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A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Our organization is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your identifiable health information. In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We are also required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices concerning your identifiable health information. By law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time.
To summarize, this notice provides you with the following important information:
How we may use and disclose your identifiable health information.
Your privacy rights in your identifiable information.
Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information.
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your identifiable health information that are created or retained by our agency. We reserve the right to revise or amend our notice of privacy practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all your records our organization has created or maintained in the past and for any of your records we may create or maintain in the future. Our organization will post a copy of our current notice in our offices in a prominent location and you may request a copy of our most current notice during any office visit.
B. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS :
1. Provision of care. Our organization may use your identifiable health information in order to provide care for you. Many of the people who work for our organization may use or disclose your identifiable health information in order to plan and provide care to you. Additionally, we may disclose your identifiable health information to others who may assist in your care, such as your physician, therapists, spouse, children or parents.
2. Payment. Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits) and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover or pay for your treatment. We also may use and disclose your identifiable health information to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your identifiable health information to bill you directly for services and items.
3. Health Care Operations. Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information to operate our business. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our organization may use your health information to evaluate the quality of care you received from us or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our organization.
4. Disclosures Required by Law. Our organization will use and disclose your identifiable health information when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law.
D. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:
1. Public Health Risks. Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of:
Maintaining vital records, such as births and deaths.
Reporting child abuse or neglect.
Preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability.
Notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease.
Notifying a person regarding a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition.
Reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices.
Notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled.
Notifying appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) regarding the potential abuse or neglect of an adult patient (including domestic violence); however, we will only disclose this information if the patient agrees or we are required or authorized by law to disclose this information.
Notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury, illness or medical surveillance.
2. Health Oversight Activities. Our organization may disclose your identifiable health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
3. Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable health information in response to a court or administrative order if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your identifiable health information in response to a discovery request, subpoena or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
4. Law Enforcement. We may release identifiable health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person's agreement.
Concerning a death we believe might have resulted from criminal conduct.
Regarding criminal conduct at our offices.
In response to a warrant, summons, court order subpoena or similar legal process
To identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive or missing person.
In an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator).
5. Serious Threats to Health or Safety. Our organization may use and disclose your identifiable information when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public.
6. Worker's Compensation. Our organization may release your identifiable health information for workers' compensation and similar programs.
7. Right to Provide an Authorization for Other Uses and Disclosures. Our organization will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your identifiable health information may be revoked at any time in writing . After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your identifiable health information for the reasons described in the authorization. Please note, we are required to retain records of your care.
White Rose Home Healthcare Agency # HCA. 0001039