Today's Date: March 25, 2023
Thank you for partnering with me as a consultant to help you resolve your physical limitations and reach your full potential as a human being! I am committed to providing you with the best possible evaluation, manual therapy treatment, and ongoing consultation regarding how you can best meet your goals, whatever they may be. My goal is help you identify the root cause of what is limiting you in sport and in life! That process starts with great communication so please fill out this brief form completely so I can learn a bit more about you prior to our first session.
Notice Of Client Information Practices
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used or disclosed and how you may get access to information. Please read it carefully.
The Legal Duty Of Merrill Performance:
Merrill Performance, LLC is required by law to protect the privacy of your personal health information, provide this notice about our information practices, and follow the information practices that are described herein.
Uses And Disclosures Of Health Information
Merrill Performance, LLC uses your personal health information primarily for treatment, helping you obtain reimbursement for treatment, internal administrative activities, and evaluating the quality of the service we provide. For example, Merrill Performance may use your personal health information to contact you to provide appointment reminders or additional information about your health that may be of interest to you.
Merrill Performance may also use or disclose your personal health information without prior authorization for public health purposes, auditing purposes, for research studies, and for emergencies. We also provide information when required by law. You understand that the information provided based on the above may be re-disclosed to another party by the authorized recipient, and that Merrill Performance, LLC has no control over that additional disclosure and cannot protect the information after it is released.
In any other situation, the policy of Merrill Performance, LLC is to obtain your written authorization before disclosing your personal health information. If you provide us with written authorization to release your information for any reason, you may later revoke that authorization to stop future disclosures at any time.
Merrill Performance my change its policy at any time. When changes are made, a new Notice of Information Practices will be provided to you at your next visit. You may also request a copy of our Notice of Information Practices at any time.
Clients Individual Rights
You have the right to review or obtain a copy of your personal health information at any time. You have the right to request that we correct any inaccurate or incomplete information in your records. You also have the right to request a list of instances where we have disclosed your personal health information for reasons other than treatment, payment, or other related administrative purposes.
You may also request in writing that we not use or disclose your personal health information for treatment, payment, and administrative purposes except when specifically authorized by you, when required by law or in emergency circumstances. Merrill Performance will consider such requests on a case by case basis, but the practice is not legally required to accept them.
Concerns And Complaints
If you are concerned that Merrill Performance may have violated your privacy rights or if you disagree with any decisions we have made regarding access of disclosure of your personal health information, please contact Charlie Merrill at the address listed below. You may also send a written complaint to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Consent & Release For Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) Procedure
During the course of treatment for many of my clients, I commonly use a technique called trigger point dry needling (TDN). This technique may or may not apply to your situation, but can be helpful in resolving many types of biomechanical issues, movement dysfunctions, physical limitations, performance deficits, sub-acute pain, and chronic pain.
This technique involves placing a tiny acupuncture needle into a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscle and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and promote healing. I have helped many patients with this technique. This is NOT traditional Chinese Acupuncture, but instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective. Ive completed the highest level of trigger point dry needling training required in the state of Colorado including both Level I and Level II competency. This training is above and beyond my professional training as a licensed Physical Therapist.
This form is a consent and general release of medical liability for this procedure. By signing this form, you agree not to hold Charlie Merrill, MSPT or Merrill Performance, LLC liable for any complications that may arise from the usual application of this procedure. TDN is a valuable treatment for musculoskeletal dysfunction and/or pain. Like any treatment, there are possible complications. While complications are rare, they are real and must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment.
Risks Of The Procedure
The most serious risk associated with TDN is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax). If this were to occur, it may likely require a chest x-ray and no further treatment. The symptoms of shortness of breath may last for several days to weeks. A more severe puncture can require hospitalization and re-inflation of the lung. This is a rare complication, and in skilled hands it should not be a concern.
Other risks include injury to a blood vessel causing a bruise, infection, and/or nerve injury. Bruising is a common occurrence and should not be a concern unless you are taking a blood thinner or have a bleeding disorder. Additional possible complications include possible increased pain or other symptoms. As the needles are very small and do not have a cutting edge, the likelihood of any significant trauma from TDN is unlikely.
Prior to performing TDN you will be verbally consented. This means you will be asked if you want to proceed. If you state yes, you will not be asked to sign another consent and release form. This form will be kept on file.
Please consult with Charlie Merrill, MSPT if you have any questions regarding the treatment above.
Payment is due at the time of service. Payment can be made by either cash, check, or credit card (which will include a 2.75% service charge). The initial 90 minute evaluation costs $250 and all future appointments cost $175 for 60 minutes or $100 for 30 minutes. Home health visits are considered and billed on a case by case rate basis.
For any checks that do not clear, a fee of $25 shall be assessed. All costs associated with the collection of any debt shall be paid for by the patient, including any attorney fees.
Merrill Performance is not responsible for insurance reimbursement for treatment. You are welcome to submit an invoice for out of network reimbursement yourself. An invoice will be provided via email by request. The same invoice can be used to access your HSA/FSA.
Supplies will charged as needed, with your approval, above and beyond the regular visit price. Supplies include things like tape, balls, band, etc. that may be helpful toward you getting well.
You are responsible for canceling appointments with me a minimum or 12 hours in advance online, by phone (303.717.8351), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or text to avoid cancellation fees. You will be responsible for the full cost of the session if you miss your appointment or cancel within 12 hours. We appreciate you changing your appointment ahead of time as a courtesy to others who might be able to use that time slot.
General Request For Consent To Treatment
By signing below, I am requesting and consenting to a physical evaluation and treatment to be performed by Charlie Merrill, MSPT, a licensed Physical Therapist (CO license #7010). I recognize that the practice of manual therapy is a science, and therefore acknowledge that no guarantees have been, or can be made, regarding the outcome or success with manual therapies.
I have read and fully understand Merrill Performances Notice of Client Information Practices as set forth herein. I understand that Merrill Performance may use or disclose my personal health information for the purposes of carrying out treatment, obtaining payment, evaluating the quality of service, and any administrative operations related to treatment or payment. I understand that I have the right to restrict how my personal health information is used and disclosed for treatment, payment, and administrative operations if I notify the practice. I also understand that Merrill Performance will consider requests for restriction on a case-by-case basis, but does not have to agree to requests for restrictions. I hereby consent to the use and disclosure of my personal health information for purposes as noted in Merrill Performances Notice of Information Practices as set forth herein. I understand that the information provided based on the above may be re-disclosed to another party by the authorized recipient, and that Merrill Performance, LLC has no control over that additional disclosure and cannot protect the information after it is released.
Merrill Performance, LLC - 1430 Kingwood Place - Boulder, CO 80304 - 303.717.8351 - Charlie@Mperformance.com