Notice of Privacy
Effective Date: May 1, 2018
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICE
Tri-Valley Pediatrics is a partner practice with UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO BENIOFF CHILDREN’S PHYSICIANS (UBCP)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY
UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians (UBCP) is one of the health care components of the University of California. The University of California health care components consist of the UC medical centers, the UC medical groups, clinics and physician offices, the UC schools of medicine and other UC health professional schools, departments engaged in clinical care, the student health service areas on some campuses, employee health units on some campuses, and the administrative and operational units that are part of the health care components of the University of California.
Our Pledge Regarding Your Health Information
UBCP is committed to protecting medical, mental health and personal information about you (“Health Information”). We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your Health Information; provide you information about our legal duties and privacy practices; and inform you of your rights and the ways in which we may use Health Information and disclose it to other entities and persons.
How We May Use and Disclose Health Information About You
The following sections describe different ways that we may use and disclose your Health Information. Some information; such as certain drug and alcohol information, HIV information, genetic information and mental health information; is entitled to special restrictions related to its use and disclosure. Not every use or disclosure will be listed. All of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information, however, will fall within one of the following categories. Other uses and disclosures not described in this Notice will be made only if we have your written authorization.
For Treatment. We may use Health Information about you to provide you with medical and mental health treatment or services. We may disclose Health Information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, students, or other UBCP personnel who are involved in taking care of you at UBCP. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. A doctor treating you for a mental condition may need to know what medications you are currently taking, because the medications may affect what other medications may be prescribed to you. We may also share Health Information about you with other non-UBCP providers. The disclosure of your Health Information to non-UBCP providers may be done electronically through a health information exchange that allows providers involved in your care to access some of your UBCP records to coordinate services for you.
For Payment. We may use and disclose Health Information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at UBCP or from other entities, such as an ambulance company, may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. For example, we may need to give information to your health plan about surgery or therapy you received at UBCP so your health plan will pay us or reimburse you for the surgery or therapy. We may also tell your health plan about a proposed treatment to determine whether your plan will pay for the treatment.
For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose Health Information about you for our business operations. For example, your Health Information may be used to review the quality and safety of our services, or for business planning, management and administrative services. We may contact you about alternative treatment options for you or about other benefits or services we provide. We may also use and disclose your health information to an outside company that performs services for us such as accreditation, legal, computer or auditing services. These outside companies are called “business associates” and are required by law to keep your Health Information confidential. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical and other students, and other UBCP personnel for performance improvement and educational purposes.
Appointment Reminders. We may contact you to remind you that you have an appointment at UBCP.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may release medical information to anyone involved in your medical care, e.g., a friend, family member, personal representative, or any individual you identify. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. We may also tell your family or friends about your general condition and that you are in the hospital.
Disaster Relief Efforts. We may disclose Health Information about you to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that others can be notified about your condition, status and location.
As Required By Law. We will disclose Health Information about you when required to do so by federal or state law. This includes releases to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees HIPAA regulations.
To Prevent a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose Health Information about you when necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure would be to someone able to help stop or reduce the threat.
Organ and Tissue Donation. If you are an organ donor, we may release your Health Information to organizations that obtain, bank or transplant organs, eyes or tissue, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Military and Veterans. If you are or were a member of the armed forces, we may release Health Information about you to military command authorities as authorized or required by law.
Workers’ Compensation. We may use or disclose Health Information about you for Workers’ Compensation or similar programs as authorized or required by law. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Public Health Disclosures. We may disclose Health Information about you for public health activities such as:
§ preventing or controlling disease (such as cancer and tuberculosis), injury or disability;
§ reporting vital events such as births and deaths;
§ reporting child abuse or neglect;
§ reporting adverse events or surveillance related to food, medications or defects or
problems with products;
§ notifying persons of recalls, repairs or replacements of products they may be using;
§ notifying a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk of
contracting or spreading a disease or condition;
Abuse and Neglect Reporting. We may disclose your Health Information to a government authority that is permitted by law to receive reports of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose Health Information to governmental, licensing, auditing, and accrediting agencies as authorized or required by law.
Lawsuits and Other Legal Proceedings. We may disclose Health Information to courts, attorneys and court employees in the course of conservatorship, writs and certain other judicial or administrative proceedings. We may also disclose Health Information about you in
response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena, discovery request, warrant, or other lawful process.
Law Enforcement. If asked to do so by law enforcement, and as authorized or required by law, we may release Health Information:
§ To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, certain escapees, or missing person;
§ About a suspected victim of a crime if, under certain limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement;
§ About a death suspected to be the result of criminal conduct;
§ About criminal conduct at UBCP; and
§ In case of a medical emergency, to report a crime; the location of the crime or victims;
or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may disclose medical information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine cause of death. We may also disclose medical information about patients of UBCP to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
National Security and Intelligence Activities. As required by law, we may disclose Health Information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities.
Protective Services for the President and Others. As required by law, we may disclose Health Information about you to authorized federal officials so they may conduct special investigations or provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state.
Psychotherapy Notes. Psychotherapy notes means notes recorded (in any medium) by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session or a group, joint, or family counseling session and that are separated from the rest of the individual’s medical record.
Psychotherapy notes have additional protections under federal law and most uses or disclosures of psychotherapy require your written authorization.
Marketing or Sale of Health Information. Uses and disclosures of your Health Information for marketing purposes or any sale of your Health Information are strictly limited and require your written authorization.
Other Uses and Disclosures of Health Information Other uses and disclosures of Health Information not covered by this Notice will be made only with your written authorization. If
you authorize us to use or disclose your Health Information, you may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time. However, the revocation will not be effective for information that we have already used and disclosed in reliance on the authorization.
Your Rights Regarding Your Health Information
Your Health Information is the property of UBCP. You have the following rights regarding the Health Information we maintain about you:
Right to Inspect and Copy. With certain exceptions, you have the right to inspect and/or receive a copy of your Health Information. If we have the information in electronic format then you have the right to get your Health Information in electronic format if it is possible for us to do so. If not we will work with you to agree on a way for you to get the information electronically or as a paper copy.
You may request that a copy of your Health Information be released to a third party that you designate.
To inspect and/or to receive a copy of your Health Information, you must submit your request in writing to your treating UBCP clinic or the UBCP Main Office, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, fax 1-415-353-8280. If you request a copy of the information, there is a fee for these services.
We may deny your request to inspect and/or to receive a copy in certain limited circumstances. If you are denied access to Health Information, in most cases, you may have the denial reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by UBCP will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
Right to Request an Amendment or Addendum. If you feel that Health Information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information or add an addendum (addition to the record). You have the right to request an amendment or addendum for as long as the information is kept by or for UBCP.
Amendment. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to the UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave. Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, phone 1-415-476-4977, email email@example.com. You must be specific about the information that you believe to be incorrect or incomplete and you must provide a reason that supports the request.
We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing, we cannot determine from the request the information you are asking to be changed or corrected, or your request does
not include a reason to support the change or addition. In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
§ Was not created by UBCP;
§ Is not part of the Health Information kept by or for UBCP;
§ Is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or§ UBCP believes to be accurate and complete.
Addendum. To submit an addendum, the addendum must be made in writing and submitted to the UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, fax 1-415-353-8280, email firstname.lastname@example.org. An addendum must not be longer than 250 words per alleged incomplete or incorrect item in your record.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to receive a list of certain disclosures we have made of your Health Information.
To request this accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, or email email@example.com. Your request must state a time period that may not be longer than the six previous years. You are entitled to one accounting within any 12- month period at no cost. If you request a second accounting within that 12-month period, there will be a charge for the cost of compiling the accounting. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the Health Information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the Health Information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as a family member or friend.
To request a restriction, you must make your request in writing to UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, phone 1- 415-476-4977, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply, for example, only to you and your spouse. We are not required to agree to your request except in the limited circumstance described below. If we do agree, our agreement must be in writing, and we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency care.
We are required to agree to a request not to share your information with your health plan if the following conditions are met:
§ We are not otherwise required by law to share the information
§ The information would be shared with your insurance company for payment purposes§ You pay the entire amount due for the health care item or service out of your own
pocket or someone else pays the entire amount for you
Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your Health Information in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you may ask that we contact you only at home or only by mail.
To request confidential medical communications, you must make your request in writing to UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, phone 1-415-476-4977, email email@example.com. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.
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. Even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this Notice.
Copies of this Notice are available throughout UBCP, or you may obtain a copy at our website,www.UBCP.org.
Right to be Notified of a Breach. You have the right to be notified if we or one of our Business Associates discovers a breach of unsecured Health Information about you.
Changes to UBCP Health’s Privacy Practice and This Notice
We reserve the right to change UBCP’s privacy practices and this Notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for Health Information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice throughout UBCP. In addition, at any time you may request a copy of the current Notice in effect.
Questions or Complaints
If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, phone 1-415-476- 4977, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with UBCP or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. To file a written complaint with UBCP contact UBCP Main Office, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, 6475 Christie Ave., Suite 300, Emeryville, CA 94608, phone 1-415-476-4977, fax 1-415-353-8280, or email email@example.com. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.