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HIPAA

HIPAA Policy for  The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES (HIPAA COMPLIANCE)

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. PLEASE NOTE THAT USING THIS WEB SITE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A DOCTOR - PATIENT RELATIONSHIP AND THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT APPLY UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE BECOME A PATIENT OF The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas.

THIS NOTICE IS FROM The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas.

The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas provides bariatric surgery. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas is committed to maintaining the privacy of health information and to provide patients with a notice of its legal duties and privacy practices. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas will not use or disclose private health information except as described in this notice. "Private Health Information" is information about you which was created or received by The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas and that relates to a past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, or the provision of, or payment for, health care and which could be used to identify the patient.

EXAMPLES OF DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT AND HEALTH OPERATIONS. The following categories describe the ways that Surgical Bariatrics Northwest may use and disclose private health information without written authorization.

Treatment: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas will use health information in the provision and coordination of healthcare. We may disclose all or any portion of private health information, such as medical reports, to attending physicians and other health care providers who have an emergent need for such information in the care and continued treatment of the patient. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas also may disclose health information to other people, such as family members, clergy and others who may be directly involved in the patient's care.

Payment: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may release private health information about the patient for the purposes of determining coverage, billing, claims management, private health data processing, and reimbursement. The information may be released to a health plan or health insurer, or a workers compensation or other insurance company responsible for payment of our services, an employer involved in a workers' compensation program, and a third party payer or other entity (or their authorized representatives) involved in the payment of the patient's medical bill, and may include copies or excerpts of the private health record which are necessary for payment of the account. For example, a bill sent to a third party payer may include information that identifies the patient, the diagnosis, and the modalities used, and may include a copy of the medical report.

Health Care Operations: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may use and disclose private health information during routine healthcare operations including, without limitation, utilization review, evaluation of our staff, assessing the quality of care and outcomes in the patient's case and similar cases, internal auditing, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities, private health research and educational purposes.

Scheduling and Appointment Reminders: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may use and disclose private health information obtained when scheduling medical or other healthcare services and when it contacts the patient as a reminder of an appointment for services. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may also use and disclose private health information to tell the patient or others of information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services of possible interest to the patient.

Business Associates: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may use and disclose certain private health information about the patient to business associates. A business associate is an individual or entity under contract with the The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas to perform or assist The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas in a function or activity which necessitates access to, or the use or disclosure of, private health information. Examples of business associates, include, but are not limited to, a copy service used by The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas to copy private health records, consultants, accountants, lawyers, practice management organizations, private health transcriptionists, case managers, marketing and customer service personnel and third-party billing companies. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas will attempt to require the business associate to protect the confidentiality of private health information.

Regulatory Agencies: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may disclose private health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, including, but not limited to, licensure, certification, audits, investigations and inspections.

Law Enforcement/Litigation: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may disclose private health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena or court order.

Public Health: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may disclose private health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability. For example, The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may be required to report the existence of a communicable disease to the Department of Health to protect the health and wellbeing of the general public.

Workers Compensation: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may release private health information to employers, health care providers, examiners, judges, insurance companies, and others with a need to know, in connection with workers' compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses.

Military/Veterans: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may disclose private health information as required by military command authorities, if the patient is a member of the armed forces.

Required by Law: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas will disclose private health information about you when required to do so by law including, without limitation, for judicial or administrative proceedings, to report information related to victims of abuse, neglect or violence, to assist law enforcement officials in their law enforcement duties.

Coroners, Medical Examiners, Funeral Directors: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may release private health information to a coroner or private health examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or to determine a cause of death. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may also release private health information to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.

Other Uses: Any other uses and disclosures will be made only with written authorization.

PATIENT HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS: Although all records concerning treatment are the property of The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas you have the following rights concerning private health information. ("CFR" below stands for the Code of Federal Regulations). To exercise any of these rights, please contact the Privacy Officer identified below, in writing.

Right to Confidential Communications: You have the right to receive confidential communications of your private health information by alternative means or at alternative locations as provided by 45 CFR § 164.522. For example, you may request that The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas only contact you at work or by mail.

Right to Inspect and Copy: You have the right to inspect and copy your private health information as provided by 45 CFR §164.524.

Right to Amend: You have the right to amend your private health information as provided by 45 CFR §164.526.

Right to an Accounting: You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your private health information as provided by 45 CFR §164.528.

Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your private health information as provided by 45 CFR §164.522. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas may not agree to honor the request.

Right to Receive Copy of this Notice: You have the right to receive a paper copy of this Notice, upon request.

Right to Revoke Authorization: You have the right to revoke your authorization to use or disclose your private health information except to the extent that action has already been taken in reliance on your authorization.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REPORT A PROBLEM: If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact: Our office manager, at the number and address below. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas and/or with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with the The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas please contact:  The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas , 9502 Huebner Rd. Ste 301, San Antonio, Texas, 78240. All complaints must be submitted to the Privacy Officer in writing at the above address. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.

CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE: The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas will abide by the terms of the Notice of Health Information Practices currently in effect. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas reserves the right to change the terms of its notice and to make the new notice provisions effective for all protected health information that it maintains. The Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas  will post any revised Notice (prior to implementation of same).

NOTICE EFFECTIVE DATE: The effective date of the notice is March 10, 2009.

Our Vision

Redefining healthcare by creating meaningful relationships and experiences with our patients and the community in order to overcome obesity and metabolic disease fostering improved health and a better quality of life.

If you are like most people, you are probably extremely frustrated and tired of dealing with excess weight. You have probably tried every diet out there and perhaps had some success but just have not been able to achieve long term success. Our comprehensive program will give you the tools you need to lose the weight you want and to keep it off.

Because every patient is unique, we strive to design a customized program to meet the needs of each individual. Having the expertise of an Obesity Medicine Specialist, Dr. Jenny Seger, we have the unique opportunity to provide more complete weight management and wellness services than those which are available in other practices.


Our Mission

BMI of Texas exists to provide innovative and comprehensive medical and surgical care to patients with obesity and metabolic disease. We are dedicated to creating an enduring partnership with patients in order to ensure their long-term success. We are committed to providing such care in a supportive, compassionate, and guilt-free environment.

When it comes to Texas obesity surgery, it is our goal to not only help you achieve your weight loss goals but to improve your overall health and quality of life. We look forward to partnering with you on your journey to a healthier you!