Spero Medical Group, PLLC Privacy Statement

Spero Medical Group, PLLC Privacy Statement

Effective August 16, 2018

This website is owned, operated, and maintained by SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC, PLLC. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is a private group of Nurse Practitioners providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address some of the challenges facing healthcare today.

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is committed to protecting your privacy. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does NOT collect personal information for use or sale or dissemination in any way. THIS IS PRIVATE WEBSITE, WE ARE A PRIVATE GROUP, ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT THIS WEBSITE MANAGES IS PRIVATE, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC DOES NOT COLLECT, MARKET, OR SELL PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ANY WAY.

NOTICE

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC explicitly asks when it needs information that identifies you individually (“Personal Information”). ANYONE can visit our website without disclosing ANY personal information.

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC collects information in the following categories depending upon purpose or need:

  • Contact information
  • Demographics
  • Medical History & Physical
  • Billing information

Credit card numbers are used for payment only and are not given to third parties except for processing payment. Under their agreements with us, these third-party partners may not retain, share, store, or use personal information for any secondary purposes. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is the only party that collects personal information at this site. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does not allow any other party to use its site to collect personal information.

Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.

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.

Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record
  • Correct your paper or electronic medical record
  • Request confidential communication
  • Get a copy of this privacy notice
  • Choose someone to act for you
  • File a complaint if you believe your privacy rights have been violated

Your Choices

You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:

Our Uses and Disclosures

We may use and share your information for your medical management in order to:

  • Treat you
  • Run our organization
  • Invoice for your services
  • Help with public health and safety issues
  • Comply with the law
  • Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
  • Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
  • Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
  • Your Rights

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to you.

Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record

  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

Ask us to correct your medical record

  • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.

Request confidential communications

  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.

Ask us to limit what we use or share

  • It is sometimes necessary to share health information with your provider or a related specialist for the purposes treatment and general operations. You can ask us to limit what we share and we will.

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information

  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.

Get a copy of this privacy notice

You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.

Choose someone to act for you

  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated

  • You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us at: info@speromedicalgroup.com
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Your Choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation
  • If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In the cases listed below we NEVER share your information unless you give us explicit written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information

In the case of fundraising:

  • We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

Our Uses and Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?

We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.

Treat you

We can use your health information and share it with other medical professionals or care providers who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.

Run our organization

We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.

How else can we use or share your health information?

We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

Help with public health and safety issues

We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

  • Preventing disease
  • Helping with product recalls
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

Do research

We can use or share your de-identified information for health research.

Comply with the law

We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers’ compensation claims
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

Our Responsibilities

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC use personal information?

Generally, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC uses your personal information to deliver our services. For example, if you receive services, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will ask for personal information needed to process your payment, such as your address. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may provide other companies access to your personal information so that they can provide routine services, such as credit card processing.

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may use your email address to respond to incoming service requests from you. We may also provide you, on occasion, with information about new products or special offers that may interest you. To be removed from the SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC mailing list(s) simply email info@speromedicalgroup.com.

How does SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC use the demographic data you may provide?

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may request demographic information when registering for an evaluation. Provision of this information is strictly voluntary. This demographic information is not shared with third parties except as required by law. From time to time, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may also collect demographic data as a component of blind health research. However, we will not gather such data without your knowledge or consent.

Does SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC share personal information with other companies?

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does NOT share your personal information except with partners who assist in providing our services. Without this relationship, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC could NOT provide its service to you. Under their agreements with us, these third-party partners may not retain, share, store, or use personal information for any secondary purposes.

Is your Evaluation secure?

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC, our Internet Service Provider (ISP), and other service providers have taken every reasonable step to ensure that you have a safe experience online. Your credit card is processed over a secure platform using encryption technology. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC has established and maintains reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected by this site.

How does this apply to links that you find on the SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC site?

This site contains links to other sites. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will take every reasonable step to ensure that links provide a pleasing online experience; however, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

What about cookies and non-personally identifiable information?

Cookies are used by most major websites on the internet. Cookies are small bits of information that can be placed on the hard drive of your computer. Some sites may require you to enable cookies in order to utilize all of their services. The cookie itself does not contain any personally identifiable information about a visitor. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does NOT use cookies in order to obtain information. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will never save credit card information in cookies.

Changes to the Terms of this Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. If SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC decides to change its privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and the circumstances, if any, under which we disclose it. If at any point SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC decides to use personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC uses their information in this different manner. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

How can you contact us about this website?

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC, or your experience with this website, please contact info@speromedicalgroup.com or call (646) 380-6625, or write to SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC , 218 West 137th, Suite 3, New York, NY 10030.

Spero Medical Group, PLLC Privacy Statement

Effective August 16, 2018

This website is owned, operated, and maintained by SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC, PLLC. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is a private group of Nurse Practitioners providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address some of the challenges facing healthcare today.

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is committed to protecting your privacy. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does NOT collect personal information for use or sale or dissemination in any way. THIS IS PRIVATE WEBSITE, WE ARE A PRIVATE GROUP, ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT THIS WEBSITE MANAGES IS PRIVATE, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC DOES NOT COLLECT, MARKET, OR SELL PERSONAL INFORMATION IN ANY WAY.

NOTICE

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC explicitly asks when it needs information that identifies you individually (“Personal Information”). ANYONE can visit our website without disclosing ANY personal information.

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC collects information in the following categories depending upon purpose or need:

  • Contact information
  • Demographics
  • Medical History & Physical
  • Billing information

Credit card numbers are used for payment only and are not given to third parties except for processing payment. Under their agreements with us, these third-party partners may not retain, share, store, or use personal information for any secondary purposes. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is the only party that collects personal information at this site. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does not allow any other party to use its site to collect personal information.

Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.

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.

Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record
  • Correct your paper or electronic medical record
  • Request confidential communication
  • Get a copy of this privacy notice
  • Choose someone to act for you
  • File a complaint if you believe your privacy rights have been violated

Your Choices

You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:

Our Uses and Disclosures

We may use and share your information for your medical management in order to:

  • Treat you
  • Run our organization
  • Invoice for your services
  • Help with public health and safety issues
  • Comply with the law
  • Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
  • Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
  • Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

Your Rights

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to you.

Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record

  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

Ask us to correct your medical record

  • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.

Request confidential communications

  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.

Ask us to limit what we use or share

  • It is sometimes necessary to share health information with your provider or a related specialist for the purposes treatment and general operations. You can ask us to limit what we share and we will.

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information

  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.

Get a copy of this privacy notice

You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.

Choose someone to act for you

  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated

  • You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us at: info@speromedicalgroup.com
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Your Choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In the cases listed below we NEVER share your information unless you give us explicit written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information

In the case of fundraising:

  • We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

Our Uses and Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?

We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.

Treat you

We can use your health information and share it with other medical professionals or care providers who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.

Run our organization

We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.

How else can we use or share your health information?

We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

Help with public health and safety issues

We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

  • Preventing disease
  • Helping with product recalls
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

Do research

We can use or share your de-identified information for health research.

Comply with the law

We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers’ compensation claims
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

Our Responsibilities

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC use personal information?

Generally, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC uses your personal information to deliver our services. For example, if you receive services, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will ask for personal information needed to process your payment, such as your address. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may provide other companies access to your personal information so that they can provide routine services, such as credit card processing.

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may use your email address to respond to incoming service requests from you. We may also provide you, on occasion, with information about new products or special offers that may interest you. To be removed from the SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC mailing list(s) simply email info@speromedicalgroup.com.

How does SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC use the demographic data you may provide?

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may request demographic information when registering for an evaluation. Provision of this information is strictly voluntary. This demographic information is not shared with third parties except as required by law. From time to time, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC may also collect demographic data as a component of blind health research. However, we will not gather such data without your knowledge or consent.

Does SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC share personal information with other companies?

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does NOT share your personal information except with partners who assist in providing our services. Without this relationship, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC could NOT provide its service to you. Under their agreements with us, these third-party partners may not retain, share, store, or use personal information for any secondary purposes.

Is your Evaluation secure?

SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC, our Internet Service Provider (ISP), and other service providers have taken every reasonable step to ensure that you have a safe experience online. Your credit card is processed over a secure platform using encryption technology. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC has established and maintains reasonable procedures to protect the confidentiality, security, and integrity of personal information collected by this site.

How does this apply to links that you find on the SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC site?

This site contains links to other sites. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will take every reasonable step to ensure that links provide a pleasing online experience; however, SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

What about cookies and non-personally identifiable information?

Cookies are used by most major websites on the internet. Cookies are small bits of information that can be placed on the hard drive of your computer. Some sites may require you to enable cookies in order to utilize all of their services. The cookie itself does not contain any personally identifiable information about a visitor. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC does NOT use cookies in order to obtain information. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will never save credit card information in cookies.

Changes to the Terms of this Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. If SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC decides to change its privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and the circumstances, if any, under which we disclose it. If at any point SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC decides to use personal information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC uses their information in this different manner. SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

How can you contact us about this website?

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC, or your experience with this website, please contact info@speromedicalgroup.com or call (646) 380-6625, or write to SPERO MEDICAL GROUP, PLLC , 218 West 137th, Suite 3, New York, NY 10030.