DMA Health and Wellness Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective May, 1, 2022
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.
WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE?
This notice describes the practices of DMA Health and Wellness and the practices that will be followed by all of DMA Health and Wellness workforce members who handle your medical information.
OUR PLEDGE REGARDING YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
DMA Health and Wellness understands that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We maintain our records and conduct our treatment environment with a goal of providing the highest level of protection for your medical information, while still providing you with the highest level of medical care. This notices applies to all of the records of your medical care which are received or created by DMA Health and Wellness.
Your other medical treatment providers (e.g. doctors, hospitals, home health agencies, etc.) may have different policies or notices regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.
This notice will tell you about the ways in which DMA Health and Wellness may use and disclose medical information about you. Your medical information, also referred to as “protected health information” is that information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health information and related health care services.
In this notice, we also describe your rights and certain obligations DMA Health and Wellness has regarding the use and disclosure of your protected health information. We are required by name to:
- Make sure that medical and other information that identifies you (protected health information) is kept private.
- Give this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information about you.
- Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT AND HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS
By becoming a patient at DMA Health and Wellness, you are giving consent for DMA Health and Wellness to use your protected health information for certain activities, including treatment, payment and other health care operations. Sometimes, you may hear these three activities referred to as “TPO”.
First of all, we may use and disclose protected health information about you so that DMA Health and Wellness and its medical professionals can treat you. For example, we may use your past medical information in order to diagnose your present condition or we may provide information regarding your medical condition to another doctor to whom we refer you for additional care. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you so that we may be paid for the medical treatment we provide you. We may also use and disclose protected health information about you for DMA Health and Wellness health care operations, in other words, those other tasks that we need to perform to make sure that you are provided the highest quality of medical care. For example, we may use your protected health information to evaluate how we can better meet your needs or we may provide protected health information about you to an auditor who reviews our books so that we can keep our license to provide medical services in Texas.
Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information
The following uses of your protected health information may be made without any additional authorization from you. (Not every use or disclosure is listed, but be assured that all uses and disclosures made by DMA Health and Wellness are only those which are permitted under the law).