Applicable federal and state laws require your health provider to maintain the privacy of our health and mental health care information. Your record contains personal information about you and your health. The record may identify you and relate to your past, present, or future physical or mental health, referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI Total Health Concepts, LLC (THC) is required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI, to provide you notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI, and to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices. If the terms of this Notice change in the future, THC will provide you with a copy of the revised Notice at your next appointment or by mail.
HOW I MAY USE AND DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU:
Mental health providers use and disclose PHI for a variety of reasons. Information may be disclosed by electronic or facsimile transmittals, by telephone, or postal service. For most disclosures, THC must obtain your consent. If two or more adults are seen together, all must give written permission to release information before any information can be released. However, the law provides that we are permitted to make some disclosures without your consent. Whenever there is a question about the release of PHI, we will err on the side of informed consent and seek your authorization. You may revoke your authorization at any time, which we will honor if legally permitted, except to the extent that we have already acted upon your consent. Treatment: Your PHI may be used and disclosed for the purpose of providing, coordinating or managing your health care treatment and related services. This includes your provider and related clinical supervisors. In some instances THC may disclose non-identifying information about your care with professional consultants to enhance the quality of treatment I provide. Releases of your PHI to external professionals (such as psychiatrists, school counselors, or lawyers) will only be completed with your specific, signed authorization. If two or more adults are seen together, all must give written permission to release information before any information can be released. Family, Friends, or Other Involved in Your Care: THC will not disclose PHI or any details about your participation in therapy to family or friends without your authorization, except in circumstances required by law. However, if family members are seen together in therapy, THC reserves the right to use professional judgment about whether to maintain individual confidences between family members. Required by Law: THC will only disclose this information without your knowledge if we believe withholding this information increases the risk of harm to you or another. We have the responsibility to disclose your PHI under the following circumstances: 1. To prevent a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of yourself, another person, or the public. If information is disclosed it will be to the appropriate person or persons reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat. 2. If abuse or neglect of a child or elder is suspected. 3. If there is an order of the court, such as a subpoena to release your information.
Marketing or Research: THC does not release PHI for any external marketing or research activities without your specific authorization.