NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
LODD MEDICAL GROUP, S.C.


This notice takes effect on first day of your visit to Lodd Medical Group and remains in effect until we replace it.

The privacy of your medical information is important to us.  We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it.  We create a record of the care and services you receive at our organization.  We need this record to provide you with Quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements.  This notice will tell you about the ways we may use and share medical information about you.  We also describe your rights and certain duties we have regarding the use and disclosure of medical information.

Law Requires Us to:
1.  Keep your medical information private.
2.  Give you this notice describing our legal duties, privacy practices, and your rights regarding your medical information.
3.  Follow the terms of the current notice.
We Have the Right to:
1.  Change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided that the changes are permitted by law.
2.  Make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our notice effective for all medical information that we keep, including information previously created or received before the changes.
Notice of Change to Privacy Practices:
1. Before we make an important change in our privacy practices, we will change this notice and make the new notice available upon request.
 We will not use or disclose your medical information for any purpose not listed below without your specific written authorization.  Any specific authorization you provide may be revoked at any time by writing to us at the address provided at the end of this notice.

FOR TREATMENT:  We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services.  We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, or other people who are taking care of you.  We may also share medical information about you to your other health care providers to assist them in treating you.

FOR PAYMENT:  We may use and disclose your medical information for payment purposes.  A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer. 
We may use and disclose medical 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 share your medical information if it is necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety  or the health or safety  of others.  We may share medical information when necessary to help law enforcement officials capture a person who has admitted to being part of a crime or has escaped from legal custody.

Workers Compensation:  We may disclose health information when authorized or necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs.

Health Oversight Activities:  We may disclose medical information to an agency providing health oversight for oversight activities authorized by law, including audits, civil administrative, or criminal investigations or proceedings, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, or other authorized activities.

Law Enforcement:  Under certain circumstances, we may disclose health information to law enforcement officials.  These circumstances include reporting required by certain laws (such as the reporting of certain type of wounds), pursuant to certain subpoenas or court orders, reporting limited information concerning identification and location at the request of a law enforcement official, reports regarding suspected victims of crimes at the request of a law enforcement official, reporting death, crimes on our premises, and crimes in emergencies.

Appointment Reminders:  We may use and disclose medical information for purposes of sending you appointment postcards or otherwise reminding you of your appointments.

Alternative and Additional Medical Services:  We may us and disclose medical information to furnish you with information about health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you, and to describe or recommend treatment alternatives.

4.  YOUR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

You Have a Right to:

1.  Look at or get copies of certain parts of your medical information.  You must make your request in writing.  You may get the form to request access by using the contact information listed at the end of this notice.  You may also request access by sending a letter to the contact person listed at the end of this notice.  Contact us using the information listed at the end of this notice for a full explanation of our fee structure.
2.  Receive a list of all the times we or our business associates shared your medical information for purposes other than treatment, payment and health care operations and other specified exceptions.  
3.  Request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your medical information.  We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in the case of an emergency).
4.  Request that we communicate with you about your medical information by different means or to different locations.  Your request that we communicate your medical information to you by different means or at different locations must be made in writing to the contact person listed at the end of this notice.
5.  Request that we change certain parts of your medication information.  We may deny your request if we did not create the information you want changed or for certain other reasons.  If we deny your request, we will provide you a written explanation.  You may respond with a statement of disagreement that will be added to the information you wanted changed.  If we accept your request to change the information, we will make reasonable efforts to tell others, including people you name, of the change and to include the changes in any future sharing of that information.
6.  If you have received this notice electronically, and wish to receive a paper copy, you have the right to obtain a paper copy by making a request in writing to the contact person listed at the end of this notice.
 


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