Privacy Policy

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.

Park Avenue Spine is required, by law, to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your protected health information and to provide our patients with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your protected health information.

Disclosure of Your Health Care Information

Treatment
We may disclose your healthcare information to other healthcare professionals within our practice for the purpose of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. (example)

“On occasion, it may be necessary to seek consultation regarding your condition from other healthcare providers associated with Park Avenue Spine.”

“It is our policy to provide a substitute health care provider, authorized by Park Avenue Spine, to provide assessment and/or treatment to our patients, without advanced notice, in the event of your primary health care provider’s absence due to vacation, sickness, or other emergency situation.”

Payment
We may disclose your health information to your insurance provider for the purpose of payment or health care operations.

Workers’ Compensation
We may disclose your health information as necessary to comply with State Workers’ Compensation Laws.

Emergencies
We may disclose your health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, or another person responsible for your care, about your medical condition or in the event of an emergency or of your death.

Public Health
As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health authorities for purposes related to: preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, reporting child abuse or neglect, reporting domestic violence, reporting to the Food and Drug Administration problems with products and reactions to medications, and reporting disease or infection exposure.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings 
We may disclose your health information in the course of any administrative or judicial proceeding.

Law Enforcement 
We may disclose your health information to a law enforcement official for purposes such as identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person, complying with a court order or subpoena, and other law enforcement purposes.

Deceased Persons
We may disclose your health information to coroners or medical examiners.

Organ Donation
We may disclose your health information to organizations involved in procuring, banking, or transplanting organs and tissues.

Research
We may disclose your health information to researchers conducting research that has been approved by an Institutional Review Board.

Public Safety.
It may be necessary to disclose your health information to appropriate persons in order to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a particular person or to the general public.

Specialized Government Agencies
We may disclose your health information for military, national security, prisoner and government benefits purposes.

Change of Ownership 
In the event that Park Avenue Spine is sold or merged with another organization, your health information/record will become the property of the new owner.

Your Health Information Rights

  • You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. Please be advised, however, that Park Avenue Spine is not required to agree to the restriction that you requested.
  • You have the right to have your health information received or communicated through an alternative method or sent to an alternative location other than the usual method of communication or delivery, upon your request.
  • You have the right to inspect and copy your health information.
  • You have a right to request that Park Avenue Spine amend your protected health information. Please be advised, however, that Park Avenue Spine is not required to agree to amend your protected health information. If your request to amend your health information has been denied, you will be provided with an explanation of our denial reason(s)and information about how you can disagree with the denial.
  • You have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your protected health information made by Park Avenue Spine.
  • You have a right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time upon request.

Changes to this Notice of Privacy Practices
Park Avenue Spine reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices at any time in the future, and will make the new provisions effective for all information that it maintains. Until such amendment is made, Park Avenue Spine is required by law to comply with this Notice.

Park Avenue Spine is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. If you have questions about any part of this notice or if you want more information about your privacy rights, please contact: Dr. Paul Salinas by calling this office at 212.685.9123. If Dr. Paul Salinas is not available, you may make an appointment for a personal conference in person or by telephone within 2 working days.

Complaints
Complaints about your Privacy rights, or how Park Avenue Spine has handled your health information should be directed to Dr. Paul Salinas, by calling this office at 212.685.9123. If Dr. Paul Salinas is not available, you may make an appointment for a personal conference in person or by telephone within 2 working days.

If you are not satisfied with the manner in which this office handles your complaint, you may submit a formal complaint to:

DHHS, Office of Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 509F HHH Building
Washington, DC 20201