Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information and a brief description of how you may exercise these rights.
You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information: You may inspect and obtain a copy of your protected health information that is contained in a designated record set for as long as we maintain the protected health information. A “designated record set” contains medical and billing records and any other records that SNHD uses for making decisions. When your information is maintained electronically, you have the right to request and electronic copy of your information. You also have the right to direct us to send the copy of your information to another entity or person you designate.
Under federal law, you may not inspect or copy the following records:
- psychotherapy notes;
- information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding; and
- protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to those records.
Depending on the circumstances, a decision to deny access may be reviewed. In some circumstances, you may have a right to appeal the decision. Please contact SNHD’s Privacy Officer if you have questions about access to your medical record.
You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information: You may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment or health care operations. You may also request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction requested and to whom you want the restriction to apply.
You also have the right to request that a health item or service not be disclosed to your health plan for payment purposes or for health care operations. However, we are only required to honor your request if the health care term or service is paid out-of-pocket and in full. We are not required to notify future providers about your restriction to your health plan. This restriction does not apply to uses or disclosures related to your medical treatment. This restriction does not apply to future related follow up services, unless they are also paid out-of-pocket and in full.
Except for restrictions in your health plan SNHD is not required to agree to other restriction requests. If the District believes it is in your best interest to permit the use and disclosure of your protected health information, it will not be restricted. If the District does agree to the restriction request, we may not use or disclose your protected health information in violation of that restriction unless it is needed to provide emergency treatment. With this in mind, please discuss any restriction you wish to request with your health care professional.
You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location: We will attempt to accommodate reasonable requests. Please make this request in writing to the District’s Privacy Officer.
You may have the right to have your protected health information amended: You may request an amendment of your protected health information in a designated record for as long as we maintain this information. In certain cases, we may deny your request for an amendment. If we deny your request, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us. In this instance we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement that will be filed in your medical record along with your statement. We will also provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal. Please make this request in writing to the District’s Privacy Officer.
You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we made, if any, of your protected health information: This right applies to disclosures for purposes other than treatment, payment or health care operations as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. It excludes disclosures we may have made to you, in accordance with your authorization, to family members or friends involved in your care, or for notification purposes. You have the right to receive specific information regarding these disclosures that occurred after April 14, 2003. You may request up to a six-year history of disclosures. The right to receive this information is subject to certain exceptions, restrictions and limitations.
You may receive a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this notice electronically.