MESSAGE FROM COMPLIANCE/ETHICS and PRIVACY DIRECTOR

Avita Health System’s Board of Directors pledges to its patients, staff, and the public that Avita is an honest, ethical, and reputable healthcare system. Avita’s Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Program was designed to show Avita’s commitment to operating in an ethical and honest manner by establishing guidelines, processes, and policies designed to prevent and detect illegal conduct, provide education and training, monitor operations, and business practices.

Avita strives to attain the highest ethical standards and to follow the laws, regulations and policies that govern the healthcare industry. Avita’s staff is required to follow the Code of Conduct and to conduct themselves with the utmost integrity. 

The Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Committee is comprised of the Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director, the CEO, CFO, COO, and senior management, who together promote the reporting of illegal, inappropriate, or unethical conduct.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director, at 419-468-0571.

Cinda M. Kropka
Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director

COMPLIANCE PLAN and CODE OF CONDUCT

 

HIPAA PRIVACY RULE

Most of us believe that our medical and other health information is private and should be protected, and we want to know who has this information. The Privacy Rule, a Federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information. The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of individuals' protected health information, whether electronic, written, or oral. 

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES 

A Notice of Privacy Practices is a document that informs patients how  Avita uses and discloses their health information. The Notice also informs the patients when the provider can use or disclose their health information with and without their permission, and informs the patient about rights to their health information.

COMPLIANCE HOTLINE: 419-468-0614

Avita’s Compliance Hotline may be used to report suspected illegal or unethical behavior.  You can use the hotline if you want to remain anonymous. Listen to the instructions, and then leave your message. If you wish to be contacted, you may also leave your name and number. The Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director will review your message and thoroughly investigate your allegation.

There are other ways to report a suspected violation or concern:

  • Call the Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director directly at 419-468-0571
  • Email the Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director at ckropka@avitahs.org
  • Mail your report to:

            Compliance/Ethics and Privacy Director
            Avita Health System
            269 Portland Way S, Galion OH 44833

EXAMPLES OF ILLEGAL OR UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR

  • Submitting a false claim to Medicare or Medicaid
  • Kickbacks
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Unethical Business Practices
  • HIPAA Violations

OTHER CONTACT INFORMATION

  • At any time, or if you are not satisfied with Avita Health System’s response to your privacy concern, you may also contact the Office for Civil Rights at 800-368-1019 or email OCRComplaint@hhs.gov

  • At any time, or if you are not satisfied with Avita Health System’s response to your concern of fraud, waste, or abuse, you may contact:

            Office of the Inspector General
            1-800-HHS-TIPS 
            1-800-447-8477 
            or email http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud/index.asp

            CMS (Medicare): 
            1-800-MEDICARE 
            1-800-633-4227