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1337-B West 43rd Street
Houston, TX 77018
We are located near the corner of Ella & West 43rd directly across from Kroger. We are in the shopping center between Ross and Walgreen's. Look for the Today's Vision sign.
Hours:Mon, Thu, Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tue 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Closed Wednesdays and Sundays
Dr. Deborah A. Thomas & Associates
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.
Generally, we cannot use your health information in our office or disclose it outside of our office without your written permission. Sometimes the written permission will be called a consent form, and sometimes it will be called an authorization form. The type of permission form will depend upon the kinds of uses or disclosures that are involved. In some limited situations, the law allows or requires us to disclose your health information without either a written consent or authorization.
USES OR DISCLOSURES WITH CONSENT
We use information for treatment purposes, when, for example, we set up an appointment for you, when our technician or doctor tests your eyes, when the doctor prescribes glasses or contact lenses, when the doctor prescribes medication, when our staff helps you select and order glasses or contact lenses, when our staff helps you select and order glasses or contact lenses, vision therapy, and when we show you low vision aids. We may disclose your health information outside of our office for treatment purposes if, for example, we refer you to another doctor or clinic for eye care or low vision aids or services, if we send a prescription for glasses or contacts to another to be filled, when we provide a prescription for medication to a pharmacist, or when we phone to let you know that your glasses or contact lenses are ready to be picked up. Sometimes we may ask for copies of your health information from another professional that you may have seen before us.
We use your health information for payment purposes when, for example, our staff asks you about health or vision care plans that you may belong to, or about other sources of payment for our services, when we prepare bills to send to you or your health or vision care plan, when we process payment by credit card, and when we try to collect unpaid amounts due.
We may disclose your health information outside of our office for payment purposes when, for example, bills or claims for payment are mailed, faxed, or sent by computer to you or your health or vision plan, or when we occasionally have to ask a collection agency or attorney to help us with unpaid amounts due.
We use and disclose your health information for health care operations in a number of ways. Health care operations means those administrative and managerial functions that we have to do in order to run our office. We may use or disclose your health information, for example, for financial or billing audits, for internal quality assurance, for personnel decisions, to enable our doctors to participate in managed care plans, for the defense of legal matters, to develop business plans, for fundraising activities, and for outside storage of our records.
USES AND DISCLOSURES WITHOUT CONSENT OR AUTHORIZATION
when a state or federal law mandates that certain health information be reported for a specific purpose; for public health purposes, such as contagious disease reporting, investigation or surveillance; and notices to and from the Food and Drug Administration regarding drugs or medical devices; disclosures to governmental authorities about victims of suspected abuse, neglect or domestic violence; uses and disclosures for health oversight activities, such as for the licensing of doctors; for audits by Medicare or Medicaid; or for investigation of possible violations of health care laws; disclosures for judicial and administrative proceedings, such as in response to subpoenas or orders of courts or administrative agencies; disclosures for law enforcement purposes, such as to provide information about someone who is or is suspected to be a victim of a crime; to provide information about a crime at our office; or to report a crime that happened somewhere else; disclosure to a medical examiner to identify a dead person or to determine the cause of death; or to funeral directors to aid in burial; or to organizations that handle organ or tissue donations; uses or disclosures for health related research; uses and disclosures to prevent a serious threat to health or safety; uses or disclosures for specialized government functions, such as for the protection of the president or high ranking government officials; for lawful national intelligence activities; for military purposes; or for the evaluation and health of members of the foreign service; disclosures relating to worker’s compensation programs; disclosures to business associates who perform health care operations for us and who agree to keep your health information private.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION The law gives you many rights regarding your health information. You can:
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