NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU AND YOUR TREATMENT MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
First Step Center is required by law to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your health information and to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. Please also respect the privacy of others you encounter in treatment.
First Step Center collects health information about you and stores it in an electronic health record. This is your medical record. The medical record is the property of First Step Center, but the information in the medical record belongs to you. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires First Step Center to maintain the privacy of your medical record. HIPAA generally requires that any uses or disclosures of information in your medical record be limited to the minimum necessary to the purposes of the uses or disclosures. HIPAA also provides you certain rights with respect to the information in your medical record which are described below.
Information relating to your treatment at First Step Center is protected by federal regulations specific to drug and alcohol treatment, which are known as 42 CFR Part 2. These regulations protect the confidentiality of information relating to the identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any patient in a drug or alcohol treatment program. First Step Center may not disclose records relating to your treatment without your written consent, except in narrowly limited circumstances. Under 42 CFR Part 2, the terms of a written consent to disclose information must specify the scope and types of information to be disclosed, the parties to whom the information may be disclosed, the purpose of the disclosure and the timeframe of the consent. You may revoke a consent to disclose information relating to drug and alcohol verbally or in writing at any time.
First Step Center may ask for your written consent to disclose treatment information for certain purposes, including releasing treatment information to or obtaining information from your other medical providers, obtaining payment from insurance or other payors, contacting your family either for treatment purposes or in the case of a medical or other emergency. First Step Center will not disclose your treatment information for these purposes without your consent.
First Step Center may disclose treatment information without your written consent under certain narrow circumstances as permitted by 42 CFR Part 2. For treatment purposes, First Step Center is permitted to use and disclose treatment information internally and to entities with which it shares administrative control. First Step Center is permitted to share treatment information as necessary with qualified service organizations that agree to maintain the confidentiality of the information. First Step Center also may disclose treatment information to outside auditors, regulatory agencies, and evaluators and for certain research purposes. First Step Center may disclose treatment information without your written consent when necessary in a life-threatening medical emergency and may disclose to report a crime on the premises or against First Step Center personnel. First Step Center also may disclose patient information without consent where the state mandates child abuse and neglect reporting; when cause of death is being reported; or when required by a valid court order that contains specific required findings.First Step Centermay contact you to share information aboutFirst Step Center’s treatment services or to send you reminder notices of future appointments for your treatment.
I. Your Health Information Rights
In addition to protecting privacy and confidentiality, HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 afford you the following rights with respect to your medical record and drug or alcohol treatment information:
You have the right to a paper copy of this written notice of First Step Center‘s privacy practices. 2. You have a right to request a copy of your treatment record or to receive
your health information through a reasonable alternative means or at an alternative location. First Step Center requires that all such requests be put in writing. A reasonable fee will be charged for copying your health information.
You have a right to request that First Step Center amend health information that is incorrect or incomplete. If First Step Center determines not to amend the health information, it will provide you with an explanation of the reason for the denial and your rights to disagree with the denial.
You have a right to request restrictions on otherwise permitted uses and disclosures of your health information. First Step Center is not obligated to comply with such requests.
You may request that we provide you with a written accounting of all disclosures made by us during a specific time period (not to exceed 6 years). We ask that such requests be made in writing on a form provided by our facility. Please note that an accounting will not apply to any of the following types of disclosures: disclosures made with your written consent for reasons of treatment, payment or health care operations; disclosures made to you or your legal representative, or any other individual involved with your care. You will not be charged for your first accounting request in any 12-month period. However, for any requests that you make thereafter, you will be charged a reasonable, cost-based fee.
II. Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices
First Step Center reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future, and to make the new provisions effective for all information that it maintains, including information that was created or received prior to the date of such amendment. Until amendment is made, First Step Center is required by law to comply with this Notice. Should our privacy practices change, we will provide all current and future patients with a copy of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective November 1, 2019
III. Complaints Regarding Privacy Practices
Complaints about this Notice of Privacy Practices or how First Step Center handles your health information should be directed to:
We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.This includes: letting you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information; following duties and privacy practices described in this notice and providing you a copy of it; not using or sharing your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing; in the case of you telling us we can, you have the right to change your mind at any time and may do so in writing.
For further information and full access to our policy, please see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html .
First Step Center
10051 East Dynamite Blvd. Suite G135
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles a complaint, you may submit a formal complaint to one of the following:
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Bureau of Quality Assurance for Prevention and Treatment
State Health and Human Services
City, State ZipCode
You may also address your complaint to one of the regional U.S Department of Health and Human Services Offices for Civil Rights. A list of these offices can be found online at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/addresses.html