Legal Disclaimer & Protected Health Info Privacy Policy

Legal Disclaimer

Legal Disclaimer

  

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Protected Health Information Privacy Policy

  Protected Health Information Privacy Policy & Texas Medical Records Privacy Act 

The  privacy of our clients is important to the Law Office of Jeramie Gertz,  PLLC. The privacy policy outlined below applies to the Social Security  data and protected health information we collect from you or on your  behalf. This is our notice to you about why we collect your personal and  protected health information, how we use it, who we share it with and  how we protect the information we collect and maintain.

How and why we collect your personal and protected health information:

  • We ask that you provide us with your Social Security number at the time we initially undertake your representation.
  • We  need your Social Security number to obtain your medical records and  wage information, to process Social Security Disability and/or  Supplemental Security Income claims, to obtain claim information from  lien holders, and also to comply with the federal disclosure  requirements found in the MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND SCHIP EXTENSION ACT OF  2007. We do NOT use the information for any other internal secondary  purpose.
  • If you do give us your personal and protected health information, we treat it very carefully.
  • We  collect personal information about you (e.g., name, email address,  Social Security number or other unique identifier) only if you  specifically and knowingly give it to us.
  • We also collect your protected health information only if you specifically and knowingly authorize us to do so.

How this personal and protected health information is protected:

  • We will take reasonable precautions to maintain the security, confidentiality and integrity of the information we collect.
  • Information in your file is confidential and is only accessible to members of our staff.

How and when we will use your personal and protected health information:

  • We do not sell the information we collect.
  • The  personal information you give us will be used only in connection with  the prosecution of your claim and for other purposes as described in  this document or at the point the information is collected.
  • The protected health information we collect on your behalf will only be used in connection with the prosecution of your claim.

Who we will share your personal and protected health information with:

  • We  may disclose your Social Security number to health care providers,  employers, and the Internal Revenue Service in order to obtain evidence  relevant to your claim.
  • We may also disclose your Social  Security number to an adverse party if requested to do so in the course  of the discovery process, or where necessary for compliance with  IRS/Medicare rules.
  • We may disclose your protected health  information to health care providers, the Social Security  Administration, insurance companies, and where required by civil trial  discovery rules.

We may transmit your Protected Health Information Electronically:

  • Your  personal health information may be transmitted by us electronically in  certain situations. Examples of such electronic transmissions may  include: sending medical record request(s) to your health care  provider(s) via an eFax service that incorporates SSL encryption and a  world-class secure server infrastructure; and providing your medical  records to the Social Security Administration via their secure encrypted  Electronic Records Express system in connection with your claim for  Social Security Disability benefits.

How we dispose of this personal information:

  • At  the conclusion of your case, your file will be stored securely. If your  file is eventually destroyed, we will also destroy any information  about your Social Security number and any protected health information  we have collected.