Associates for Life Enhancement, Inc. is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website. When you visit and navigate our website, we only collect personal information if you provide that information voluntarily. By personal information, we mean data that is unique to you such as your name, home address, email address or telephone number. Your information will not be shared with anyone outside this practice, including our web partners. We handle all information and correspondence you share with us in the strictest confidence. When you send comments or questions to us using our email address posted on our Web site, your message is handled by an ALE employee who is most capable of answering your questions and concerns. We do not share any of you personal information with your employer whom we may have a contractual relationship with to provide EAP services.
The information provided on our website is for general informational purposes only. This information should not take the place of getting professional help from a qualified professional. ALE cannot provide any guarantee with respect to the securities of the computer system that you are using to access this website.
Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your personal health information. We are required also by law to do this. These laws are complicated, but we must provide you with important information. The information contained here is a shorter version of the full, legally required Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP). You may obtain a copy of the full version by contacting our Privacy Officer (contact information provided at the end of this notice).
We will use the information about your health which we get from you or from others mainly to provide you with treatment, to arrange payment for our services or for some other business activities which are called, in the law, health care operations. If we or you want to use or disclose (send, share, release) your information for any other purposes we will discuss this with you and ask you to sign an Authorization to allow this.
Of course we will keep your health information private but there some times when the laws require us to share it such as:
When there is a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety to another individual or the public. We will only share information with a person or organization that is able to help prevent or reduce the threat.
Some lawsuits and legal or court proceedings.
If a law enforcements official requires to do so.
For Workers Compensation and similar benefit programs.
There are some other situations like these but which don’t happen very often. They are described in the longer version of the NPP.
Associates for Life Enhancement HIPAA Policy:
Your Information, Your Rights, Our Responsibilities
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.
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
-You can ask to see or get a paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
-We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
Ask us to correct your medical record
You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
-We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.
Request confidential communications
You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
-We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.
Ask us to limit what we use or share
You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations.
-We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
-If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer.
-We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
-We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
Get a copy of this privacy notice
You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
Choose someone to act for you
If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
-We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us using the information on page 1.
You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share.
If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
-Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
-Share information in a disaster relief situation
-Include your information in a hospital directory
-Contact you for fundraising efforts
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
-Sale of your information
-Most sharing of psychotherapy notes
In the case of fundraising:
We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.
How do we typically use or share your health information?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
Run our organization
We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
-Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
-Bill for your services
We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.
-Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
-Helping with product recalls
-Reporting adverse reactions to medications
-Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
-Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
-We can use or share your information for health research.
Comply with the law
-We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
-We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
-We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
-We can use or share health information about you:
-For workers’ compensation claims
-For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
-With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
=For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services
For more Information please contact Suzanne J. Zipes, Privacy Officer at (609) 569-1144.