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
We respect our legal obligation to keep health information that identifies you private. We are obligated by law to give you Notice of our privacy practices. This Notice describes how we protect your health information and what rights you have regarding it.
TREATMENT, PAYMENT, AND HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS:
The most common reason why we use or disclose your health information is for treatment, payment, or health care operations. Examples of how we use or disclose your health information for payment purposes are: asking you about your health or vision care plans, or other sources of payment; preparing and sending bills or claims; and collecting unpaid amounts(either ourselves, through a collection agency or attorney). Health care operations mean those administrative and managerial functions that we have to do in order to run our office. Examples of how we use or disclose your health information for health care operations are; financial or billing audits; internal quality assurance; personnel decisions, participation in managed care plans, defense of legal matters; business planning; and outside storage of our records.
Texas State Optical Of McKinney may disclose a limited set of your refractive data and email address to enable you to order your contacts online efficiently without needing to enter a prescription to order your lenses.
Texas State Optical of McKinney may at the patient’s request, release items such as prescription contact lenses, copies of prescriptions and other exam information to family members or friends to increase the convenience for the patient. Texas State Optical may also accept payment for services and products from persons other than the patient. Unless you object Texas State Optical may also share relevant information about your eye exam findings with family or friends who are helping you with your eye care.
We routinely use your health information in our office for the above purposes without any special permission.
USES AND DISCLOSURES FOR OTHER REASONS WITHOUT PERMISSION:In some limited situations, the law allows or requires us to use or disclose your health information without your permission. Not all of these situations will apply to us; some may never come up at our office at all. Such uses or disclosures are;