We maintain protocols to ensure the security and confidentiality of your personal information. We have physical security in our building, passwords to protect databases, compliance audits, and virus/intrusion detection software. Within our practice, access to your information is limited to those who need it to perform their jobs.
Understanding Your Health Record Each time you visit Premier Surgical Group, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examinations, test results, diagnosis, treatment, and plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your health or medical record serves as a:
Basis for planning your care and treatment
Means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your care
Legal document describing the care you received
A tool in educating health care professionals
A source of information for public health officials charged with improving the health of the state and the nation
A source of data for Premier Surgical Group for planning and marketing
A tool by which we can assess and continually work to improve the care we render and outcomes we achieve
Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps you to ensure its accuracy; better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access your health information; and make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others.
Your Health Information Rights Although your health record is the physical property of Premier Surgical Group, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:
Inspect and obtain a copy of your health record
Amend your health record
Obtain an accounting of disclosures to your protected health information
Request confidential communications of your protected health information
Request a restriction of certain uses and disclosures of your protected health information
Our Responsibilities Premier Surgical Group is required to:
Maintain the privacy of your health information
Provide you with this Notice as your legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you
Abide by the terms of this Notice
Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction
Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information
We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. Each time you visit our facility for treatment you may obtain a copy of the current Notice in effect upon request.
We will not use or disclose your health information in a manner other than described in the section regarding Examples of Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Operations, without your written authorization, which you may revoke except to the extent that action has already been taken.
For More Information or to Report A Problem If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact the practice's Privacy Officer at (803) 779-3222.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can either file a complaint with the practice's Privacy Officer or with the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OCR). There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint with either the practice or the Privacy Officer of the OCR. The address for the OCR regional office for South Carolina is as follows:
Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Atlanta Federal Center, Suite #3B70 61 Forsyth Street, SW Atlanta, GA 30303-8909
Examples of Disclosures For Treatment, Payment, And Health Operations We will use your health information for treatment We may provide medical information about you to health care providers, our practice personnel, or third parties who are involved in the provision, management, or coordination of your care.
Example: Information obtained by a nurse, physician or other member of your health care team will be recorded in your record and used to determine the course of treatment that should work best for you. Your medical information will be shared among health care professionals involved in your care. We will also provide other physician(s) or subsequent health care provider(s) (when applicable) with copies of various reports that should assist them in treating you. We will use your health care information for payment. We may disclose your information so that we can collect or make payment for the health care services you receive. Example: If you participate in a health insurance plan, we will disclose necessary information to that plan to obtain payment for your care. We will use your health information for regular health operations. We may disclose your health information for our routine operations. These uses are necessary for certain administrative, financial, legal, and quality improvement activities that are necessary to run the practice and support core functions. Example: Members of the quality improvement team may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. This information will then be used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the health care and service we provide and to reduce health care costs.
Appointment Reminders We may disclose medical information to provide appointment reminders (i.e., contacting you at the phone number you have provided to us and leaving a message as an appointment reminder).
Decedents Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose health information to a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director.
Workers Compensation We may disclose health information to the extent authorized by and necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs established by law.
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.
Research We may disclose information to researchers when their research has been approved and the researcher has obtained a required waiver from the Institutional Review Board / Privacy Board, who has reviewed the research proposal.
As Required By Law We may disclose health information as required by law. This may include reporting a crime, responding to a court order, grand jury subpoena, warrant, discovery request, or other legal process, or complying with health oversight activities, such as audits, investigations, and inspections, necessary to ensure compliance with government regulation and civil rights.
Specialized Government Functions We may disclose health information for military and veterans affairs or national security and intelligence activities.
Business Associates There are some services provided in our organization through contacts with business associates. Due to the nature of business associates' services, they must receive your health information in order to perform the jobs we've asked them to do. To protect your health information however, when these services are contracted we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
Practice Marketing We may contact you to provide information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to your (i.e., to notify you of any new tests or services we may be offering).
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) We may disclose to the FDA health information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, products and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.
Personal Representative We may use or disclose information to your personal representative (person legally responsible for your care and authorized to act on your behalf in making decisions related to your health care).
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health / Safety We may disclose your information when we believe in good faith that this is necessary to prevent a serious threat to your safety or that of another person. This may include cases of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
Communication with Family Unless you object – health professionals using their best judgement may disclose to a family member or close personal friend health information relevant to that person's involvement in your care or payment related to your care. We may notify these individuals of your location and general condition.
Disaster Relief Unless you object – we may disclose health information about you to an organization assisting in a disaster relief effort.
GENERAL SURGEON, CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF SURGERY