This notice discloses how any personal health information of any client of Dunamis Wellness is used, stored or disclosed, and how they are able to access that information.
Any services that are received by clients at Dunamis Wellness are considered private and confidential under state and federal laws. This is called “Protected Health Information (PHI)” which safeguards any personal health or medical information that is in the possession of Dunamis Wellness from any client or patient of ours. All information of our clients is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). “The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization. The Rule also gives patients’ rights over their health information, including rights to examine and obtain a copy of their health records, and to request corrections.” (HHS.GOV).
Your PHI will not be disclosed without your consent written permission. However, the law in California states that health information can be shared properly under certain situations:
- If you present an imminent threat of harm to yourself or others, or
- If there is any sign of abuse of a child, dependent adult or elderly adult, or
- If you become seriously disabled, or
- If any health information is required by subpoena or by a court order.
As part of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, we are required to give you a Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) letter stating your rights to your personal medical information. Each client receives a NPP when they are first seen by a provider, and we also have extra copies at the front desk, if one is needed.
Q – What is HIPAA?
A – HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that was put in place to address individuals’ Protected health information, and how that information is used and disclosed by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule, as well as how individuals can understand and control how their health information is used.
Q – What is the Notice of Privacy Practices?
A – HIPAA requires every health care organization to give a letter (Notice of Privacy Practices) that disclose your private health information rights. As a result, you have the right to:
- Inspect and copy your medical records
- Request an amendment or addendum to your medical records
- An accounting of disclosures of your medical records
- Request restrictions to the release of your medical information
- Request confidential communications with you personally
Q – Will Dunamis Wellness disclose my personal health information for all the reasons stated in the Notice of Privacy Practices?
A – The NPP states that we, “may use or disclose” information, but that does not mean we will use or disclose your information without your written permission, unless it is a situation that the law states otherwise. For example, if there are signs of the abuse of a child, dependent adult or elderly adult, the providers are state mandated to report these and similar situations to local agencies that handle said situations.
Q – If my parent calls Dunamis Wellness and asks for my medical information, will they disclose it?
A – We will only share your information if you have given us permission to do so. The state of California states that anyone 12 and older is of legal age to not allow parents to access their medical information unless the client chooses to give them access.
For more information about HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and your rights regarding your personal health information, click on the link below.