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NOTICE OF HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY PRACTICES

(Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA))

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED OR DISCLOSED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD ASSOCIATION OF HIDALGO COUNTY, INC. AND HOW TO ACCESS THIS INFORMATION

Effective Date of the Notice: February 14, 2003

OUR LEGAL DUTY TO YOU:

We are required by law to protect the privacy of your health information.  We are also required to give you this notice about our privacy rules and regulations. We must follow these privacy practices as listed in the notice effective 4/14/03 and remain in effective until changed or amended.  We reserve the right to change our privacy practices at any time, provided that the changes are allowed by law.  Before we make any significant changes in our practices, we will change this notice and inform our patients.  Our notice is always available upon request.

USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION:

We use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment and healthcare operations.  For example:

HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS:

Healthcare operations include daily routines, evaluating staff performance, and or conducting training.

YOUR AUTHORIZATION:

In addition to our use of your information for the above reasons, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose.  If you give us permission, you have the right to revoke it at any time.

PERSONS INVOLVED IN CARE:

We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care.  In the event that you are physically unable or there are emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the personís involvement in your healthcare.

MARKETING HEALTH RELATED SERVICES:

We will not use your health information for marketing or telemarketing communications.

REQUIRED BY LAW:

We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law or subpoena.

NATIONAL SECURITY:

We may disclose information to military authorities of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances.  We may also disclose information to law enforcement officials in regards to inmates.

APPOINTMENT REMINDERS:

We may use your health information to provide you with appointment reminders such as voice mail, postcards, or letters.  Please include all phone numbers that you give us authorization to call to confirm any appointments.

PATIENT RIGHTS:

You have the right to look at or request copies of your health information.  However, there are some exceptions since all records are property of PPAHC. You must make the request in writing and allow enough time for us to assist your request.  There is a duplication of record charge to cover expenses such as supplies and staff time.  If you request a copy of your record there will be a $1.00 per page charge.

You have the right to request a list of the different times that PPAHC has disclosed any information to authorized recipients.  There may be a charge for this service.  You have the right to amend your health information.  This request must be in writing.


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