We encourage you to read the entire Notice and ask any questions you may have concerning its contents.
Your Rights Regarding Your Health Information
. This section describes the following rights you have with respect to your health information and tells you how you may exercise these rights.
Right to inspect and copy
Right to request amendment
Right to an accounting of disclosures
Right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures
Right to request alternative means of communication
Right to receive a paper copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices
How To File Complaints Concerning Our Privacy Practices
. This section tells you what you can do if you believe any of your rights have been violated. You will not be penalized for filing any complaint.
How We May Use and Disclose Health Information About You Without Your Specific Authorization
. This section describes the different ways we may use or disclose your health information without first obtaining from you a specific authorization. These types of uses and disclosures are specifically permitted by federal law because it is assumed you wo
uld want us to use or disclose your information for these purposes, or because such use or disclosure is recognized as critical to the proper functioning of our health care system.
You will be asked to acknowledge your receipt of this Notice, and your acknowledgment will be maintained in your permanent record. You should keep this copy of the Notice. Another copy of this Notice will not be provided automatically at any later visit,
but you may request a copy of the Notice at any time. Also, the Notice is posted at our facility and on our website for your review. If there is a material revision to the Notice at some later date, you again will be provided with a copy of the Notice and
asked to sign an acknowledgment.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
Effective Date: September 10, 2022
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
If you have any questions about this notice, please contact
HIPAA Compliance Officer
205 East 7th, #335
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: (785) 639-1081
OUR PLEDGE REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION.
Each time you visit a hospital, physician, or other healthcare provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination/interview and test results, diagnoses, treatment, a plan for your future care or treatment,
and billing-related information. Such records are necessary for the healthcare provider to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements.
We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of our records containing information about you. This notice applies to all records of your care created or received by AIC. Other healthcare providers from whom you obtain care and treatment may have
different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your health information created or received by that provider. Also, health plans in which you participate may have different policies or notices concerning information they receive about you
This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose health information about you. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of health information.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information; give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices and make a good faith effort to obtain your acknowledgment of receipt of this notice; and follow the terms of the not
ice that is currently in effect.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
Right to Inspect and Copy
. You have the right to inspect and copy health information that may be used to make decisions about your care. Usually, this includes medical and billing records, but does not include psychotherapy notes.
To inspect and copy your health information, you must complete a specific form providing information we need to process your request. To obtain this form or to obtain more information concerning this process, please contact the person identified on the fir
st page of this Notice. You will be asked to complete a written authorization form. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies and services associated with your request. We may require
that you pay such fee prior to receiving the requested copies.
We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited circumstances. If you are denied access to health information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by AIC will review your reques
t and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
Right to Request Amendment
. If you believe that our records contain information that is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for AIC.
To request an amendment, you must complete a specific form providing information we need to process your request, including the reason that supports your request. To obtain this form or to obtain more information concerning this process, please contact the
person identified on the first page of this Notice.
We may deny your request for an amendment if you fail to complete the required form in its entirety. In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
Was not created by us, unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment.
Is not part of the health information kept by or for AIC.
Is not part of the information that you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or
Is accurate and complete.
If your request is denied, you will be informed of the reason for the denial and will have an opportunity to submit a statement of disagreement to be maintained with your records.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures
. You have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” This is a list of the disclosures we made of health information about you, with certain exceptions specifically defined by law.
To request this list or accounting of disclosures, you must complete a specific form providing information we need to process your request. To obtain this form or to obtain more information concerning this process, please contact the person identified on t
he first page of this Notice.
Your request must state a time period which may not be longer than six years and may not include dates before September 10, 2022. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, on paper, electronically). The first list you request wi
thin a 12-month period will be free. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions
. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the health information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the health information we disclose about you
to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not use or disclose information about a specific treatment episode you had.
In all cases other than those listed on the following pages we will not release your health information without a specific authorization from you.
Right to Request Alternative Methods of Communications
. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about treatment matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail.
To request an alternative method of communications, you must complete a specific form providing information we need to process your request. To obtain this form or to obtain more information concerning this process, please contact the person identified on
the first page of this Notice. We will not ask you the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice
. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice.
You may obtain a copy of this notice at our website, aicounseling.org
To obtain a paper copy of this notice, contact the person identified on the first page of this Notice.
If you believe your rights with respect to health information about you have been violated by AIC, you may file a complaint with the AIC or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with AIC, contact the person
identified on the first page of this Notice. All complaints must be submitted in writing.
You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU WITHOUT YOUR SPECIFIC AUTHORIZATION.
The following categories describe different ways that we are permitted to use and disclose health information without a specific authorization from you. If you desire to restrict our use of your health information for any of these purposes, you need to sub
mit a request for restrictions in the manner described above.
. We may use information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose health information about you to doctors, nurses, counselors, counselor aides, case managers, or other personnel who are involved in taking care of you at
AIC. For example, a counselor treating you for alcoholism on the residential unit may need to know if you have diabetes in order to provide you with the appropriate food items for meals and snacks. Different departments of AIC also may share health informa
tion about you to coordinate the different things you need, such as educational presentations provided by the prevention department.
For Health Care Operations
. We may use and disclose health information about you for our internal operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the AIC and make sure that all our clients receive quality care. For example, we may use health information to review our tr
eatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also combine health information about many patients to decide what additional services we should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatm
ents are effective. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, counselors, counselor aides, other personnel for review and learning purposes. We may also combine the health information we have with health information from other health care provid
ers to compare how we are doing and see where we can make improvements in the care and services we offer. We may remove information that identifies you from this set of health information so others may use it to study health care and health care delivery w
ithout learning who the specific patients are.
We may use and disclose health information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment at AIC. Unless you direct us to do otherwise, we may leave messages on your telephone answering machine asking for you to return our call. W
hen leaving a message, we will not disclose the organization name but may leave the phone number and the first name of an individual to contact. Unless we are specifically authorized by you otherwise in a particular circumstance, we will not disclose any h
ealth information to any person other than you who answers your phone except to leave a message for you to return the call.
. We may use and disclose health information to contact you to assess your satisfaction with our services.
. We may use and disclose health information to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives that may be of interest to you.
Health-Related Benefits and Services
. We may use and disclose health information to tell you about health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
Business Associates/Qualified Service Organization Agreements
. There are some services provided in our organization through contracts or arrangements with business associates. For example, we may contract with a computer firm for network maintenance. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your health in
formation to our business associate so they can perform the job we’ve asked them to do. To protect your health information, however, we require our business associates to appropriately safeguard your information.
. Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose health information about you for research purposes. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health and recovery of all patients who received one medication to those who received anoth
er, for the same condition. All research projects, however, are subject to a special approval process. This process evaluates a proposed research project and its use of health information, trying to balance the research needs with patients’ need for privac
y of their health information. Before we use or disclose health information for research, the project will have been approved through this research approval process, but we may, however, disclose health information about you to people preparing to conduct
a research project, for example, to help them look for patients with specific medical needs, so long as the health information they review does not leave AIC. We will almost always ask for your specific permission if the researcher will have access to your
name, address, or other information that reveals who you are, or will be involved in your care at AIC.
As Required by Law. We will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law.
Public Health Risks
. We may disclose health information about you for public health activities. These activities generally include the following:
to report child abuse or neglect;
to notify clients when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines that an error in packaging or manufacturing a drug that is used in substance abuse treatment may endanger the health of clients
Health Oversight Activities
. We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to mo
nitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes
. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose health information about you in response to a court order.
. We may release health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
Coroners, Medical Examiners
. We may release health information about a deceased client when required by federal or state laws providing for the collection of vital statistics or an inquiry into the cause of death.
OTHER USES OF HEALTH INFORMATION.
Other uses and disclosures of health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written authorization. If you provide us authorization to use or disclose health information about you, you may revoke that
authorization, in writing, at any time, except for some authorizations to the criminal justice system. If you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose health information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization.
Of course, we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE.
We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for health information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice
at our facility and on our website. The notice will contain on the first page the effective date.
You will be asked to provide a written acknowledgment of your receipt of this Notice. We are required by law to make a good faith effort to provide you with our Notice and obtain such acknowledgment from you. However, your receipt of care and treatment f
rom the AIC is not conditioned upon your providing the written acknowledgment.