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HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law designed to protect your privacy whenever your health care providers, like the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), have to discuss your case, or send information about you to different offices. Bloom Lactation Care is required to keep a file to record our consult, but the private, protected health information (PHI) in it will be kept confidential. IBCLCs within Bloom Lactation Care can freely share all the details of your personal health information for purposes of “treatment, payment and health care operations.” That means the IBCLC can talk to you about your situation and discuss it with your other health care providers. If you are referred to other specialists, the IBCLC can send the information on to them. The IBCLC can also share information with your health insurance company if they need it. The law also requires Bloom Lactation Care to share your information under other, very precise situations: for example, if a subpoena has been served on this office to turn over medical records or a federal agency is investigating a complaint that we have not been protecting your privacy. Any other time the IBCLC or Bloom Lactation Care shares your personal health information must be with your specific, written authorization first. For example, you may want Bloom Lactation Care to send information about your consultation to the Human Resources Dept. at your place of employ so they can pay you back under their corporate lactation support program. When you give Bloom Lactation Care permission to turn over information about you, we can give out only the minimum amount of information needed to get the job done.

In the event that there are other instances where the IBCLC may wish to share your information, you will be asked to consent to each instance separately, and you may choose not to consent to any or all of this additional sharing. Under HIPAA, the IBCLC can call or write you to remind you to come back for an appointment or to tell you how you can get a product or service that might interest you and your family.

You have four rights under HIPAA:

1. Access: you can ask the IBCLC to see all of your protected health information (PHI) on file

2. Amendment: you can ask the IBCLC to change her files to amend inaccurate PHI

3. Disclosure Accounting: you can ask to whom the IBCLC has given your PHI

4. Restriction Request: you can put limits on the IBCLCʼs use and sharing of your PHI.

Bloom Lactation Care's duty under HIPAA is to give you this notice, so you understand that we have promised to keep your private health information confidential.

If this notice is amended in the future, we will make a new copy available. Jami Carter is the owner and Privacy Officer in this business and will answer your questions or concerns about how your privacy is protected. Her phone number is 310-896-5622.

You can complain if you think your privacy hasn’t been protected, and we have a duty to attempt to address the situation. If the Privacy Officer does not address your complaint adequately, you can go to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the federal Health and Human Services Dept., to ask that a formal investigation be made. You cannot be penalized for making a complaint. You can get all the details from them by calling (toll free) 1- 800-368-1019 or file a complaint at: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html

The consent form you sign at a Lactation Consultation appointment  acknowledges that you have access to this HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice and have read and understood it.

HIPPA

Website Terms and Conditions of Use

This page states the Terms and Conditions under which you, the website visitor (hereinafter “you” or “visitor”), may use this site, the content of which is owned by or licensed to Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care. By using this site, you agree to be bound by all of the Terms and Conditions set forth below. If you do not accept these Terms and Conditions, please do not use this site. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care may, at its sole discretion, revise these Terms and Conditions at any time; therefore, you should visit this page periodically to review the Terms and Conditions.

Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care seeks to:  provide information related to obtaining lactation support.

Although Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care strives for timeliness and accuracy in all of its materials, Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care makes no representations, warranties, or assurances as to the availability, accuracy, currency, or completeness of this site or its contents. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care shall not be liable for any damages or injury resulting from your access to, inability to access, or use of this site, including, without limitation, any damages or injury arising from any links to other sites contained within or referred to in this site.

Privacy

Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care is committed to preserving your right to privacy.  Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care does not collect identifying information about you (such as your name, address, telephone number, or email address) unless you voluntarily submit that information to us through our Contact Us page, our newsletter subscription pages, or other means.

Please do not provide any confidential information (including health information) to us via electronic communication. Any information you do submit will not be sold to any third parties. If we publish any information you provide to us on the website, we will only disclose personally identifiable information agreed upon by you.

We use "cookies" on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor's hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. For instance, when we use a cookie to identify you, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on our site. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site.

If you are concerned about the information You have provided to  Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care or would like to review, update, or delete that information, please contact us at jami@bloomlactationcare.com. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care will make reasonable efforts to comply with your wishes.

Contact Us and “Ask an Expert”

The Contact Us page is the primary means of communication with Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care for a website visitor. Website visitors may use the Contact Us page to send questions or content suggestions to us. Any health information submitted through the Contact Us pages is not stored in a way that is personally identifiable. We may, unless you indicate otherwise, store, edit, and excerpt your email for use in Q&As, presentations, analyses, and other similar purposes. In these cases, we will delete any content that would specifically identify you as the writer of the email.

The information provided through the Website is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is not meant to replace the advice of the physician who cares for you or your child. All medical advice and information should be considered to be incomplete without a physical exam, which is not possible without a visit to your doctor.

Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this website, and such information is subject to change without notice. All information provided on the website is general information provided for educational purposes. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your child’s physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Newsletters

The only personally identifiable information that is actively collected by Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care is email addresses of individuals who opt-in to our newsletter programs. These email addresses are only used for delivering our newsletters. Users may remove their email address from our list by using the unsubscribe link provided at the bottom of each newsletter.

User Submissions

Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care welcomes your comments on its site and content. However, you acknowledge that if you send us suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts, photographs, or other information (collectively, the “Information”), the Information shall be deemed, and shall remain, the property of Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care. By submission of any Information to us, you assign to us and we shall exclusively own all now known or hereafter existing rights to such Information and shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Information for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you.

As a user of this site, you are responsible for your own communications and are responsible for the consequences of their posting. Therefore, do not do any of the following: transmit to us material that is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner to post it; send material that reveals trade secrets, unless you own them or have the permission of the owner; send material that infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; send material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity; send sexually explicit images; send advertisements or solicitations of business; send chain letters or pyramid schemes; or impersonate another person.

Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care reserves the right to expel users and prevent their further access to this site for violating these terms or the law and reserves the right to remove any communications from this site. The violation of any of the terms and conditions set forth on this Terms and Conditions page shall result in the immediate revocation of your right to use the content and obligates you to immediately destroy any copies of the content in your possession.

Links

This site contains links to websites owned by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and are not an endorsement by Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care of the contents of those other sites. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care is not responsible for the content of any linked sites and makes no representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such sites. If you decide to visit any third-party sites using links from this site, you do so at your own risk.

Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care does not recommend, endorse, or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness, or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers, or other information that may be contained on or available through this website. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care is not responsible nor liable for any advice, diagnosis, treatment, or any other information, services, or products that you obtain through this website.

Disclaimer of Warranties

Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care does not warrant that the site will operate error-free or that the site or its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. If your use of the site or the site’s material results in the need for servicing or replacing of equipment or data,  Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care shall not be responsible for those costs. This site and its material are provided on an “as is” basis without any warranties of any kind. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care, to the fullest extent permitted by law, disclaims all warranties, including the warranty of merchantability, non-infringement of third parties’ rights, and the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.

Disclaimer of Consequential Damages

In no event shall Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care, its medical consultants, or any third parties mentioned in the site content be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) resulting from the use or inability to use material on this website or sites linked to this website whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care is advised of the possibility of such damages.

Use of Site Material

The contents of this site, including, without limitation, text, graphics, images, and other content (the “Content”) are owned by or licensed to Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care and are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. Unauthorized use of the Content violates copyright, trademark, and other laws. You agree to retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Content on any copy you make of such material. You may not sell or modify our Content or reproduce, display, distribute, or otherwise use the Content in any way for any public or commercial purpose. Use of the Content on any other website or in a networked environment is prohibited.

Miscellaneous

This site originates from within the United States. Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care does not claim that the Content on this site is appropriate or may be used outside of the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the site from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the substantive laws of the State of California, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. You agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts situated in the State of California with respect to any dispute, disagreement, or cause of action related to or involving this site. If any provision is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Except as expressly provided elsewhere in this site, these Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Jami Carter, IBCLC at Bloom Lactation Care with respect to your use of this site.

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