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    Policy

    The privacy practices of Hoffmann Hospice, designed to protect the privacy, use and disclosure of protected health information, are clearly delineated in the hospice’s Notice of Privacy Practices which was developed and is used in accordance with Federal requirements.

    Procedure

    The privacy practices of Hoffmann Hospice are described in the Notice of Privacy Practices.

    The privacy practices and requirements of Hoffmann Hospice are further detailed in the hospice’s privacy policies and procedures.

    The Notice of Privacy Practices is given to all patients no later than the date of the first service delivery.

    A good faith effort is made to obtain written acknowledgement of the patient’s receipt of the hospice’s Notice of Privacy Practices.

    When written acknowledgement of the patient’s receipt of the Notice cannot be obtained, there is documentation to explain efforts made to obtain it and the reason(s) why it was not obtained.

    The Notice of Privacy Practices is available to anyone who requests it.

    The Notice of Privacy Practices will be revised as needed to reflect any changes in Hoffmann Hospice’s privacy practices. Revisions to the Notice will not be implemented prior to the effective date of the revised Notice.

    When revisions to the Notices of Privacy Practices are necessary, all current patients, employees, and business associates will receive a revised copy with notation of the changes made.

    The Privacy Official retains copies of the original Notice of Privacy Practices and any subsequent revisions for a period of six (6) years from the date of its creation or when it was last in effect, whichever is later.

    Documentation is retained for six years of the patient’s written acknowledgment of receipt of the hospice’s Notice of Privacy Practices or of efforts made to obtain this written acknowledgment and the reason(s) why it was not obtained.

    All employees and business associates of Hoffmann Hospice are required to adhere to the privacy practices as detailed in the Notice of Privacy Practices, privacy policies and procedures and business associate contracts.

    Violations of Hoffmann Hospice’s privacy practices will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or contracts.

    Section: Privacy Policy No.: 1001
    Hoffmann Hospice
    Effective Date: April 14, 2003
    Reviewed by: Review Committee
    Review  Date: 02/04/03

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