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Privacy Statement

Privacy Policy

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

We may use and disclose personal and identifiable health information about you in different ways. All of the ways in which we may use and disclose information will fall within one of the following categories, but not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed.

For Treatment. We will use health information about you to furnish services and supplies to you, in accordance with our policies and procedures. For example, we will use your medical history, such as any presence or absence of heart disease, to assess your health and perform requested ultrasound or other diagnostic services.

For Payment. We will use and disclose health information about you to bill for our services and to collect payment from you or your insurance company. For example, we may need to give your Payor information about your current medical condition so that it will pay us for the ultrasound examinations or other services that we have furnished you. We may also need to inform your Payor of the tests that you are going to receive in order to obtain prior approval or to determine whether the service is covered.

For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose information about you for the general operation of our business. For example, we sometimes arrange for accreditation organizations, auditors or other consultants to review our practice, evaluate our operations, and tell us how to improve our services.

Public Policy Uses and Disclosures. There are a number of public policy reasons why we may disclose information about you.

We may disclose health information about you when we are required to do so by federal, state, or local law.

We may disclose protected health information about you in connection with certain public health reporting activities. For instance, we may disclose such information to a public health authority authorized to collect or receive PHI for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, or at the direction of a public health authority, to an official of a foreign government agency that is acting in collaboration with a public health authority. Public health authorities include state health departments, the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, to name a few.

We are also permitted to disclose protected health information to a public health authority or other government authority authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect. Additionally we may disclose protected health information to a person subject to the Food and Drug Administration’s power for the following activities: to report adverse events, product defects or problems, or biological product deviations, to track products, to enable product recalls, repairs or replacements, or to conduct post marketing surveillance.

We may disclose your protected health information in situations of domestic abuse or elder abuse.

We may disclose information in response to a warrant, subpoena, or other order of a court or administrative hearing body, and in connection with certain government investigations and law enforcement activities.

We may disclose protected health information to help a coroner or medical examiner identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We also may release protected health information that funeral directors need to do their jobs.

We may disclose protected health information about organ donors or potential organ recipients to organ procurement organizations, transplant centers and eye tissue banks. 
We may disclose protected health information about you to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or to the health and safety of others.

We may disclose protected health information in connection with certain health oversight activities of licensing and other agencies. Health oversight activities include audit, investigation, inspection, licensure or disciplinary actions, and civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings or actions or any other activity necessary for the oversight of 1) the health care system, 2) governmental benefit programs for which health information is relevant to determining beneficiary eligibility, 3) entities subject to governmental regulatory programs for which health information is necessary for determining compliance with program standards, or 4) entities subject to civil rights laws for which health information is necessary for determining compliance.

We may release your personal health information to workers’ compensation or similar programs. 
We may use or disclose certain personal health information about your condition and treatment for research purposes where an Institutional Review Board or a similar body referred to as a Privacy Board determines that your privacy interests will be adequately protected in the study. We may also use and disclose your protected health information to prepare or analyze a research protocol and for other research purposes.

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, we may release personal health information about you as required by military command authorities. We also may release personal health information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.

We may disclose your protected health information for legal or administrative proceedings that involve you. We may release such information upon order of a court or administrative tribunal. We may also release protected health information in the absence of such an order and in response to a discovery or other lawful request, if efforts have been made to notify you or secure a protective order. 
If you are an inmate, we may release protected health information about you to a correctional institution where you are incarcerated or to law enforcement officials.

Finally, we may disclose protected health information for national security and intelligence activities and for the provision of protective services to the President of the United States and other officials or foreign heads of state.

Our Business Associates. We sometimes work with outside individuals and businesses that help us operate our business successfully. We may disclose your health information to these business associates so that they can perform the tasks that we hire them to do. Our business associates must guarantee to us that they will respect the confidentiality of your personal and identifiable health information.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may disclose information to individuals involved in your care or in the payment for your care, but we will obtain your agreement before doing so. This includes people and organizations that are part of your "circle of care" -- such as your spouse, your other doctors, or an aide who may be providing services to you. Although we must be able to speak with your other physicians or health care providers, you can let us know if we should not speak with other individuals, such as your spouse or family.

Appointment Reminders. We may use and disclose medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment or that you should schedule an appointment. 
Treatment Alternatives. We may use and disclose your personal health information in order to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options, alternatives or health-related services that may be of interest to you.

OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We are required to obtain written authorization from you for any other uses and disclosures of medical information other than those described above. If you provide us with such permission, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose personal information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. We will be unable to take back any disclosures already made based upon your original permission

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
You have the right to ask for restrictions on the ways in which we use and disclose your medical information beyond those imposed by law. We will consider your written request, but we are not required, to accept it. You have the right to request that you receive communications containing your protected health information from us by alternative means or at alternative locations. For example, you may ask that we only contact you at home or by mail.

Except under certain circumstances, you have the right to inspect and copy medical and billing records about you. You must request them in writing. If you ask for copies of this information, we will charge you a fee of $1.00 per page for the first 25 pages and $.25 for each additional page thereafter plus postage. For copies of x-ray films a $10.00 per sheet of film will be charged.

If you believe that information in your records is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to ask us to correct the existing information or correct the missing information. This request must be in writing. Under certain circumstances, we may deny your request.

You have a right to ask for a list of instances when we have used or disclosed your medical information for reasons other than your treatment, payment for services furnished to you, health care operations, or disclosures you give us authorization to make. This request must be in writing. If you ask for this information from us more than once every twelve months, we will charge you a fee per our copying policy guidelines.

You have the right to a copy of this Notice in paper form. You may ask us for a copy at any time.

You may also obtain a copy of this form from the MCRG website: www.mcrg.com

To exercise any of your rights, please contact us in writing at MCRG attn: Privacy Officer 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando, Fl. 32806

CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE
We reserve the right to make changes to this notice at any time. We reserve the right to make the revised notice effective for personal health information we have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. In the event there is a material change to this Notice, the revised Notice will be posted at the MCRG billing office and the MCRG website. In addition, you may request a copy of the revised Notice at any time.

COMPLAINTS/COMMENTS
If you have any complaints concerning our Privacy Policy, you may contact us at MCRG 
(407) 423-2581 and ask to speak with the Privacy Officer. You may also contact the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by sending a written complaint to: 

Region IV, Office for Civil Rights 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 3B70 
61 Forsyth Street, SW. 
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909. 
E-mail complaints may be directed to HHS at OCRComplaint@hhs.gov
All complaints to HHS must be submitted within 180 days of when you became aware or should have become aware of the concern prompting the complaint.

This Privacy Policy is effective April 14, 2003 
Revised: March 14, 2005 
Revised: June 16, 2006

Third Party Sites

This web site contains links to third party web sites for your convenience. Although we try to link only to those sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, Medical Center Radiology Group takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, and does not exert any editorial or other control over those other sites. Inclusion of the other sites by links does not imply any endorsement of the material or information on the other sites.

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