NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU

MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO

THAT INFORMATION

PLEASE REVIEW THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.

This Practice is committed to maintaining the privacy of your protected health information ("PHI"), which includes information about your health condition and the care and treatment you receive from the Practice. The creation of a record detailing the care and services you receive helps this office to provide you with quality health care. This Notice details how your PHI may be used and disclosed to third parties. This Notice also details your rights regarding your PHI. The privacy of PHI in patient files will be protected when the files are taken to and from the Practice by placing the files in a box or brief case and kept within the custody of a doctor or employee of the Practice authorized to remove the files from the Practice's office. It may be necessary to take patient files to a facility where a patient is confined or to a patient's home where the patient is to be examined or treated.

NO CONSENT REQUIRED

The Practice may use and/or disclose your PHI for the purposes of:

(a) Treatment - In order to provide you with the health care you require, the Practice will provide your PHI to those health care professionals, whether on the Practice's staff or not, directly involved in your care so that they may understand your health condition and needs. For example, a physician treating you for a condition or disease may need to know the results of your latest physician examination by this office.

(b) Payment - In order to get paid for services provided to you, the Practice will provide your PHI, directly or through a billing service, to appropriate third party payors, pursuant to their billing and payment requirements. For example, the Practice may need to provide the Medicare program with information about health care services that you received from the Practice so that the Practice can be properly reimbursed. The Practice may also need to tell your insurance plan about treatment you are going to receive so that it can determine whether or not it will cover the treatment expense.

(c) Health Care Operations - In order for the Practice to operate in accordance with applicable law and insurance requirements and in order for the Practice to continue to provide quality and efficient care, it may be necessary for the Practice to compile, use and/or disclose your PHI. For example, the Practice may use your PHI in order to evaluate the performance of the Practice's personnel in providing care to you.

1. The Practice may use and/or disclose your PHI, without a written Consent from you, in the following additional instances:

(a) De-identified Information - Information that does not identify you and, even without your name, cannot be used to identify you.

(b) Business Associate - To a business associate if the Practice obtains satisfactory written assurance, in accordance with applicable law, that the business associate will appropriately safeguard your PHI. A business associate is an entity that assists the Practice in undertaking some essential function, such as a billing company that assists the office in submitting claims for payment to insurance companies or other payers.

(c) Personal Representative -To a person who, under applicable law, has the authority to represent you in making decisions related to your health care

(d) Emergency Situations -

(i) for the purpose of obtaining or rendering emergency treatment to you provided that the Practice attempts to obtain your Consent as soon as possible; or

(ii) to a public or private entity authorized by law or by its charter to assist in disaster relief efforts, for the purpose of coordinating your care with such entities in an emergency situation.

(e) Communication Barriers - If, due to substantial communication barriers or inability to communicate, the Practice has been unable to obtain your Consent and the Practice determines, in the exercise of its professional judgment, that your Consent to receive treatment is clearly inferred from the circumstances.

(f) Public Health Activities - Such activities include, for example, information collected by a public health authority, as authorized by law, to prevent or control disease and that does not identify you and, even without your name, cannot be used to identify you.

(g) Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence - To a government authority if the Practice is required by law to make such disclosure; if the Practice is authorized by law to make such a disclosure, it will do so if it believes that the disclosure is necessary to prevent serious harm

(h) Health Oversight Activities - Such activities, which must be required by law, involve government agencies and may include, for example, criminal investigations, disciplinary actions, or general oversight activities relating to the community's health care system.

(i) Judicial and Administrative Proceeding - For example, the Practice may be required to disclose your PHI in response to a court order or a lawfully issued subpoena.

(j) Law Enforcement Purposes - In certain instances, your PHI may have to be disclosed to a law enforcement official. For example, your PHI may be the subject of a grand jury subpoena. Or, the Practice may disclose your PHI if the Practice believes that your death was the result of criminal conduct.

(k) Coroner or Medical Examiner - The Practice may disclose your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner for the purpose of identifying you or determining your cause of death.

(l) Organ, Eye or Tissue Donation - If you are an organ donor, the Practice may disclose your PHI to the entity to whom you have agreed to donate your organs.

(m) Research - If the Practice is involved in research activities, your PHI may be used, but such use is subject to numerous governmental requirements intended to protect the privacy of your PHI and that does not identify you and, even without your name, cannot be used to identify you.

(n) Avert a Threat to Health or Safety - The Practice may disclose your PHI if it believes that such disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public and the disclosure is to an individual who is reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat.

(o) Workers' Compensation - If you are involved in a Workers' Compensation claim, the Practice may be required to disclose your PHI to an individual or entity that is part of the Workers' Compensation system.

Dr. Elliott Serves
Vista California

Chronic lower back and neck pain is one of the most common ailments to effect the majority of our population. Elliott Spinal Center was created by the need for a safe and effective option to patients who suffer with back pain.

We have developed a center which utilizes the latest, cutting edge medical technology. Neurosurgeons, Orthopedics, Physical therapists and Chiropractors all are regularly referring their patients to us for Spinal Decompression treatment. Most of our patients are achieving a pain-free state in a very short period of time.

 

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Family-friendly office with helpful office staff! Convenient hours and location with good parking. For years I suffered from debilitating headaches causing me emotional stress, frustration and missed work. I tried the medical route getting imaging studies, taking muscle relaxants and pain medications. Nothing helped. Dr. Elliott evaluated me, took the time to explain his findings and gently adjusted me and stopped my headaches in their tracks! Now I go see him regularly to ward off those headaches but also for general health and wellness. The best Chiropractor in Vista!

Adrienne C

I thank God for The Doctor and for him being a pioneer in Northeast California, for making these treatments available to those of us who were in desperate need of help. I also want to thank The Doctor, Nancy and Pam for their kindness, empathy and caring. And to thank my family for their patience, love and help through all my pain.

Bonnie Skinner

Through the course of a few weeks my pain lessened and lessened until it was almost non-existent. I can again work at my computer without pain. I no longer have to sleep, propped up with pillows, with my arm over my head. I am able to teach with more energy now and my overall mood has lightened since I don’t have to deal with the constant pain. I still have some lingering numbness but I expect a full recovery over time, Thanks to The Doctor. That’s something that 3 M.D.s couldn’t do.

Gabe Loggins

Now, after finishing my treatment, I can take care of the children by myself. I am not getting anymore leg cramps. I even fixed my King size bed by myself which I haven’t been able to do for a while. I dusted everything in the house the other day, even the ceiling fan without pain. I walked one mile today, I hope to build back up to 3 miles a day. Me and my husband traveled to Gatlinburg for vacation, and I made it! No pain! My son got married the next weekend and I didn’t have any pain all day.

Patsy Youngblood

I wasn’t allowed to ride my horses again until after the full disc decompression treatment was complete. And now I am through with my therapy and I’ve got my saddle polished and my riding day circled on my calendar. It has been so long since I’ve ridden, I just hope I don’t have to retrain my horses.

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