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We may use or disclose your protected health information (PHI), for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes with your consent. To help clarify these terms, here are some definitions:
We may use or disclose PHI for purposes outside of treatment, payment, or health care operations when your appropriate authorization is obtained. An “authorization” is written permission above and beyond the general consent that permits only specific disclosures. In those instances when we are asked for information for purposes outside of treatment, payment, or healthcare operations, we will obtain an authorization from you before releasing this information. We will also need to obtain an authorization before releasing your Psychotherapy Notes. “Psychotherapy Notes” are notes your therapist has made about your conversation during a private, group, joint, or family counseling session, which your therapist has kept separate from the rest of your medical record. These notes are given a greater degree of protection than PHI.
You may revoke all such authorizations of (PHI or Psychotherapy Notes) at any given time, provided each revocation is in writing. You may not revoke an authorization to the extent that(1) we have relied on that authorization or (2) if the authorization was was obtained as a condition of obtaining insurance coverage, law provides the insurer the right to contest the claim under the policy.
III. Uses and Disclosures with Neither Consent nor Authorization
Your therapist may use or disclose PHI without your consent or authorization in the following circumstances:
If you are concerned that your therapist or anyone in our office has violated your privacy rights or you disagree with a decision your therapist made about access to your records, you may contact the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. You may also send a written complaint to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of the parties listed above can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.