HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective Date: December 4, 2017
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:
Sunflower Home Health is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information. We are required to provide you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices regarding your protected health information. Sunflower Home Health is required to abide by the terms of our Notice of Privacy Practices (the “Notice”) that is currently in effect.
Below is a description of the how Sunflower Home Health may use and disclose health information for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations. Except for the purposes described below, we will use and disclose health information only with your written permission.
Disclosures to other health care providers, including, for example, to patients’ attending physicians. Submission of claims and support documentation including, for example, to organizations responsible to pay for services provided by the organization; disclosures to conduct the operations of the organization that may include sharing information to supervisors of staff members providing care to patients.
Sunflower Home Health is also permitted or required to use or disclose protected health information without an individual’s written consent or authorization.
To patients, incident to another permitted use or disclosure, by agreement, to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as required by law, for coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors, lawsuits and disputes, data breach notification purposes, health oversight activities, public health risks, worker’s compensation, military and veterans, organ and tissue donation, business associates, research, disaster relief, inmates or Individuals in custody, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, genetic information, de-identified health information, notification purposes, with the individual present, for limited uses and disclosures when the individual is not present, personal representatives, to avert a serious threat to your health or safety, including abuse, neglect or domestic violence; and as required by international, federal, state or local law.
Other uses and disclosures, such as disclosure of psychotherapy notes, use of protected health information for marketing activities, fundraising, and the sale of protected health information, will be made only with the individual’s written authorization and the individual may revoke authorization at any time.
Sunflower Home Health may contact the patient or patient representative to schedule visits and for other coordination of care activities.
Sunflower Home Health will notify affected individuals in case of breach of unsecured protected health information.
The individual has rights regarding protected health information. Individual has the right to request further restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information, however, Sunflower Home Health is not required to agree to any requested restrictions. Disclosure of protected health information must be restricted to health plans if the disclosure is for the purpose of payment or health care operations, not otherwise required by law and the protected health information pertains only to a healthcare item or service in which the individual or representative, other than the health plan, has paid the organization “out-of-pocket” in full for item or service.
The individual has the right to inspect and copy protected health information, the right to an electronic or paper copy of protected health information, the right to be notified in the event of a breach, the right to amend protected health information and the right to an accounting of disclosures of protected health information.
The individual has the right to request confidential communications.
The individual has the right to receive a paper copy of this notice upon request. If you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you may obtain a copy at our web site www.sunflowerhomehealth.com.
Sunflower Home Health reserves the right to change this notice and to make the new notice effective for all protected health information maintained.
If you feel as though your privacy rights have been violated, individuals may complain to the organization and to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Toll free Hotline number is 1.800.227.7308
To file a complaint with our office, please call Human Resources at 1.844.593.0080; or mail to Sunflower Home Health, 1880 Lakeland Drive, Suite E. Jackson, MS 39216
Or, contact our accrediting organization, Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., (CHAP) to report any concerns or register complaints at 1.800.656.9656
Individuals will not be penalized or retaliated against for filing a complaint.
Calls are accepted 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
This Notice is in effect as of 12/4/17.