Matt 25, Inc.
Life Skills Learning Center
  • HIPAA Privacy Notice
This Practice is committed to maintaining the privacy of your protected health information (“PHI”), which includes information about your medical condition and the care and treatment you receive from the Practice and other health care providers. This Notice details how your PHI may be used and disclosed to third parties for purposes of your care, payment for your care, health care operations of the Practice, and for your rights regarding your PHI.
Use Or Disclosure Of PHI
The Practice may use and/or disclose your PHI for purposes related to your care, payment for your care, and health care operations of the Practice. The following are examples of the types of uses and/or disclosures of your PHI that may occur. These examples are not meant to include all possible types of use and/or disclosure.
  • Care – In order to provide care to you, the Practice will provide your PHI to those health care professionals directly involved in your care so they may understand your needs and provide advice or treatment.
  • Payment – In order to get paid for some or all of the care provided by the Practice, the Practice may provide your PHI, directly or through a billing service, to appropriate third party payers, pursuant to their billing and payment requirements.
  • Health Care Operations – In order for the Practice to operate in accordance with applicable law and insurance requirements and in order for the Practice to provide quality and efficient care, it may be necessary for the Practice to compile, use and/or disclose your PHI. For example, the Practice may use your PHI in order to evaluate the performance of the Practice’s personnel in providing care to you.
The Practice may use and/or disclose your PHI, without a written Authorization from you, in the following instances:
  1. De-identified Information – Your PHI is altered so that it does not identify you and, even without your name, cannot be used to identify you.
  2. Business Associate – To a business associate, who is someone the Practice contracts with to provide a service necessary for your treatment, payment for your treatment and/or health care operations (e.g., billing service or transcription service). The Practice will obtain satisfactory written assurance, in accordance with applicable law, that the business associate will appropriately safeguard your PHI.
  3. Personal Representative – To a person who, under applicable law, has the authority to represent you in making decisions related to your health care.
  4. Public Health Activities – Such activities include, for example, information collected by a public health authority, as authorized by law, to prevent or control disease, injury or disability. This includes reports of child abuse or neglect.
  5.  Federal Drug Administration – If required by the Food and Drug Administration to report adverse events, product defects, problems, biological product deviations, or to track products, enable product recalls, repairs or replacements, or to conduct post marketing surveillance.
  6. Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence – To a government authority, if the Practice is required by law to make such disclosure. If the Practice is authorized by law to make such a disclosure, it will do so if it believes the disclosure is necessary to prevent serious harm or if the Practice believes you have been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. Any such disclosure will be made in accordance with the requirements of law, which may also involve notice to you of the disclosure.
  7. Health Oversight Activities – Such activities, which must be required by law, involve government agencies involved in oversight activities that relate to the health care system, government benefit programs, government regulatory programs and civil rights law. Those activities include, for example, criminal investigations, audits, disciplinary actions, or general oversight activities relating to the community’s health care system.
  8. Judicial and Administrative Proceeding – For example, the Practice may be required to disclose PHI in response to a court order or lawfully issued subpoena.
  9. Law Enforcement Purposes – In certain instances, your PHI may have to be disclosed to a law enforcement official for law enforcement purposes.   Law enforcement purposes include: (1) complying with a legal process (i.e., subpoena) or as required by law; (2) information for identification and location purposes (e.g., suspect or missing person); (3) information regarding a person who is or is suspected to be a crime victim; (4) in situations where the death of an individual may have resulted from criminal conduct; (5) in the event of a crime occurring on the premises of the Practice; and (6) a medical emergency (not on the Practice’s premises) has occurred, and it appears that a crime has occurred.
  10. Coroner or Medical Examiner – The Practice may disclose your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner for the purpose of identifying you or determining your cause of death, or to a funeral director as permitted by law and as necessary to carry out its duties.
  11. Organ, Eye or Tissue Donation – If you are an organ donor, the Practice may disclose PHI to the entity to which you have agreed to donate your organs.
  12. Research – If the Practice is involved in research, PHI may be used, but such use is subject to governmental requirements intended to protect the privacy of  PHI such as approval of the research by an institutional review board, the de-identification of your PHI, and the requirement that protocols must be followed.
  13. Avert a Threat to Health or Safety – The Practice may disclose your PHI if it believes that such disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public and the disclosure is to an individual who is reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat.
  14. Specialized Government Functions – When the appropriate conditions apply, the Practice may use PHI of individuals who are Armed Forces personnel: (1) for activities deemed necessary by appropriate military command authorities; (2) for the purpose of a determination by the Department of Veteran Affairs of eligibility for benefits; or (3) to a foreign military authority if a member of that foreign military service. The Practice may also disclose PHI to authorized federal officials for national security and intelligence activities including the provision of protective services to the President or others legally authorized.
  15. Inmates – The Practice may disclose your PHI to a correctional institution or a law enforcement official if you are an inmate of that correctional facility and your PHI is necessary to provide care and treatment to you or is necessary for the health and safety of other individuals or inmates.
  16. Workers’ Compensation – If in a Workers’ Compensation claim, the Practice may be required to disclose PHI to the Workers’ Compensation system.
  17. Disaster Relief Efforts – The Practice may use or disclose your PHI to a public or private entity authorized to assist in disaster relief efforts.
  18. Required by Law – If otherwise required by law, but such disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and limited to the requirements of the law.
Uses and/or disclosures, other than those described above, will be made only with your written Authorization, which you may revoke at any time.
Appointment Reminder
The Practice may, from time to time, contact you to provide appointment reminders. The reminder may be in the form of a letter or postcard. The Practice will try to minimize the amount of information contained in the reminder. The Practice may also contact you by phone and/or leave a message for you.
The Practice may, from time to time, contact you about treatment alternatives it offers, or other health benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
You have the right to:
  • Revoke any Authorization, in writing, at any time.  To request a revocation, you must submit a written request to the Practice’s Privacy Officer.
  • Request restrictions on certain use and/or disclosure of your PHI as provided by law. However, the Practice is not obligated to agree to any requested restrictions. To request restrictions, you must submit a written request to the Practice’s Privacy Officer. In your written request, you must inform of what information you want to limit, whether you want to limit the Practice’s use or disclosure, or both, and to whom you want the limits to apply. If the Practice agrees, the Practice will comply with your request unless the information is needed in order to provide you with emergency treatment.
  • Receive confidential PHI by alternative means. You must make your request in writing to the Practice’s Privacy Officer to inspect and copy your PHI, you must submit a written request to the Practice’s Privacy Officer. In certain situations defined by law, the Practice may deny your request, but you have the right to have the denial reviewed. The Practice may charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing or other supplies.
  • To request an amendment, you must submit a written request to the Practice’s Privacy Officer. You must provide a reason supporting the request. The Practice may deny the request if it is not in writing, it does not provide a reason in support of the request, the information was not created by the Practice (unless the creator is no longer available), if the information is not part of your PHI, the information is not something you would be permitted to inspect and copy, and/or if the information is accurate. If you disagree with the Practice’s denial, you have the right to submit a written statement of disagreement.
  • To request an accounting of non-routine disclosures of your PHI as provided by law, you must submit a written request to the Practice’s Privacy Officer. The request must state a time period, not longer than 6 years and may not be before April 14, 2003. The request should indicate the form you want the list (such as a paper or electronic). The first request within a 12 month period will be free, but the Practice may charge for the cost of providing additional lists in that same 12 month period. The Practice will notify you of the costs and you can decide to withdraw or modify your request before any costs are incurred.
  • To file a complaint with the Practice, please contact the Practice’s Privacy Officer. All complaints must be in writing.
  • If your complaint is not satisfactorily resolved, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.
  • To obtain more information, or have your questions about your rights answered, please contact the Practice’s Privacy Officer.
The health care office:
  • Is required by law to maintain the privacy of your PHI, abide by the terms of this Privacy Notice, and provide you with this Privacy Notice upon request.
  • Reserves the right to change the terms of this Privacy Notice and to make the new Privacy Notice provisions effective for your entire PHI that it maintains.
  • Will not retaliate against you for making a complaint.
  • Must make a good faith effort to obtain from you an acknowledgement of receipt of this Notice.
  • Will post this Privacy Notice in its lobby and on the Practice’s web site, if the Practice maintains a web site.