Phone: (606)549-4811 * Fax: (606) 549-4814 * E-mail: christopherchiropractic@gmail.com * 410 Sycamore Street, Williamsburg, KY 40769

Privacy and Nondiscrimination Practices

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES and NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION 


Dr. Matthew Christopher / Dr. Elizabeth Rice Christopher
Eagle Health and Wellness, Inc., d/b/a Christopher Chiropractic
410 Sycamore Street
P.O. Box 757
Williamsburg, KY  40769

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.

YOUR RIGHTS
You have the right to:
  Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record
  Correct your paper or electronic medical record
  Request confidential communication
  Ask us to limit the information we share
• Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared your information
  Get a copy of this privacy notice
  Choose someone to act for you
  File a complaint if you believe your privacy rights have been violated

YOUR CHOICES
You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:
  Tell family and friends about your condition
  Provide disaster relief
  Include you in a hospital directory
  Provide mental health care
  Market our services and sell your information
  Raise funds 

OUR USES AND DISCLOSURES
We may use and share your information as we:
  Treat you
  Run our organization
  Bill for your services
  Help with public health and safety issues
  Do research
  Comply with the law
  Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
  Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
• Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
  Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
YOUR RIGHTS
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
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. Ask us how to do this.
  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. Ask us how to do this.
  We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.
Request confidential communications
  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.
  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.
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
  You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six 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.

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.

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 us using the information on page 1.
  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
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
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?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
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.

Bill for your services
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.
  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. If you change your mind and wish to withdraw an authorization to release information you may do so by providing a written statement of withdrawal to Christopher Chiropractic’s Privacy Officer in person or by mailing the statement to PO Box 757, Williamsburg, KY 40769.  However, that withdrawal will not be effective until received by Christopher Chiropractic and will not impact the uses and/or disclosures of your health information that Christopher Chiropractic has made prior to receipt of the withdrawal statement.

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, on our web site, and we will mail a copy to you.

This Notice of Privacy Practices was updated and is effective on September 17, 2013.

If you have any questions about this Notice

please contact our Privacy Officer, who

is Dr. T. Matthew Christopher.




NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION


Christopher Chiropractic complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.  Christopher Chiropractic does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
            Christopher Chiropractic provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as qualified sign language interpreters and written information in other formats (large print, spoken).
Christopher Chiropractic provides free interpretation services to people whose primary language is not English.
            If you need these services, contact Dr. T. Matthew Christopher.
If you believe that Christopher Chiropractic has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with: Dr. T. Matthew Christopher, Compliance Officer, 410 Sycamore Street, Williamsburg, KY  40769, 606-549-4811 (phone), 606-549-4814 (fax). You can file a grievance in person, by phone, by mail, or by fax.  If you need help filing a grievance, Dr. T. Matthew Christopher, our Compliance Officer, is available to help you.
You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)
Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.              

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