Medical records are protected under Federal Confidentiality Regulations and Florida Statues (Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 2, titled “Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records” and with Chapter 397.419(7), paragraphs 397.6751(2)(a)(c), Florida Statues and Section 397.752, Florida Statutes, regarding confidential client information.
The Delray Center will not acknowledge the presence of a client or release any information pertaining to the client’s care without a completed signed release of information.
The Delray Center may not acknowledge the presence or affiliation of a person in the treatment program unless the client consents to the acknowledgement or affiliation in writing; staff are directed to release information by a legal court order; disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation.
Limits of Confidentiality
Violation of the Federal law and regulations by a program/staff is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with Federal regulations.
Federal law and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a patient either at the program or against any person who works for the program or about any threat to commit such a crime.
Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse or neglect from being reported under state law to the appropriate state or local authorities.
In the event that a client poises imminent harm to self or others, The Delray Center will take every step necessary to protect a client and notify a possible victim that might be harmed by a client’s threat.
Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information
Our Legal Duty
Information regarding your health care, including payment for health care, is protected in part by a federal law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, (HIPPA).
This notice of privacy practices describes how your protected health information (PHI) may be used and disclosed and how you can access this information. Please review this notice carefully because the privacy of your PHI is important.
We are required by applicable federal and state laws to maintain the privacy of your protected health information. PHI is information that may identify you and that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health/condition and related health care services. We will not use or disclose PHI about you without your written authorization – except as described in this notice.
We are required to give this notice about privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your PHI. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice while it is in effect. This notice took effect on August 4, 2005 and will remain in effect until we replace it. We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time provided such changes are permitted by applicable federal law. In the event we make a change in our privacy practice, we will change this notice and provide it to you.
Uses and Disclosures of Health Information
We use and disclose protected information about you for treatment, payment, and healthcare/program operations as follows:
In addition to our use of your PHI for treatment, payment or healthcare/program operations you may give us written authorization to use your PHI or to disclose it for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time (except where required by court-ordered services). Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosure permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your PHI for any reason except those described in this notice.
We may use or disclose your PHI to the referral source for purposes of treatment planning and coordination, reporting compliance/non-compliance issues, and referral to another additional service provider.
We may use or disclose your PHI to obtain payment for services we provide to you. This may include such activities as verification of coverage and billing/collection activities and related data processing.
Healthcare / Program Operation
We may use or disclose your PHI in connection with our healthcare program operations. This may include such activities as quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence and/or qualifications of healthcare/program professionals, evaluating provider performance, conducting training programs, and accreditation, certification, licensing and/or credentialing activities.
Required by Law
We may use or disclose your PHI when we are required to do so by law – including judicial and administrative proceedings.
Abuse or Neglect
We may disclose your PHI to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may also disclose your PHI to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others – including, if we have good reason to believe that you are engaging in child or elder abuse.
We may disclose to authorized federal officials PHI required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, or other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials having lawful custody of PHI under certain circumstances.
Appointment Reminders and Termination Notices
We may use or disclose your PHI to provide you with appointment reminders or to advise you that you are at risk for program termination. Such activities may include voicemail messages and letters.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may make a complaint by contacting the CEO of this company or the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services. No client will be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
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. This notice is effective as of April 15, 2003.
Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations
The Delray Center uses and discloses your protected health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations. Some examples of when our office may use or disclose your health care information for these purposes include:
• Sharing test results with other health care providers for confirmation of a diagnosis;
• Providing your diagnosis or other information about your health to your insurance provider or our billing service to obtain payment for the health care services we provide;
• Reviewing information as part of our quality improvement program.
Other Uses and Disclosures
The Delray Center may also use or disclose your protected health information, in compliance with guidelines outlined by law, for the following purposes:
Providing you with information related to your health
Contacting you regarding appointments, information about treatment alternatives, or other health related services
Incidental uses or disclosures (e.g., listing your name on a sign-in sheet, etc.)
Compliance with all laws (including reports of suspected abuse, neglect or violence)
Providing certain specified information to law enforcement or correctional institutions
Providing information to a coroner, medical examiner, funeral director or organ procurement organization
Public health activities when requested by a public health authority or the FDA. Responding to health oversight agencies
Responding to court or administrative tribunal orders, subpoenas, discovery requests or other lawful process
When necessary to avert a serious threat to health or safety
Military affairs, veterans affairs, national security, intelligence, Department of State, or presidential protective service activities;
Providing information to public or private disaster relief agencies; or Information to a family member, other relative, or close personal friend when: notification of your location, general condition or death; to assist in your health care (e.g. pick-up prescriptions or other documents, note follow–up care instructions, etc.)
Authorization for Other Uses
The Delray Center will make other uses and disclosure of your protected health information only after obtaining your written authorization. If you authorize a use contained in this notice , you may revoke your authorization at any time, by notifying us in writing that you wish to revoke your authorization.
Your Rights Regarding the Privacy of Your Health Information
Subject to limitations outlined by law, you have certain rights related to use and disclosure of your protected health information, including the right to:
Request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures. However, The Delray Center is not obligated to agree to requested restrictions;
Receive confidential communications or protected health information;
Inspect and copy your protected health information with some limited exceptions;
Amend your health information;
Receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information;
Obtain a copy of this notice.
Delray Center Duties Regarding the Privacy of Your Health Information Concerns
Subject to limitations outlined by law, The Delray Center has certain duties related to your protected health information, including:
TheDelrayCenter is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide individuals with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information.
The Delray Center is required to abide by the terms of the privacy notice that is currently in effect.
The Delray Center reserves the right to change a privacy practice described in this notice and to make such change effective for all protected health information. Revised notice will be posted in our office and available upon request
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may make a complaint by contacting the CEO at this treatment agency or the Department of Children and Families.
Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communication to enable health care providers at different locations to share individual patient medical information for the purpose of improving patient care. Providers may include primary care practitioners, specialists, and/or sub-specialists. The information may be used for diagnosis, therapy, follow-up and/or education, and may include any of the following:
– Patient medical records – Medical images – Live two-way audio and video – Output data from medical devices and sound and video files
Electronic systems used will incorporate network and software security protocols to protect the confidentiality of patient identification and imaging data will include measures to safeguard the data and to ensure its integrity against intentional and unintentional corruption.
As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with the use of telemedicine. These risks include, but may not be limited to:
In rare cases, information transmitted may not be sufficient (e.g) poor resolution of images) to allow for appropriate medical decision making by the physician and consultant(s);
Delay in medical evaluation and treatment could occur due to deficiencies or failures of the equipment;
In very rare instances, security protocols could fail, causing a breach of privacy of personal medical information;
In rare cases, a lack of access to complete medical records may result in adverse drug interactions or allergic reactions or other judgment errors;
By consenting to telemedicine services, patients acknowledge that they consent to the following:
Understanding that the laws that protect privacy and the confidentiality of medical information also apply to telemedicine, and that no information obtained in the use of telemedicine will be disclosed to researched or other entities without my consent.
Understanding that patients have the right to withhold or withdraw consent to the use of telemedicine in the course of care at any time, without affecting the right to future treatment.
Understanding that patients have the right to inspect all information obtained and recorded in the course of a telemedicine interaction, and may receive copies of this information for a reasonable fee.
Understanding that a variety of alternative methods of medical care may be available, and that they may choose one or more of these at any time.
Understanding that telemedicine may involve electronic communication of personal medical information to other medical practitioners who may be located in other areas, including out of state.
Understanding that it is the patient’s duty to inform their provider of electronic interactions regarding care that they may have with other healthcare providers.
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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.