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NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
As Required by the Privacy Regulations Promulgated Pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH
INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND
DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO
YOUR IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS NOTICE
A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Our organization is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your identifiable health information. In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices concerning your identifiable health information. By law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time.
To summarize, this notice provides you with the following important information:
-How we may use and disclose your identifiable health information
-Your privacy rights in your identifiable health information
-Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information.
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your identifiable health information that are created or retained by our organization. We reserve the right to revise or amend our notice of privacy practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all records our organization has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records we may create or maintain in the future. Our organization will post a copy of our current notice on our website, and you may request a copy at any time.
B. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT:
The ACS Privacy Official at 1-800-227-2345 or by email at email@example.com.
C. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your identifiable health information:
1. Treatment.Our organization may use your identifiable health information to treat you. For example, we may perform a follow-up interview and we may use the results to help us modify your treatment plan. Many of the people who work for our organization may use of disclose your identifiable health information in order to treat you or to assist others in your treatment. Additionally, we may disclose your identifiable health information to others who may assist in your care, such as your physician, therapists, spouse, children, or parents.
2. Payment.Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits), and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover, or pay for, your treatment. We also may use and disclose your identifiable health information to obtain payment from third parties who may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your identifiable health information to bill you directly for services and items.
3. Health Care Operations.Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information to operate our business. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our organization may use your health information to evaluate the quality of care you received from us or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our organization.
4. Appointment Reminders.Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information to contact you and remind you of visits/deliveries.
5. Health-Related Benefits and Services.Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information to inform you of health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
6. Release of Information to Family/Friends.Our organization may release your identifiable health information to a friend or family member who is helping you pay for your health care of who assists in taking care of you.
7. Disclosures Required by Law.Our organization will use and disclose your identifiable health information when we are required to do so by federal, state, or local law.
D. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:
1. Public Health Risks.Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information to public health authorities who are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of:
- Maintaining vital records, such as births and deaths
-Reporting child abuse or neglect
-Preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability
-Notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease
-Notifying a person regarding a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition
-Reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices
-Notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled
-Notifying appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) regarding the potential abuse or neglect of an adult patient (including domestic violence); however, we will only disclose this information if the patient agrees or we are required or authorized by law to disclose this information
-Notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury or illness or medical surveillance.
2. Health Oversight Activities.Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure, and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws, and the health care system in general.
3. Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings.Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information in response to a court or administrative order if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your identifiable health information in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
4. Law Enforcement.We may release identifiable health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
-Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement
-Concerning a death we believe might have resulted from criminal conduct
-Regarding criminal conduct at our offices
-In response to a warrant, summons, court order, subpoena, or similar legal process
-To identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive, or missing person
-In an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime, or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator)
5. Serious Threats to Health or Safety.Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.
6. Military.Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information if you are a member of U.S. or foreign military forces (including veterans) and if required by the appropriate military command authorities.
7. National Security.Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information to federal officials for intelligence and national security activities authorized by law. We also may disclose your identifiable health information to federal officials in order to protect the President, other officials or foreign heads of state, or to conduct investigations.
8. Inmates.Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official. Disclosure for these purposes would be necessary: (a) for the institution to provide health care services to you; (b) for the safety and security of the institution; and/or (c) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of other individuals.
9. Workers’ Compensation.Our organization may release your identifiable health information for workers’ compensation and similar programs.
E. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION
You have the following rights regarding the identifiable health information that we maintain about you:
1. Confidential Communications.You have the right to request that our organization communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303, specifying the requested method of contact or the location where you wish to be contacted. Our organization will accommodate reasonablerequests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.
2. Requesting Restrictions.You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your identifiable health information for the treatment, payment, or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we limit our disclosure of your identifiable health information to individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request; however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies, or when the information is necessary to treat you. In order to request a restriction in our use of disclosure of your identifiable health information, you must make your request in writing ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion: (a) the information you wish restricted; (b) whether you are requesting to limit our organization’s use, disclosure, or both; and (c) to whom you want the limits to apply.
3. Inspection and Copies.You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the identifiable health information that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records, but not including psychotherapy notes. You must submit your request in writing ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303in order to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your identifiable health information. Our organization may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, labor, and supplies associated with your request. Our organization may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however, you may request a review of our denial. Reviews will be conducted by another licensed health care professional chosen by us.
4. Amendment.You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our organization. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment. Our organization will deny your request if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the identifiable health information kept by or for the organization; (c) not part of the identifiable health information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our organization, unless the individual or entity that created the information is not available to amend the information.
5. Accounting of Disclosures.All of our patients have the right to requests an “accounting of disclosures.” An “accounting of disclosures” is a list of certain disclosures our organization has made of your identifiable health information. In order to obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. All requests for an “accounting of disclosures” must state a time period which may not be longer than six years and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. The first list you request within a 12-month period is free of charge, but our organization may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period. Our organization will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and you may withdraw your request before you incur any costs.
6. Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice.You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, contact ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.
7. Right to File a Complaint.If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our organization or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our organization, send the complaint to ACS Inc., ATTN: Privacy Official, 250 Williams Street, Atlanta, GA 30303. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
8. Right to Provide an Authorization for Other Uses and Disclosures.Our organization will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your identifiable health information for the reasons described in the authorization. Please note that we are required to retain records of your care.
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How to Measure for a proper Fit
Did you know that a woman's bra size can fluctuate from year to year and sometimes even month to month? On average, you should measure yourself at least once a year but more frequently if you go up or down a size in your regular clothing. That's why it's important to know how to property measure yourself, so you can choose a comfortable bra with confidence; a bra that will look great an feel good!
Choosing a bra that gives you the comfort you need will be a breeze when you fllow these few simple steps, so let's get started!
There are two aspects to finding your correct bra size and they are band size and cups size. The band size is the size of the bra brand around the torso. The cup size is the circumference measured around the bust over the fullest part of the breast.
First you'll need a standard tape measure. You should be able to find one at your local sewing store or even at your local drug store. It's inexpensive and handy to have around. Second, you'll need to put a comfortable, well-fitting, non-padded bra.
Step 1 - Measure Your Band Size (Under Breast)
With your bra and starting at zero on the tape measure place it directly undermeath the breast where the bra band sits. Make sure that the measuring tap runs horizintally around the upper body and is at the same height in the front and the back. The measuring tap should provides 90% of your support. If it's not tight enough your bra band will be loose and will not be supportive enough. (You may want to enlist the help of a close friend to help, if you need help.)
Measure underearth the bust line from the center breastbone in the front all the way around.
Write down the nmber of inches. If that number is a fration, round it up to the next whole number.
Step 2 - Measure Your Cup Size (Over Breast)
Mext! You're going to measure your half-chest circumference. Make sure that the measuring tape runs horizontally around the upper body and is at the same height in the front and the back of the body. Starting at zero on the tape measure, position the tape measure at the center the spine in the back then loosely wrap the tape measure over the fullest part of your breast directly above the nipple.
Write down the munber of inches, then double that number. If that number is a fraction, round it up to the next whole number.
Step 3 - Calculate Your Cup Size
Numw, Subtract your brand size measurement from your cup size measurement and that will give you your cup size.
Cup size for a double mastectomy would be the same at that wom prior to surgery. If you want to go larger or smaller, select one size above or below your previous size.
Step 4 - Determine Your Bra Size
Finally, all you need to do is combine the cup size with your brand measure to determine your bra size. For example, 38B means you have a 38-inch band and a B cup.
How to know when Your Bra is a Good Fit
Now that you know how to determine your bra size here are a few helpful hints on how to know when your bra is a good fit:
Tip: Because cup size can fluctuate base on weight change, hormonal changes, bloting, or further surgery try to check your bra size from time to time. Also, try to measure on a day when your breast feels relatively normal. Many women buy a bra style that they love in two sizes - one size for regular days and a size up for days when they feel a little fuller, that way they can avoid the discomfort of having to squeeze themselves into a bra that's temporarily too small.
Now that we've got the technical stuff out of the way, let's move on to chooseing a wonderful new bra!
How To Find Your Correct Head Size.
(Customer can use a string if they don't have a tape measure to measure around the head and put it on a ruler.)
Our mastectomy bras restore your natural shape and will hold your breast form(s) securely in place. Helping you feel confident and always looking great!
Our Everyday Bras. The “tlc” Everyday Collection combines all the style and comfort you would expect from beautiful lingerie with smart design features that ensure all day comfort. Our most popular bras are the:
Amoena® Mara T-Shirt Bra
Lace Accent Pocketed Bra
Mastectomy Camisole Bra
Our Leisure Bras.Made of soft, breathable materials for all day comfort, and easy fastening for putting on and taking off. This style is ideal for wearing to bed or relaxing at home. Our Amoena® Collection has many styles of seamless, lightweight, and comfortable bras. Two of our customer favorites are the:
Amoena® Becky Bra
Amoena® Frances Bra
Our Customized Bras. Our Especially for You Bras are custom made just for you! Available in 7 of our best-selling styles. Just tell us which side(s) to fill! We use tiny lightweight beads that will mold naturally to your body so there’s no need for a breast form. With an Especially for You Bra, you can just put it on and go! Here is a list of 7 that we can tailor just for you:
Especially for You Bra
Especially for You Bra
Especially for You Bra
Buy enough to last. Depending on how often it’s worn and washed, the average bra can last between 6 months to a year before needing to be replaced. Consider investing in two or three styles, so you’ll have lots of choice throughout the year.
We offer an amazing collection of stylish, beautiful and affordable post mastectomy bras. With so many styles to choose from, it’ll be easy to find your new favorite bra in no time!
Click here for our article on How to Measure for a Proper Fit.