Notice of Privacy Practices

This notice describes how PASCO may use and disclose medical information about you and how you can get access to this information. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact our Compliance Officer, 303-233-3122, 9197 West 6th Ave. Suite 1000 Lakewood CO 80215.

OUR OBLIGATIONS:

We are required by law to:

  •  Maintain the privacy of protected health information
  • Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices regarding health information about you
  • Follow the terms of our notice that is currently in effect

PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES:

For purposes of this Notice, “you” generally may refer either to the individual about whom Protected Health Information pertains or to that individual’s “personal representative.” A personal representative is a person who is authorized to make decisions regarding the health care of another individual, such as the parent of a minor child or
the guardian of an adult who has been declared legally incompetent. For purposes of this Notice, a person is the personal representative of another individual only with respect to Protected Health Information that is relevant to the scope of the person’s decision-making authority for the individual. So, for example, if state law gives un-
emancipated minors the right to obtain certain health care without parental consent, a parent will not be treated as the personal representative of their child with respect to Protected Health Information relating to such health care. In addition, PASCO reserves the right not to treat a person as the personal representative of another individual under
certain circumstances, such as if PASCO reasonably believes the individual has been subjected to abuse or neglect.

HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION:

The following describes the ways we may use and disclose “Protected Health Information,” which is any health information that identifies you. Except for the purposes described below, we will use and disclose Protected Health Information only with your written permission. You may revoke such permission at any time by writing to our Compliance Officer.

For Treatment.
We may use and disclose Protected Health Information for your treatment and provide you with treatment-related health care services as well as integrated nutrition services. For example, we may disclose Protected Health Information to doctors, nurses, technicians, or other personnel, including people outside our firm, who are involved in your medical care and need the information to provide you with medical care.

For Payment.
We may use and disclose Protected Health Information so that we or others may bill and receive payment from you, an insurance company, a governmental agency, or another third party for the treatment and services you received. For example, we may provide Protected Health Information to your health plan, so that it will pay for your treatment.

For Health Care Operations.
We may use and disclose Protected Health Information to enable or facilitate health care operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to make sure that all of our clients receive quality care and to operate and manage our firm. For example, we may use and disclose information as part of a review or audit of our service delivery, to help
improve care for all of our clients. We also may share information with other entities that have a relationship with you (for example, your health plan), for their health care operation activities.

Appointment Reminders, Treatment Alternatives, and Health-Related Benefits and Services.
We may use and disclose Protected Health Information to contact you to remind you that you have an appointment with us. We also may use and disclose Protected Health Information to tell you about treatment alternatives or health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care.
When appropriate, we may share Protected Health Information with a person who is involved in your medical care or payment for your care, such as your family or a close friend. We also may notify your family about your location or general condition or disclose such information to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort.

Research.
Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose Protected Health Information for research. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health of patients who either received home health care or were institutionalized for similar conditions. Before we use or disclose Protected Health Information for research, the project will go through a special approval process. Even without special approval, we may permit researchers to look at records to help them identify patients who may be included in their research project or for other similar purposes, as long as they do not remove or take a copy of any Protected Health Information.

As Required by Law.
Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose Protected Health Information for research. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health of patients who either received home health care or were institutionalized for similar conditions. Before we use or disclose Protected Health Information for research, the project will go through a special approval process. Even without special approval, we may permit researchers to look at records to help them identify patients who may be included in their research project or for other similar purposes, as long as they do not remove or take a copy of any Protected Health Information.

To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety.
We may use and disclose Protected Health Information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Disclosures, however, will be made only to someone who may be able to help prevent the threat.

Business Associates.
We may disclose Protected Health Information to our business associates that perform functions on our behalf or provide us with services if the information is necessary for such functions or services. For example, we may use another company to perform billing services on our behalf or to host our electronic data on their computer servers. All of our business associates are obligated to protect the privacy of your Protected Health Information and are not allowed to use or disclose any Protected Health Information other than as specified in our contract.

Organ and Tissue Donation.
If you are an organ donor, we may use or release Protected Health Information to organizations that handle organ procurement or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking or transportation of organs, eyes or tissues to facilitate organ, eye or tissue donation and transplantation.

Military and Veterans.
If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release Protected Health Information as required by military command authorities.

Workers’ Compensation.
We may release Protected Health Information for workers’ compensation or similar programs for providing benefits for work-related injuries or illness.

Public Health Risks.
We may disclose Protected Health Information for public health activities. These activities generally include disclosures to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability; report births and deaths; report child abuse or neglect; report reactions to medications or problems with products; notify people of recalls of products they may be using; a
person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition; and the appropriate government authority if we believe a client has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree or when required or authorized by law.

Health Oversight Activities.
We may disclose Protected Health Information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.

Data Breach Notification Purposes.
We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information to provide legally required notices of unauthorized access to or disclosure of your health information.

Lawsuits and Disputes.
If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose Protected Health Information in response to a court or administrative order. We also may disclose Health Information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful processes by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.

Law Enforcement.
We may release Protected Health Information if asked by a law enforcement official if the information is: (1) in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process; (2) limited information to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person; (3) about the victim of a crime even if, under certain very limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement; (4) about a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct; (5) about criminal conduct on our premises; and (6) in an emergency to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims, or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime.

Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors.
We may release Protected Health Information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We also may release Protected Health Information to funeral directors as necessary for their duties.

National Security and Intelligence Activities.
We may release Protected Health Information to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.

Protective Services for the President and Others.
We may disclose Protected Health Information to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or to conduct special investigations.

Inmates or Individuals in Custody.
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release Protected Health Information to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be if necessary: (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) the safety and security of the correctional institution.

USES AND DISCLOSURES THAT REQUIRE US TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT

We will not use or disclose your Protected Health Information for the following purposes, without first informing you of our intent to do so, if possible, and giving you an opportunity to object.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care.
Unless you object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify, your Protected Health Information that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your health care. If circumstances render you unable either to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information
as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgment.

Disaster Relief.
We may disclose your Protected Health Information to disaster relief organizations that seek your Protected
Health Information to coordinate your care, or notify family and friends of your location or condition in a disaster.
We will provide you with an opportunity to agree or object to such a disclosure whenever we practically can do so.

YOUR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION IS REQUIRED FOR OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES

We will not engage in the following without your written authorization:

  1. Uses or disclosures of Health Information for marketing purposes;
  2. Disclosures that constitute a sale of your Health Information; and
  3. Other uses and disclosures or the laws that apply to us.

If you do give us an authorization, you may revoke it at any time by submitting a written revocation to our Compliance Officer, and we will no longer disclose Protected Health Information under the authorization which you have revoked. However, disclosures that we made in reliance on your authorization before you revoked it will not be affected by the revocation.

YOUR RIGHTS:

In addition to the foregoing, you have the following rights with respect to Protected Health Information we have about you:

Right to Inspect and Copy.
You have a right to inspect and copy Protected Health Information that may be used to make decisions about your care or payment for your care. This includes medical and billing records, other than psychotherapy notes. To inspect and copy this Health Information, you must make your request, in writing, to our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is on the first page of this Notice. We have up to 30 days to make your Protected Health Information available to you and we may charge you a reasonable fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. We may not charge you a fee if you need the information for a claim for benefits under the Social Security Act or any other state or federal needs-based benefit program. We may deny your request in certain limited circumstances. If we do deny your request, you have the right to have the denial reviewed by a licensed healthcare professional who was not directly involved in the denial of your request, and we will comply with the outcome of the review.

Right to an Electronic Copy of Electronic Medical Records.
If your Protected Health Information is maintained in an electronic format (known as an electronic medical record or an electronic health record), you have the right to request that an electronic copy of your record be given to you or transmitted to another individual or entity. We will make every effort to provide access to your Protected Health Information in the form or format you request, if it is readily producible in such form or format. If the Protected Health Information is not readily producible in the form or format you request your record will be provided in either our standard electronic format, or if you do not want this form or format, a readable hard copy form. We may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for the labor associated with transmitting the electronic medical record.

Right to Get Notice of a Breach.
You have the right to be notified upon a breach of any of your unsecured Protected Health Information.

Right to Amend.
If you feel that Protected Health Information we have is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our office. To request an amendment, you must make your request, in writing, to our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is on the first page of this Notice.

Right to an Accounting of Disclosures.
You have the right to request a list of certain disclosures we made of Protected Health Information for purposes other than treatment, payment and health care operations or for which you provided written authorization. To request an accounting of disclosures, you must make your request, in writing, to our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is on the first page of this Notice.

Right to Request Restrictions.
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the Protected Health Information we use or disclose for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the Protected Health Information we disclose to someone involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not share information about a particular diagnosis or treatment with your spouse. To request a restriction, you must make your request, in writing, to our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is on the first page of this Notice. We are not required to agree to your request unless you are asking us to restrict the use and disclosure to a health plan for payment or health care operation purposes and the information you wish to restrict pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you have
paid us “out-of-pocket” in full. If we agree, we will comply with your request, unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment.

Right to Request Confidential Communications.
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you by mail or at work. To request confidential communications, you must make your request, in writing, to our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is at the top of this page.  Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. We will accommodate reasonable requests.

Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice.
You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice. You may obtain a copy of this notice at our website, pascohh.com. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, you may request one from our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is on the first page of this Notice.

CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE:

We reserve the right to change this notice and make the new notice apply to Protected Health Information we already have as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of our current notice at our office. The notice will contain the effective date on the first page, in the top right-hand corner.

COMPLAINTS:

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our office or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our office, contact our Compliance Officer, whose contact information is on the first page of this Notice. All complaints must be made in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.

Website Privacy Practices

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

On the PASCO Contact Form we will collect your name, email, and phone number for use in customer service purposes.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to save your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Google Analytics (Google Inc.)

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt Out. Privacy Shield participant.

System logs and maintenance

For operation and maintenance purposes, this Application and any third-party services may collect files that record interaction with this website (System logs) use other Personal Data (such as the IP Address) for this purpose.

Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Questions

For more information please reach out to us at info@pascohh.com