Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice describes how medical information about patients may be used and disclosed and how patients may access the information.
Our Pledge Regarding Protected Health Information
Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery understands information regarding patients and their health is personal. We are committed to protecting this information. Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery creates a record of the care and services patients receive in order to provide quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all records generated by Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery and all parties involved in patients’ treatment.
Who Will Follow This Notice
1. Any medical or behavioral health care professional authorized to enter information into patient
2. Any Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery employee, intern or
3. All contracted medical personnel who provide service to Huntsville/Stevenson
4. All regulatory bodies that certify Huntsville/Stevenson
5. Any third party payer
Law Requires Us To:
1. Ensure that information which identifies patients is kept
2. Give notice of our legal responsibilities and privacy practices with respect to protected health
3. Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in
Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery adheres to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), 45 CFR Parts 160 & 164 and the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2. Any information divulged outside Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery concerning any patient must be properly and legally authorized in writing by the patient. Exceptions to confidentially may occur when:
- A valid court order requires disclosure of patient
- Information pertinent to immediate treatment is required for a bona fide Medical/Psychiatric emergency. The nature of the emergency and the need for release must be
- If child or adult abuse/neglect is
- If a patient threatens serious bodily harm or death to themselves or
- The disclosure is about a crime committed by a patient at the clinic, against any person employed by the clinic, or about any threat to commit such a
Other information may only be discussed with a release signed by the patient which states what information may be released and the date the release is to end.
Third Party Payers
Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery accepts Medicaid/Medicare. The Medicaid/Medicare agencies are permitted patient information as needed to obtain payment for services. The Medicaid/Medicare agencies are bound by confidentiality laws as well, and may not re-disclose information provided them by Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery. Patients possessing private insurance may file with their insurance carrier by requesting forms from Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery which contain times and dates of services and the amount paid for the service. We will provide this information directly to patients only.
Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery is required to make patient records available for review by the state of Alabama and Joint Commission for accreditation. All employees of the State and Joint Commission are required by law to keep all information confidential.
Patient Rights Concerning Access to Records
Patients have the right to review their records. Counselors will explain information recorded in patient records and the purpose for the documentation.
Information, Concerns or Complaints
Further information regarding Huntsville/Stevenson Recovery’s privacy policies may be requested from the Clinical Director. Concerns or complaints regarding confidential information should also be directed to the Clinical Director.