Privacy Policy

Notice of Heart and Harmony’s Policies and Practices to Protect the Privacy of Your Health Information

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

1. Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations

Your therapist may use or disclose your protected health information (PHI) for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes with your consent. To help clarify these terms, here are some definitions: 

  • “PHI” refers to information in your health record that could identify you.
  • “Therapist” refers to any licensed mental health professional.
  • “Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations.” Treatment is when your therapist provides, coordinates or manages your health care and other services related to your health care. An example of treatment would be when your therapist consults with another health care provider, such as your family physician or another psychotherapist. Payment is when your therapist obtains reimbursement for your healthcare. Examples of payment are when your therapist discloses your PHI to your health insurer or Medicaid waiver DSA to obtain reimbursement for your health care or to determine eligibility or coverage. Health Care Operations are activities that relate to the performance and operation of this practice. Examples of health care operations are quality assessment and improvement activities, business-related matters, such as audits and administrative services, and case management and care coordination.
  • “Use” applies only to activities within this practice, such as sharing, employing, applying, utilizing, examining, and analyzing information that identifies you.
  • “Disclosure” applies to activities outside of this practice, such as releasing, transferring, or providing access to information about you to other parties.

2. Uses and Disclosures Requiring Authorization

Your therapist may use or disclose PHI for purposes outside of treatment, payment, or health care operations when your appropriate authorization is obtained. An “authorization” is written permission above and beyond the general consent that permits only specific disclosures. In those instances when your therapist is asked for information for purposes outside of treatment, payment or health care operations, your therapist will obtain an authorization from you before releasing this information. Your therapist will also need to obtain an authorization before releasing your psychotherapy notes. “Psychotherapy notes” are notes your therapist may have made about your conversation during a private, group, joint, or family counseling session, which have been kept separate from the rest of your medical record. These notes are given a greater degree of protection than PHI.

You may revoke all such authorizations (of PHI or psychotherapy notes) at any time, provided each revocation is in writing. You may not revoke an authorization to the extent that (1) your therapist has relied on that authorization; or (2) if the authorization was obtained as a condition of obtaining insurance coverage, and the law provides the insurer the right to contest the claim under the policy. 

3. Uses and Disclosures with Neither Consent nor Authorization

Your therapist may use or disclose PHI without your consent or authorization in the following circumstances:

  • Child Abuse: If your therapist knows or has reason to believe a child is being or has been neglected or abused, or that a child has been threatened with neglect or abuse that is likely to occur, he or she must immediately report the information to the relevant county department, police, or sheriff’s department.
  • Vulnerable Adult Abuse:  If your therapist has reason to believe that a vulnerable adult is being or has been maltreated, abused, or neglected, or has knowledge that a vulnerable adult has sustained a physical injury which is not reasonably explained, your therapist must immediately report the information to the appropriate agency in this county. Your therapist may also report the information to a law enforcement agency. 
  • Vulnerable Adult means a person who, regardless of residence or whether any type of service is received, possesses a physical or mental infirmity or other physical, mental, or emotional dysfunction (i) that impairs the individual’s ability to provide adequately for the individual’s own care without assistance, including the provision of food, shelter, clothing, health care, or supervision; and (ii) because of the dysfunction or infirmity and the need for assistance, the individual has an impaired ability to protect the individual from maltreatment.
  • Health Oversight: If the Texas Department of Regulation and Licensing requests that your therapist releases records to them in order for the appropriate examining board to investigate a complaint, he or she must comply with such a request.
  • Judicial or Administrative Proceedings: If you are involved in a court proceeding and a request is made for information about your diagnosis and treatment and the records thereof, such information is privileged under state law and your therapist will not release the information without written authorization from you or your personal or legally-appointed representative, or a court order. This privilege does not apply when you are being evaluated for a third party or where the evaluation is court ordered. You will be informed in advance if this is the case.
  • Serious Threat to Health or Safety: If your therapist has reason to believe that you may cause harm to yourself or another person, he or she must make a reasonable effort to warn the third party (if any) and/or contact law enforcement.
  • Worker’s Compensation: If you file a worker’s compensation claim, your therapist may be required to release records relevant to that claim to your employer or its insurer.

4. Patient’s Rights and Therapist’s Duties

Patient’s Rights:

  • Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information. However, your therapist is not required to agree to a restriction you request.
  • Right to Receive Confidential Communications by Alternative Means and at Alternative Locations: You have the right to request and receive confidential communications of PHI by alternative means and at alternative locations. 
  • Right to Inspect and Copy: You have the right to inspect or obtain a copy (or both) of PHI in the mental health and billing records used to make decisions about you for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. On your request, your therapist will discuss with you the details of the request and denial process.
  • Right to Amend: You have the right to request an amendment of PHI for as long as the PHI is maintained in the record. Your therapist may deny your request. On your request,  your therapist will discuss with you the details of the amendment process.
  • Right to an Accounting: You generally have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI regarding you. On your request, your therapist will discuss with you the details of the accounting process.
  • Right to a Paper Copy: You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from your therapist upon request, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically.

Therapist’s Duties: 

  • Your therapist is required by law to maintain the privacy of PHI and to provide you with a notice of his or her legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI.
  • Your therapist reserves the right to change the privacy policies and practices described in this notice. Unless he or she notifies you of such changes, however, your therapist is required to abide by the terms currently in effect.
  • If your therapist revises his or her policies and procedures, you will be provided with a copy of the revised version at your next scheduled therapy session. 

5. Complaints

If you are concerned that your therapist has violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision made by your therapist about access to your records, you may further discuss this with your therapist. If you are not satisfied, please contact Nikki Belshe Lanza, (HIPAA Compliance Officer) at 817-458-8813.

You may also send a written complaint to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints.

Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use

 

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, applicable laws and regulations and their compliance. If you disagree with any of the stated terms and conditions, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this site are secured by relevant copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  1. Permission is allowed to temporarily download one duplicate of the materials (data or programming) on Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC’s site for individual and non-business use only. This is a permit of license and not an exchange of title, and under this permit you may not:

    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial use , or for any public presentation (business or non-business);
    3. attempt to decompile or rebuild any product or material contained on Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC’s site;
    4. remove any copyright or other restrictive documentations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to someone else or even “mirror” the materials on another server.
  2. This permit might consequently be terminated if you disregard any of these confinements and may be ended by Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC whenever deemed. After permit termination or when your viewing permit is terminated, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your ownership whether in electronic or printed form.

3. Disclaimer

  1. The materials on Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC’s site are given “as is”. Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC makes no guarantees, communicated or suggested, and thus renounces and nullifies every single other warranties, including without impediment, inferred guarantees or states of merchantability, fitness for a specific reason, or non-encroachment of licensed property or other infringement of rights. Further, Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC does not warrant or make any representations concerning the precision, likely results, or unwavering quality of the utilization of the materials on its Internet site or generally identifying with such materials or on any destinations connected to this website.

4. Constraints

In no occasion should Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC or its suppliers subject for any harms (counting, without constraint, harms for loss of information or benefit, or because of business interference,) emerging out of the utilization or powerlessness to utilize the materials on Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC’s Internet webpage, regardless of the possibility that Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC or a Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC approved agent has been told orally or in written of the likelihood of such harm. Since a few purviews don’t permit constraints on inferred guarantees, or impediments of obligation for weighty or coincidental harms, these confinements may not make a difference to you.

5. Amendments and Errata

The materials showing up on Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC’s site could incorporate typographical, or photographic mistakes. Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC does not warrant that any of the materials on its site are exact, finished, or current. Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC may roll out improvements to the materials contained on its site whenever without notification. Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC does not, then again, make any dedication to update the materials.

6. Links

Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC has not checked on the majority of the websites or links connected to its website and is not in charge of the substance of any such connected webpage. The incorporation of any connection does not infer support by Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC of the site. Utilization of any such connected site is at the user’s own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC may update these terms of utilization for its website whenever without notification. By utilizing this site you are consenting to be bound by the then current form of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any case identifying with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, LLC’s site should be administered by the laws of the United States and Texas without respect to its contention of law provisions.

General Terms and Conditions applicable to Use of a Web Site.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critical to us. Likewise, we have built up this Policy with the end goal you should see how we gather, utilize, impart and reveal and make utilization of individual data. The following blueprints our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will gather and utilization of individual data singularly with the target of satisfying those reasons indicated by ourselves and for other good purposes, unless we get the assent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will just hold individual data the length of essential for the satisfaction of those reasons.
  • We will gather individual data by legal and reasonable means and, where fitting, with the information or assent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal information ought to be important to the reasons for which it is to be utilized, and, to the degree essential for those reasons, ought to be exact, finished, and updated.
  • We will protect individual data by security shields against misfortune or burglary, and also unapproved access, divulgence, duplicating, use or alteration.
  • We will promptly provide customers with access to our policies and procedures for the administration of individual data.

We are focused on leading our business as per these standards with a specific end goal to guarantee that the privacy of individual data is secure and maintained.

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