NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

 

Progress Industries

Effective June 1, 2016

 

Progress Industries is required by law to provide you with this notice so that you will understand how we may share your medical information.  Please review it carefully.  If you have any questions about this notice please contact Shelly Nesheim at 515-557-1810.

Your Rights

 

 

Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record

• You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you.   You must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer for Progress Industries. 

   We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

 

Ask us to correct your medical record

• You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. You must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer of Progress Industries.  In addition, you must provide a reason for your request.

• We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.

 

Request confidential communications

• Unless you tell us otherwise, we may contact you by either telephone or by mail at either your home or your workplace.  At either location we may leave messages for you on an answering machine or voicemail.  You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.

You must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer of Progress Industries.  We will not ask you the reason for your request.  Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.

 

• We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.

 

Ask us to limit what we use or share

• You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations.

We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.

• If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer.

We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.

You must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer for Progress Industries.  In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply.

 

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information

• You can ask for a list of the times we’ve shared your health information for 6 years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.

We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months. You must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer for Progress Industries. 

 

 

Get a copy of this privacy notice

• You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly. You may also view this notice in our website:  www.progressindustries.org.

 

 

Choose someone to act for you

• If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.

• We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.

 

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated

• You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting the Privacy Officer of Progress Industries. 

• You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.

• We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

 

Your Choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

• Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care

• Share information in a disaster relief situation

• Include your information in a hospital directory

• Contact you for fundraising efforts

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:

• Marketing purposes

• Sale of your information

• Most sharing of psychotherapy notes

• Genetic information for underwriting purposes

In the case of fundraising:

• We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

 

Our Uses and Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information? Each time you are admitted to one of our programs, a record of your participation in those programs is made, containing health and financial information.  Typically, this record contains information about your condition or diagnosis, the service we provide and payment for the service.  We may use and/or disclose this information to:

Treat you

• We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.

Run our organization

• We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.

Bill for your services

• We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.

Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.

      

 

How else can we use or share your health information? We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

Help with public health and safety issues

• We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

• Preventing disease

• Helping with product recalls

• Reporting adverse reactions to medications

• Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence

• Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

Do research

• We can use or share your information for health research.

Comply with the law

• We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

• We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

• We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

• We can use or share health information about you:

• For workers’ compensation claims

• For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official

• With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law

• For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

• We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

 

 

 

Our Responsibilities

• We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information. This notice does not include PHI of individuals who have been deceased for over 50 years. 

• We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.

• We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.

• We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

 

Changes to the Terms of This Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.

 

 

Progress Industries

1017 E 7th Street North, Newton, IA  50208

www.progressindustries.org

Shelly Nesheim, Privacy Officer

515-557-1810

shelly.nesheim@progressindustries.org

 

 

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