HIPAA Notice of Privacy Policy

Effective May 1, 2005

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) includes a national privacy standard to protect the privacy of your health information. This requires that MetroPath notify you of our Privacy Practices. In the process of receiving medical services from Metropolitan Pathologists PC you will be providing us with personal information such as your name, address, phone number, medical history, and insurance coverage information. “Circle of Care” individuals and entities such as your primary care physician, health plan(s), clinics, friend, and family also may provide information surrounding your care. This information is considered Protected Health Information (PHI) and is required to be used solely and disclosed for the purposes described herein.

Treatment, payment, and health care operations

MetroPath may use or disclose your health information for the purposes of providing treatment, payment services, and healthcare operations. These include, but are not limited to, reviewing practitioner and staff performance, quality assurance, training, certification and accreditation, programs, and credentialing.

Required disclosures

MetroPath must disclose your health information to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding our compliance with HIPAA. We are required to disclose your health information to federal, state, or local law enforcement, military authorities, national security agencies, public health agencies, or other institutions with lawful custody of your PHI.

Business associates

MetroPath does work with outside individuals and organizations to assist in our day-to-day operations. We may disclose health information to these associates on a need-to-know basis. They are required to protect the confidentiality of your PHI to the same extent as MetroPath.

Persons involved in care

We may use and disclose health information, such as location, payment, general health, or death, with persons who may aide in your care. When possible (in a non-emergency), we will obtain your authorization before using or disclosing this information.

Abuse and neglect

We may disclose health information for cases of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence when required by law or authorized by you.

Your patient rights

Access on request, and with limited exceptions

MetroPath is required to disclose and provide copies of your health information to you. Your request must be made in writing and a reasonable fee may be charged.

Accounting

You are entitled to receive an accounting of all disclosure of your health information to individuals or organizations not involved in your treatment, payment, or healthcare operations. An accounting of the accrual of disclosures will be kept for at least six years.

Restriction

You have the right to ask for restrictions on how we use and disclose your health information for treatment, payment, and health care operation purposes. Though not required, MetroPath will comply with any restriction agreement(s), except in emergency situations.

Amendment

You may request, in writing, that MetroPath amend your health information.

Alternate communications

You may request that MetroPath communicate with you concerning your health information by alternative means and at alternative locations.

Complaints

Contact the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue Southwest, Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201

Metropolitan Pathologists, P.C.,
7444 West Alaska Drive, Suite 250
Lakewood, CO 80226
303-592-7284 tel
303-892-0601 fax