MD Concierge Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective January 2021
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.
WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE?
This notice describes the practices of MD Concierge and the practices that will be followed by all of MD Concierge workforce members who handle your medical information.
OUR PLEDGE REGARDING YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
MD Concierge understands that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We maintain our records and conduct our treatment environment with a goal of providing the highest level of protection for your medical information, while still providing you with the highest level of medical care. This notice applies to all of the records of your medical care which are received or created by MD Concierge.
Your other medical treatment providers (e.g. doctors, hospitals, home health agencies, etc.) may have different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.
This notice will tell you about the ways in which MD Concierge may use and disclose medical information about you. Your medical information, also referred to as “protected health information” is that information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health information and related health care services.
In this notice, we also describe your rights and certain obligations MD Concierge has regarding the use and disclosure of your protected health information. We are required by name to:
Make sure that medical and other information that identifies you (protected health information) is kept private.
We show this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information about you.
Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS
By becoming a patient at MD Concierge, you are giving consent for MD Concierge to use your protected health information for certain activities, including treatment, payment and other health care operations.
First of all, we may use and disclose protected health information about you so that MD Concierge and its medical professionals can treat you. For example, we may use your past medical information in order to diagnose your present condition or we may provide information regarding your medical condition to another doctor to whom we refer you for additional care. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you so that we may be paid for the medical treatment we provide you.
Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information
The following uses of your protected health information may be made without any additional authorization from you. (Not every use or disclosure is listed, but be assured that all uses and disclosures made by MD Concierge are only those which are permitted under the law).
Uses and disclosures for appointment reminders
We may use and disclose your medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment at the office. If you request that such communications be made confidentially, please contact our office in writing at 10999 IH-10 West, Suite 908, San Antonio, TX 78230. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
Uses and disclosures to others involved in your healthcare
We may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify, your protected health information that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your medical care. If you are unable to agree or object to this disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interests based on our professional judgment. We may also use or disclose protected health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or any other person that is responsible for the care of your location, general condition, or death. Finally, we may use or disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster relief efforts and to coordinate uses and disclosures to family or other individuals involved in your health care.
Uses and disclosures in emergency situations
We may use or disclose your protected health information in an emergency treatment situation. If this happens, your physician will attempt to obtain your acknowledgment of this Notice as soon as reasonably practicable after the delivery of treatment.
Uses and disclosures for health-related benefits or services
From time to time, MD Concierge may use and disclose protected health information to tell you about certain health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
Uses and disclosures required by law
We will use or disclose protected health information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. The use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to the relevant requirements of the law. You will be notified, if the law requires us to do so, of any such uses or disclosures. We must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the law.
Uses and disclosures related to communicable diseases
We may disclose your protected health information, if authorized by law, to a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may otherwise be at risk of contracting or spreading the disease or condition.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
Right to inspect and copy
You have the right to inspect and copy protected health information that may be used to make decisions about your medical care. Usually this right includes both medical and billing records. You must submit your request in writing. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. Your request to inspect and copy your information may only be denied in very limited circumstances and you have a right to request that any such denial be reviewed.
Right to request restrictions
You have the right to request that we restrict the use and disclosure of your protected health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations. We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.
To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing to 10999 IH-10 West, Suite 908, San Antonio, TX 78230. In your request, you must tell us:
What information you want to limit.
Whether you want to limit our use, disclosure, or both.
To whom you want the limits to apply.
Right to confidential communications
You also have the right to request to receive private health information communications (such as appointment confirmations) by alternative means or at alternative locations. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. To request confidential communications, you must make your request in writing to 10999 IH-10 West, Suite 908, San Antonio, TX 78230. 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 amend
If you feel that the protected health information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to request that your protected health information be amended. Only the health care entity (e.g., doctor, hospital, clinic, etc.) that created your protected health information is responsible for amending it. For more information regarding the procedures for submitting such a request, contact 10999 IH-10 West, Suite 908, San Antonio, TX 78230.
Right to an accounting of disclosures
You have a right to an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information, for purposes other than treatment, payment or health care operations by MD Concierge or any of the people or companies who perform treatment, payment or health care operations on our behalf. To request this list of disclosures we made of protected health information about you, you must submit a request in writing to 10999 IH-10 West, Suite 908, San Antonio, TX 78230. Your request must state a time period that may not be longer than six (6) years prior to the date of your request and may not include dates before January 2021. Your request should indicate the form in which you want the list (for example, on paper or electronically). You will be charged for photocopying.
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.
You may obtain a copy of this Notice at our website: https://skinergylab.com/privacy-policy
To obtain a paper copy of this Notice, contact (210) 890-5333
To learn more about these procedures, or to make any of these requests, you should contact our Office Manager at (210) 890-5333.
Changes to this notice
MD Concierge reserves the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for protected health information we already have about you, as well as any information we create or receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice on MD Concierge website: https://skinergylab.com/. The Notice will contain, in the top right-hand corner, the effective date.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated and/or that MD Concierge or MD Concierge has not followed this policy, you may file a complaint with MD Concierge Office Manager or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
To file a complaint with MD Concierge contact Office Manager, 10999 IH-10 West, Suite 908, San Antonio, TX 78230. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
Other uses of protected health information
Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to MD Concierge will be made only with your written permission (“authorization”). If you provide us permission to use or disclose protected health information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose protected health information about you for the reasons covered by your authorization. You understand that 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 medical treatment or other services that we have provided to you.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Office Manager at MD Concierge.