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Notice of HIPAA Privacy Practices

Positive Recovery Centers is required by law to protect the privacy of health information that may reveal a patient’s identity, commonly referred to as “protected health information,” or “PHI”. It includes information that we have created or received about your past, present or future health or condition, the provision of health care to you, or the payment of this health care. We must provide you with this notice about our privacy practices that explains how, when and why we use and disclose your protected health information.

With few exceptions, we may not use or disclose any more of your PHI than is necessary to accomplish the purpose of the use or disclosure. We are legally required to follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice. Please note, however, that special privacy protections apply to HIV/AIDS related information, alcohol and substance abuse treatment information, mental health information and genetic information, which are not set forth in this notice. These protections will be described in separate notices. To request copies of these notices, please contact the person listed in Section V.

We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and our privacy policies at any time. Any changes will apply to the PHI we already have. Before we make an important change to our policies, we will promptly change this notice and post a new notice. You can also request a copy of this notice at any time by calling our office at 877-476-22743.

Your Protected Health Information

We use and disclose health information for many different reasons. For some of these uses or disclosures, we need your prior consent or specific authorization. Below we describe the different categories of our uses and disclosures and give you some examples of each category. During your intake, prior to receiving any health care services, you will be asked to sign a statement permitting Positive Recovery Centers and its medical staff to release your health information for purposes of Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations. A description of each of these uses is described as follows.

A. Uses and Disclosures Relating to Treatment, Payment or Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose your PHI for the following reasons:

1. For treatment. We may disclose your PHI to physicians, nurses, medical students, and other health care personnel who provide you with health care services or are involved in your care. For example, if you’re being treated for a knee injury, we may disclose your PHI to the physical therapy department in order to coordinate your care.

2. To obtain payment for treatment. We may use and disclose your PHI in order to bill and collect payment for the treatment and services provided to you. For example, we may provide portions of your PHI to our billing department and your health plan to get paid for the health care services we provided to you. We may also provide your PHI to our business associates, such as billing companies, claims processing companies and others that process our health care claims or provide services on our behalf, or provide services directly to you.

3. For health care operations. We may disclose your PHI in order to operate our health care delivery system. For example, we may use your PHI in order to evaluate the quality of health care services that you received or to evaluate the performance of the health care professionals who provided health care services to you. We may also provide your PHI to our accountants, attorneys, consultants and other in order to make sure we’re complying with the laws that affect us. To the extent we are required to disclose your PHI to contractors, agents and other business associates who need the information in order to assist us with obtaining payment or carrying our out business operations, we will have a written contract to ensure that our business associate also protects the privacy of your PHI.

1. When a disclosure is required by federal, state or local law, judicial or administrative proceedings or law enforcement. For example, we make disclosures when a law requires that we report information to government agencies and law enforcement personnel about victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence; when dealing with gunshot and other wounds; or when ordered in a judicial or administrative proceeding.

2. For public health activities. For example, we report information about births, deaths and various diseases to governmental official in charge of collecting that information.

3. Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence. We may release your PHI to a public health authority that is authorized to receive reports of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. For example, we may report your information to government officials if we reasonably believe that you have been a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will may every effort to obtain your permission before releasing this information, but in some cases we may be required or authorized to act without your permission.

4. For health oversight activities. For example, we will provide information to assist the government when it conducts an investigation or inspection of a health care provider or organization.

5. Emergency Situations. We may use or disclose your PHI if you need emergency treatment, but we are unable to obtain your consent. If this happens, we will try to obtain your consent as soon as we reasonably can after we treat you.

6. Communication Barriers. We may use or disclose your PHI if we are unable to obtain your consent because of substantial communication barriers, and we believe you would want us to treat you if we could communicate with you.

7. Product Monitoring, Repair and Recall. We may disclose your information to a person or company that is required by the Food and Drug Administration to: (1) report or track product defects or problems; (2) repair, replace or recall defective or dangerous products; or (3) monitor the performance of a product after it has been approved for use by the general public.

8. Lawsuits and Disputes. We may disclose your PHI if we are ordered to do so by a court or administrative tribunal that is handling a lawsuit or other dispute.

9. Law Enforcement. We may disclose your PHI to law enforcement officials for any of the following reasons:

  • To comply with court orders or laws that we are required to follow;• To assist law enforcement officers with identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, witness or missing person;
  • If you have been the victim of a crime and we determine that: (1) we have been unable to obtain your consent because of any emergency or your incapacity; (2) law enforcement officials need the information immediately to carry out their law enforcement duties; and (3) in our professional judgement disclosure to these officers is in your best interests;
  • If we suspect a patient’s death resulted from criminal conduct;
  • If necessary to report a crime that occurred on our property; or
  • If necessary to report a crime discovered during an off-site medical emergency (for example, by emergency medical technicians at the scene of a crime).

10. Military and Veterans. If you are in the Armed Forces, we may disclose your PHI to appropriate military command authorities for activities they deem necessary to carry out their military mission. We may also release health information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.

11. Inmates and Correctional Institutions. If you are an inmate or you are detained by a law enforcement officer, we may disclose your PHI to the prison officers or law enforcement officers if necessary to provide you with health care, or to maintain safety, security and good order at the place where you are confined. This includes sharing information that is necessary to protect the health and safety of other inmates or persons involved in supervising or transporting inmates.

12. Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. In the unfortunate event of your death, we may disclose your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to determine the cause of death. We may also release this information to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.

13. For purposes of organ donation. We may notify organ procurement organizations to assist them in organ, eye or tissue donation and transplants.

14. For research purposes. In most cases, we will ask for your written authorization before using your PHI for research purposes. However, in certain, limited, circumstances, we may use and disclose your PHI without consent or authorization if we obtain approval through a special process to ensure that such research poses little risk to your privacy. In any case, we would never allow researchers to use or name or identity publicly. We may also release your health information without your written authorization to people who are preparing for a future research project, so long as no personally identifiable information leave our facility.

15. To avoid harm. In order to avoid a serious threat to the health or safety of a person or the public, we may provide PHI to law enforcement personnel or persons able to prevent or lessen such harm.

16. For specific government functions. We may disclose PHI of military personnel and veterans in certain situations. And we may disclose PHI for national security purposes, such as protecting the president of the United States or conducting intelligence operations.

17. For workers’ compensation purposes. We may provide PHI in order to comply with workers’ compensation laws.

18. Appointment reminders and health-related benefits or services. We may use PHI to provide appointment reminders or give you information about treatment alternatives or other health care services or benefits we offer and/or provide.

19. Deidentified Information. We may also disclosure your PHI if it has been deidentified or unable for anyone to connect back to you. This might occur if you are participating in a research project.

20. Incidental Disclosures. While we will take reasonable steps to safeguard the privacy of your PHI, certain disclosures of your PHI may occur during, or as an unavoidable result of our otherwise permissible uses or disclosures of your health information. For example, during the course of a treatment session, other patients in the treatment area may see, or overhear discussion of, your PHI.

C. Two Uses and Disclosures Require You to Have the Opportunity to Object.

1. Patient directories. We may include your name, location in our facility, general condition and religious affiliation, in our patient directory for use by clergy and visitors who ask for you by name, unless you object in whole or in part. The opportunity to consent may be obtained retroactively in emergency situations.

2. Disclosures to family, friends or others. We may provide your PHI to a family member, friend or other person that you indicate is involved in your care or the payment for your health care, unless you object in whole or part. The opportunity to consent may be obtained retroactively in emergency situations.

A. All Other Uses and Disclosures Require Your Prior Written Authorization. In any other situation not described in section IIA, B and C above, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing any of your PHI. If you choose to sign an authorization to disclose your PHI, you can later revoke that authorization in writing to stop any future uses and disclosures (to the extent that we have not taken any actions relying on the authorization).

What Rights You Have Regarding Your PHI

You have the following rights with respect to your PHI:

A. The Right to Request Limits on Uses and Disclosures of Your PHI. You have the right to ask that we limit how we use and disclose your PHI. We will consider your request, but are not legally required to accept it. If we accept your request, we will put any limits in writing and abide by them except in emergency situations. You may not limit the uses and disclosures that we are legally required or allowed to make.

B. The Right to Choose How Positive Recovery Centers Sends PHI to You. You have the right to ask that we send information to you at an alternate address or by alternate means. We must agree to your request so long as we can easily provide it to the location and in the format you request.

C. The Right to See and Get Copies of Your PHI. In most cases, you have the right to look at or get copies of your PHI that we have, but you must make the request in writing. If we don’t have your PHI but we know who does, we will tell you how to get it. We will respond to you within 30 days after receiving your written request. In certain situations, we may deny your request. If we do, we will tell you, in writing, our reasons for the denial and explain your right to have the denial reviewed. Instead of providing the PHI you requested, we may provide you with a summary or explanation of the PHI as long as you agree to that and to the associated cost in advance.

D. The Right to Get a List of the Disclosures We Have Made. You have the right to get a list of instances in which we have disclosed your PHI. The list will not include uses or disclosures that you have already been informed of, such as those made for treatment, payment or health care operations, directly to you, to your family, or in our facility directory. The list also won’t include uses and disclosures made for national security purposes, to corrections or law enforcement personnel.

Your request must state a time period for the disclosures you want us to include. We will respond within 60 days of receiving your request. The list we will give you will include disclosures made in the last six years unless you request a shorter time. The list will include the date of the disclosure, to whom PHI was disclosed (including their address, if known), a description of the information disclosed and the reason for the disclosure. We will provide the list to you at no charge, but if you make more than one request in the same calendar year, we will charge you for each additional request.

E. The Right to Correct or Update Your PHI. If you believe that there is a mistake in your PHI or that a piece of important information is missing, you have the right to request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information. You must provide the request and your reason for the request in writing. We will respond within 60 days of receiving your request. We may deny your request in writing if the PHI is (i) correct and complete, (ii) not created by us, (iii) not allowed to be disclosed, or (iv) not part of our records. Our written denial will state the reasons for the denial and explain your right to file a written statement of disagreement with the denial. If you don’t file one, you have the right to request that your request and our denial be attached to all future disclosures of you PHI. If we approve your request, we will make the change to your PHI, tell you that we have done it and tell others that need to know about the change to your PHI.

F. The Right to Get This Notice by E-Mail. You have the right to get a copy of this notice by e-mail. Even if you have agreed to receive notice via e-mail, you also have the right to request a paper copy of this notice. Person to Contact for Information About This Notice or to Complain About Our Privacy Practices.

If you have any questions about this notice or any complaints about our privacy practices, or would like to know how to file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, please contact us by writing:

Positive Recovery Centers

902 West Alabama Street

Houston, Texas 77006

Privacy Policy AS It Pertains to Website Data

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.

This website is owned and operated by Positive Recovery Centers. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use and disclose personally identifiable information that we collect from you when you use the Website. By using the Website, you agree to the collection, use and disclosure of your information as described in this Policy.


We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via this website, your information is protected both online and offline and shared on a minimum.

Whenever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (e.g, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers on which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.  We do use “cookies” on this site.  A cookie improves your access to our site and can enable us to track how users access the website in order to enhance their online experience.  The cookies are not linked to any personally identifiable information.

Though we make efforts to maintain the security of your personally identifiable information, in is important to remember that the Internet is not a completely secure environment.  We recommend that whenever you send sensitive information that you use an encrypted email and a secure, private connection or provide the information by fax or telephone.

Minor Age Website Use  

This website is intended for a general audience and for use by individuals 18 years of age and older. We do not intend to collect information on anyone under 13 years old, and anyone under 13 years old cannot use this Website without the approval of a parent or guardian. All use of this Website must comply with all applicable laws, thus, if you are a parent or authorized representative who consents to a child sharing personal information to this website, then you agree that your child’s use is consistent with this privacy policy.

Collection, Use, and Sharing of Personal Information  

When visiting, the IP address used to access the site will be logged along with the dates and times of access. This information is purely used to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement and gather broad demographic information for internal use, and, more importantly, any recorded IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Any information that you provide through this website, especially any personally identifiable information (name, address, phone, insurance information, etc.) is used solely for the purposes of responding to your inquires or to verify your insurance coverage with your insurer.  Your information will only be shared with need-to-know members of our team in order to process your inquiry and, if you opt to have your insurance coverage verified, with your insurer to the extent needed to accurately verify current health insurance benefits.  Positive Recovery Centers respects the privacy of all visitors to its website. No personal information that you provide on our website is ever rented, shared, sold or transferred to any third party for their benefit.

Your Rights

When it comes to your protected health information, you have certain rights.  These rights include the right to know which information we have, to review and make correction of information so it is accurate and current, to maintain confidential communication by requesting how best to communicate with you (by email, phone, at home, etc.),  to know how your information is used,  to request that your information is limited or deleted,  to receive a copy of this privacy notice, and to file a complaint without concern for retaliation.  If you would like more information, please contact us (see below).

Our Responsibility 

It is our responsibility and a legal duty to protect the privacy and security of your protected health information.  As such, should the confidentiality or security of your protected health information be compromised, we will inform you should such an incident occur.

Third Parties 

We have included links on this site for your use and reference. We are not responsible for the privacy policies on these websites. You should be aware that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from our own.  Additionally, Positive Recovery Centers may use third parties to provide services on Positive Recovery Centers’ behalf.

California Privacy Rights 

Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California residents have the right to request from a business any personal information that a business may have shared with a third party for direct marketing purposes.  We do not share personal information with any third party for direct marketing purposes.  Further, Positive Recovery Centers does not respond to “do not track” (DNT) signals.


Changes to this Privacy Statement  

The contents of this statement may be altered at any time, at our discretion. Changes will apply to all information we have and will be available upon request, in our office, and through our website.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy,  then you may contact us at 713-904-4699.

If you have any questions about this notice or any complaints about our privacy practices, or would like to know how to file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, please contact us by writing:

Positive Recovery Centers

902 West Alabama Street

Houston, Texas 77006