THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Best Friends Community Services, LLC and its affiliates are required by law to provide you with this Notice explaining the Company’s privacy practices regarding your medical information and how we may use and disclose your protected health information (“PHI”) for treatment, payment and for health care operations, as well as for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. You have certain rights regarding the privacy of your PHI and we also describe those rights in this Notice.
Best Friends Community Services, LLC reserves the right to change the provision of our Notice and make new provisions effective for all PHI we maintain. If Best Friends Community Services, LLC makes a material change to our Notice, we will post the changes promptly on our website BestfriendsTX.com.
Effective Date of This Notice: March 01, 2017
What is Protected Health Information (PHI)?
Protected health information (“PHI”) consists of specific and identifiable health information of an individual, which may include demographic information that Best Friends Community Services, LLC collects from you or creates. It also consists of information received from another health care provider, a health plan, or a health care clearing house and that relates to (1) your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition; (2) the provision of health care to you; or (3) the past, present or future payment for the provision of health care to you.
What is HITECH?
Under HITECH, Best Friends Community Services, LLC is required to notify its clients whose PHI has been breached. Notification must occur by first class mail within 60 days of the breach incident. A breach occurs when an unauthorized use or disclosure that compromises the privacy or security of PHI poses a significant risk for financial, reputational or other harm to the individual. This notice must (1) contain a brief description of what happened, including the date of the breach and date of discovery; (2) the steps that the individual should take to protect themselves from potential harm resulting from the breach; and (3) a brief description of what Best Friends Community Services, LLC is doing to investigate the breach, mitigate losses, and to protect against further breaches.
Best Friends Community Services, LLC Business Associate Agreements provide that all HIPAA security administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, technical safeguards and security policies, procedures, and documentation requirements apply directly to the Business Associate.
How Best Friends Community Services, LLC May Use or Disclose Your Health Information
Best Friends Community Services, LLC collects health information about you and stores it in a chart which is your medical record. We need this information to provide you with quality care and to create a record of the care and services you receive at Best Friends Community Services, LLC. Best Friends Community Services, LLC is committed to protecting the privacy of your PHI.
Best Friends Community Services, LLC Website Privacy Practices
If you have any questions about this policy please contact us at:
Best Friends Community Services, LLC
605 North Market Street
Grapeland, TX 75844
Information Automatically Collected
When you visit our website, our servers automatically store the following information about your computer in log files:
- Your IP address
- Your browser and version
- Your operating system
- The date and time of your visit
- The site from which you came (If you came from a search engine, the search words you used to find our site are also stored.)
This information cannot be used to identify specific individuals, and is only used for:
- Anonymous user analysis
- Research and development
Information You Submit
When you send us electronic mail, thereby disclosing your e-mail address, we do not sell or disclose any of this information to third parties.
When you request information through our website, we use your personal and business information only for the purpose it was submitted for. We do not sell or disclose any of this information to third parties.
Best Friends Community Services, LLC will use and disclose PHI for marketing purposes only with the individual’s authorization. We will use and disclose PHI that constitutes the sale of PHI only with the individual’s authorization.
Only the minimum necessary PHI will be disclosed to accomplish the above purposes.