Privacy Notice

BG Neurology Group Notice of Privacy Practices
YOUR RIGHTS: When it comes to your health information you have certain rights. This section
explains your rights. Upon written request:

Ask to see or get an electronic or a paper copy of your health record or other information we
have about you. We will also provide a summary of your health information if requested. We will
charge a reasonable, cost based fee. We will provide this information as soon as possible but
no later than 30 working days of the request.
Ask us to correct your health information you think is incorrect or incomplete. We may say “no”
but will tell you why in writing within 60 days.
You can ask us to communicate with you in a certain way (for example, home or office phone) or
to send mail to a different address. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
Ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment or our operations.
We are not required to agree with your request and may say “no” if it would affect your care.

If you pay for a service or health care item out of pocket in full and you ask us not to share that
information for payment or our operations with your health insurer we will agree unless we are
required by law to share that information.
Ask us for a list or an accounting of the times we have shared your health information for
reasons other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations, and when you have asked us to
share information. We will provide a list for the past six years for the request. One request per
year will be provided free of charge. For additional requests we will charge a reasonable, cost
based fee.
Revoke an authorization to use or disclose PHI at any time except where action has already
been taken.
You may also:

Choose someone to act on your behalf. If you have given someone medical power of attorney
or they are your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about
your health information. We will ask for proof of this relationship before we take any action.
Ask for a paper copy of this document even if you have agreed to receive the notice
electronically. We will provide that copy promptly.
File a complaint. If you feel your rights have been violated you may contact the designated
Privacy Officer, Kathleen Black at 1071 Boiling Springs Rd., Spartanburg SC 29303.
File a complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights
by sending a letter to 200 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling
1.877.696.6775, or visiting
We will not retaliate for filing a complaint.
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES: The law requires us to:
Maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
Notify you promptly if a breach occurs that may compromise the privacy or security of your
Follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
Not to use or share you information other what is described in this notice unless you tell us we
can in writing. If you tell us we can and then change your mind, just let us know in writing you
have changed your mind.
YOUR CHOICES – For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we
share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in situations described
below, talk to us.
In these cases you have both the right and the choice to tell us to: share information with your
family, close friends, or others involved in your care and share information in a disaster relief

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go
ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share
your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
Marketing purposes
Sale of your information
Most sharing of psychotherapy notes
In the case of fundraising, we may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to
contact you again
OUR USES AND DISCLOSURE – We typically use or share your health information in the
following ways:
Treatment: We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are
treating you. Example: we may share your health information to an outside doctor for referral.
We will also provide your health care providers with copies of various reports to assist them in
your treatment.

Payment: We can use or share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans
or other entities. Example: we give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will
pay for your healthcare.

Health Care Operations: We can use and share your health information to run our practice,
improve your care, and contact you when necessary. Example: we use health information about
you to manage your treatment and services.

Other ways we can use or share your health information: We are allowed or required to share
your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as
public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share
your information for these purposes.

Help with public health and safety issues: We can share health information about you for certain
situations such as: preventing disease, helping with product recalls, reporting adverse reactions
to medication, reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, and preventing or
reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health and safety.

Comply with the law: We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it,
including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see if we are
complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests: We will share health information about you with
organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director: We can share health information with a
coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when you die.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests:

• For workers’ compensation claims

• For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official

• With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law

• For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions: We can share your health information to respond to a
court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

Research: We can use or share your information for health research.

CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE – We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will
apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our
office and on our website.

Privacy Officer Name or Title: Kathleen Black, Practice Administrator

Phone Number: 864-577-9107

Effective date: Date original NPP was implemented

Revision Date: 04/05/2024