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HIPAA & PRIVACY Policy

Surgery Second Opinion is committed to protecting your health information. Our Notice of Privacy Policy explains how Surgery Second Opinion will safeguard your privacy.

DISCLAIMER: Even though Surgery Second Opinion is NOT subject to US jurisdiction, we idolize HIPAA guidelines as closely as possible. We feel that HIPAA offers the most comprehensive patient privacy protection worldwide. We believe this step will help us a bond of trust with our consumers. The shear nature of the Law and the provisions therein – make it very important to follow with heart and soul. We absolutely AGREE WITH THE RIGHTS AND PROVISIONS as enacted  in HIPAA .

HIPAA and what’s important for you !

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which became a law in 1996.

HIPAA’s two major aspects include

  • Privacy. It provides rules regarding how your health information may be used and disclosed.
  • Security. It requires specific security measures to protect health information that is sent or stored electronically.

What are your Rights Under HIPAA

Some of the rights you have under HIPAA include the right to:

  • Review and get a copy of your health and billing information
  • Ask that your health and billing information be amended
  • Ask for restrictions on the use of your health and billing information
  • Ask for confidential communications

Exercising your privacy rights

If you would like to obtain information on how to request to inspect and/or receive a copy of your health information; request a restriction on the use or disclosure of your health information; request confidential communications; request a disclosure of your health information; or for any other questions, please contact us at: privacyofficer@surgerysecondopinion.com

SURGERY SECOND OPINION (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the SURGERY SECOND OPINION website (the “Service”). This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information when you use our Service. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. We use your Personal Information for providing and improving the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible at https://surgerysecondopinion.com/PRIVACY POLICY This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review the information in this notice carefully. This Notice provides you with information to protect the privacy of your confidential health care information, hereafter referred to as protected health information (PHI). The Notice also describes the privacy rights you have and how you can exercise those rights. This Notice serves as a joint Notice from Surgerysecondopinion.com and members of the Surgerysecondopinion.com medical staff through an organized health care arrangement.

Your PHI may be used or disclosed for the following purposes based on your signing our Conditions of Admission Form which includes your acknowledgement of the Notice of Privacy Practices:

Treatment Purposes:  Your PHI may be used by and disclosed to other health care professionals for the purpose of providing you with health care services.  This may also include the need for us to obtain PHI from your previous health care providers.  For example, information obtained by a nurse, physician or other member of your healthcare team will be recorded in your medical record and used to determine the course of treatment that should work best for you.

Health Care Operations:  Your PHI may be used or disclosed for health care operations.  Our staff members and independent contractors may have to access PHI for certain business operations and for quality improvement purposes.  These uses and disclosures are necessary to operate SecondOpinions.COM to help ensure that all of our patients receive quality care.  For example, we may use PHI about your healthcare condition to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you.

Business Associates:  There are some services in our organization that are provided through contract with business associates.  Your health care information may be used by or disclosed to our business associate(s) to provide and bill for services.  These business associates will sign an agreement that requires them to have procedures in place to protect the privacy of your PHI.

Your PHI may be used or disclosed for the following purposes based on your opportunity to agree or object:

Patient Directory:

Notification of and Communication with Family:

Disclosure Statements

A.  We intend to use and disclose PHI in the additional following ways:

  1. To contact you or leave messages for you regarding appointments;
  2. To provide alternative treatment information;
  3. To contact you or leave messages for you regarding test results.

B. The Law requires that we have privacy protections for Protected Health Information and to give

you Notice of our legal responsibilities to individuals.

C. We have to follow the terms and conditions contained in this Notice of Privacy Practices.

D. We retain the right to make retroactive and non-retroactive changes to the Notice of Privacy

Your Health Information Rights

Right to Request a Restriction of Uses and Disclosures:

Right to Request Confidential Communications:

Right to Inspect and Copy:

Right to Amend:

Right to Receive an Accounting of Disclosures:

Right to Receive a Paper Copy of this Notice:

Right to File a Complaint: Your complaint can be submitted, in writing, to our Privacy Officer.  Your complaint can be anonymous.  We value your opinion . Please contact us at: privacyofficer@surgerysecondopinion.com