Choices of Louisiana: Notice of Privacy Practices

 

 

This notice describes how health information about you may

be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

 

Please review it carefully.

The privacy of your health information is important to us.

 

OUR LEGAL DUTY

We are required by applicable Federal and State law to maintain the privacy of your health information. We are also required to give this Notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice takes effect April 13, 2003, and will remain in effect until we replace it.

 

We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by law. We reserve the right to make changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice effective for all health information that we maintain, including health information we created or received before we make the changes. Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this Notice and make the new Notice available upon request.
You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice.

 

USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION

We use and disclose health information about your for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. For example:

Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a physician or other healthcare provider providing treatment for you.

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you.

Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing, or credentialing activities.

Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us authorization, you may revoke that authorization in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it is in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this notice.

To Your Family and Friends: We must disclose your health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of this Notice. We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend, or other person to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare or with payment for healthcare, but only if you agree that we may do so.

Person Involved in Care: We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification (including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location, your general condition, or death. If you are present, then prior to use of disclosure of your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses of disclosures. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement in your healthcare. We will also use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest allowing a person to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.

 

Marketing Health Related Services: We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.

 

Required by Law: We may disclose your health information when are required to do so by law.

 

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.

 

 

SERVICES

DID YOU KNOW?

All Choices Of Louisiana facilities will be closed on the following dates to observe the holidays. November 24, 2016, Thanksgiving day. December 26, 2016, Christmas Monday Holiday. January 02, 2017, New Years Monday Holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.