MAAP Privacy Policy:

 

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information.

 

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.

Mid-America Anesthesia Professional. ("MAAP") is permitted by federal privacy laws to make uses and disclosures of your health information for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations. Protected health information is the information we create and obtain in providing our services to you. Such information includes billing documents created by MAAP which relate to services provided to you by a healthcare provider.

 

Examples of uses of your health information for treatment purposes are:

 

An example of use of your health information for payment purposes:

 

An example of use of your health information for health care operations:


Your Health Information Rights

 

The health record we maintain and billing records are the physical property of MAAP. The information in it, however, belongs to you. You have a right to:

Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your health information by delivering the request in writing to our office--we are not required to grant the request but we will comply with any request that we have granted;

 

If you want to exercise any of the above rights, please contact Philip Warren, in person or in writing, during normal hours. He will provide you with assistance on the steps to take to exercise your rights.


Our Responsibilities

 

MAAP is required to:

 

We reserve the right to amend, change, or eliminate provisions in our privacy practices and access practices and to enact new provisions regarding the protected health information we maintain. If our information practices change, we will amend our Notice. You are entitled to receive a revised copy of the Notice by calling and requesting a copy of our "Notice" or by visiting our office and picking up a copy.


To Request Information or File a Complaint

 

If you have questions, would like additional information, or want to report a problem regarding the handling of your information, contact our office..

 

Additionally, if you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a written complaint at our office by delivering the written complaint to our office. You may also file a complaint by mailing it or e-mailing it to the Secretary of Health and Human Services whose street address and e-mail address is The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, hhsmail@os.dhhs.gov.

 

 


Other Disclosures and Uses

 

Business Associates
We have business associates with whom we may share your protected health information. For example, in preparing our annual financial statement, auditors may need to review samples of our documents. We may disclose your health information to the accounting firm to prepare this material.

 

Notification
Unless you object, we may use or disclose your protected health information to notify, or assist in notifying, a family member, personal representative, or other person responsible for your care, about your location, and about your general condition, or your death.

 

Communication with Family
Using our best judgment, we may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend, or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person's involvement in your care or in payment for such care if you do not object or in an emergency.

 

Research
We may disclose information to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your protected health information.

 

Disaster Relief
We may use and disclose your protected health information to assist in disaster relief efforts.

 

Funeral Directors / Coroners
We may disclose your protected health information to funeral directors or coroners consistent with applicable law to allow them to carry out their duties.

 

Organ Procurement Organizations
Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose your protected health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.

 

Marketing
We may contact you to provide you with appointment reminders, with information about treatment alternatives, or with information about other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

 

Fundraising
We may contact you as part of a fund raising effort.

 

Food and Drug Administration
We may disclose to the FDA your protected health information relating to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, products and product defects, or post-marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacements.

 

Workers Compensation
If you are seeking compensation through Workers Compensation, we may disclose your protected health information to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to Workers Compensation.

 

Public Health
As required by law, we may disclose your protected health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

 

Abuse & Neglect
We may disclose your protected health information to public authorities as allowed by law to report abuse or neglect.

 

Law Enforcement
We may disclose your protected health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law, such as when required by a court order, or in cases involving felony prosecutions, or to the extent an individual is in the custody of law enforcement.

 

Health Oversight
Federal law allows us to release your protected health information to appropriate health oversight agencies or for health oversight activities.

 

Judicial / Administrative Proceedings
We may disclose your protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding as allowed or required by law, with your consent, or as directed by a proper court order.

To avert a serious threat to health or safety, we may disclose your protected health information consistent with applicable law to prevent or lessen a serious, imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public.

 

For Specialized Governmental Functions
We may disclose your protected health information for specialized government functions as authorized by law such as to Armed Forces personnel, for national security purposes, or to public assistance program personnel. Effective Date: April 14, 2003

 

Other Uses
Other uses and disclosures besides those identified in this Notice will be made only as otherwise authorized by law or with your written authorization and you may revoke the authorization as previously provided.

 

Website
We maintain a website that provides information about MAAP. This Notice is on the website.