Bath Township Fire & EMS Announces New Medical Director, Dr. Todd Brookens D.O.
Todd Brookens, D.O., is the Medical Director for the Bath Township Fire Department. He was born and raised in Colorado. He is married with three children and lives in Monclova, Ohio. His undergraduate studies were at Wheaton College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He attended medical school at the University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO and graduated in 1997 with D.O.
His early EMS work included volunteer EMT, volunteer firefighter, ski patrol and lifeguard. His medical experience includes one year internship at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo and a three year emergency medicine residency also at St. Vincent’s. Todd was Chief Resident for the program for his final year of training and a helicopter EMS physician during his residency. Since his residency, Todd has served as an on-scene EMS physician for Lucas County.
He is the EMS medical director for the following agencies: Lima Memorial Health System (24 agencies), ProMedica Transportation Network (associate medical director), Sylvania Township Fire Department, Springfield Township Fire Department, Richfield Township Fire Department, Maumee Fire Department and Fostoria Fire Department.
Dr. Brookens board certifications with American Board of Emergency Medicine with a subspecialty in Emergency Medical Services. His interests are in prehospital medicine, airway emergencies, and critical care/resuscitation. His hospital affiliations are with Lima Memorial Health System, ProMedica Toledo Hospital, ProMedica Flower Hospital, and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.
ABOUT OUR EMS
In 2015, Bath Township Fire Department responded to 1,062 EMS (Emergency Medical Services) calls. Common EMS calls include, chest pain, difficulty breathing, seizures, mental health issues, drug overdoses, strokes, and diabetic emergencies. Additionally, we respond to many trauma calls which include motor vehicle crashes, falls, industrial accidents, and burns. Residents may also see our EMS units on the scene of local sporting events, public gatherings, and other high profile events in Bath Township.
We staff our department with a minimum of three paramedics 24-hours a day. We operate two fully equipped ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulances with the latest technology and equipment to provide the highest level of emergency care available. Recently we have obtained a Lucas II CPR device and a Stryker Power cot & load system.
Currently we employ, twelve paramedics, three advanced EMTs and ten basic EMTs. Our EMS personnel train regularly and are required to complete rigorous continuing education requirements. Our paramedics are all Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified and also hold Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications. Many of our EMS personnel hold Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certificates. All EMS personnel are required to maintain a current HCP BLS CPR card. Many of our paramedics also hold PEARS & ASLS certification. Bath Township EMS is a State of Ohio EMS Continuing Education site. (Approval #2142) We employ two Ohio EMS instructors and one Ohio EMS CE instructor. Several of our paramedics are also certified as preceptors for Rhodes State College paramedic students. Currently, paramedics Crystal Plumpe and Jeb Sheidler serve as our lead EMS instructors. Our EMS Coordinator is Ryan Smith.
The department’s protocol is issued by Lima Memorial Health System under the direction of Dr. Todd Brookens. In 2014 & 2015, Bath Township was named “EMS Agency of the Year” by Lima Memorial. Bath Township Fire Department has partnered with Alpha Billing Associates to manage our EMS billing program. Township residents are only charged the amount their medical insurance policy covers, with no out of pocket costs. Non-residents are billed the full amount of the EMS transport. If you have questions about an EMS bill, you may call the fire department at 419-221-0550, or to speak directly to Alpha Billing, call (419) 229-2622.
The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (August 21), Public Law 104-191, which amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. Also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act.
Title II includes a section, Administrative Simplification, requiring:
1. Improved efficiency in healthcare delivery by standardizing electronic data interchange, and2. Protection of confidentiality and security of health data through setting and enforcing standards.
More specifically, HIPAA calls for:
1. Standardization of electronic patient health, administrative and financial data2. Unique health identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans and health care providers3. Security standards protecting the confidentiality and integrity of "individually identifiable health information," past, present or future
PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
The Final Rule for Privacy was published just as President Clinton was leaving office, on December 28, 2001. A paperwork glitch delayed notification of Congress, so the Congressional Review period didn't begin until February, pushing the effective date of the rule until April 14, 2001. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson used the time to solicit additional comments during March. HHS received over 11,000 comments and plans to issue guidelines and clarification of the final rule in response. Compliance will be required on April 14, 2003 for most covered entities.
In general, privacy is about who has the right to access personally identifiable health information. The rule covers all individually identifiable health information in the hands of covered entities, regardless of whether the information is or has been in electronic form.
Purpose of this Notice: Bath Township Fire Department is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. The following policy fulfills this requirement.
Bath Twp. Fire Dept. EMS Division Patient Health Care Privacy Notice
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.
Purpose of this Notice: Bath Township Fire Department is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. This Notice describes your legal rights, advises you of our privacy practices, and lets you know how Bath Township Fire Department is permitted to use and disclose PHI about you.
Bath Township Fire Department is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect. In most situations we may use this information as described in this Notice without your permission, but there are some situations where we may use it only after we obtain your written authorization, if we are required by law to do so.
Uses and Disclosures of PHI: Bath Township Fire Department may use PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations, in most cases without your written permission. Examples of our use of your PHI:
For treatment. This includes such things as verbal and written information that we obtain about you and use pertaining to your medical condition and treatment provided to you by us and other medical personnel (including doctors and nurses who give orders to allow us to provide treatment to you). It also includes information we give to other health care personnel to whom we transfer your care and treatment, and includes transfer of PHI via radio or telephone to the hospital or dispatch center as well as providing the hospital with a copy of the written record we create in the course of providing you with treatment and transport.
For payment. This includes any activities we must undertake in order to get reimbursed for the services we provide to you, including such things as organizing your PHI and submitting bills to insurance companies (either directly or through a third party billing company), management of billed claims for services rendered, medical necessity determinations and reviews, utilization review, and collection of outstanding accounts.
For health care operations. This includes quality assurance activities, licensing, and training programs to ensure that our personnel meet our standards of care and follow established policies and procedures, obtaining legal and financial services, conducting business planning, processing grievances and complaints, creating reports that do not individually identify you for data collection purposes, fundraising, and certain marketing activities.
Information on Other Services. We may contact you to provide you with other information about alternative services we provide or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Use and Disclosure of PHI Without Your Authorization. Bath Township Fire Department is permitted to use PHI without your written authorization, or opportunity to object in certain situations, including:
For Bath Township Fire Department’s use in treating you or in obtaining payment for services provided to you or in other health care operations;
For the treatment activities of another health care provider;
To another health care provider or entity for the payment activities of the provider or entity that receives the information (such as your hospital or insurance company);
To another health care provider (such as the hospital to which you are transported) for the health care operations activities of the entity that receives the information as long as the entity receiving the information has or has had a relationship with you and the PHI pertains to that relationship;
For health care fraud and abuse detection or for activities related to compliance with the law;
To a family member, other relative, or close personal friend or other individual involved in your care if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so or if we give you an opportunity to object to such a disclosure and you do not raise an objection. We may also disclose health information to your family, relatives, or friends if we infer from the circumstances that you would not object. For example, we may assume you agree to our disclosure of your personal health information to your spouse when your spouse has called the ambulance for you. In situations where you are not capable of objecting (because you are not present or due to your incapacity or medical emergency), we may, in our professional judgment, determine that a disclosure to your family member, relative, or friend is in your best interest. In that situation, we will disclose only health information relevant to that person's involvement in your care. For example, we may inform the person who accompanied you in the ambulance that you have certain symptoms and we may give that person an update on your vital signs and treatment that is being administered by our ambulance crew;
To a public health authority in certain situations (such as reporting a birth, death or disease as required by law, as part of a public health investigation, to report child or adult abuse or neglect or domestic violence, to report adverse events such as product defects, or to notify a person about exposure to a possible communicable disease as required by law;
For health oversight activities including audits or government investigations, inspections, disciplinary proceedings, and other administrative or judicial actions undertaken by the government (or their contractors) by law to oversee the health care system;
For judicial and administrative proceedings as required by a court or administrative order, or in some cases in response to a subpoena or other legal process;
For law enforcement activities in limited situations, such as when there is a warrant for the request, or when the information is needed to locate a suspect or stop a crime;
For military, national defense and security and other special government functions;
To avert a serious threat to the health and safety of a person or the public at large;
For workers’ compensation purposes, and in compliance with workers’ compensation laws;
To coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors for identifying a deceased person, determining cause of death, or carrying on their duties as authorized by law;
If you are an organ donor, we may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ donation and transplantation;
For research projects, but this will be subject to strict oversight and approvals and health information will be released only when there is a minimal risk to your privacy and adequate safeguards are in place in accordance with the law;
We may use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.
Any other use or disclosure of PHI, other than those listed above will only be made with your written authorization, (the authorization must specifically identify the information we seek to use or disclose, as well as when and how we seek to use or disclose it).
You may revoke your authorization at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance on that authorization.
Patient Rights: As a patient, you have a number of rights with respect to the protection of your PHI, including:
The right to access, copy or inspect your PHI. This means you may come to our offices and inspect and copy most of the medical information about you that we maintain. We will normally provide you with access to this information within 30 days of your request. We may also charge you a reasonable fee for you to copy any medical information that you have the right to access. In limited circumstances, we may deny you access to your medical information, and you may appeal certain types of denials.
We have available forms to request access to your PHI and we will provide a written response if we deny you access and let you know your appeal rights. If you wish to inspect and copy your medical information, you should contact the privacy officer listed at the end of this Notice.
The right to amend your PHI. You have the right to ask us to amend written medical information that we may have about you. We will generally amend your information within 60 days of your request and will notify you when we have amended the information. We are permitted by law to deny your request to amend your medical information only in certain circumstances, like when we believe the information you have asked us to amend is correct. If you wish to request that we amend the medical information that we have about you, you should contact the privacy officer listed at the end of this Notice.
The right to request an accounting of our use and disclosure of your PHI. You may request an accounting from us of certain disclosures of your medical information that we have made in the last six years prior to the date of your request. We are not required to give you an accounting of information we have used or disclosed for purposes of treatment, payment or health care operations, or when we share your health information with our business associates, like our billing company or a medical facility from/to which we have transported you.
We are also not required to give you an accounting of our uses of protected health information for which you have already given us written authorization. If you wish to request an accounting of the medical information about you that we have used or disclosed that is not exempted from the accounting requirement, you should contact the privacy officer listed at the end of this Notice.
The right to request that we restrict the uses and disclosures of your PHI. You have the right to request that we restrict how we use and disclose your medical information that we have about you for treatment, payment or health care operations, or to restrict the information that is provided to family, friends and other individuals involved in your health care. But if you request a restriction and the information you asked us to restrict is needed to provide you with emergency treatment, then we may use the PHI or disclose the PHI to a health care provider to provide you with emergency treatment. Bath Township Fire Department is not required to agree to any restrictions you request, but any restrictions agreed to by Bath Township Fire Department are binding on Bath Township Fire Department.
Internet, Electronic Mail, and the Right to Obtain Copy of Paper Notice on Request: If we maintain a web site, we will prominently post a copy of this Notice on our web site and make the Notice available electronically through the web site. If you allow us, we will forward you this Notice by electronic mail instead of on paper and you may always request a paper copy of the Notice.
Revisions to the Notice: Bath Township Fire Department reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice at any time, and the changes will be effective immediately and will apply to all protected health information that we maintain. Any material changes to the Notice will be promptly posted in our facilities and posted to our web site, if we maintain one. You can get a copy of the latest version of this Notice by contacting the Privacy Officer identified below.
Your Legal Rights and Complaints: You also have the right to complain to us, or to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against in any way for filing a complaint with us or to the government. Should you have any questions, comments or complaints you may direct all inquiries to the privacy officer listed at the end of this Notice. Individuals will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
If you have any questions or if you wish to file a complaint or exercise any rights listed in this Notice, please contact:
Privacy Officer - Fire Chief Joseph Kitchen
Address - Bath Township Fire Department
1787 N. Dixie Hwy.
Lima, Ohio 45801
Telephone number - (419) 221-0550
Effective Date of the Notice: April 1, 2003
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