Notice of Privacy Practices

Notice Of Privacy Practices
Effective Date of this Notice: 04/14/03

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, please contact our Privacy Officer at:

Urology Associates of Central MO
105 N Keene Street, Suite 201
Columbia, MO 65201
573.499.4990

Who will follow this notice?
Urology Associates of Central MO provides health care to our patients. The information in this notice will be followed by all our health care providers who treat you at any of our locations, employed associates, staff, and any business associate or partner of Urology Associates of Central MO whom we share health information.

Our pledge to you
We understand that medical information about you is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We create a record of the care and services you receive to provide quality care and to comply with legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records of your care that we maintain, whether created by our providers and staff or your personal doctor. Your personal doctor may have different policies or notices regarding the doctor’s use and disclosure of your medical information created in the doctor’s office. We are required by law to keep medical information about you private, give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you, and follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.

Changes to this Notice:
We may change our policies at any time. Changes will apply to medical information we already hold, as well as new information after the change occurs. Before we make a significant change in our policies, we will change our notice and post the new notice in waiting areas, exam rooms, and on our website at http://www.mo-urology.com. You can receive a copy of the current notice at any time. The effective date is listed just below the title. You will be offered a copy of the current notice each time you register at our facility for treatment. You will also be asked to acknowledge in writing your receipt of this notice.

How we may use and disclose medical information about you
We may use and disclose medical information about your for treatment (such as sending medical information about you to another physician as part of a referral); to obtain payment for treatment (such as sending billing information to your insurance company or Medicare); and to support our health care operations (such as comparing patient data to improve treatment methods).

We may use or disclose medical information about you without your prior authorization for several other reasons. Subject to certain requirements, we may give out medical information about you with out prior authorization for public health purposes, abuse or neglect reporting, health oversight audits or inspections, research studies, workers compensation purposes, and emergencies. We also disclose medical information when required by law, such as in response to a request from law enforcement in specific circumstances, or in response to valid judicial or administrative orders.

At times the practice is involved as a study site and serve as researchers in connection with certain clinical trials. Our participation in the advancement of science and medicine may be of benefit to you as our providers often are aware of certain experimental treatments that may be available here and other select facilities, but which are not widely available elsewhere. However, in order to provide you with useful information concerning the availability to you of these treatments, we may review your medical record from time to time to determine whether you may be eligible to participate in certain studies in which you would then have access to certain experimental treatments. In certain instances, we believe it is consistent with our treatment of you to consider these kinds of options in connection with your care. Only our clinicians will review your medical record during these reviews and none of your protected health information will be disclosed to third parties without your specific authorization. If it is preliminarily determined that you may be eligible for such treatment and that such treatment may be beneficial to you, your doctor or a member of our staff will contact you with further information.

We also may contact you for appointment reminders, or to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives, and/or to inform you of health related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.

We may disclose medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care.

Other uses of medical information
In any other situation not covered by this notice, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing medical information about you. If you chose to authorize use or disclosure, you can later revoke that authorization by notifying us in writing of your decision.

Your rights regarding medical information about you
In most cases, you have the right to look at or get a copy of medical information that we may use to make decisions about your care, when you submit a written request. If you request copies, we may charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing or other related supplies. If we deny your request to review or obtain a copy, you may submit a written request for a review of that decision.

If you believe that information in your record is incorrect or if important information is missing, you have the right to request that we correct the records, by submitting a request in writing that provides your reason for requesting the amendment. We could deny your request to amend a record if the information was not created by us; if it is not part of the medical information maintained by us; or if we determine the record is accurate. You may appeal, in writing, a decision by us not to amend a record.

You have the right to a list of those instances where we have disclosed medical information about you, other than for treatment, payment, health care operations or where you specifically authorized a disclosure, when you submit a written request. The request must state the time period desired for the accounting, which must be less than a 6 year period and starting after April 14, 2003. The first disclosure list request in a 12-month period is free; other requests will be charged according to our cost of producing the list. We will inform you of the cost before you incur any costs.

You have the right to request that medical information about you be communicated to you in a confidential manner, such as sending mail to an address other than your home, by notifying us in writing of the specific way or location for us to use to communicate with you.

You may request, in writing, that we not use or disclose medical information about you for treatment, payment or healthcare operations or to persons involved in your care except when specifically authorized by you, when required by law, or in an emergency. We will consider your request but we are not legally required to accept it. We will inform you of our decision on your request. All written requests or appeals should be submitted to our Privacy Officer.

Complaints
If you are concerned that your privacy rights may have been violated, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your records, you may contact our Privacy Officer at 573.499.4990. Finally, you may send a written complaint to the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights. Our Privacy Officer can provide you the address. Under no circumstance will you be penalized or retaliated against for filing a complaint.

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