Touchstone Health Services Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can have access to this information. Please read it carefully.
This Notice is effective as of April 14, 2003 and as amended in accordance with 78 FR 5565, also called the “Omnibus Rule,” published January 25, 2013.
Touchstone Health Services is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information, and must inform you of our privacy practices and legal duties. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of the Notice upon request.
Touchstone Health Services is required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices that is most current and reserves the right to change the terms of the Notice at any time. Any changes will be effective for all protected health information that we maintain. The revised Notice will be posted at all Touchstone Health Services sites and on our website at www.touchstonebh.org . You may request a paper copy of the revised Notice at any time. You may also ask us to communicate any changes to this Notice via email.
Touchstone Health Services has designated a privacy officer to answer your questions about our privacy practices and to ensure that we comply with applicable laws and regulations. The privacy officer also will take your complaints and can give you information about how to file a complaint. You can contact the privacy officer by telephone at 866.207.3882, or in writing at:
Privacy Officer, Touchstone Health Services
15648 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85053
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use and disclosure of your protected health information that we may make to carry out treatment, payment, and health-care options.
Touchstone Health Services may use information in your record to provide treatment to you. We may disclose information in your record to help you get health care services from another provider, a hospital, etc. For example, if we ant an opinion about your condition from a specialist, we may disclose information to the specialist to obtain that consultation.
Touchstone may also use or disclose information from your record to obtain payment for the services you receive. For example, we may submit information to the funding source with regard to your condition in order to demonstrate that the service should be covered.
Touchstone may use or disclose information from your record to allow “health Care operations.” These operations include activities like reviewing records to see how care can be improved, contacting you with information about treatment alternatives, and coordinating care with other providers. For example, we may use information in your record to train our staff about your condition and treatment.
I. Your Rights
- You may ask Touchstone to restrict the use and disclosure of certain information in your record that otherwise would be allowed for treatment, payment, or health care operations. However, touchstone does not have to agree to these restrictions except where you have requested we not disclose PHI to a health plan for services you have paid in full – out of pocket.
- You have a right to receive confidential communications from us. For example, if you want to receive correspondence and other information at an alternative address please notify us in writing.
- You have a right to inspect the information in your record and may obtain a paper or electronic copy of it. This may be subject to certain limitations and fees. Your request must be in writing.
- If you believe information created by Touchstone, that is contained in your record, is inaccurate or incomplete, you may request amendment of the information. You must submit sufficient information to support your request for amendment. Your request must be in writing. If Touchstone denies your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with the Touchstone Health Services Privacy Officer.
- You have the right to request an accounting of certain disclosures made by us. This right applies to disclosures for purposes other than treatment, payment or health care operations as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. It excused disclosures authorized by you or which Touchstone may have made to you, to family members, relatives or friends involved in your care, as well as any releases authorized by federal law or required by law.
- You have a right to receive a notice from us that a breach of your secure or unsecured PHI occurred.
- You have the right to complain to us about our privacy practices (including the actions of our staff with respect to the privacy of your health information) by contacting the Touchstone Health Services privacy officer as outlined above. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you have the right to complain to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services about our privacy practices. You may complain to the Department at the following address:
Office for Civil Rights, DHHS
90 7th Street, Suite 4-100
San Francisco CA 94103
You may also email your complaint to: OCRComplaints@hhs.gov
you will not face retaliation from us for making complaints.
Except as described in this notice, Touchstone Health Services may not make any use or disclosure of information from your record unless you give your written authorization, including:
- Psychotherapy notes: We must obtain your permission for any use or disclosure of psychotherapy notes. Psychotherapy notes are notes that are recorded either orally, written or otherwise by a mental health professional who is documenting or analyzing a conversation during a counseling session. These notes by definition do not get filed in the medical record but still require us to obtain your permission if we ever need to use or disclose them.
- Marketing: We must obtain your permission for any use or disclosure of PHI about you for marketing purposes. If the marketing involves financial reward to us, we must ell you and write it on the authorization form that you sign.
- Sale of Protected Health Information: We must obtain your permission for any disclosure of PHI about you when the disclosure is the result of a sale of PHI. We do not sell PHI, but if we ever do, we must tell you and write on the authorization form you sign that the sale of your PHI will result in financial reward to us. You may revoke an authorization in writing at any time, but this will not affect any use or disclosure made by us before the revocation. In addition, if the authorization was obtained as a condition of obtaining authorization for service, Touchstone Health Services may have the right to contest even if you revoke the authorization.
- Use or disclosure of your protected health information that we are required to make and/or allowed to make without your permission: In certain circumstances, Touchstone Health Services is required by law to make a disclosure of your health information. For example, Touchstone may disclose your protected health information to a public health authority that is authorized by law to receive reports of abuse or neglect. If Touchstone reasonably believes that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, we may disclose your protected health information to a government authority authorized to receive reports of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. The information will be disclosed when you agree to the release of the information or the disclosure will be made consistent with the requirements of applicable federal and state laws including protections afforded you to prevent serious harm.
Touchstone Health Services is required to disclose information to funding sources as requested and required by contract or agreement.
We may use or disclose information from your record if we believe it is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the safety of a person or the public.
We may report suspected cases of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence involving adults or persons with disabilities.
There are certain situations where Touchstone is allowed to disclose information from your record without your permission. In these situations, we must use our professional judgment before disclosing information about you. Usually, we must determine that the disclosure is in your best interest, and may have to meet certain guidelines and limitations.
If you receive mental health care, including treatment for substance abuse, information related to that care maybe more protected than other forms of health information. Communications between a psychotherapist and patient in treatment are privileged and may not be disclosed without your permission, except as required by law. For example, psychotherapists still must report suspected abuse, and may have to breach confidentiality if you appear to pose an imminent danger to yourself or others, in order to reduce the likelihood of harm to you or others.
Touchstone Health Services may report births and deaths to public health authorities, as well as certain types of diseases, injuries, adverse drug reactions, and produce defects. We may disclose information from your record to a medical examiner or coroner. We may disclose information to funeral directors to allow them to carry out their duties upon your death. We may disclose information from your record to facilitate organ, eye, or tissue donation and transplantation.
Touchstone Health Services may assist in health oversight activities, such as investigations of possible health care fraud.
Touchstone may disclose information from your record as authorized by workers’ compensation laws.
Touchstone may disclose information from your record if ordered to do so by a court, grand jury, or administrative tribunal. Under certain conditions, we may disclose information in response to a subpoena or other legal process, even if this is not ordered by a court.
Touchstone may disclose information from your record to a law enforcement official if certain criteria are met. For example, if such information would help locate or identify a missing person, we are allowed to disclose it.
If you tell us that you have committed a violent crime that caused serious physical harm to the victim, Touchstone Health Services may disclose that information to law enforcement officials. However, if you reveal that information in a counseling or psychotherapy session, or in the course of treatment for this sort of behavior, we may not disclose the information to law enforcement officials.
Touchstone Health Services may use or disclose information from your record for research under certain conditions.
Under certain conditions, Touchstone Health Services may disclose information for specialized government purposes, such as the military, national security and intelligence, or protection of the President of the United States of America.
Touchstone Health Services may contact you with information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
Touchstone Health Services may contact you for fundraising efforts. You have the right to tell us that you do not want to be contacted in our fundraising efforts.