As a Minnesota CarePartner client, you have a right to:
As a recipient of services from a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, you have a right:
As a recipient of services from a licensee of the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, you have a right to:
Your health record contains personal information about you and your health. This information, which may identify you and relates to your past, present or future mental and/or physical health is referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI "Protected information" is individually identifiable information. We are committed to protecting the privacy of your health information by complying with applicable federal and state privacy and confidentiality laws. You have privacy rights under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other state and federal laws, rules and regulations. These laws protect your privacy but also allow us to give information about you to others if the law requires or permits it. We are required by law to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practice and to provide you with this notice. We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and apply any changes to all present and future information that we collect about you.
This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use or disclose your protected information, with whom that information may be shared, and the safeguards we have in place to protect it. It also describes your rights regarding how you may gain access to and amend your protected information. You have the right to approve or refuse the release of specific information except when the release is required or authorized by law or regulation.
WHY DO WE ASK FOR PRIVATE INFORMATION?
We provide a number of mental health and other services. We may ask you for information so we can:
HOW WE MAY USE OR DISCLOSE YOUR PROTECTED INFORMATION
Following are examples of permitted uses and disclosures of your protected information. These examples are not exhaustive. We may tell you before we release your information but are not required to in these instances.
Required Uses and Disclosures
By law, we must disclose your information to you unless it has been determined by a competent medical authority that it would be harmful to you. We must also disclose information to the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for investigations or determinations of our compliance with laws on the protection of your information.
Treatment is when we provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and other services related to your care. This includes the coordination or management of your care with an allowed third party. An example of treatment would be when we consult with another health care provider, such as your family physician. In emergencies, we will use and disclose your protected information to provide the treatment you require.
Payment is when we obtain reimbursement from insurance companies or other agencies/counties for your services. Your protected information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your services. This may include certain activities the County might undertake before it approves or pays for the services recommended for you such as determining eligibility or coverage for benefits.
Health Care/ Human Services Operations
Operations are activities that relate to the performance and operation of our practice. Examples are quality assessment and improvement activities, program eligibility determination, and care coordination, along with business-related matters such as audits and administrative services, licensing inspections and government regulation requirements, investigations, and financial management of the organization. We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected information to support the daily activities related to health and human services care. We share your protected information with third-party "business associates" who perform various activities (for example; billing, referral sources The business associates are also required to protect your information.
Required by Law
We may use or disclose your protected information if law or regulation requires the use or disclosure.
We may disclose protected information during any judicial or administrative proceeding in response to a court order or subpoena.
We may disclose your protected information to researchers/evaluators when authorized by law.
EXCEPTIONS TO PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
In general, the law protects the privacy of communication between a client and a therapist. We only can release information about your treatment to others if you sign a release of information form. You can revoke any such authorization at any time in writing. However, in the following situations your authorization is not required for us to release information:
Please discuss any questions or concerns you have about confidentiality with your provider at any time. If you have specific legal questions about the law regarding confidentiality, the exceptions and how it may relate to your situation, please seek formal legal advice from an attorney.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING PROTECTED INFORMATION
Rights to Inspect and Copy
You may inspect and obtain a copy of your protected information for as long as we are required
This right does not include inspection and copying of the following records: psychotherapy notes; information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding; and protected information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected information.
Right to Request Restrictions
You may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for treatment, payment, or health care operations. In your written request, you must tell us:
If we cannot reasonably accommodate the request, we are not required to agree. If the restriction is mutually agreed upon, we will not use or disclose your protected health information in violation of that restriction, unless it is needed to provide emergency treatment. You may revoke a previously agreed upon restriction, at any time, in writing.
Right to Request Alternate Communications
You may request that we communicate with you using alternative means or at an alternative location. We will accommodate reasonable requests, when possible.
Right to Request Amendment
If you believe that the information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may request an amendment to your protected information as long as we maintain this information. While we will accept requests for amendment, we are not required to agree to the amendment.
Right to An Accounting of Disclosures
You may request that we provide you with an accounting of the disclosures we have made of your protected health information. This right applies to disclosures made for purposes other than services, treatment, payment or operations as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. The disclosure must have been made after April 14, 2003, and no more than 6 years prior to the date of request. This right excludes disclosures made to you or others you authorized to receive information regarding
FURTHER QUESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS
If you have any questions about the information we have about you, you may ask a staff person to tell you about it, or talk with your parent, guardian, or case manager.
You can contact Minnesota Care Partner's Privacy Officer Katy Armendariz, CEO, 612.289.5656
You may also contact: Data Privacy Office, MN Dept. of Human Services, 4th Floor, Centennial Building, St. Paul, MN 55155. Phone # 651-297-3173.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT OF THIS NOTICE
We ask that you sign this form. Our intent is to make you aware of the possible uses and disclosures of your protected information and your privacy rights. If you decline to provide a signed acknowledgment, we will continue to provide you services, and will use and disclose your protected information for treatment, payment, and operations as disclosed in this notice.
Your signature is proof that you have received this form and understand what it says. If you have a guardian, they will be asked to sign for you. This notice about collecting and sharing information about you applies to all contacts we have with you when you are in our program, whether these contacts are in person, on the phone, electronic, or by mail.
A. PERMISSION FOR TREATMENT
I agree to permit employees and interns of Minnesota CarePartner to provide services to me. I understand that Minnesota CarePartner can make no guarantees about the outcome of my treatment, but that I can expect to receive services that are ethical and professional. I understand that Minnesota CarePartner agrees to comply with all privacy laws and respects my right to confidentiality. As a client, I agree to attempt to be honest and to disclose information to assist the MNCP staff in providing appropriate services.
1. I agree to attend scheduled appointments or notify service providers if I need to reschedule an appointment.
2. I agree to participate in required treatment planning.
B. FINANCIAL AGREEMENT
1. I authorize Minnesota CarePartner to correspond with my insurance company as I have indicated, and with any insurance company with which I will be covered in the future to which I will ask Minnesota CarePartner to submit claims. I understand that it is my responsibility to know the benefits and limits of my insurance. I request payment of authorized insurance benefits be made to Minnesota CarePartner for any services furnished to me by any provider employed or contracted by this agency. I authorize Minnesota CarePartner to release to Minnesota Health Care Programs, its agents, or any insurance company, any information needed to process claims, determine benefits or the benefits payable for related services. This assignment will remain in effect until revoked by me in writing. A photocopy of this assignment is to be considered as valid as an original. I understand that I am financially responsible for all charges whether or not paid by said insurance. I hereby authorize Minnesota CarePartner to release all information necessary to secure the payment.
3. If my insurance company sends me payment for services performed by Minnesota CarePartner and I have not yet paid my balance in full, I will make payment of at least the amount received from insurance within five working days.
4. This form also authorizes the release of any medical information necessary to process this claim. Iunderstand that I am financially responsible for charges not covered by this authorization.
5. I hereby request and authorize direct payment of benefits specified under my policy or any policy paying benefits to: Minnesota CarePartner
1. Minnesota CarePartner is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care. When a service recipient cancels without giving enough notice, they prevent another patient from being seen.
2. Please call your Provider on the day prior to your scheduled appointment to notify them of any changes or cancellations. If arriving late to a scheduled appointment, your late arrival will require that the session end at the scheduled time, meaning your session will unfortunately be
3. If prior notification is not given, you will be given three opportunities (no call/no show/ late cancellation) before your Provider decides on the continuation of services.
I attest that I have reviewed and understand the forms in this document, as listed below:
I agree to the information contained in each form to which I have attached my initial, attestation or signature.
Minnesota CarePartner/Roots Recovery allows, under certain conditions, the use of Telemedicine technology for Therapy and Skills sessions at the provider's discretion and with the patient/client consent. Telemedicine is not intended to be a complete replacement for face-to-face sessions and face- to-face sessions are expected to remain the primary mode of service.
Acceptable reasons for the use of telemedical include such things as: Severe weather or transportation barriers making it difficult to travel to your therapist's office, having to remain in home due to ill child, public health crisis, having your ride cancel at the last minute, scheduling conflicts or being out of town. Keep in mind, however that there might be certain clinical, ethical, or legal factors that would preclude or limit the use of Telemedicine. Your provider will discuss these factors with you on a case-by case
If you agree to participate in some sessions through telemedicine, please be reassured that all the standard issues related to privacy and confidentiality will still apply. However, please be advised that telemedicine uses the internet, which is not as secure as the privacy of your provider's office and certain service providers might store copies of videos. It is possible that communication might be intercepted (hacked) or otherwise compromised. Additionally, telemedicine being a relatively new format, the empirical evidence for its efficacy, while promising, is limited.
Also, be aware that if you elect to not use telemedicine for therapy, this will not affect your ability to continue scheduling face-to-face sessions with your provider as available. Please ask your particular provider how telemedicine sessions factors into the no show, and late cancelation policy.
I agree to engage in sessions through telemedicine. I am aware of the potential limitations to privacy, confidentiality and service connections associated with telemedicine.
I agree that I will take responsibility to ensure that I am in a place that allows sufficient privacy when engaging in telemedicine, and that I will take every precaution to ensure that my confidential health information is protected on my end of the telemedicine connection.
If you are a parent referring a child for services, please complete this form on your child's behalf.