HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU.
The following categories describes different ways that we use and disclose medical information. For each category of uses or disclosures, we will elaborate on the meaning and provide more specific examples, if you request. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories. We must obtain your authorization before the uses and disclosure of any psychotherapy notes, uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI) for marketing purposes, and disclosure that constitutes a sale of PHI. Uses and disclosures not described in this Notice Of Privacy Practices will be made only with authorization from the individual.
We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at the center may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. For example: we may disclose your record to an insurance company, so that we can get paid for treating you.
We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, or other personnel who are involved in taking care of you at the center or the hospital. For example, we may disclose medical information about you to people outside the Center who may be involved in your medical care, such as family members, clergy or other persons that are part of your care.
FOR HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS.
We may use and disclose medical information about you for health care operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the center and ensure that all of our patients receive quality care. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, and other center personnel for review and learning purposes. For example, we may review your record to assist in our quality improvement efforts.
WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE.
This notice describes our center policies and procedures and that of any health care professional authorized to enter information into you medical chart, any member of a volunteer group which we allow to help you, as well as all employees, staff and other center personnel.
POLICY REGARDING THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.
We create a record of the care and services you receive at the Center. We need this record in order to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by the center, whether made by center personnel or by your personal doctor. The law requires us to: make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private; give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you; and to follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect. Other ways we may use or disclose you protected healthcare information include: appointment reminders; as required by the law; for health-related benefits and services; to individuals involved in your care or payment for you care; research; to avert a serious threat to health or safety; and for treatment alternatives. Other uses and disclosures of your personal information could include disclosure to, or for: coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors; health oversight activities; law enforcement; lawsuits and disputes; military and veterans; national security and intelligence activities; organ and tissue donation; and others; public health risks; and worker’s compensation.