HIPAA Privacy Policies

This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

Typically Uses and Disclosures of Health Information

We will keep your health information confidential, using it only for the following purposes:

Treatment: We may use your health information to provide you with our professional services. We have established “minimum necessary” or “need to know” standards that limit various staff members’ access to your health information according to their primary job functions. Everyone on our staff is required to sign a confidentiality statement.

Disclosure: We may disclose and/or share your health care information with other health care professionals who provide treatment and/or service to you. These professionals will have a privacy and confidentiality policy like this one. Health information about you may also be disclosed to your family, friends and/or other persons you choose to involve in your care, only if you agree that we may do so.

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to seek payment for services we provide to you. This disclosure involves our business office staff and may include insurance organizations or other businesses that may become involved in the process of mailing statements and/or collecting unpaid balances.

Emergencies: We may use or disclose your health information to notify, or assist in the notification of, a family member or anyone responsible for your care in case of any emergency involving your care, your location, your general condition or death. If at all possible we will provide you with an opportunity to object to this use or disclosure. Under emergency conditions, or if you are incapacitated, we will use our professional judgment to disclose only that information directly relevant to your care. We will also use our professional judgment to make reasonable inferences of your best interest by allowing someone to pick up filled prescriptions, x-rays or other similar forms of health information and/or supplies unless you have advised us otherwise.

Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law (court or administrative orders, subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process). We will use and disclose your information when requested by national security, intelligence and other state and federal officials and/or if you are an inmate or otherwise under the custody of law enforcement.

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. This information will be disclosed only to the extent necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety, or that of others.

Public Health Responsibilities: We will disclose your health care information to report problems with products, reactions to medications, product recalls, disease/infection exposure and to prevent and control disease, injury and/or disability.

National Security: The health information of Armed Forces personnel may be disclosed to military authorities under certain circumstances. If the information is required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence or other national security activities, we may disclose it to authorized federal officials.

Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders, including, but not limited to, voicemail messages, postcards or letters.

Your Privacy Rights As Our Patient

Access: Upon written request, you have the right to inspect and get copies of your health information (and that of an individual for whom you are a legal guardian). If you wish to examine your health information, you will need to complete and submit an appropriate request form. Once approved, an appointment can be made to review your records. Copies, if requested, will be 10 cents for each page and the staff-time charged will be $ 10 per hour including the time required to locate and copy your health information. If you want the copies mailed to you, postage will also be charged. If you prefer a summary or an explanation of your health information, we will provide it for a fee. Please contact our Privacy Officer Ed Howley at 614-766-2006 for a fee and/or for an explanation of our fee structure.

Amendment: You have the right to amend your health care information, if you feel it is inaccurate or incomplete.

Non-routine Disclosures: You have the right to a list of instances in which we, or our business associates, disclosed information for reasons other than treatment, payment or health care operations. You can request non-routine disclosures going back six years starting on April 14, 2003.

Restrictions: You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. We do not have to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in emergencies). Please contact our Privacy Officer Ed Howley at 614-766-2006 if you want to further restrict access to your health care information. This request must be submitted in writing.

Questions and Complaints

You have the right to file a complaint with us if you feel we have not complied with our privacy policies. Your complaint should be directed to our Privacy Officer Ed Howley at 614-766-2006. If you feel we may have violated your privacy rights, or if you disagree with a decision we made regarding your access to your health information, you can complain to us in writing. Request a complaint form from our Privacy Officer. We support your right to the privacy of your information and will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

This form does not constitute legal advice and covers only federal, not state, law.

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