Notice of Privacy Practices
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.
Baker Rehab Group and its affiliated companies (“Provider”), may use and disclose your protected health information for treatment, payment and healthcare operations in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) as amended and implemented by regulations of the federal Department of Health and
Human Services (“Regulations”). The use of “you” or “your” below, where in context, also refers to your authorized representative(s).
Consents: In accordance with Regulations, Provider exercises its option to obtain your consent regarding the use and disclosure of your information at the start of care or within a reasonable amount of time afterwards. Provider maintains the right not to provide treatment if you refuse to sign the consent form.
Authorizations: Your written authorization is required for the disclosure of your protected health information when the disclosure is not for treatment purposes, Provider operations, payment, or required by law.
Your health information may be used and disclosed:
To Provide Treatment by Provider and to others involved with treatment (such as your attending physician, family member, pharmacists, suppliers of medical equipment or other health care professionals). For example, your attending physician may need information about your symptoms in order to prescribe appropriate medications. Where applicable, any documents containing protected health information given to you or left in your home by one of your caregivers for the purpose of treatment instruction and/or continued care, is your responsibility to safeguard.
To Obtain Payment. Provider may disclose your health information to collect payment from third parties. For example, Provider may be required by your health insurer to disclose information regarding your health care status to obtain prior approval for treatment.
To Conduct Health Care Operations to facilitate the function of Provider and as necessary to provide quality care to all of Provider’s patients; include such activities as:
- Quality assessment and improvement
- Activities designed to improve health and reduce health care costs
- Protocol development, case management and care coordination
- Contacting providers and patients about treatment alternatives and other related functions
- Professional review and performance evaluation
- Supervised professional training programs
- Accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing
- Review and auditing (including compliance, medical, and legal services)
- Business planning and development (includes cost management, analyses, and formularies)
- Business management and general administration
For example, Provider may use your health information to evaluate its staff performance, combine your health information with other Provider patients in evaluating how to more effectively serve all Provider patients, disclose your health information to Provider staff and contracted personnel for training purposes, use your health information to contact you as a reminder regarding a visit to you, or contact you via information mailings (unless you tell us you do not want to be contacted for such).
To Business Associates. We may enter into contracts with entities known as Business Associates that provide services to or perform functions on behalf of Provider. For example, we may disclose your protected health information to Business Associate to administer claims. Business Associates are also required by law to safeguard your protected health information.
For Appointment Reminders. Provider may use and disclose your health information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment with said Provider.
For Treatment Alternatives. Provider may use and disclose your health information to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives that may be of interest to you.