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Your health information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. Your health information is also very important to our ability to provide you with quality care, and to comply with certain laws. This Notice applies to all records about your care that are kept at our facility, whether the records are made by us or other healthcare providers.

I. We Are Legally Required to Safeguard Your Protected Health information.
We are required by law to:
II. Future Changes to Our Practices and this Notice
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and to make any such change applicable to the PHI we obtained about you before the change. If a change in our practices is material, we will revise this Notice to reflect the change. You may obtain a copy of any revised Notice by contacting the Privacy Officer at (970) 298-2482. We will also make any revised Notice available at our check-in counter.

III. How We May Use and Disclose Your Protected Health Information
The law requires us to have your written authorization to some uses and disclosures. In other circumstances, the law allows us to use or disclose PHI without your written authorization. This Section III gives examples of each of these circumstances.

A. Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations
We may use or disclose your PHI to provide treatment to you. For example, we may disclose your PHI to physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel who are involved in your care. We may also use and disclose your PHI to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment at our facility, to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives, or about health-related benefits or services that may interest you.

We may also use or disclose your PHI to your insurance carrier in order to get paid for treatment provided to you. For example, we may use your PHI to create the bills that we submit to the insurance company, or we may disclose certain portions of your PHI to our business associates who perform billing and claims processing services to us.

We may also use or disclose your PHI in order to operate this facility. For example, we may use your PHI to evaluate the quality of care you received from us, or to evaluate the performance of those involved with your care. We may also provide your PHI to our attorneys, accountants and other consultants to make sure we are complying with the laws that affect us.

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B. Uses and Disclosures That Require Us to Give You the Opportunity to Object

If you do not object, we may include your name, location in our facility and general condition when responding to requests by those who ask for you by name. Unless you object we may provide relevant portions or your PHI to a family member, friend or other person you indicate that is involved in your health care or in helping you get payment for your health care. In an emergency or when you are not capable of agreeing or objecting to these disclosures, we will disclose PHI as we determine is in your best interest, but will tell you about it later, after the emergency, and give you opportunity to object to future disclosures to family and friends. Unless you object, we may also disclose your PHI to persons performing disaster relief notification activities.

C. Certain Uses and Disclosures Do Not Require Your Written Authorization Other than Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations
The law allows us to disclose PHI without your written authorization in the following circumstance.

For some types of PHI, there may be stricter restrictions on our use or disclosure of PHI. For example, drug and alcohol abuse patient treatment information, HIV test results, mental health information, and genetic testing results may be subject to greater protection of your privacy.

In general, we may disclose a minor patient's PHI to a parent or guardian, but we may deny the parent's access to the minor patient's access to the minor patient's PHI in some situations.

IV. Other Uses and Disclosures of Your Protected Health Information
Other uses and disclosures of your PHI that are not covered by this Notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written authorization. If you give us written authorization for a use or disclosure of your PHI, you may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your authorization we will no longer use or disclose your PHI for the purposes specified in the written authorization, except that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and are required to retain certain records of the uses and disclosures made when the authorization was in effect.

V. Your Rights Related to Your Protected Health Information
You have the following rights:

A. The Right to Request Limits on Uses and Disclosures of Your PHI
You have the right to ask us to limit how we use and disclose your PHI, as long as you are not asking us to limit uses and disclosures that we are required or authorized to make to the Secretary of the Federal Department of Health Services, or any of the disclosures described in Section III above. Any such request must be submitted in writing to our Medical Records Department. We are not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will put it in writing and will abide by the agreement except when you require emergency treatment.

B. The Right to Choose How We Communicate With You
You have the right to ask that we send information to you at a specific address (for example, at work rather than at home) or in a specific manner (for example, never by telephone or if you would like it in an electronic format). You must make the request in writing and addressed to our Medical Records Department.

C. Except for Limited Circumstances, You May Look at and Copy Your PHI if You Ask in Writing to Do So
Any such request must be addressed to our Medical Records Department, which will respond to your request within 30 days. In certain situations we may deny your request, but if we do, we will tell you in writing of the reasons for the denial and explain your right to have the denial reviewed.

D. The Right to See and Copy Your PHI

If you believe that the PHI we have about you is incomplete or incorrect, you may ask us to amend it. Any such request must be made in writing and must be addressed to our Medical Records Department and you must tell us why you think the amendment is appropriate. We will not process your request if it is not in writing or does not tell us why you think the amendment is appropriate. We will act on your request within 30 days.

E. Restricting Information Releases
A patient that pays for a service in full and out of pocket may request that the office not disclose any information about that service to an insurance company. This request must be in writing and has to identify what information is restricted and what the insurance company is not to receive.

We may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that: If we deny the requested amendment, we will tell you in writing how to submit a statement of disagreement or complaint, or to request inclusion of your original amendment request in your PHI.

E. The Right to Get a List of the Disclosures We Have Made
You have the right to get a list of instances in which we have disclosed your PHI. The list will not include disclosures we have made for our treatment, payment and health care operations purposes, those made directly to you or your family or friends or for disaster notification purposes. Neither will the list include disclosures we have made with your written authorization, for national security purposes or to law enforcement personnel, disclosures of limited data set, or disclosures made before April 14, 2003

Your request for a list of disclosures must be made in writing and be addressed to our Medical Records Department. We will respond to your request within 60 days (or 90 days if the extra time is needed). The list we provide will include disclosures made within the last six years unless you specify a shorter period. The first list you request within a 12 month period will be free. You will be charged our costs for providing any additional lists within the 12 month period.

F. The Right to Get a Paper Copy of This Notice
You may obtain a paper copy of this notice by asking for one at the front desk

G. Breach Notification
Patients will be notified in writing within 60 days when a breach in their protected information occurs. Any loss or inappropriate disclosure of data is presumed to be a breach unless the office can show there's only minimal probability the data was used improperly.

VI. Complaints

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with us or with the Secretary of the Federal department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with us, put your complaint in writing and address it to our Privacy Officer at 2643 Patterson Road, Suite 605, Grand Junction, CO 81506. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint. You may also contact our Privacy Officer if you have questions or comments about our privacy practices.