HIPPA Privacy Policy

Avatar Alcohol and Drug Detox Center HIPPA Privacy Policy ensures that your health information is kept private and protected.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule comprises public guidelines for utilizing and disclosing Protected Health Information (PHI) in medical care, payments, and operations by covered entities. The Privacy Rule’s significant objective is to guarantee that an individual’s health data is appropriately ensured while permitting health information’s progression expected to provide and promote excellent medical care and secure the public’s well-being. The Rule finds some balance that grants significant data employment while securing individuals who look for care and healing. Given that the medical services commercial center is diverse, the HIPAA privacy policy at Avatar is intended to be adaptable and thorough to cover the variety of disclosures and uses that should be addressed.

  • WHAT INFORMATION DO WE PROTECT?
    Avatar Drug and Detox Centre ensures that your Protected Health Information (PHI) isn’t disclosed or revealed by anyone. We protect information that your doctors and nurses put in your medical records. Conversations and data about your treatment and care, health insurance, billing, and other health-related information are protected and kept private.
  • PERMITTED USES AND DISCLOSURES
    Avatar Drug and Detox Centre may use and disclose your PHI without your consent. For treatment, payment, and health care operations: We may use and disclose your Protected Healthcare Information (PHI) for your own treatment, payment, and health care operation activities. We may disclose your PHI to your doctors, physicist, psychologists, insurance companies, or health plan services to obtain payment or be reimbursed for providing health care to an individual.

HIPAA NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

Under the HIPAA Privacy Policy, we consider:

  • We do not ask or require any personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.
  • Any personally identifiable information (PII) you choose to provide is protected by privacy and security practices.
  • We automatically record and store information related to your visit to our online website.
  • We do not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personally identifiable information (PII) about our visitors unless required for law enforcement or by federal law.

HIPAA PRIVACY POLICY- FAQs

1. What does it mean to be a HIPAA complaint?

If an individual violates someone’s health information privacy rights or commits another infringement of the Privacy, Security, or Breach Notification Rules in a HIPAA-covered entity or its business associate, one is capable of documenting a complaint against them through the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

2. How important is a patient’s confidentiality?

OCR upholds the secrecy arrangements of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Rule (Patient Safety Rule). Together, the Patient Safety Act and Rule build up a deliberate framework for Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) to gather and examine clinical mistakes and patient health-related information.

3. What is the HIPAA security rule?

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is made out of public guidelines for the utilization and revelation of Protected Health Information (PHI) in medical services therapy, installment, and activities by covered elements.

The effective compliance date of the Privacy Rule was April 14, 2003, with a one-year expansion for certain “small plans.” The HIPAA Privacy Rule manages the utilization and exposure of Protected Health Information (PHI) held by “covered entities” (by and large, medical care clearinghouses, health insurers, employer-supported health plans, and medical service providers that participate in certain transactions). By guideline, the HHS stretched out the HIPAA protection rule to independent contractors of covered entities who fit inside the meaning of “business associates.” PHI is any data held by a covered entity regarding health status, an arrangement of medical services, or medical care installment connected to any individual. This is interpreted rather comprehensively and incorporates any piece of a person’s health record or payment history. Covered entities should uncover PHI to the individual within 30 days upon request. Also, they should unveil PHI when needed to do so by law.

4. How serious is a HIPAA violation?

The seriousness of a HIPAA violation depends on the type of violation, and on that basis, the civil and criminal penalties are decided.

Civil penalties are exercised in the following situations:

  • Individual did not know that he/she violated HIPAA.
  • HIPAA violation due to reasonable cause and not due to willful neglect.
  • HIPAA violation due to willful neglect, but the violation is corrected within the required time period.
  • HIPAA violation is due to willful neglect and is not corrected.

Criminal penalties are exercised in the following situations:

  • Covered entities and specified individuals who “knowingly” obtain or disclose individually identifiable health information.
  • Offenses are committed under false pretenses.
  • Offenses are committed with intent to sell, transfer, or use individually identifiable health information for commercial advantage, personal gain, or malicious harm.

5. Are phone calls a HIPAA violation?

As indicated by their HIPAA translations, hospitals won’t uncover data via telephone to conceded patients’ family members. This has, in certain occurrences, hindered the area of missing people.