THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN ACCESS THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
OUR PLEDGE TO YOU: We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal and we are committed to protecting privacy while providing quality care. This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to all records generated by Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center, including departments, medical staff, clinics, employees, volunteers, and affiliated programs and services.
We are legally required to protect the privacy of your health information. We call this information “protected health information”, or (PHI) and it includes information that can be used to identify you 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 for health care services. We must provide you with this notice about our privacy practices that explains how, when, and why we use and disclose your PHI. With some 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 reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and our privacy policies. Any changes will apply to the PHI which is currently in our possession. Before we make an important change to our policies, we will promptly change this notice and post a new notice in our main reception areas.
We use and disclose PHI for many different reasons. For some of these uses or disclosures, we need your written authorization. Below, we describe the different categories of our uses and disclosures and give you some examples of each category.
We may use and disclose your PHI without your authorization for the following reasons:
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 are being treated for a knee injury, we may disclose your PHI to the physical rehabilitation department in order to coordinate your care.
For Payment. 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.
For Health Care Operations. We may disclose your PHI in order to operate this Surgery center. 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 others in order to make sure we are complying with the laws that affect us.
For Disclosure. 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 or other wounds; or when ordered in a judicial or administrative proceeding.
For Public Health Activities. For example, we report information about births, deaths, and various diseases, to government officials in charge of collecting that information. We may provide coroners, medical examiners, and funeral Administrators necessary information relating to an individual’s death.
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.
For Purposes of Organ Donation. We may notify organ procurement organizations to assist them in organ, eye, or tissue donation or transplants.
For Research Purposes. In certain circumstances, we may provide PHI in order to conduct medical research.
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.
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.
For Workers’ Compensation Purposes. We may provide PHI in order to comply with workers’ compensation laws.
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.
Fund-Raising Activities. We may use PHI to raise funds for our organization. The money raised through these activities is used to expand and support the health care services and educational programs we provide to the community.
Patient Administratories. If you are admitted to the Surgery center, we may include your name, location in the Surgery center, general condition, and religious affiliation, in our patient Administratory 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.
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 of your health care, unless you object in whole or in part. The opportunity to consent may be obtained retroactively in emergency situations.
In any other situation, not described in this notice, 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 action relying on the authorization).
You have the following rights with respect to your PHI:
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.
The Right to Choose How We Send PHI to You. You have the right to ask that we send information to alternate address (for example, sending information to your work address rather than your home address) or by alternate means (for example, e-mail instead of regular mail). We must agree to your request as long as we can easily provide it in the format you requested.
The Right to Inspect and Copy 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 do not 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, what our reasons are for the denial and explain your right to have the denial reviewed.
If you request copies of your PHI. There will be no charge for the first 10 pages. Beginning with the 11th page, we will charge a $5.00 base fee plus 50¢ per page. 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 this method and to the cost in advance.
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 for:
We will respond within 60 days of receiving your request. The list we 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 year, we will charge you $25.00 for each additional request.
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 (1) correct and complete, (2) not created by us, (3) not allowed to be disclosed, or (4) 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. Your rights allow you to have your request and our denial attached to all future disclosures of your 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.
If you have questions and/or would like additional information regarding any rights included in this Notice of Privacy Practices, you may contact the Surgery Center’s Administrator at 218-822-2400.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Surgery Center’s Administrator by dialing 218-822-2400 or writing to:
Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center
13114 Isle Drive
Baxter, MN 56425
You may also contact the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services at telephone number 1-877-696-6775 (toll free), or e-mail There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.
For information regarding Advance Directives, please contact your healthcare provider or follow the link below.
• Register for your preoperative class 218-454-8469.
• Begin your pre-operative exercises as shown in your guidebook.
• Choose your coach.
• Stop Smoking.
• Maintain or achieve a healthy weight.
• Schedule your preoperative physical and any needed lab work.
• Prepare your home- adjust furniture to clear walking paths and remove all throw rugs. Have a comfortable, supportive chair for after surgery.