HIPPA 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.
Effective date: April 14, 2003
Jennifer Cox EdD LPC has been and will always be totally committed to maintaining clients confidentiality. We will only release healthcare information about you in accordance with federal and state laws and ethics of the counseling profession.
This notice describes our policies related to the use and disclosure of your healthcare information.
Uses and disclosures of your health information for the purposes of providing services. Providing treatment services, collecting payment and conducting health care operations are necessary activities for quality care. State and federal laws allows us to use and disclose your health information for these purposes.
TREATMENT We may need to use or disclose health information about you to provide, manage or coordinate your care or related services. Which could include consultants and potential referral sources.
PAYMENT Information needed to verify insurance coverage and/or benefits with your insurance carrier, to process your claims as well as information needed for billing and collection purposes. We may bill the person in your family who pays for your insurance.
HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS We may need to use information about you to review our treatment procedures and business activity. Information may be used for certification, compliance and licensing activities.
Other uses or disclosures of your information which does not require your consent There are some instances where we may be required to use and disclose information without your consent. For example, but not limited to: Information you and/or your child or children report about physical or sexual abuse: then by Illinois State Law, we are obligated to report this to the Department of Children and Family Services. If you provide information that informs us that you are in danger of harming yourself or others. Information to remind you of /or to reschedule appointments or treatment alternatives. Information shared with law enforcement if a crime is committed on our premises or against our staff or as required by law such as a subpoena or court order.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any nonemergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 985-3059.