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Central Mississippi Residential Center

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES FOR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996(HIPAA) guarantees certain privacy rights regarding your personal medical/health information. You may learn more about HIPAA by visiting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights website at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa​.

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL/HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, OR ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL FOR WHOM YOU ARE AN AUTHORIZED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

Central Mississippi Residential Center (CMRC) and the Mississippi Department of Mental health are dedicated to protecting your medical information.

Central Mississippi Residential Center (CMRC) and all programs operated by CMRC are dedicated to protecting your medical information. CMRC and its facilities are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. CMRC collects information from you and stores it in a chart and on a computer. This is your health record. The health record is the property of CMRC, but the information in the record belongs to you. If you have any questions about any part of this Notice or if you want more information about the privacy practices at CMRC, please contact:

HIPAA/Privacy Officer
Telephone #: 601-683-4200
Central Mississippi Residential Center
701 Northside Drive
Newton, MS 39345

Effective Date of this Notice: August15, 2003. CMRC is required to abide by the terms of the notice currently in effect.

Effective Date of this Notice: August15, 2003. CMRC is required to abide by the terms of the notice currently in effect.

Section I: Description of how, CMRC may use or disclose your health information and examples of each.
The law permits CMRC to use or disclose your health information without your consent or authorization for the following purposes:

Treatment: We may use health information about you to provide treatment and services. We may disclose your health information to doctors, nurses, technicians, or other staff at CMRC who are involved in taking care of you or when we refer you to another health care provider for treatment or services.

Examples: Your physician may ask a nurse to give you certain medications or information related to your condition or treatment. Another example is that if you had a heart problem that required us to consult with a heart specialist (cardiologist) outside of the facility, your doctor at the facility may refer you to a cardiologist in the community for your care. We may also release your information to another treatment facility for your continued care after your discharge from this facility.

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to third party payers, such as insurance companies, Medicaid, or Medicare, when needed to determine your eligibility for benefits, for reimbursement or for other requirements related to payment for treatment or services.

Examples: Information on or accompanying a bill to your insurance company or a claim form to the Division of Medicaid may include information, such as your diagnosis, the dates you received the services for which payment is requested or claimed, and the procedures or services you received. Information may be disclosed and used as part of utilization review activities, such as pre-certification and preauthorization of services and concurrent and retrospective review of services.

Healthcare Operations: We may use your health information for the purposes of CMRC operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run or operate the facility and to make sure that all individuals we serve receive quality care.

Examples: Your records may be copied by a secretary to be sent to another health care provider for your continued treatment. Members of the medical/nursing staff and other staff at the facility may review your health information to assess the care, outcomes and quality of services you and others receive.

Section II. Other purposes for which we are permitted or required to use or disclose your health information without your consent:

  1. We may contact you to provide or remind you of an appointment, information about treatment alternatives, or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. Examples of how we may contact you include:
    • Telephone calls (messages to call the facility may be left on an answering machine).
    • Written correspondence.
    • Facsimile (fax).
    • Electronic mail.
    • Written correspondence or telephone calls asking you to help identify what services might be beneficial to you, to ask about your satisfaction with our services, or to ask about your ongoing treatment after discharge.
  2. We may disclose your health information to you or your authorized personal representative, except as restricted under applicable laws and regulations.
  3. Information may be released about you for public health activities, such as:
    • To prevent or control diseases.
    • To report death.
    • To report abuse or neglect.
    • To track products as regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to report problem or reactions to medications or products.
    • To provide notification and communication about product recalls, replacements and look-backs.
  4. Information may be released to health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law. These activities may include investigations, inspections and licensure, and other lawful activities. These activities may also include providing access to your health information on a need-to-know basis by members of the Humans Rights Advocacy Committee for approved activities. All specific information gained by the Human Rights Advocacy Committee will remain confidential.
  5. 5. Information may be disclosed in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding:
    • In response to a court order.
    • Under certain restricted circumstances, in response to a subpoena or a similar process.
  6. Information may be disclosed for law enforcement purposes under certain circumstances, such as reporting of certain types of physical injuries, locating persons and reporting and investigating crimes.
  7. Information may be disclosed to a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral directors, consistent with applicable law.
  8. If you are an organ, eye or tissue donor, your health information may be disclosed to organizations involved in procurement, banking or transplantation to facilitate organ, eye or tissue donation or transplantation.
  9. Information may be disclosed for public safety reasons to appropriate persons in order to prevent or lessen a serious and/or imminent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or the general public.
  10. Information may be disclosed as necessary to comply with Workers Compensation laws.
  11. Information may be disclosed for research purposes, only as approved by the facility’s research committee that serves as an Institutional Review Board and/or privacy board.
  12. We may disclose your health information for other purposes, only as required or permitted by law.

Section III. When CMRC may not use or disclose your health information.
Except as provided in this Notice of Privacy Practices, CMRC will not disclose your health information, including, except under certain conditions, psychotherapy notes, without your written authorization. If you do not authorize the facility to use or disclose your information for purposes other than as provided in this Notice, you may revoke your authorization in writing at any time.

Please Note:
Release of information and/or other health information rights relating to substance treatment/services and to nursing home services are also subject to rights and/or restrictions set out in other federal law and regulations.

IV. Your Health Information Rights.
You have the following rights with respect to your Protected Health Information (PHI):

  1. The right to request restrictions on certain uses or disclosures of protected health information. CMRC is not required to agree to your requested restriction. If the facility does agree to your requested restriction, we will comply with your request, unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment.
  2. The right to receive confidential communication of protected health information.
    You have the right to request in writing to the Privacy Officer that the facility only communicate to you in a certain format (for example, in writing) and/or location (for example, only at your work address). We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
  3. The right to inspect and copy protected health information, subject to certain restrictions as provided by law. You may be charged a fee for copying and/or postage.
  4. The right to amend protected health information. You have a right to request that CMRC amend or change your health information. CMRC is not required to change your health information under certain conditions. You must make requests for amendments in writing and include the reason(s) for your request.
  5. The right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information.
    You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information made by the facility, except for disclosures such as treatment, payment, healthcare operations, and certain other disclosures as provided by law.
  6. The right to receive a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices. If you agreed to receive this Notice electronically, you also have the right to request a paper copy.

V. How you can exercise your health information rights.

You may exercise one or more of the rights described in this Notice or receive additional information by contacting:

HIPAA/Privacy Officer
701 Northside Drive
Newton, MS 39345
Newton, MS 39345

If you believe your health information privacy rights have been violated, you may contact:

Central Mississippi Residential Center
ATTN: Patient Advocate
701 Northside Drive
Newton, MS 39345
601-683-4200

Or, you may contact:

OCR Regional Manager
Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 3B70
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909

or

Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 515F HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201

You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.


 

  • 701 Northside Drive
    Newton, MS 39345
  • Phone (601) 683-4200
    Fax (601) 683-4210
    Monday-Friday
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ​
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