SHOPMedRx.com - HIPAA POLICIES
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.
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”)
is a federal program that requires that all medical records and other individually
identifiable health information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether
electronically, on paper or orally, are kept properly confidential. This Act
gives you, the patient, significant new rights to understand and control how
your health information is used. “HIPAA” provides penalties for covered
entities that misuse personal health information.
Uses and Disclosures
Treatment. Your health information may be used by staff members or disclosed
to other health care professionals for the purpose of evaluating your health,
diagnosing medical conditions, and providing treatment. For example, results
of tests and procedures will be available in your medical record to all health
professionals who may provide treatment or who may be consulted by staff members.
Payment. Your health information may be used to seek payment from your health
plan, from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from credit
card companies that you may use to pay for services. For example, your health
plan may request and receive information on dates of service, the services provided,
and the medical condition being treated.
Health care operations. Your health information may be used, as necessary,
to support the day-to-day activities and management of SHOPMedRx.com & Affiliates.
For example, information on the services you received that may be used to support
budgeting and financial reporting, and activities to evaluate and promote quality.
Business Associates. Your health information may be disclosed to our business
associates, such as subcontractors, so they can perform the jobs we have asked
them to do. To protect your health information, we require the business associate
to appropriately safeguard your health information.
Law enforcement. Your health information may be disclosed to law enforcement
agencies to support government audits and inspections, to facilitate law-enforcement
investigations, and to comply with government-mandated reporting.
Worker’s Compensation. Your health information may be disclosed to comply
with worker’s compensation laws and other similar programs that provide
benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses.
Other uses and disclosures require your authorization. Disclosure of your health
information or its use for any purpose other than those listed above requires
your specific written authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing
a use or disclosure of your information, you may submit a written revocation
of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will
not affect or undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before
you notified us of your decision to revoke your authorization.
You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include:
- The right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected
- The right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical
condition and treatment
- The right to inspect and copy your protected health information
- The right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information
- The right to receive an accounting of how and to whom your protected health
information has been disclosed
- The right to receive a printed copy of this notice
SHOPMedRx.com & Affiliates Duties
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information
and to provide you with this notice of privacy practices.
We also are required to abide by the privacy policies and practices that are
outlined in this notice.
Right to Revise Privacy Practices
As permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify our privacy policies
and practices. These changes in our policies and practices may be required by
changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Upon request, we will provide
you with the most recently revised notice on any office visit. The revised policies
and practices will be applied to all protected health information we maintain.
Requests to Inspect Protected Health Information
You may generally inspect or copy the protected health information that we
maintain. As permitted by federal regulation, we require that requests to inspect
or copy protected health information be submitted in writing. You may obtain
a form to request access to your records by contacting Customer Service or the
Privacy Officer. Your request will be reviewed and will generally be approved
unless there are legal or medical reasons to deny the request.
If you would like to submit a comment or complaint about our privacy practices,
you can do so by sending a letter outlining your concerns to:
1130 1st Street North
Alabaster, AL 35007
Phone: (205) 664-2059
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should call
the matter to our attention by sending a letter describing the cause of your
concern to the same address.
You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.
You may also use the above name and address to contact us for further information
concerning our privacy practices.
This notice is effective on or after April 14, 2003