The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices of SoulCare Counseling
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. This notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protected health information” is information about you, including demographic information that may identify you and that is related to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.
Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Your PHI may be used and disclosed by your therapist and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing healthy care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the therapist’s practice as necessary, and any other use required by law.
Treatment: We will use and disclose your PHI as necessary to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination of management of your health care with a third party. For example, we would disclose your PHI as necessary to a physician to whom you have referred to insure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.
Payment: Your PHI will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services. For example, if your payment is returned for insufficient funds, and is not paid when due, then your information may be turned over to a bill collection agency to recover the unpaid receipt for services.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your PHI to support the business activities of your therapist’s practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of therapists associated with this practice, licensing, marketing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, we may call you by name in the waiting room when the therapist is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your PHI as necessary to contact you to remind you of your appointment.
Public Health Risks: We may disclose your PHI in the following situations without your authorization: communicable diseases, abuse or neglect, food and drug administration requirements, legal proceedings, law enforcement, coroners, and if you present a threat to yourself or to others.
Heath Oversight activities: We may disclose PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities which are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, include audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure.
Limitations on uses and disclosures: Other permitted and required uses and disclosures will be made only with your consent, authorization and opportunity to object unless required by law. You may revoke this authorization at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your therapist or the therapist’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.