The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives individuals a fundamental new right to be informed of the privacy practices of their health plans and of most of their health care providers, as well as to be informed of their privacy rights with respect to their personal health information. Health plans and covered health care providers are required to develop and distribute a notice that provides a clear explanation of these rights and practices. The notice is intended to focus individuals on privacy issues and concerns, and to prompt them to have discussions with their health plans and health care providers and exercise their rights.
Your Medical Records
The Privacy Rule gives you, with few exceptions, the right to inspect, review, and receive a copy of your medical records and billing records that are held by health plans and health care providers covered by the Privacy Rule.
Only you or your personal representative has the right to access your records.
A health care provider or health plan may send copies of your records to another provider or health plan only as needed for treatment or payment or with your permission.
The Privacy Rule does not require the health care provider or health plan to share information with other providers or plans.
POTENTIAL LEGAL LIMITATIONS OF CONFIDENTIALITY
Laws Requiring Providers to Disclose Confidential Information
Mandatory reporting of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect
Mandatory reporting of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults
If Patient Presents Danger to Self or Others
Psychological and counseling/therapy services are intended to be advantageous in the improvement of mental health. Although, none of these benefits are guaranteed. If you should require emergency services please call 911. You may direct me to share information with whomever you chose, and you can change your mind and revoke that permission at any time. You are also protected under the provisions of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This law insures the confidentiality of all electronic transmission of information about you. Whenever I transmit information about you electronically (ex. faxing information), it will be done with safeguards to insure confidentiality. If you elect to communicate with me by email, please be aware that email is not completely confidential. You are responsible for paying for your session after scheduling your appointment. If you cancel within 24 hours there will be a charge of $50. Also you are confirming that you are located in Florida when online therapy is being provided.
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