Additionally, if you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a written
complaint at our office by delivering the written complaint to the front desk.  You may also file a complaint by mailing it or e-mailing it to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Notification

Unless you object, we may use or disclose your protected health information to notify, or assist in
notifying, a family member, personal representative, or other person responsible for your care, about your location, and about your general condition, or your death.

Communication with Family

Using our best judgment, we may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal
friend, or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or in payment for such care if you do not object or in an emergency.

Workers Compensation

If you are seeking compensation through Workers Compensation, we may disclose your protected
health information to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to Workers Compensation.

Public Health

As required by law, we may disclose your protected health information to public health or legal
authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

Abuse & Neglect

We may disclose your protected health information to public authorities as allowed by law to report abuse or neglect.

Correctional Institutions

If you are an inmate of a correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution, or its agents, your protected health information necessary for your health and the health and safety of other individuals.

Law Enforcement

We may disclose your protected health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law, such as when required by a court order, or in cases involving felony prosecutions, or to the extent an individual is in the custody of law enforcement.

Health Oversight

Federal law allows us to release your protected health information to appropriate health oversight
agencies or for health oversight activities.

Judicial/Administrative Proceedings

We may disclose your protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative
proceeding as allowed or required by law, with your consent, or as directed by a proper court order.

Other Uses

Other uses and disclosures besides those identified in this Notice will be made only as otherwise authorized by law or with your written authorization and you may revoke the authorization as previously provided.