illinois bone & Joint Institute, LLC
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED OR DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION AS REQUIRED BY THE HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (HIPAA). PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE OR IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION,PLEASE CONTACT THE IBJI COMPLINACE MANAGER. DIVISION LOCATIONS AND NUMBER SARE LISTED AT THE END OF THIS NOTICE.
About this Notice
This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or healthcare operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your PHI. The terms of this notice apply to all records that we have created or maintained in the past and for any records that we may create or maintain in the future.
We are required by law to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices and provide you with a copy of this notice. We have the right to change the terms of our notice at any time. The new notice will be effective for all PHI that we maintain at that time. Upon your request, we will provide you with any revised Notice of Privacy Practices.
What is Protected Health Information?
Protected Health Information is information that individually identifies you and that we create or get from you or from another health care provider, a health plan, your employer, or a health care clearinghouse and that relates to (1) your past, present, or future physical or mental health or conditions, (2) the provision of health care to you, or (3) the past, present, or future payment for your healthcare. How We May Use and Disclose Your Protected Health InformationYour PHI may be used and disclosed by our physicians, office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you. Your PHI may also be used and disclosed to obtain payment for services provided to you and to support the operation of our practice.The following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your PHI that our office is permitted to make under HIPAA. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive, but describe some of the types of uses and disclosures that may be made by our office for treatment, payment and health care operations.
For Treatment: We may use PHI to give you medical treatment or services and to manage and coordinate your medical care. For example, we may disclose PHI to doctors, nurses, technicians, or other personnel who are involved in taking care of you, including physicians or health care providers outside our practice, such as referring or specialist physicians or laboratories.
For Payment: Your PHI will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services from you, your family members or your health insurance provider. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the health care services we recommend for you such as making a determination of eligibility for insurance benefits, reviewing services provided to you for medical necessity and undertaking utilization review activities. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your PHI be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for the hospital admission.