Notice of Privacy Practices
We collect information from you when you fill out a form. When contacting us through our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number.
Understanding Your Health Record / Information
Each time you visit a healthcare facility, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your health or medical record, serves as a:
- A basis for planning your care of treatment
- A means of communication among the many health professionals who contribute to your care
- A legal document describing the care you received
- A means by which you or a third-party payer can verify that services billed were actually provided
- A tool in educating health professionals
- A source of data for medical research
- A source of information for public health officials who oversee the delivery of health care in the United States
- A source of data for facility planning and marketing
- A tool with which we can assess and continuously work to improve the care we render and the outcomes we achieve
By understanding what your medical record contains and how your health information is used, you can:
- Ensure the accuracy of its contents
- Better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access your health information
- Make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure of your record to others
How We Will Use or Disclose Your Health Information
The following is a description of when the Facility is permitted or required to use or disclose your health information:
- Treatment: We will use or disclose your health information with physicians and health care providers (hospitals, clinics, home health nursing homes, ambulance services,etc.) involved in your care.
- Payment: We will use or disclose your health information so that claims for health care treatment, services, and supplies may be paid. We may also disclose your health information to other health care providers involved in your care to assist the min obtaining payment for their services.
- Health care operations: We will use or disclose your health information for our regular health operations. For example, we may use your health information for compliance reviews, quality assurance, to evaluate our staff’s performance, or to contact you when necessary.
- Business Associates: There are some services provided in our organization through the use of outside people and entities. Examples of these “business associates” include our accountants, consultants and attorneys. We may disclose your health information to our business associates so that they can perform the job we’ve asked them to do. To protect your information, however, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
- Directory: Unless you notify us that you object, we may use your name, location in the facility, general condition, and religious affiliation for directory purposes. This information may be provided to members of the clergy and, except for religious affiliation, to other people who ask for you by name. We may also use your name on a name plate next to or on your door in order to identify your room, unless you notify us that you object.
- Others Involved in Your Health Care: We may disclose your protected information to a friend or family member that is involved in your health care. We may also disclose your information to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, and location.
- Research: We may disclose information to researchers for health research when certain conditions have been met.
- Transfer of information at death: We may use or disclose information to funeral directors, medical examiners, and coroners to carry out their duties consistent with applicable law.
- Organ procurement organizations: Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transportation oforgans for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.
- Fund raising: We may contact you as a part of a fund-raisingeffort, but you can tell us not to contact you again.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA): We may disclose to the FDA, or to a person or entity subject to the jurisdiction of the FDA, health information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.
- Worker’s compensation: We may disclose health information to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programsestablished by law.
- Public health: As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability.
- Law enforcement: We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a court or administrative order or a valid subpoena.
- As Required by Law: We will disclose your health information when required by federal, state, or local laws. Federal law makes provisions for your health information to be released to an appropriate health oversight agency, public health authority or attorney, provided that a work force member or business associate believes in good faith that we have engaged in unlawful conduct or have otherwise violated professional or clinical standards and are potentially endangering one or more patients, workers, or the public.
- Emergencies: We will disclose medical information about you to a public or private entity assisting in disaster relief so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, or location. You may object to this disclosure with a written request. If you are not available or are unable to agree or object, or in some emergency circumstances, the facility will use itsprofessional judgment to decide whether this disclosure is your best interest.
- Decedents: We may release medical information about you 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 disclose medical information to funeral directors, and any person identified, who was involved in your care or the payment for your care prior to your death, unless you indicate otherwise. Your medical information may be used or disclosed to others without your authorization after fifty (50) years from the date of your death.
- Sale of Medical Information: We will not sell your medical information without an authorization from you.
- Information about Inmates: If you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official, the facility may release medical information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official responsible for you as authorized or required by law..
- Specialized Government Functions: We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counter intelligence, and other national security activities.
- Public Health Activities: We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities. These purposes generally include the following: (1) To prevent or control disease, injury, or disability; (2) To report deaths; (3) To report abuse or neglect of children,elders and dependent adults; (4) To report reactions to medications or problems with products; (5) To notify people of recalls of products they may be using;and (6) To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or who may beat risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition..
- For Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose medical information aboutyou to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law.