NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

 

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.  PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

 

Commitment to Privacy:

 

Home Town Oxygen is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your healthcare information and we are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of information that identifies you.  Any use of healthcare information beyond the uses described below requires your individual written authorization.  The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) obligates Home Town Oxygen to provide you with a copy of our Privacy Notice, outlining our privacy practices and how we safeguard your health information.  Home Town Oxygen abides by the terms of the Privacy Notice currently in effect, and reserves the right to revise or amend the notice, as needed.

 

Your Health Information Rights:

 

Although your health record is the physical property of the healthcare facility that compiled it, the information belongs to you.  You have the right to:

 

Our Responsibilities:

 

Home Town Oxygen is required to:

 

Home Town Oxygen reserves the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain.  Should our information practices change, we will mail a revised notice to your address on file.  We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. 

 

Examples of Disclosure for Treatment, Payment, and Healthcare Operations:

 

We will use your health information for treatment.  Information obtained by Home Town Oxygen will be documented in your healthcare record and will be used to provide you with durable medical equipment and/or supplies.  The prescription that your physician has ordered will be part of the record and will determine the equipment and supplies that you receive.

 

We will use your health information for payment.  In order to determine your eligibility for equipment and/or supplies, Home Town Oxygen may contact your insurance company and disclose healthcare related information.  Also, Home Town Oxygen will bill you or a third-party payer for services that you receive from our company.  The health information that identifies you, your diagnosis, equipment, and supplies may be included on this bill.

 

We will use your health information for healthcare operations.  Home Town Oxygen may use your health information to evaluate the quality of care you receive from us, to conduct cost management assessments, and to plan business activities.  This information is used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the healthcare services we provide.

 

Other Uses or Disclosures:

 

Business Associates: There are some individuals who are under contract with Home Town Oxygen and, from time to time, are engaged in the improvement or financial enhancement of our business.  So that your health information is protected, however, we require any business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.

 

Public Health:  As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

 

Law Enforcement:       We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law, or in response to a valid subpoena.

 

Health Oversight Activities:    We may disclose health information to health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law, including surveys, audits, and compliance inspections.

 

Worker’s Compensation:        We may release your health information to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs established by law.

 

For More Information:

 

Please contact Home Town Oxygen’s Manager Director, at (866) 951-0202, if you require additional information and/or want to pursue your rights, including:

 

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may contact our company’s Managing Director.  You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Office of Civil Rights).  There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint

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