THE PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE
This site is for informational purposes only, and intended solely to provide a general overview of Lievano-Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami medical practice. As such this site is not intended to replace or in any way circumvent personal medical care from a physician. If you have any questions about your health, please seek the advice of your healthcare professional. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
Please note our policy on email communication: We do not communicate with our patients via email or via our online contact form regarding their healthcare.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
As required by the Privacy Regulations created as a result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU (AS A PATIENT OF THIS PRACTICE) MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO YOUR INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION.
A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your individually identifiable health information (IIHI). In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and the privacy practices that we maintain in our practice concerning your IIHI. By federal and state law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time.
We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information:
- How we may use and disclose your IIHI
- Your privacy rights in your IIHI
- Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your IIHI
WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION (IIHI) IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your IIHI.
Treatment. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may use your IIHI to treat you. For example, we may ask you to have laboratory tests (such as blood or urine tests), and we may use the results to help us reach a diagnosis. We might use your IIHI in order to write a prescription for you, or we might disclose your IIHI to a pharmacy when we order a prescription for you. Many of the people who work for our practice – including, but not limited to, our doctors and nurses – may use or disclose your IIHI in order to treat you or to assist others in your treatment. Additionally, we may disclose your IIHI to others who may assist in your care, such as your spouse, children or parents. Finally, we may also disclose your IIHI to other health care providers for purposes related to your treatment.
Payment. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits), and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover, or pay for, your treatment. We also may use and disclose your IIHI to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your IIHI to bill you directly for services and items. We may disclose your IIHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their billing and collection efforts.
Health Care Operations. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may use and disclose your IIHI to operate our business. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our practice may use your IIHI to evaluate the quality of care you received from us, or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our practice. We may disclose your IIHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their health care operations.
Disclosures Required By Law. Our practice will use and disclose your IIHI when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR IIHI IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:
Public Health Risks. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may disclose your IIHI to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of: maintaining vital records, such as births and deaths, reporting child abuse or neglect, preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease, notifying a person regarding a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition, reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices, notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled, notifying appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) regarding the, potential abuse or neglect of an adult patient (including domestic violence); however, we will only disclose this information if the patient agrees or we are required or authorized by law to disclose this information, notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury or illness or medical surveillance.
Health Oversight Activities. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI practice may disclose your IIHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may use and disclose your IIHI in response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your IIHI in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
Law Enforcement. We may release IIHI if asked to do so by a law enforcement official: Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement, concerning a death we believe has resulted from criminal conduct, regarding criminal conduct at our offices, in response to a warrant, summons, court order, subpoena or similar legal process, to identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive or missing person, in an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime, or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator)
Serious Threats to Health or Safety. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may use and disclose your IIHI when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.
Military. Our practice may disclose your IIHI if you are a member of U.S. or foreign military forces (including veterans) and if required by the appropriate authorities.
National Security. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may disclose your IIHI to federal officials for intelligence and national security activities authorized by law. We also may disclose your
IIHI to federal officials in order to protect the President, other officials or foreign heads of state, or to conduct investigations.
Inmates. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may disclose your IIHI to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official.
Disclosure for these purposes would be necessary: (a) for the institution to provide health care services to you, (b) for the safety and security of the institution, and/or (c) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of other individuals.
Workers’ Compensation. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI may release your IIHI for workers’ compensation and similar programs. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR IIHI
You have the following rights regarding the IIHI that we maintain about you:
Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that our practice communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request specifying the requested method of contact, or the location where you wish to be contacted. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.
Requesting Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your IIHI for treatment, payment or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we restrict our disclosure of your IIHI to only certain individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request unless the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes of payment for healthcare services or healthcare operations. In this case we must agree to your request; however, you must have paid us in full “out of pocket” in order for us to grant the disclosure.
LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI is not required to agree to your request if it relates to your treatment; however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies, or when the information is necessary to treat you. Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion: (a) the information you wish restricted; (b) whether you are requesting to limit our practice’s use, disclosure or both; and (c) to whom you want the limits to apply.
Inspection and Copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the IIHI that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records, but not including psychotherapy notes. Our practice may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, labor and supplies associated with your request. Our practice may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however, you may request a review of our denial. Another licensed health care professional chosen by us will conduct reviews.
Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our practice. You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment.
LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI will deny your request if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is in our opinion: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the IIHI kept by or for the practice; (c) not part of the IIHI which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our practice, unless the individual or entity that created the information is not available to amend the information.
Accounting of Disclosures.
- If you do not use Electronic Health Record
All of our patients have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” An “accounting of disclosures” is a list of disclosures our practice has made of your IIHI. In order to obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit a request in writing. All requests for an “accounting of disclosures” must state a time period, which may not be longer than three (3) years from the date of your request. The first list you request within a 12-month period is free of charge, but our practice may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period.
Our practice will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and you may withdraw your request before you incur any costs.
- If you use or maintain an Electronic Health Record
All of our patients have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” An “accounting of disclosures” is a list of disclosures our practice has made of your IIHI. In order to obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit a request in writing. All requests for an “accounting of disclosures” must state a time period, which may not be longer than three (3) years from the date of disclosure. The first list you request within a 12-month period is free of charge, but our practice may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period.
LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and you may withdraw your request before you incur any costs. Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices.
Right to Provide an Authorization for Other Uses and Disclosures. LIEVANO-PEREZ OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF MIAMI will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your IIHI may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your IIHI for the reasons described in the authorization. Please note, we are required to retain records of your care.
Right to File a Complaint. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our office at HIPAA@LievanoPerezObgynMiami.com or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.