LTCPractice.com is a web site developed and maintained by a group of physicians and nurse practitioners in Buffalo, New York. This group has provided care for the frail elderly since 1991. This care is provided in a variety of settings from in-home to hospital to subacute rehabilitation to assisted living to nursing home.
Over the past decade this group has developed many forms, guidelines and information sheets in an attempt to keep the providers current in Geriatric medicine, long-term care and governmental regulation in these settings. In addition, tools have been developed to assist nursing home staff to provide more comprehensive assessments of changes in residents' conditions. These tools have given the nursing staff more autonomy and have improved the quality of communication between the group's providers and the nursing staff. All of these are available for purchasing in the Consulting Services section.
The most recent addition to the site includes a section for families. The group considers the patients' extended family to be a very important aspect of care and planning for care. Consequently, the family section is intended to give the families a synopsis of frequent conditions encountered and what they can expect from us as providers.
Elder Medical Services, P.C.
The misuse of Personal Health Information (PHI) has been identified as a national problem causing patients inconvenience, aggravation, and money. We want you to know that all of our employees, managers and health care providers continually undergo training so that they may understand and comply with government rules and regulations regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with particular emphasis on the “Privacy Rule”. We strive to achieve the very highest standards of ethics and integrity in performing services for our patients.
It is our policy to properly determine appropriate uses of PHI in accordance with the governmental rules, laws, and regulations. We want to ensure that our practice never contributes in any way to the growing problem of improper disclosure of PHI. As part of this plan, we have implemented a Compliance Program that we believe will help us to prevent any inappropriate use of PHI.
We also know that we are not perfect! Because of this fact, our policy is to listen to our employees and our patients without any thought of penalization if they feel that an event in any way compromises our policy of integrity. More so, we welcome your input regarding any service problem so that we may remedy the situation promptly.
Thank you for being one of our highly valued patients.
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
q Basis for planning your care and treatment.
q Means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your care.
q Legal document describing the care received.
q Means by which you or a third-party payer can verify that services billed were actually provided.
q A tool in educating health professionals.
q A source of data for medical research.
q A source of information for public health officials charged with improving the health of this state and nation.
q A source of data for our planning and marketing.
q A tool with which we can assess and continually improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve.
q Obtain paper copy of this notice of information practices upon request.
q Inspect and copy your health record.
q Amend your health record.
q Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information.
q Request communications of your health information any alternative means or at alternative locations.
q Request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your information.
q Revoke your authorization to use of disclose health information except to the extent that action has already taken place.
q Providing appropriate security for our patient records.
q Protecting the privacy of our patients’ medical information.
q Providing patients with proper access to their medical records.
q Appropriately maintaining our patient information and billing process in compliance with national HIPAA standards.
q Provide you with this notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you.
q Abide by the terms of this notice.
q Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction.
q Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
We reserve the right to change our practices and to make new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. We will keep a posted copy of the most current notice in all of our facilities.
For More Information or to Report a Problem
If you have any questions, please contact Elder Medical’s Privacy Officer, Beth Hoerner at 716-871-0406.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with our Privacy Officer or with the Office for Civil Rights. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint with either party. The address is for the OCR is listed below:
Office for Civil Rights
To request additional information about our group contact: email@example.com (Office Manager).
Copyright Elder Medical Services P.C. 2007