As required by the privacy regulations created as a result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Inetico makes every effort to monitor and maintain the HIPAA regulatory process, and, is aggressively moving toward full, voluntary, compliance with all necessary and required facets of HIPAA. Accordingly, Inetico, Inc. maintains, updates and implements proactive and attentive procedures and policies, consistent with applicable state and federal statutes and regulations for the purpose of maintaining the security and privacy of all personal health information, as well as other confidential and proprietary information, entrusted to Inetico, Inc. for express and specific uses, disclosures and storage in its databases and facilities. Full compliance is expected well within the given deadlines.
Maureen Becotte, HIPAA Compliance Officer at 813-258-2200 extension 1003, 400 N. Ashley Dr., Suite 1550, Tampa, FL 33602
It is important to note that Inetico must provide you with the following important information:
- How we may use and disclose your Personal Health Information
- Your privacy rights in your Personal Health Information
- Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your Personal Health Information
When you log on to our web site and communicate with us via our site, we do not collect personal information about you unless you provide it to us voluntarily. Personal information is any information or data that is unique to an individual such as a name, social security number, address, birth date, etc. Portions of our web site may allow you to provide us with personal information in order to deliver requested materials, products or services to you, respond to your questions, or enable to you to update information or sign up for Inetico, Inc.’s programs. Any personal information that you provide via our web site is used exclusively for the purpose stated and contained on the web site page. Inetico, Inc. does not sell, license, transmit or disclose personal information that you provide to us outside of Inetico, Inc. and its affiliated companies except with the following exceptions:
- Upon your authorization
- When such disclosure is necessary to support Inetico, Inc. and its contractors or agents to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations
- When required or permitted by law
Any such disclosure of any personal information is performed within the parameters of applicable laws and regulations, and the personal information is used only for the purpose it was provided.
Our web site requires users to provide unique identifiers, such as subscriber identification numbers, in order to log into some of the web site pages. Inetico, Inc. utilizes these unique identifiers to verify the user's identify and eligibility, in order to protect our members from the release of personally identifiable information to unauthorized users.
Internet Protocol Addresses
An Internet Protocol address is a number that automatically identifies the computer or machine that you are using to access the Internet. The address enables our server to send you the web pages that you want to visit. It may disclose the server owned by your Internet Service Provider. We utilize your Internet Protocol address to help diagnose problems with our server and to support our site administration.
Right of Changes
Inetico reserves the right to change this notice. Inetico reserves the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. Inetico will post a copy of the current notice in our offices and on our web site. You have the right to request a copy of any changes or revisions at any time.
Compliance with this Notice
This notice describes Inetico's practices along with: Any employee, contractor, or other agent of Inetico's authorized to enter information into your records.
Inetico may also share medical information with any of your treating health care providers, hospitals or physicians, HMO's, managed care plans, insurers or other third party payers, for payment or health care operations purposes described in this notice.
Personal Health Information Pledge
Inetico understands that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. Inetico receives a financial record of the care and services you receive from our clients, medical facilities, practices and professionals. We use these records to assist our clients from whom you received care in obtaining payment from third party payors. This Notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by any medical facility held by Inetico, practice or professional, regardless of the author. The medical facilities, practices and professionals from whom you received care may have different policies or notices regarding their use and disclosure of your medical information created in the facility, practice or office.This notice will tell you about the ways in which Inetico may use and disclose medical information about you. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of medical information.
Inetico is required by law to:
- Make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private
- Give you this notice, upon request, of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you
- Follow the terms of the notice that are currently in effect.
Notice of How we May Use or Disclose Your Personal Health Information
The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose medical information. For each category of uses or disclosures we will explain what we mean and try to give some examples. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories.
Payment Information. Inetico may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive from our clients, may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. For example, we may need to give your health insurance company information about medical treatments you received at one of our clients, so your health insurance company will pay our clients.
Health Care Services. Inetico may use and disclose medical information about you for our health care programs. For example, we may use medical information to review our services and to evaluate the medical trends. Inetico may also disclose information to personnel for review and educational purposes. Inetico may use and disclose information to conduct or arrange for legal services and auditing functions. Inetico may use and disclose information for business planning purposes. In any case, Inetico will remove information that identifies you personally from the medical information so others may use it to study health care and health care delivery without learning whom the specific patients are.
Health-Related Benefits and Services. Inetico may use and disclose medical information to tell you about health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
As Required by Law. Inetico will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, Inetico may release medical information about you as required by military command authorities. Inetico may also release medical information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
Workers' Compensation. Inetico may release medical information about you for workers' compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Health Oversight Activities. Inetico may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations and inspections. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, Inetico may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. Inetico may also disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
Law Enforcement. Inetico may release medical information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
- In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process
- To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person
- About the victim of a crime if, under certain limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person's agreement
National Security and Intelligence Activities. Inetico may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
Protective Services for the President and Others. Inetico may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations.
Inmates. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, Inetico may release medical information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about you:
Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about your care. Usually, this includes medical and billing records, but does not include psychotherapy notes.
To inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about you, you must submit your request in writing to the individual given at the top of this Notice. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request.
Inetico may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited circumstances.
Right to Amend. If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for Inetico.
To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to the individual given at the top of page 1 of this Notice. In addition, you must provide a reason that supports your request.
Inetico may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, Inetico may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
- Was not created by us, unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment and we agree, in our sole discretion, that the amendment is correct and should be made
- Is not part of the medical information kept by or for Inetico
- Is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or
- Is already accurate and complete, as we may determine in our sole discretion.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an "accounting of disclosures." This is a list of the disclosures we made of medical information about you.
To request this list or accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to the individual given at the top of page 1 of this Notice. Your request must state a time period. The first list you request within a 12 month period will be free. For additional lists, Inetico may charge you for the costs of providing the list. Inetico will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not use or disclose information about a treatment you had.
Inetico is not required to agree to your request. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.
To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing to the individual given at the top of this Notice. In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply, for example, disclosures to your spouse.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with Inetico, or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with Inetico, contact the individual given at the top of this Notice. All complaints must be submitted in writing.
You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
OTHER USES OF MEDICAL INFORMATION
Other uses and disclosures of medical information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written permission. If you provide us permission to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the services we provided to our clients.
INetiPass and HIPAA
HIPAA imposes standard file formats for many healthcare transactions. INetiPass and EDI transmission does not currently involve an exchange of healthcare information under the ten HIPAA regulated EDI transactions. INetiPass involves the transmission of a claim from a business associate. The regulated transmission is between a health plan and a healthcare provider. That the health plan later transmits the EOB to a provider has no legal bearing on Repricing.net or EDI transactions for purposes of HIPAA's Transactions and Code Sets Rule, as INetiPass is not itself transmitting the information to a provider on behalf of the plan.
Therefore, the health plans that submit information to INetiPass or via EDI need not standardize the format of their submissions. Further, INetiPass need not standardize the transmittal of a discount price and EOB back to the client. The Transactions and Code Sets Rule does not include a standard related to repricing and the transmission of an EOB from a business associate to a health plan, making any compliance effort meaningless.
However, HIPAA's Privacy Rule and Proposed Security Rule would apply to the protected health information used. INetiPass protects the health information that it uses, discloses and maintains in accordance HIPAA and will comply with the Privacy Rule and the Security Rule.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice.
You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy from Inetico. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, write to the individual given at the top of this Notice stating specifically what you are requesting and why and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Terms and Conditions of Use
References in this web site to linked sites or specified third parties, products, or services do not constitute or imply endorsement by Inetico, Inc.
Except as expressly permitted by the owner(s), you shall not copy, use, modify or in any way exploit copyrighted materials. Violations will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
When using the links listed on this website, please be aware that Inetico, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy policies or the accuracy of content of these links.