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Allergy Partners 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.

We understand the importance of privacy and are committed to maintaining the confidentiality of your medical information.
We make a record of the medical care we provide and may receive such records from others. We use these records to
provide or enable other health care providers to provide quality medical care, to obtain payment for services provided to you
as allowed by your health plan and to enable us to meet our professional and legal obligations to operate this medical
practice properly. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information, to provide individuals
with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information, and to notify affected
individuals following a breach of unsecured protected health information. This notice describes how we may use and disclose
your medical information. It also describes your rights and our legal obligations with respect to your medical information.
If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact our Privacy Officer listed above.

This medical practice collects health information about you and stores it in a chart and in an electronic health record/personal
health record. This is your medical record. The medical record is the property of this medical practice, but the information in
the medical record belongs to you. The law permits us to use or disclose your health information for the following purposes:

1. Treatment. We use medical information about you to provide your medical care. We disclose medical information to our
employees and others who are involved in providing the care you need. For example, we may share your medical information
with other physicians or other health care providers who will provide services that we do not provide. Or we may share this
information with a pharmacist who needs it to dispense a prescription to you, or request a medication history from your
pharmacy, or a laboratory that performs a test. We may also disclose medical information to members of your family or others
who can help you when you are sick or injured, or after you die.
2. Payment. We use and disclose medical information about you to obtain payment for the services we provide. For example, we
give your health plan the information it requires before it will pay us. We may also disclose information to other health care
providers to assist them in obtaining payment for services they have provided to you.
3. Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you to operate this medical practice. For example,
we may use and disclose this information to review and improve the quality of care we provide, or the competence and
qualifications of our professional staff. Or we may use and disclose this information to get your health plan to authorize services
or referrals. We may also use and disclose this information as necessary for medical reviews, legal services and audits, including
fraud and abuse detection and compliance programs and business planning and management. We may also share your medical
information with our “business associates,” such as our billing service, that perform administrative services for us. We have a
written contract with each of these business associates that contains terms requiring them and their subcontractors to protect the
confidentiality and security of your protected health information. We may also share your information with other health care
providers, health care clearinghouses or health plans that have a relationship with you, when they request this information to help
them with their quality assessment and improvement activities, their patient-safety activities, their population-based efforts to
improve health or reduce health care costs, their protocol development, case management or care-coordination activities, their
review of competence, qualifications and performance of health care professionals, their training programs, their accreditation,
certification or licensing activities, or their health care fraud and abuse detection and compliance efforts.
4. Appointment Reminders. We may use and disclose medical information to contact and remind you about appointments. If you
are not home, we may leave this information on your answering machine or in a message left with the person answering the
phone.
5. Sign In Sheet. We may use and disclose medical information about you by having you sign in when you arrive at our office. We
may also call out your name when we are ready to see you.
6. Notification and Communication with Family. We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notifying a family
member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care about your location, your general condition or,
unless you had instructed us otherwise, in the event of your death. In the event of a disaster, we may disclose information to a
relief organization so that they may coordinate these notification efforts. We may also disclose information to someone who is
involved with your care or helps pay for your care. If you are able and available to agree or object, we will give you the
opportunity to object prior to making these disclosures, although we may disclose this information in a disaster even over your
objection if we believe it is necessary to respond to the emergency circumstances. If you are unable or unavailable to agree or
object, our health professionals will use their best judgment in communication with your family and others.
7. Marketing. Provided we do not receive any payment for making these communications, we may contact you to give you
information about products or services related to your treatment, case management or care coordination, or to direct or
recommend other treatments, therapies, health care providers or settings of care that may be of interest to you. We may similarly
describe products or services provided by this practice and tell you which health plans this practice participates in. We may also
encourage you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get recommended tests, participate in a disease management program, provide
you with small gifts, tell you about government sponsored health programs or encourage you to purchase a product or service
when we see you, for which we may be paid. Finally, we may receive compensation which covers our cost of reminding you to
take and refill your medication, or otherwise communicate about a drug or biologic that is currently prescribed for you. We will
not otherwise use or disclose your medical information for marketing purposes or accept any payment for other marketing
communications without your prior written authorization. The authorization will disclose whether we receive any compensation
for any marketing activity you authorize, and we will stop any future marketing activity to the extent you revoke that
authorization.
8. Sale of Health Information. We will not sell your health information without your prior written authorization. The authorization
will disclose that we will receive compensation for your health information if you authorize us to sell it, and we will stop any
future sales of your information to the extent that you revoke that authorization.
9. Required by Law. As required by law, we will use and disclose your health information, but we will limit our use or disclosure
to the relevant requirements of the law. When the law requires us to report abuse, neglect or domestic violence, or respond to
judicial or administrative proceedings, or to law enforcement officials, we will further comply with the requirement set forth
below concerning those activities.
10. Public Health. We may, and are sometimes required by law, to disclose your health information to public health authorities for
purposes related to: preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability; reporting child, elder or dependent adult abuse or
neglect; reporting domestic violence; reporting to the Food and Drug Administration problems with products and reactions to
medications; and reporting disease or infection exposure. When we report suspected elder or dependent adult abuse or domestic
violence, we will inform you or your personal representative promptly unless in our best professional judgment, we believe the
notification would place you at risk of serious harm or would require informing a personal representative we believe is
responsible for the abuse or harm.
11. Health Oversight Activities. We may, and are sometimes required by law, to disclose your health information to health oversight agencies during the course of audits, investigations, inspections, licensure and other proceedings, subject to the limitations
imposed by law.
12. Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. We may, and are sometimes required by law, to disclose your health information in the
course of any administrative or judicial proceeding to the extent expressly authorized by a court or administrative order. We
may also disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process if reasonable
efforts have been made to notify you of the request and you have not objected, or if your objections have been resolved by a
court or administrative order.
13. Law Enforcement. We may, and are sometimes required by law, to disclose your health information to a law enforcement
official for purposes such as identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person, complying with a
court order, warrant, grand jury subpoena and other law enforcement purposes.
14. Coroners. We may, and are often required by law, to disclose your health information to coroners in connection with their
investigations of deaths.
15. Organ or Tissue Donation. We may disclose your health information to organizations involved in procuring, banking or
transplanting organs and tissues.
16. Public Safety. We may, and are sometimes required by law, to disclose your health information to appropriate persons in order
to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or the general public.
17. Proof of Immunization. We will disclose proof of immunization to a school that is required to have it before admitting a student where you have agreed to the disclosure on behalf of yourself or your dependent.
18. Specialized Government Functions. We may disclose your health information for military or national security purposes or to
correctional institutions or law enforcement officers that have you in their lawful custody.
19. Workers’ Compensation. We may disclose your health information as necessary to comply with workers’ compensation laws.
For example, to the extent your care is covered by workers’ compensation, we will make periodic reports to your employer about
your condition. We are also required by law to report cases of occupational injury or occupational illness to the employer or
workers’ compensation insurer.
20. Change of Ownership. In the event that this medical practice is sold or merged with another organization, your health
information/record will become the property of the new owner, although you will maintain the right to request that copies of
your health information be transferred to another physician or medical group.
21. Breach Notification. In the case of a breach of unsecured protected health information, we will notify you as required by law. If you have provided us with a current e-mail address, we may use e-mail to communicate information related to the breach. In
some circumstances our business associate may provide the notification. We may also provide notification by other methods as
appropriate.

B. When This Medical Practice May Not Use or Disclose Your Health Information
Except as described in this Notice of Privacy Practices, this medical practice will, consistent with its legal obligations, not use
or disclose health information which identifies you without your written authorization. If you do authorize this medical
practice to use or disclose your health information for another purpose, you may revoke your authorization in writing at any
time.

C. Your Health Information Rights
1. Right to Request Special Privacy Protections. You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information by a written request specifying what information you want to limit, and what limitations on our use or
disclosure of that information you wish to have imposed. If you tell us not to disclose information to your commercial health
plan concerning health care items or services for which you paid for in full out-of-pocket, we will abide by your request, unless
we must disclose the information for treatment or legal reasons. We reserve the right to accept or reject any other request, and
will notify you of our decision.
2. Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that you receive your health information in a
specific way or at a specific location. For example, you may ask that we send information to a particular e-mail account or to
your work address. We will comply with all reasonable requests submitted in writing which specify how or where you wish to
receive these communications.
3. Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and copy your health information, with limited exceptions. To access
your medical information, you must submit a written request detailing what information you want access to, whether you want to
inspect it or get a copy of it, and if you want a copy, your preferred form and format. We will provide copies in your requested
form and format if it is readily producible, or we will provide you with an alternative format you find acceptable, or if we can’t
agree and we maintain the record in an electronic format, your choice of a readable electronic or hardcopy format. We will also
send a copy to any other person you designate in writing. We will charge a reasonable fee which covers our costs for labor,
supplies, postage, and if requested and agreed to in advance, the cost of preparing an explanation or summary. We may deny
your request under limited circumstances. If we deny your request to access your child’s records or the records of an
incapacitated adult you are representing because we believe allowing access would be reasonably likely to cause substantial
harm to the patient, you will have a right to appeal our decision. If we deny your request to access your psychotherapy notes,
you will have the right to have them transferred to another mental health professional.
4. Right to Amend or Supplement. You have a right to request that we amend your health information that you believe is incorrect
or incomplete. You must make a request to amend in writing, and include the reasons you believe the information is inaccurate
or incomplete. We are not required to change your health information, and will provide you with information about this medical
practice’s denial and how you can disagree with the denial. We may deny your request if we do not have the information, if we
did not create the information (unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the
amendment), if you would not be permitted to inspect or copy the information at issue, or if the information is accurate and
complete as is. If we deny your request, you may submit a written statement of your disagreement with that decision, and we
may, in turn, prepare a written rebuttal. All information related to any request to amend will be maintained and disclosed in
conjunction with any subsequent disclosure of the disputed information.
5. Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information made
by this medical practice, except that this medical practice does not have to account for the disclosures provided to you or
pursuant to your written authorization, or as described in paragraphs 1 (treatment), 2 (payment), 3 (health care operations), 6
(notification and communication with family) and 18 (specialized government functions) of Section A of this Notice of Privacy
Practices or disclosures for purposes of research or public health which exclude direct patient identifiers, or which are incident to
a use or disclosure otherwise permitted or authorized by law, or the disclosures to a health oversight agency or law enforcement
official to the extent this medical practice has received notice from that agency or official that providing this accounting would
be reasonably likely to impede their activities.
6. Right to a Paper or Electronic Copy of this Notice. You have a right to notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with
respect to your health information, including a right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices, even if you have
previously requested its receipt by e-mail.
If you would like to have a more detailed explanation of these rights or if you would like to exercise one or more of these
rights, contact our Privacy Officer listed at the top of this Notice of Privacy Practices.

D. Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices
We reserve the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future. Until such amendment is made, we
are required by law to comply with the terms of this Notice currently in effect. After an amendment is made, the revised
Notice of Privacy Protections will apply to all protected health information that we maintain, regardless of when it was
created or received. We will keep a copy of the current notice posted in our reception area, and a copy will be available at
each appointment. We will also post the current notice on our website.

E. Complaints
Complaints about this Notice of Privacy Practices or how this medical practice handles your health information should be
directed to our Privacy Officer listed at the top of this Notice of Privacy Practices.

If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles a complaint, you may submit a formal complaint to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.

You will not be penalized in any way for filing a complaint.

Privacy Officer: Denise C. Yarborough, Esquire
Allergy Partners, PA
1978 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(T) (828) 277-1300
(F) (828) 277-2499
Email: dyarborough@allergypartners.com

This Notice is effective September 23, 2013; reviewed March 27, 2017