Below are the privacy policies of BrioMD both for this website and for personal health information.
Personal Health Information
Notice regarding BrioMD and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA):
Our Website Privacy Policies
We make the following assurances of privacy for visitors to our website:
Who Oversees Our Website
The information on our website is managed by BrioMD. Questions, concerns or suggestions can be directed to us using the contact us page.
All health-related information provided via our site is intended to educate and inform visitors about illnesses and conditions and ways to maintain optimum health. It is not intended to diagnose personal physical conditions and is not a substitute for consulting with one's own personal health care provider.
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.
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.
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
Ask us to correct your medical record
Request confidential communications
Ask us to limit what we use or share
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
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
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
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:
In the case of fundraising:
We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again. If you receive a fundraising communication, it will tell you how to opt out.
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.
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.
We may also use such information for auditing our clinical procedures, analyzing our cost of care, arranging for patient satisfaction surveys, fundraising and determining the need for new health care 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:
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.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
We can use or share health information about you:
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.
There are some services provided in our organization through contracts with business associates. Examples include transcribing your medical record, surveying for patient satisfaction, and a copy service we use when making copies of your health record. When services are provided by contracted business associates, we may disclose the appropriate portions of your health information to them so they can perform the job we have asked them to do. However, our business associates are also required by law to safeguard your information.
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 facilities and on our web site.
Effective Date of this Notice: May 1, 2017
HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The Act was developed by Congress to protect the confidentiality of a person’s medical information. It sets boundaries on the use and release of health records and establishes safeguards to protect the privacy of health information.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule has a compliance deadline of April 14, 2003.
Security is the ability to control access and protect information from accidental or intentional disclosures to unauthorized persons. It is done through the use of technical controls.
Privacy is the controlling of who is authorized to access patient information and under what circumstances patient information may be accessed, used, and/or disclosed to third parties. Privacy is controlled through policies and procedures.
No. HIPAA protects all patient information whether it is written or electronic.
It ensures that appropriate safeguards are taken when oral communication to third parties and in open-access areas occurs.
With a couple of exceptions, protected health information (PHI) includes all individually identifiable health information that is transmitted or maintained in any form or medium. This includes demographic information that ties the identity of the individual to his or her health record. Examples are names, addresses, geographic codes smaller than state, all dates (except year) elements related to the person, telephone numbers, fax numbers, license numbers, social security numbers, etc. The information is protected if it can possibly identify the person.
One notable exception involves disclosures of patient information that are required by law. For example, we are required by law to report communicable diseases to the appropriate authorities.
Health care providers, insurance companies, and health care clearinghouses must all follow the HIPAA Privacy Rules. (A health care clearinghouse is an organization that received health care data and reformats the data for processing. This is typically used for sending information to health insurance companies and for billing purposes.)
When you receive your Notice of Privacy Practices, either in the mail or from one of our staff members in person, you will be asked to sign an Acknowledgement of Receipt. By signing this document, you are saying that you received a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices – not that you agree to everything in the Notice or have even read the Notice. We are required by the HIPAA privacy rule to make a good effort at obtaining an acknowledgement from every patient.
The health care professional can use professional judgment when including a family member or close friend in an individual’s care. This includes the sharing of protected health information if it is in the best interest of the patient. If patients have the capacity to make their own decisions, then they must be consulted and given the opportunity to agree or object to the disclosure of protected health information to third parties.