Apple Discount Drugs has created this statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy.
Apple Discount Drugs
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR HEALTH RECORD/INFORMATION:
YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS:
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REPORT A PROBLEM:
EXAMPLES OF DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT, AND HEALTH OPERATIONS:
We will use your health information for payment. For example: A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer. The information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as your diagnosis, procedures, discharge summary, and equipment and supplies used.
We will use your health information for regular health operations. For example: Members of the medical staff, the risk or quality improvement manager, or members of the quality improvement team may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. This information will then be used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the equipment and service we provide.
Business Associates: There may be some services provided in our organization through contracts with Business Associates. Examples include computer programmers/technicians used to help maintain our computer data base and billing systems and an external billing company or collection agency. When these services are contracted, we may disclose some or all of your health information to our Business Associate so that they can perform the job we’ve asked them to do. To protect your health information, however, we require Business Associates to appropriately safeguard your information.
Notification: We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, your location, and general condition.
Communication with family: Health professionals and staff, using their best judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relatives, close personal friends or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your care.
Marketing and Contacting Patients: We may contact you to provide appointment reminders, refill reminders, schedule deliveries, or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): As required by law, we may disclose to the FDA health information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.
Workers compensation: We may disclose health information to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs established by law.
Public health: As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with tracking births and deaths, as well as with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.
Correctional institution: Should you be an inmate of a correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution or agents thereof health information necessary for your health and the health and safety of other individuals. An inmate does not have the right to the Notice of Privacy Practices.
Law enforcement: We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena. Federal law makes provisions for your health information to be released to an appropriate health oversight agency, public health authority or attorney, provided that a work force member or business associate believes in good faith that we have engaged in unlawful conduct or have otherwise violated professional or clinical standards and are potentially endangering one or more patients, workers or the public.
Disposal of Prescription Vials: Our pharmacy does not reuse prescription vials and therefore requests you NOT return your empty vial to our store. To protect your health information, our staff has been instructed NOT to take your empty, returned vials as we cannot safeguard the PHI on the label and we cannot destroy these vials. You should dispose of your vials at your home using a black marker to black out all of your prescription and health information.
Notice of Privacy Practices availability: This notice will be prominently posted in the office where registration occurs. Patients will be provided a hard copy and the notice will be maintained on our Web site for viewing or printing.
EFFECTIVE DATE: 4/14/03
HIPAA Standard: §164.502(a), §164.530(h), §164.530(i)(4), §160.306, §160.306(b