Tina Discepola Medical, PA General Consent for Treatment & Policies
CONSENT FOR MEDICAL CARE I give consent to TinaDiscepolaMD its staff, physicians and other practitioners (collectively, the “Practice”) to provide and perform such medical care, tests and other services that are deemed necessary or beneficial by the Practice for my health and well- being. I understand that the Practice is entirely virtual (“telemedicine” or “telehealth”) and that I will not be evaluated in person. Therefore, certain limitations exist regarding diagnostic capabilities within the Practice (for example, but not limited to, assessment of vital signs and performance of a physical exam). I understand that the Practice is considered adjunct, consultative care and is not considered to be a provider of my primary, acute or urgent care at any time. I acknowledge the need to obtain and maintain a relationship with a primary care provider of my choice to provide advice and treat any acute, chronic or urgent medical needs that are unable to be addressed in a consultative telemedicine/virtual practice environment by the Practice. I understand that my primary care professional may not agree with the necessity for – or the Practice’s interpretation of – any particular care, test or other service provided by the Practice. If I have any concerns regarding this, I agree to discuss them with the Practice and with my primary care professional. I understand that the Practice is not available to address urgent or acute care needs. The Practice does not maintain an answering service or any “on-call” services to address any medical needs. I agree to have any urgent, acute or emergency care needs addressed by contacting my primary care provider’s office, calling 911 emergency services or by proceeding to an urgent care facility or the emergency department of a hospital, whichever is appropriate. The Practice does not refill your medications as prescribed by your primary or urgent care physician. The Practice does not prescribe nor refill any controlled substance drug (scheduled II, III, and IV drugs)
FEES AND PAYMENT POLICIES Fees: TinaDiscepolaMD requires pre-Payment of all services and products available on the website. The fee schedules have been established after careful consideration of what is just and fair based on the specialized services provided. This takes into account the experience and expertise of our staff and the customary fee in our geographic area. Cancellation Policy: Your appointment time is reserved for you. Please allow at least 24 Hr. notice for rebooks or cancellation Payment: Payment is required at the time of scheduling a service via credit card or HSA card. You will be required to provide a credit card number to be kept on file after one forgotten payment, one missed appointment, and out of office appointments (home visits). Returned checks and late payments may be subject to an additional late payment fee. Failure to pay your bill in a timely manner or ongoing noncompliance with payment terms may incur collections charges and your bill may be sent to a collection agency. Missed Payments: All products and services need to be paid in full at the time the product or service is either scheduled or provided to you. Should you miss more than one appointment, or any payment due to decline of your credit card on file or failure to provide payment, the Practice will discuss with you plans to resolve your balance prior to, but not later than, the booking of your next appointment. Late fees may be assessed. All outstanding balances must be resolved by the end of each calendar month, in order to avoid certain late charges.
INSURANCE We do not accept insurance. TinaDiscepolaMD providers do not participate in any managed care networks or any type of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid or private plans. You may request an insurance reimbursement invoice to submit to your insurance. TinaDiscepolaMD providers are considered “Out of Network Providers,” as they are not participating providers of any insurance plans. Medicare/Medicaid: TinaDiscepolaMD providers have opted out of Medicare and other government medical payment programs. Usual Medicare limits to charges and services do not apply. By choosing to work with TinaDiscepolaMD, the patient and/or their legal representative acknowledge that the patient chooses to completely forego the use of any Medicare or Medicaid benefits for services provided by TinaDiscepolaMD and agrees that neither the patient nor any representative will file any claims to Medicare or Medicaid, nor will ask the provider to do so. Government payments will not be made for any products or services through TinaDiscepolaMD, including that of any particular service provided that may have been otherwise eligible for submission to any government payor were it not for the presence of this private contract. Medigap plans and other supplemental plans may elect not to reimburse for products or services provided by TinaDiscepolaMD which are not covered by Medicare. The patient acknowledges that he/she freely enters this contract with the knowledge of the patient’s right to obtain Medicare covered services from providers who have not opted out of Medicare, and understands that the patient is not compelled to enter into private contracts with providers who have opted out of Medicare.
Tina Discepola Medical, PA HIPAA NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
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. Tina Discepola Medical, PA (“TinaDiscepolaMD”) is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information, to provide to you (or your representative) this Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”) of our duties and privacy practices, and to notify you (or your representative) following a breach of your unsecured health information. TinaDiscepolaMD is required to abide by the terms of this Notice as may be amended from time to time. TinaDiscepolaMD has the right to change the terms of this Notice. Any revisions to this Notice will be effective for all health information that TinaDiscepolaMD has created or maintained in the past, and for any records that TinaDiscepolaMD creates or maintains in the future. TinaDiscepolaMD will post our current Notice in a prominent location in any future facilities, as well as on our website, www.TinaDiscepolaMD.com.
USE AND DISCLOSURE OF HEALTH INFORMATION THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH AND THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH TINADISCEPOLAMD MAY USE OR DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION: To Provide Treatment. TinaDiscepolaMD may use your health information to coordinate the treatment, medications and services you receive. For example, your attending physician or other health care professionals involved in your care may use information about your symptoms in order to prescribe appropriate medications. TinaDiscepolaMD may also disclose your health information to individuals outside TinaDiscepolaMD involved in your care, including family members, suppliers of medical equipment or other health care professionals. To Obtain Payment. TinaDiscepolaMD may use or disclose your health information to bill or collect payment for services or items you receive from TinaDiscepolaMD. For example, TinaDiscepolaMD may be required by your health insurer to provide information regarding your health care status so that the insurer will reimburse you or TinaDiscepolaMD. TinaDiscepolaMD may also need to obtain prior approval from your insurer and may need to explain to the insurer your need for health care and the services that will be provided to you. To Conduct Health Care Operations. TinaDiscepolaMD may use your health information for our own operations in order to facilitate the function of TinaDiscepolaMD. For example, TinaDiscepolaMD may use your health information to evaluate our staff performance, combine your health information with that of other TinaDiscepolaMD clients to evaluate how to more effectively serve all TinaDiscepolaMD clients, disclose your health information to TinaDiscepolaMD staff and contracted personnel for training purposes, or use your health information to contact you or your family as part of general community information mailings. TinaDiscepolaMD may also disclose your health information to a health oversight agency performing activities authorized by law, such as investigations or audits. These agencies include governmental agencies that oversee the health care system, government benefit programs and organizations subject to government regulation and civil rights laws. In addition, TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information to another health care provider subject to Federal privacy protection laws, as long as the provider has or has had a relationship with you and the information is for that provider’s health care operations. To Inform You About Health Information That May Be of Interest to You. TinaDiscepolaMD may use or disclose your health information to tell you about or recommend possible options or alternatives for your care, or to inform you of other information that may be of interest to you.
Release of Information to Family or Friends. Unless you specifically request in writing that TinaDiscepolaMD not communicate with such person(s), TinaDiscepolaMD may release your health information to a family member or friend who is involved in your treatment or who is helping pay for your care. Business Associates. TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information to our business associates that perform functions on our behalf or provide us with services if the information is necessary for them to provide such functions or services. TinaDiscepolaMD requires our business associates to agree in writing to protect the privacy of your health information, and to use and disclose your health information only as specified in that written agreement.
THE FOLLOWING IS A SUMMARY OF THE OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH AND THE OTHER PURPOSES FOR WHICH WELLNESSSCRIPTRX MAY USE OR DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION WITHOUT YOUR WRITTEN CONSENT OR AUTHORIZATION: When Legally Required. TinaDiscepolaMD will disclose your health information to the extent that it is required to do so by any Federal, State or local law. When There Are Risks to Public Health. TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information for the following public activities and purposes: – To prevent or control disease, injury or disability, report disease, injury, vital events such as death, and the conduct of public health surveillance, investigations and interventions. – To report adverse events, product defects, to track products or enable product recalls, repairs and replacements, and to conduct post-marketing surveillance and compliance with requirements of the Food and Drug Administration. – To notify a person who has been exposed to a communicable disease or who may be at risk of contracting or spreading a disease. – To an employer about an individual who is a member of the workforce, as legally required. To Report Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence. TinaDiscepolaMD is allowed to notify government authorities if TinaDiscepolaMD reasonably believes a resident is the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. TinaDiscepolaMD will make this disclosure only when specifically required or authorized by law or when you authorize the disclosure. To Conduct Health Oversight Activities. As permitted or required by State law, TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information to a health oversight agency for activities such as audits, civil, administrative or criminal investigations, inspections, and licensure or disciplinary action. If, however, you are the subject of a health oversight agency investigation, TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information only if it is directly related to your receipt of health care or public benefits. In Connection with Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. As permitted or required by State law, TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal as expressly authorized by such order. Under certain conditions, TinaDiscepolaMD also may disclose your health information in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process.
For Law Enforcement Purposes. As permitted or required by State law, TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for certain law enforcement purposes, including, under certain limited circumstances, if you are a victim of a crime or in order to report a crime. To Coroners and Medical Examiners. TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information to coroners and medical examiners for purposes of determining cause of death or for other duties, as authorized by law. To Funeral Directors. If necessary, to carry out their duties, TinaDiscepolaMD may disclose your health information to funeral directors prior to and in reasonable anticipation of, or following, your death, consistent with applicable law. For Organ, Eye or Tissue Donation. TinaDiscepolaMD may use or disclose your health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking or transplantation of organs, eyes or tissue for the purpose of facilitating the donation and transplantation. For Research Purposes. TinaDiscepolaMD may, under very select circumstances, use or disclose your health information for research. Before TinaDiscepolaMD discloses any of your health information for such research purposes, the project will be subject to an extensive approval process. In the Event of a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. TinaDiscepolaMD may, consistent with applicable law and ethical standards of conduct, disclose your health information if TinaDiscepolaMD, in good faith, believes that such disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to your health or safety, or to the health and safety of the public. For Specified Government Functions. In certain circumstances, the Federal regulations authorize TinaDiscepolaMD to use or disclose your health information to facilitate specified government functions relating to the military and veterans, national security and intelligence activities, protective services for the President and others, medical suitability determinations and inmates and law enforcement custody. For Worker’s Compensation. TinaDiscepolaMD may release your health information for worker’s compensation or similar programs.
AUTHORIZATION TO USE OR DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION Other than as stated above, TinaDiscepolaMD will not use or disclose your health information other than with your written authorization. Your authorization (or the authorization of your representative) is specifically required before TinaDiscepolaMD: (1) uses or discloses your psychotherapy notes; (2) uses your health information to make a marketing communication to you for which it receives financial remuneration from a third party, unless such communication is face-to-face or in other limited circumstances; or (3) discloses your health information in any manner that constitutes the sale of such information under HIPAA. Also, some types of health information are particularly sensitive, and the law, with limited exceptions, may require that TinaDiscepolaMD obtain your authorization to use or disclose that information. Sensitive information may include information dealing with genetics, HIV/AIDS, mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and substance abuse. If required by law, TinaDiscepolaMD will ask that you (or your representative) sign an authorization before we use or disclose such information. If you (or your representative) authorize TinaDiscepolaMD to use or disclose your health information, you (or your representative) may revoke that authorization in writing at any time, except to the extent that it has already been acted upon.
YOUR RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION THAT TINADISCEPOLAMD MAINTAINS: Receive Confidential Communications. You (or your representative) have the right to request that TinaDiscepolaMD communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that TinaDiscepolaMD only communicate with you about your health privately with no other family members present. All requests for confidential communications must be made in writing using the appropriate TinaDiscepolaMD form. This form can be requested by contacting the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. Such requests shall specify the requested method of contact or the location where you wish to be contacted. TinaDiscepolaMD will accommodate reasonable requests. You (or your representative) do not need to give a reason for your request. Please note if you choose to receive communications from us via e-mail or other electronic means, those may not be a secure means of communication and your health information that may be contained in our e-mails to you will not be encrypted. This means that there is risk that your health information in the e-mails may be intercepted and read by, or disclosed to, unauthorized third parties Right to Request Restrictions. You (or your representative) have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. For example, you (or your representative) may request a limit on TinaDiscepolaMD’s disclosure of your health information to someone who is involved in your care or the payment of your care. All requests for restrictions must be made in writing using the appropriate TinaDiscepolaMD form. This form can be requested by contacting the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. TinaDiscepolaMD is not required to agree to your request; however, if we do agree, we are bound by that agreement except when otherwise required by law or in emergencies. Except as otherwise required by law, TinaDiscepolaMD must agree to a restriction if: (1) the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations (and not for purposes of carrying out treatment); and (2) the health information pertains solely to a health care item or service for which TinaDiscepolaMD has been paid out of pocket, in full, by you or someone else on your behalf (not the health plan). If self-pay and request a restriction, it will apply only to those health records created on the date that you received the item or service for which you, or another person (other than the health plan) on your behalf, paid in full, and which document the item or service provided on such date. Right to Inspect and Copy Your Health Information. You (or your representative) have the right to inspect and copy your health information, including billing records. All requests to inspect and copy records must be made in writing using the appropriate TinaDiscepolaMD form. This form can be requested by contacting the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. If you (or your representative) request a copy of your health information, TinaDiscepolaMD will provide you (or your representative) a copy of your records in the format you request, unless we cannot practicably do so. TinaDiscepolaMD may charge a reasonable fee for any copying and assembling costs associated with your request. TinaDiscepolaMD may deny your request to inspect and/or copy your health information in certain limited circumstances. If TinaDiscepolaMD denies your request, you (or your representative) may request that we provide you with a review of our denial. Reviews will be conducted by a licensed health care professional who we have designated as a reviewing official, and who did not participate in the original decision to deny the request. Right to Amend Your Health Information. If you (or your representative) believe your health information is incorrect or incomplete, you (or your representative) have the right to request that TinaDiscepolaMD amend your records. That request may be made as long as TinaDiscepolaMD still maintains your records, and must include a reason for the amendment. All requests for amendment must be made in writing using the appropriate TinaDiscepolaMD form. This form can be requested by contacting the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. TinaDiscepolaMD may deny the request if it is not in writing or does not include a reason for the amendment. The request may also be denied if the requested amendment pertains to your health information that was not created by TinaDiscepolaMD, if the records you are requesting to amend are not part of TinaDiscepolaMD’s records, if the health information you wish to amend is not part of the health information you (or your representative) are permitted to inspect and copy, or if, in the opinion of TinaDiscepolaMD, the records containing your health information are accurate and complete. Right to an Accounting. You (or your representative) have the right to request an accounting of disclosures of your health information made by TinaDiscepolaMD for certain purposes. All requests for an accounting must be made in writing using the appropriate TinaDiscepolaMD form. This form can be requested by contacting the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. The request should specify the time period for the accounting, which may not exceed six years. TinaDiscepolaMD will provide the first accounting you request during any 12-month period without charge. Subsequent accounting requests may be subject to a reasonable cost-based fee. Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice. You (or your representative) have the right to receive a separate paper copy of this Notice at any time even if you (or your representative) have received this Notice previously. To obtain a separate paper copy, please contact Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. Right to Breach Notification. You (or your representative) have the right to be notified of any breach of your unsecured health information. Notification of a breach may be delayed or not provided if so required by a law enforcement official. If you are deceased and there is a breach of your health information, the notice will be provided to your next of kin or personal representative if TinaDiscepolaMD knows the identity and address of such individual. CONTACT PERSON TinaDiscepolaMD has designated the Privacy Officer as its contact person for all issues regarding resident privacy and your rights under the Federal privacy standards. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Notice or your privacy rights, please contact the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546. You may also write to the Privacy Officer at the following address:
Tina Discepola Medical, PA Attention: Privacy Officer 862 Edgebrook Lane Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 COMPLAINTS TinaDiscepolaMD encourages you to express any concerns you may have regarding the privacy of your health information. You will not be retaliated against in any way for expressing your concerns or filing a complaint. You (or your representative) have the right to express complaints to TinaDiscepolaMD or to the Secretary of Health and Human Services if you (or your representative) believe that your privacy rights have been violated. Any complaints to TinaDiscepolaMD may be made by calling the Privacy Officer at 914.909.2546 or by writing to the Privacy Officer at Tina Discepola Medical, PA, 862 Edgebrook Lane, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411. EFFECTIVE DATE FEBRUARY 20, 2019