Yellowstone Surgery Center complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Our Privacy Notice describes, in detail, how medical information about you may be disclosed by Yellowstone Surgery Center, and how you may obtain access to this information.
Yellowstone Surgery Center, LLC
Downtown: 1144 N. Broadway, Billings, MT 59101
West: 1739 Spring Creek Ln., Suite 100, Billings, MT 59102
Phone: (406) 237-5900 - Fax: (406) 237-5910
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.
We are required by law to provide you with this notice that explains our privacy practices with regard to your medical information and how we may use and disclose your protected health information for treatment, payment, and for health care operations, as well as for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. You have certain rights regarding the privacy of your protected health information and we also describe those rights in this notice.
The following paragraphs describe different ways that we use and disclose your protected health information. We have provided an example for each category, but these examples are not meant to be exhaustive. All of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose your health information falls within one of these categories.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. We will also disclose your health information to other physicians who may be treating you. Additionally we may from time to time disclose your health information to another physician whom we have requested to be involved in your care. For example - we would disclose your health information to a specialist to whom we have referred you for a diagnosis to help in your treatment.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to obtain payment for the health care services we provide you. For example - we may include information with a bill to a third party payer that identifies you, your diagnosis, procedure performed, and supplies used in rendering the service.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to support the business activities of our practice. For example - we may use medical information about you to review and evaluate our treatment and services or to evaluate our staff 's performance while caring for you. In addition, we may disclose your health information to third party business associates who perform billing, consulting, or transcription, or other services for our practice.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to contact you as a reminder about schedule appointments or treatment.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to a family member, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify that is involved in your medical care or payment for care.
We will use and disclose your protected health information to researchers, provided the research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information.
We will use and disclose your protected health information when required to by federal, state, or local law. For example, state law requires us to report gunshot wounds and other injuries to the police and to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services. We will comply with those state laws and with all other applicable laws.
When permitted by law, we may use or disclose medical information about you without your permission for various activities that are recognized as "national priorities." In other words, the government has determined that under certain circumstances (described below), it is so important to disclose medical information that is acceptable to disclose medical information without the individual's permission. We will only disclose medical information about you in the following circumstances when we are permitted to do so by law. Below are brief descriptions of the "national priority" activities recognized by law. Threat to health or safety: We may use or disclose medical information about you if we believe it is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat to health or safety.
Other than the uses and disclosures described above, we will not use or disclose medical information about you without the "authorization" - or signed permission - of you or your personal representative. In some instances, we may wish to use or disclose medical information about you and we may contact you to ask you to sign an authorization form. In other instances, you may contact us to ask us to disclose medical information and we will ask you to sign an authorization form.
If you sign a written authorization allowing us to disclose medical information about you, you may later revoke (or cancel) your authorization in writing (except in very limited circumstances related to obtaining insurance coverage). If you would like to revoke your authorization, you may write us a letter evoking your authorization or fill out an Authorization Revocation Form. Authorization Revocation Forms are available from our Privacy Officer. If you revoke your authorization, we will follow your instructions except to the extent that we have already relied upon your authorization and taken some action.
The following uses and disclosures of medical information about you will only be made with your authorization (signed permission):
Although your health record is the physical property of the practitioner or facility that compiled it, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:
You have the right to receive a paper copy of this notice upon request. You may obtain a copy by asking our receptionist at your next visit or by calling and asking us to mail you a copy
You have the right to inspect and copy the protected health information that we maintain about you in our designated record set for as long as we maintain that information. This designated record set includes your medical and billing records, as well as any other records we use for making decisions about you. We may deny your request in certain circumstances. If we deny your request, we will explain our reason for doing so in writing. We will also inform you in writing if you have the right to have our decision reviewed by another person. We may charge you a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies used in fulfilling your request. We will have 30 days to respond to your request for information that we maintain at our practice site. If the information is stored off-site, we are allowed up to 60 days to respond but must inform you of this delay.
You have the right to request that we amend your medical information if you feel that it is incomplete or inaccurate. You must make this request in writing to our Privacy Officer, stating exactly what information is incomplete or inaccurate and the reasoning that supports your request.
We are permitted to deny your request if it is not in the writing or does not include a reason to support the request. We may also deny your request if:
You have the right to request that we limit the use and disclosure of medical information about you for treatment, payment and healthcare operations. Under federal law, we must agree to your request and comply with your requested restriction(s) if:
Once we agree to your request, we must follow your restrictions (except if the information is necessary for emergency treatment). You may cancel the restrictions at any time. In addition, we may cancel a restriction at any time as long as we notify you of the cancellation and continue to apply the restriction to information collected before the cancellation.
You also have the right to request that we restrict disclosures of your medical information and healthcare treatment(s) to a health plan (health insurer) or other party,when that information relates solely to a healthcare item or service for which you, or another person on your behalf (other than a health plan), has paid us for in full before any services are provided. Once you have requested such restrictions), and your payment in full has been received, we must follow your restriction(s).
You have the right to request a list of the disclosures of your health information we have made outside of our practice that were not for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations. You request must be in writing and must state the time period for the requested information. You may not request information for any dates prior to April 14, 2003, nor for a period of time greater than six years (or legal obligation to retain information).
If you would like to receive an accounting, contact our Privacy Officer for an Accounting Request Form.
Your first request for a list of disclosures within a 12-month period will be free. If you request an additional list within 12-months of the first request, we may charge you a fee for the costs of providing the subsequent list. We will notify you of such costs and afford you the opportunity to withdraw your request before any costs are incurred.
You have the right to request how we communicate with you to preserve your privacy. For example - you may request that we call you only at work number, or by mail at a special address or postal box. Your request must be made in writing and must specify how or where we are to contact you. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
You also have the right to be notified in the event of a breach of medical information about you. If a breach of your medical information occurs, and if that information is unsecured (not encrypted), we will notify you promptly with the following information:
If we conduct fundraising and we use communications like the U.S. Postal Service or electronic email for fundraising, you have the right to opt-out of receiving such communications from us. Please contact our Privacy Officer to opt-out of fundraising communications if you chose to do so.
If you believe we have violated your medical information privacy rights, you have the right to file a complaint with our practice or directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
To file a complaint with our manager, you must make it in writing within 180 days of the suspected violation. Provide as much detail as you can about the suspected violation and send it to our Privacy Officer.
To file a written complaint with us, you may bring your complaint directly to our Privacy Officer, or you may mail it to the following address:
Privacy Officer Yellowstone Surgery Center 1144 N. Broadway PO Box 31715 Billings, MT 59107-31715
Uses or disclosures of your health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us may only be made with your written authorization. You may revoke such authorization in writing at any time and we will no longer disclose health information about you for the reason stated in your written authorization. Disclosures made in reliance on the authorization prior to the revocation are not affected by the revocation.
If you have questions, would like additional information or would like to know more about your rights, please contact our Privacy Officer at (406) 237-5900 ext. 5908.
Effective Date September 23, 2013