Privacy, Policies, HIPAA
OBGYN Covington, LA
Any changes to this policy will apply immediately upon posting to this website. You hereby agree to, and shall be subject to, this policy and any changes made to it.
This website contains information and recommendations for educational purposes only. It does not contain thorough coverage of the topics addressed. The information published on this website is not a substitute for personal consultation with your healthcare provider. Contact your physician regarding your individual medical issue. We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
In the event of an Emergency, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF A LOCAL HOSPITAL OR DIAL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Whenever you interact with our website, we may receive and record information from your browser. Other information collected may include your IP address, the type of browser you are using to access our website, and the identity of the website page or demographic data. It is also possible we may collect information regarding the mobile devices you use to access or use our website.
How we use and disclose your information. Our website may include or provide links to other sites on the Internet that we do not control.
After Hours & Emergency Care
If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.
Prescriptions are renewed during normal office hours. Please have your pharmacy fax any refill request. In some instances, we may require that the patient be seen in our office prior to medication renewal.
All office visits are payable at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards and debit cards. Please contact our billing office should you have any financial questions or concerns.
Billing and Insurance
We participate with most local and many national insurance plans. However, it is your responsibility to understand whether your insurance has limits on the doctors you can see, or the services you can receive.
If you provide complete and accurate information about your insurance, we will submit claims to your insurance carrier and receive payments for services. Depending on your insurance coverage, you may be responsible for co-payments, co-insurance, or other deductible amounts.
Please contact our billing office or call your insurance carrier should you have questions.
HIPAA Privacy Rule
The HIPAA Privacy Rule provides federal protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associations and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information. At the same time, the Privacy Rule is balanced so that it permits the disclosure of health information needed for patient care and other important purposes.
Uses and Disclosures:
Your health information may be used by staff members or disclosed to other health care professionals for the purpose of evaluating your health, diagnosing medical conditions, and providing treatment. For example, results of laboratory tests and procedures will be available in your medical record to all health professionals who may provide treatment or who may be consulted by staff members.
Your health information may be used to seek payment from your health plan, from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from credit card companies that you may use to pay for services. For example, your health plan may request and receive information on dates of services, the services provided, and the medical condition being treated.
Health Care Operations:
Your health information may be used as necessary to support the day to day activities and management of Dr. Stefanie A. Schultis and Dr. William N. Landry. For example, information on the services that you received may be used to support budgeting and financial reporting, and activities to evaluate and promote quality.
Your health information may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies, without your permission, to support government audits and inspections, to facilitate law enforcement investigations, and to comply with government mandated reporting.
Public Health Reporting:
Your health information may be disclosed to public health agencies as required by law. For example, we are required to report certain communicable diseases to the state’s public health department.
Other uses and disclosures require your authorization:
Disclosure of your health information or its use for any purpose other than those listed above requires your specific, written authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing a use or disclosures of your information, you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not affect or undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before you notified us of your decision.
Additional Uses of Information:
Information about treatments:
Your health information may be used to send you information on the treatment and management of your medical condition that you may find to be of interest. We may also send you information describing other health-related goods and services that we believe may be of interest to you.
You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include:
· The right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information.
· The right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical condition and treatment
· The right to inspect and copy your health information.
As permitted by federal regulation; we require that requests to inspect or copy protected health information be submitted in writing. You may obtain a form to request access to your records by contacting one of our front office staff members.
· The right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information.
· The right to receive an accounting of how and to whom your protected health information has been disclosed.
· The right to receive a printed copy of this notice.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with this notice of privacy practices. We are also required to abide by the privacy policies and practices that are outlined in this notice.
Effective Date: April 14, 2003
Revised on September 2,2020
Dr. Nick Landry OBGYN Covington, LA
Dr. Stefanie Schultis OBGYN Covington, LA