As all other health providers, the Gifted Resource Center of New England (Deirdre V. Lovecky, Ph.D.) is required to follow the HIPAA privacy law. This law lays out patient rights. Under HIPAA patients have the right to:
- Access, inspect and copy their PHI (Protected Health Information). You have the right to an electronic copy of material stored in electronic form.
- Ask me to amend your PHI.
- Ask for an accounting of our use and disclosure of your PHI.
- Request that we restrict the uses and disclosure of your PHI.
- Be notified if there is a breach in the unsecured PHI.
- Make a complaint about security lapses in your information to the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
In general all information about you is confidential but there are some exceptions. Generally we will not disclose any information without a signed release from you. The exceptions include but are not limited to:
- Your spouse if not present at the meetings (unless you specifically forbid this).
- Information related to billing purposes and collection of fees.
- Material we collect as part of treatment. This can include consultation with other health providers if necessary for your treatment.
- To business associates such as my answering service.
- Emergencies when you are not able to sign a release.
- To state organizations if there is evidence of child abuse.
- To state and local authorities if there is a direct threat to another person. This also includes warning the potential victim.
- Under certain circumstances in a court of law.
- For Worker’s Compensation
- Government agencies to detect fraud or determine quality of care.
A fuller version of the HIPAA Privacy Rules is available and will be given to new patients upon arrival at the Gifted Resource Center of New England.