Privacy Policy

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Notice of Privacy Practices

This notice describes how Always Keep Progressing, LLC may use and disclose your
medical information. It also explains how you can get access to this information.
Please review it carefully.

Privacy Practices in Summary

Patient Rights. You have the right to:

Get a copy of your paper or electronic
medical record.
Correct your paper or electronic medical
record.
File a complaint if you believe your privacy
rights have been violated.
Ask us to limit the information we share
about you.
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared
your information.
Get a copy of this Notice of Privacy
Practices.
Request that we use only confidential
communication methods with you.
Choose someone to act on your behalf.

Patient Choices. You have choices about how we use your information:

If we tell your family or friends about your
conditions.
If we provide disaster relief services.
If we sell your information. If we market our services.

Our Uses and Disclosures of Your Information. We may use your information when we
conduct these activities:

Help with public health and safety issues. Bill you or a third party for our services.
Comply with the law. Conduct research.
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions. Address law enforcement or other government requests.
Treat you. Perform privacy reviews and audits.

Privacy Practices in Detail

Detailed Patient Rights. You have certain rights. This section explains some of your rights
and some of our related responsibilities.

You may:
Obtain an electronic or
paper copy of your medical
record.
You may ask us to see or obtain an electronic or paper copy
of your medical record and other health information we
have about you. Ask us how to do this. Under most
circumstances, we will provide you with a copy or a
summary of your health information within 30 days of
your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
You may:
Ask us to correct the
information in your medical
record.
You may ask us to correct health information in your
record that you believe is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us
how to do this. If we deny your request, we will provide
you a written explanation for that denial within 60 days.
You may:
Request confidential
communications from us.
You may ask us to contact you in a specific way (e.g., cell
phone only), or to send mail to a different address (e.g., a
friend’s home). We will comply with all reasonable
requests.
You may:
Ask us to limit what
information we use or share.
You may ask us to refrain from using or sharing certain
health information for your treatment, in our operations, or
to obtain payment for our services. We are not required to
comply with your request, and we may decline your request
if we reasonably believe that it would affect your care.

If you pay for our services or a healthcare item in full out-
of-pocket, you may ask that we not share that information for the purpose of securing payment or sharing our healthcare operations with your health insurer. We will agree to this request unless a law requires us to share that information.

You may:
Request a copy of this
Notice of Privacy Practices.
You may request 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:
Request a list of those with
whom we have shared
information about you.
You may request a list (called an accounting) of the times
that we have shared your health information for the six
years prior to the date of your request. The accounting will
include the recipient and reason your information was
shared. We will include all disclosures except for those
relating to treatment, payment, healthcare operations, and
certain other disclosures (e.g., those you asked us to make).
We will provide you with one accounting per year at no
cost, but we will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you
request another within 12 months.
You may:
Choose someone to act on
your behalf.
If you have given someone your medical power of attorney,
or if someone is your legal guardian, that person may
exercise your rights and make choices about your health
information. We will verify that this person has this
authority and can act for you before we take any action.
You may:
File a complaint if you feel
your privacy rights are
violated.
You may complain to our Privacy Officer, if you believe we
violated your rights. You may also file a complaint by
sending a letter to:

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

You may also call (877) 696-6675 or visit www.hhs.gov.

We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Detailed Patient Choices. You have some choices about how we use and disclose your
information. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations
described below, please discuss that with us so we may respect your wishes.

In these situations, you have a right and a choice to instruct us as to how you’d like
us to:

  • Share information with your family or others involved in your care.
  • Share information as we respond to a disaster relief situation.
If you cannot tell us your preference (e.g., if you are incapacitated), we may share your
information as we believe is in your best interest. We may share your information when it is
necessary to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In other situations, however, we will never share your information unless you provide
us with your written permission:

  • When we seek to use your information for our marketing purposes.
  • When we seek to sell your information.
  • When we seek to share any patient notes or HIV-related information from
    your record.

Detailed Uses and Disclosures by our Practice. The most common ways we use or share
your health information include when we:

Treat you. We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
Operate our practice. We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you.
Bill for our services. We can use and share your health information to bill and
obtain payment from health plans or other entities.

The less common ways we use or share your health information include when we:We must comply with several conditions in the law before we can share your information for these
purposes. For more information see:
hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

Report suspected abuse, neglect, or
domestic violence.
Report adverse medication reactions.
Assist with public health and safety
issues.
Prevent or reduce a serious threat to
anyone’s health or safety.
Conduct research. Prevent disease.
Support government functions such as
military, national security, and
presidential protective services.
Contribute to the public good or assist
with public health and research.
Respond to workers’ compensation
claims.
Support health oversight agencies’
activities as authorized by law.
Comply with state or federal laws. Respond to law enforcement requests.
Assist with product recalls. Respond to lawsuits and legal actions.
Respond to court or administrative
agency orders or subpoenas.
Demonstrate to HHS we are compliant
with federal privacy laws.

Detailed Practice Responsibilities.

The law requires us to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health
information. We will alert you promptly if a breach occurs that may have
compromised the privacy or security of your information. We must comply with the
duties and privacy practices described in this notice, and we must offer you a copy of
this document. We will not use or share your information, other than as described
here, without your express written permission. If you authorize a use or disclosure of
your information, you may revoke that authorization in writing at any time. For more
information, visit HHS’ website at
hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

  • This notice is effective on March 2020.
  • Our Chief Privacy Officer is Annie Tao.
  • 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.

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