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HIPAA Privacy Policy

Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.




You have the right to:

· Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record

· Correct your paper or electronic medical record

· Request confidential communication

· Ask us to limit the information we share

· Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared your information

· Get a copy of this privacy notice

· Choose someone to act for you


You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:

· Tell family and friends about your condition

· Provide disaster relief

· Include you in a hospital directory

· Provide mental health care

· Market our services and sell your information

· Raise funds


We may use and share your information as we:

· Treat you

· Run our organization

· Bill for your services

· Help with public health and safety issues

· Do research

· Comply with the law

· Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

· Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

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

· Respond to lawsuits and legal actions


*When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights.* This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.

*Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record*

· You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.

· We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

*Ask us to correct your medical record*

· You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.

· We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.

*Request confidential communications*

· You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.

· We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests..

*Ask us to limit what we use or share*

· You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to yourrequest, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.

· If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes”
unless a law requires us to share that information.

*Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information*

· You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.

· We will include all the disclosures except for those abouttreatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one
accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.

*Get a copy of this privacy notice*
You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have
agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a
paper copy promptly.

*Choose someone to act for you*

· If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.

· We will make sure the person has this authority and can act foryou before we take any action.

*File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated*

· You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us, to file a complaint with us, please contact us at National Pain Institute, LLC, c/o Privacy Officer, 880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Building C Suite 200Roswell, GA 30076 or call (877) 539-9068*.

All complaints must be submitted in writing or by calling our Complaint Hotline *(877) 539-9068*

· You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by calling 877-696-6775.

· We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.


*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 the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

· Share information with your family, close friends, or othersinvolved in your care

· Share information in a disaster relief situation

· Include your information in a hospital directory

*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 tolessen 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.


*How do we typically use or share your health information?* We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.

*Treat you* We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.

*Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.*

*Run our organization* 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.*

*Bill for your services* We can use and 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 services.*

*How else can we 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.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

*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 medications

· Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence

· Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

*Do research*We can use or share your information for health research.

*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 that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

*Respond to organ and tissue donation requests* We can 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 an individual dies.

*Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests* We can use or share health information about you:

· 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 services

*Respond to lawsuits and legal actions*We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.


· We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.

· We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.

· We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.

· We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.


*We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all Protected Health Information we have about you as well as any Protected Health Information we receive in the future.* If we do make such changes, we will post a copy of the revised notice in the reception area of all our facilities and in other areas of our facilities where we provide health care services or by requesting a copy from any of our health care professionals with whom you whom you have contact.

Meet the FLPNR Team

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  • Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, D.O.
  • Lourdes Varela–Batista, M.D.
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Harvard-Trained, Board-Certified Pain Specialist and Neurologist.

Dr. Zhou graduated from Wenzhou Medical College, China in 1982 with training in both modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He had neurology fellowship training at Shanghai Medical School, specializing in EMG/NCV and evoked potential studies. He served as an attending neurologist in China.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Ocala, FL

Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, D.O.

Dr. Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu is board certified by both the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Vu earned his degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California in 2003.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Lourdes Varela–Batista, M.D.

Dr. Varela is a fellowship trained pain specialist and board certified PMR expert. Her specialities include physical medicine and rehabilitation and interventional pain medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Puerto Rico and completed her medical degree from New York Medica College. Dr. Varela completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Vinh-Loc Nguyen, P.A.

Vinh-Loc Nguyen is a NCCPA certified physician assistant and is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from University of Florida in 1994. He had a successful career in the financial industry before returning to his true passion for medicine.

Physician in Ocala, FL

Kirstie Nicol, P.A.

Kirstie has been serving as a physician assistant at Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center, Lake City since September 2016. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She received her master of science in physician assistant studies, at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Irene Aponte Moreno, N.P.

Ms. Irene Aponte Moreno is an Adult-Gerontology certified Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. In 2014, she received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in December of 2006. In 2003, she received an Associates of Arts degree from Southwestern Michigan College. She also completed an Associate degree in Informatics from the University Institute Antonio Jose de Sucre located in Lara State, Venezuela.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Sunny Park, N.P.

Ms. Sunny Park is an AANP and ANCC certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Drawing from Southern Illinois University in 1999. She pursued nursing career and graduated with Associate of Science in Nursing in 2007 and started working as a registered nurse in Cardiovascular ICU in St.Luke’s Medical Center. She continued with her education and graduated with Magna Cum Laude obtaining Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010 from Cardinal Stritch University. During her nursing education, she was awarded multiple scholarships including the Lamplight scholarship by Milwaukee Nurses Association.


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