Our HIPAA Compliance Program
Nevada Autism Center strives to maintain privacy and the highest standards of ethical behavior in the industry. Our team of attorneys helps with the compliance piece of our contracts with insurance carriers and healthcare regulation authorities. Further, we have a variety of transparent internal and external policies that aim to ensure the safety of the children in our care. We put the children of our Las Vegas ABA therapy center as a central focus and as such, our employees, policies, and procedures are all developed with privacy, ethics, and compassion at the forefront.
Here at Nevada Autism Center, we take patient information and privacy extremely seriously. Protected health information (PHI) of all current, former, and prospective clients of the center is safeguarded in encrypted digital files or lock boxes at the center. Our employees and staff all receive training to ensure they are always in compliance with safeguarding client information.
What is PHI?
Protected health information, or PHI, is any information obtained about a client that could identify them to an internal or external third party. This includes information such as their name, age, date of birth, and Social Security number. Information will never be disclosed to a third party without written consent from the parent or guardian or as required by law.
Notice of Privacy Practices
How medical information may be used
Nevada Autism Center uses medical records to record health information, to plan care and treatment, and to carry out routine health care functions. For example, your insurance company may need us to give them procedure and diagnosis information to bill for client treatment we provide. Other health care providers or health plans reviewing your records must follow the same privacy laws and rules that Nevada Autism Center is required to follow.
- Medical information may be used to show that a client needs certain care, treatment, and services (such as lab tests, prescriptions, treatment plans, and research study requirements).
- We will use medical information to plan treatment.
- We may disclose Protected Health Information to another provider for treatment (such as, referring doctors, specialists, and contractors to Reinforcement Unlimited).
- We may send claims to your insurance company containing medical information.
- We might also contact their utilization review department to receive precertification (approval for treatment in advance).
- We may use the emergency contact information you gave us to contact you if the address we have on record is no longer correct.
- We may contact you to remind you of the client’s appointment by calling you or mailing a postcard.
- We may contact you to discuss other possible treatments or benefits related to health that might interest you.
Nevada Autism Center has developed a compliance program to ensure the safety and ongoing training necessary for all staff and professionals at our center. Components of this program include:
- HIPAA privacy officer
- Data backup policies
- Code of conduct
- Ethics committee
- Education and training
- Various reporting
- Risk assessment