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.  If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact us at 469-742-0199.

Your health information is personal, and we are committed to protecting it. We will not sell or trade your personal information.

This notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out  treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes  your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protected health information” is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health  or condition and related health services.  

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Without Your Written Consent:

Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by your physician, our office staff and others outside of our office that  are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to  support the operation of the physician’s practice, and any other use required by law.  Following are the types and examples of uses and disclosures of your protected health care information that Innova Psychiatric Group is permitted to make without your specific authorization. 

Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any  related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, we would  disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to a home health agency that provides care to you. For example, your  protected health information may be provided to a providers to whom you have been referred to ensure the provider has the  necessary information to diagnose or treat you.  

Payment: Your protected health information may be used to obtain or provide payment for your healthcare services, including disclosures to other entities. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the services we recommend for you, such as making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits, prior authorization for a treatment or prescription, reviewing services provided to you, and undertaking utilization review activities. For example, we may need to give your insurance company information about therapy you received so your insurance will pay for the care.

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information in order to support the business  activities of your physician’s practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review  activities, training of medical students, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, we may  disclose your protected health information to medical students or volunteers in our office. In addition we may use paper or digital sign-in sheet  at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name and indicate your provider. We may also call you by name when  your provider is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact you to  remind you of your appointment.  

Business Associates: We may share your protected health information with a third party “business associates” that perform various activities (e.g., billing, transcription services, accounting services, legal services) for Innova Psychiatric Group. Whenever an arrangement between Innova Psychiatric Group and the business associate involves the use or disclosure of your protected health information, we will have a written contract that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your protected health information.

Communications: At Innova Psychiatric Group, we prioritize your privacy while ensuring effective communication. We may use or disclose your protected health information while communicating with you via the contact details you have provided — including email address, phone number, and postal address — for communication purposes. Our communications may include, but are not limited to, scheduling and reminding you of appointments, discussing prescription matters, and addressing billing inquiries.  Depending on the contact information on record, we may reach out to you via email, phone calls, voice mail, text messages, or postal mail. 

Other Permitted Use: We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your authorization. These situations  include: as Required By Law, Public Health issues as required by law, Communicable Diseases: Health Oversight: Abuse or Neglect:  Food and Drug Administration requirements: Legal Proceedings: Law Enforcement: Coroners, Funeral Directors, and Organ  Donation: Research: Criminal Activity: Military Activity and National Security: Worker’s Compensation: Inmates: Required Uses and  Disclosures: Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and  Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the regulations of Section 164.500.  

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Based Upon Your Written Authorization:  

While we may use or disclose your health information without your written authorization as explained above, there are other instances where we will obtain your written authorization. Except as otherwise provided in this Notice, we will not use or disclose your protected health information without your written authorization. You may revoke an authorization at any time by contacting our office, except to the extent Innova Psychiatric Group has already relied on the authorization and taken actions.

You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your provider or the provider’s practice has  taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization. 

Your Rights  

Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information.

You have the right to issue and copy your protected health information. Under Federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy  the following records; psychotherapy notes, information compiled in reasonable anticipation or, or in use in, a civil, criminal, or  administrative action or proceeding, and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected  health information.  

You have the right to request a restriction of your protected health information. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose  any part of your protected health information for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. You may also  request that any part of your protected health information not to be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in  your care or for notification purposes as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices. Your request must state the specific restriction  requested and to whom you want the restriction to apply  

Your healthcare provider is not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If your healthcare provider believes that it is in your best interest  to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another Healthcare Professional.  

You have the right to request to receive confidential communication from us by alternative mean means or at an alternative  location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request, even if you have agreed to accept this notice alternatively i.e. electronically, website.  

You may have the right to have your healthcare provider amend your protected health information. If we deny your request for amendment,  you have the right to file to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal.  

You then have the right to withdraw as provided in this notice. 

We reserve the right to make changes to the Privacy Policy as permitted or required by applicable law. Any changes will be posted on our website and will become effective immediately upon posting.

Complaints

You may complain to us or to the Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated by us. You may file a complaint with us by notifying us at 469-742-0199 or 4510 Medical Center Dr, Suite 208, McKinney, TX 75069. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.