Lauren Walsh, LMHC
The relationship between a client and therapist is considered confidential and is protected by law. Written permission is required prior to disclosing information. Some exceptions exist.
Your Information. Your Rights. My Responsibilities.
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.
You have the right to:
You have some choices in the way that I use and share information as I:
Uses and Disclosures
I may use and share your information as I:
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of my responsibilities to help you. You have the right to:
Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
Ask me to correct your medical record
Request confidential communications
Ask me to limit what I use or share
Get a list of those with whom I’ve shared information
Get a copy of this privacy notice
Choose someone to act for you
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
For certain health information, you can tell me your choices about what I share. If you have a clear preference for how I share your information in the situations described below, talk to me. Tell me what you want me to do, and I will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell me to:
If you are not able to tell me your preference, for example if you are unconscious, I may go ahead and share your information if I believe it is in your best interest. I may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases I never share your information unless you give me written permission:
Uses and Disclosures
How do I typically use or share your health information?
I typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
I can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
Run our organization
I can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
Example: I use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
Bill for your services
I can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.
Example: I give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
How else can I use or share your health information?
I am allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. I do not share information in this way, if I did I would have to meet many conditions in the law before I can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html
Help with public health and safety issues
I can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
Do research – I do not conduct research
I can use or share your information for health research.
Comply with the law
I will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that I’m complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests – I do not do this.
I can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
I can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
I can use or share health information about you:
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
I can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html
Changes to the Terms of this Notice
I can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information I have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.