David Harden, MD  •  Erin Thornton, PA-C  •  Casey Jankord, PA-C

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidelines for Your Safety

To help us maintain a healthy and safe clinic environment, we ask that you please keep the following in mind:

  • If you are sick, call our office at
    785-539-4645 before your appointment to reschedule.
  • If you were mailed paperwork, please have it filled out before your appointment.
  • Bring a face mask to your appointment, it is required.
  • Do not bring anyone into the clinic during your appointment to include spouse, significant other, children, etc.
  • One adult parent/guardian/caregiver may accompany a minor or patient in need of assistance.
  • Everyone must check-in at the front desk.
  • Please maintain a distance of 6-feet between yourself and other patients.
  • You may be asked to wait outside or in your vehicle until your appointment.

To reduce the spread of this virus, measures have been implemented in our clinic to include the screening of patients prior to their appointments, limiting access to the clinic, evaluating staff members and requiring them to stay home if sick, and using a disinfectant that is CDC compliant to clean “high-touch” surfaces on a regular basis.

Please keep in mind that WE DO NOT TREAT OR DIAGNOSE COVID-19. We urge anyone who thinks they may be infected by or have been exposed to COVID-19 to call their primary care provider and follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Riley County Health Department.

Please call us with any questions or concerns. We will post updates to our website and Facebook when available. THANK YOU for your patience and understanding.

Face Mask Required

6-Feet Distancing

Reschedule if Sick

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March 18, 2020

Guidance on the use of biologic agents during COVID-19 outbreak

Due to the recent pandemic, there is concern about the immunomodulatory effects of biologic therapy in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have no guidelines on the use of biologics during the pandemic. In addition, there is no data on the specific risk of COVID-19 infection with biologic therapy. Specifically, we do not have direct evidence to support any preferred biologic class or mechanism-of-action with regard to COVID-19 infection risk at this moment; although we will continue to monitor the situation as more data becomes available...the Academy strongly recommends that patients should not stop biologic therapy without consulting their physicians.

Patients on Biologic Therapy (COVID-19 Negative)

Patients on biologic therapy who have not tested positive or exhibited signs/symptoms of COVID-19 should discuss the risk vs. benefits of the use of biologic medication with their Dermatologist

Patients on Biologic Therapy (COVID-19 POSITIVE)

Patients on biologic therapy who have tested positive for COVID-19 should discontinue or postpone their biologic therapy in consultation with their physician until they recover from COVID-19

Patients Being Considered for Biologic Therapy

The risks vs. benefits in lower-risk patients should be discussed with their Dermatologist before initiating. Alternative therapeutic approaches should be considered to treat high-risk patients.

Please keep in mind that these guidelines are “interim” recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology for skin conditions treated with biologic therapy. These guidelines could change at any time and we recommend calling your Dermatologist to discuss any changes in treatment.
If you are on biologic therapy for another non-skin related condition, please consult your prescribing physician as these guidelines may not apply.

Notice of Privacy Practice for Protected Health Information

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.

This office is permitted by federal privacy laws to make uses and disclosures of your health information for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations. Protected health information is the information we create and obtain in providing our services to you. Such information may include documenting your symptoms, examination, and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and applying for future care or treatment. It also includes billing documents for those services.

Examples of uses of your health information for treatment purposes are:
  • An employee of the office obtains treatment information about you and records it in a health record. During the course of your treatment, the provider determines he/she will need to consult with another specialist in the area. He/she will share the information with such specialist and obtain their input.
  • We may use and disclose health information by telephone for appointments, treatment, or medical care. Unless you direct us otherwise we may leave messages on your answering machine, voice mail, or with the person answering the telephone if you are not available.

Example of use of your health information for payment purposes:
  • We submit requests for payment to your health insurance company. The health insurance company (or other business associate helping us obtain payment) requests information from us regarding medical care given. We will provide information to them about you and the care given.

Example of use of your information for health care operations:
  • We obtain services from our insurers or other business associates such as a billing service, accountant, credentialing, medical review, legal services, and insurance. We will share information about you with such insurers or other business associates as necessary to obtain these services.

Your Health Information Rights

The health and billing records we maintain are the physical property of the office. The information in it, however, belongs to you. You have a right to:
  • Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your health information by delivering the request to our office — we are not required to grant the request, but we will comply with any request granted
  • Obtain a paper copy of the current Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (“Notice”) by making a request at our office
  • Request that you be allowed to inspect and copy your health record and billing record – you may exercise this right by delivering the request to our office
  • Appeal a denial of access to your protected health information, except in certain circumstances
  • Request that your health care record be amended to correct incomplete or incorrect information by delivering a written request to our office using the form we provide to you upon request. We may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
    • Was not created by us, unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment
    • Is not part of the health information kept by or for the office
    • Is not part of the information that you would be permitted to inspect and copy
    • Is accurate and complete.

If your request is denied, you will be informed of the reason for the denial and will have an opportunity to submit a statement of disagreement to be maintained with your records.

  • Request that communication of your health information be made by alternative means or at an alternative location by delivering the request in writing to our office
  • Obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information as required to be maintained by law by delivering a request to our office. An accounting will not include:
    • Disclosures or uses of information for treatment, payment, or operations
    • Disclosures or uses made to you or made at your request
    • Disclosures or uses made pursuant to an authorization signed by you
    • Disclosures or uses made in a facility directory or to family members or friends relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or in payment for such care
    • Disclosures or uses to notify family or others responsible for your care of your location, condition, or your death.
  • Revoke authorizations that you made previously to use or disclose information by delivering a written revocation to our office, except to the extent information has been disclosed or action has already been taken.

If you want to exercise any of the above rights, please contact the Privacy Officer for Manhattan Dermatology, 4201 Anderson Ave, Ste F, Manhattan, KS 66503, (785) 539-4645 in person or in writing, during regular business hours. You will be informed of the steps that need to be taken to exercise your rights.

Our Responsibilities

The office is required to:
  • Maintain the privacy of your health information as required by law
  • Provide you with a notice as to our duties and privacy practices as to the information we collect and maintain about you
  • Abide by the terms of this Notice
  • Notify you if we cannot accommodate a requested restriction or request
  • Accommodate your reasonable requests regarding methods to communicate health information with you

We reserve the right to amend, change, or eliminate provisions in our privacy practices and access practices and to enact new provisions regarding the protected health information we maintain. If our information practices change, we will amend our Notice. You are entitled to receive a revised copy of the Notice by calling and requesting a copy of our “Notice” or by visiting the office and picking up a copy.

To Request Information or File a Complaint

If you have questions, would like additional information, or want to report a problem regarding the handling of your information, you may contact the Privacy Officer at (785) 539-4645. Additionally, if you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a written complaint at our office by delivering the written complaint to the Privacy Officer. You may also file a complaint to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The contact information is:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
601 East 12th Street – Room 248
Kansas City, MO 64106
Customer Response Center: (800) 368-1019
Fax: (202) 619-3818
TDD: (800) 537-7697
Email: ocrmail@hhs.gov

We cannot, and will not, require you to waive the right to file a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services as a condition of receiving treatment from this office. We cannot, and will not, retaliate against you for filing a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Other Disclosures and Uses

Notification
Unless you object, we may use or disclose your protected health information to notify, or assist in notifying, a family member, personal representative, or other person responsible for your care, about your location, and about your general condition, or your death.

Communication with Family
Using our best judgment, we may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend, or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or in payment for such care if you do not object or in an emergency.

Research
We may disclose information to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your protected health information.

Disaster Relief
We may use and disclose your protected health information to assist in disaster relief efforts.

Organ Procurement Organizations
Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose your protected health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
We may disclose to the FDA your protected health information relating to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, products and product defects, or postmarketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacements.

Workers Compensation
If you are seeking compensation through Workers Compensation, we may disclose your protected health information to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to Workers Compensation.

Public Health
As authorized by law, we may disclose your protected health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability; to report reactions to medications or problems with products; to notify people of recalls; to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or who is at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition.

Abuse & Neglect
We may disclose your protected health information to public authorities as allowed by law to report abuse or neglect.

Employers
Except in cases involving workers’ compensation, disclosures to your employer will be made only if you execute a specific authorization for the release of that information to your employer.

Correctional Institutions
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution or its agents the protected health information necessary for your health and the health and safety of other individuals.

Law Enforcement
We may disclose your protected health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law, such as when required by a court order, or in cases involving felony prosecution, or to the extent an individual is in the custody of law enforcement.

Health Oversight
Federal law allows us to release your protected health information to appropriate health oversight agencies or for health oversight activities.

Judicial/Administrative Proceedings
We may disclose your protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding as allowed or required by law, with your authorization, or as directed by a proper court order.

Serious Threat
To avert a serious threat to health or safety, we may disclose your protected health information consistent with applicable law to prevent or lessen a serious, imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public.

For Specialized Governmental Functions
We may disclose your protected health information for specialized government functions as authorized by law such as to Armed Forces personnel, for national security purposes, or to public assistance program personnel.

Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors
We may release health information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release health information about patients to funeral directors as necessary for them to carry out their duties.

Other Uses
Other uses and disclosures, besides those identified in this Notice, will be made only as otherwise required by law or with your written authorization and you may revoke the authorization as previously provided in this Notice under “Your Health Information Rights.”

Web site:
If we maintain a web site that provides information about our entity, this Notice will be on the web site.

Acknowledgment:
You will be asked to provide a written acknowledgment of your receipt of this Notice of Privacy Practices