This notice describes how information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
We are required by law to provide you with this notice that explains our privacy practices with regard to your information and how we may use and disclose your information for treatment, payment, and for operations, as well as for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. You have certain rights regarding the privacy of your information and we also describe them in this notice.
Ways in Which We May Use and Disclose Your Information:
The following paragraphs describe different ways that we use and disclose your information. We have provided an example for each category, but these examples are not meant to be exhaustive. We assure you that all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose your information fall within one of these categories.
Treatment. We will use and disclose your information to provide, coordinate, or manage your services. We will also disclose your information to other partners who may be treating you. Additionally we may from time to time disclose your information to another partner whom we have requested to be involved in your services. For example – we would disclose your information to a vendor that supplies a product to be delivered to your home.
Payment. We will use and disclose your information to obtain payment for the care services we provide you. For example – we may include information with a bill to a third-party payer that identifies you, your purchases, procedures performed, and supplies used in rendering the service.
Operations. We will use and disclose your information to support the business activities of our practice. For example – we may use information about you to review and evaluate our staff’s performance while caring for you. In addition, we may disclose your information to third-party business associates who perform billing, consulting, or transcriptions services for our practice.
Other Ways We May Use and Disclose Your Information:
Appointment Reminders. We will use and disclose your information to contact you as a reminder about scheduled appointments or treatments.
Treatment Alternatives. We will use and disclose your information to tell you about or to recommend possible alternative treatments or options that may be of interest to you.
Others Involved in Your Services. We will use and disclose your information to a family member, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify that is involved in your services or payment for care.
Research. We will use and disclose your information to researchers provided the research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your information.
As Required by Law. We will use and disclose your information when required to by federal, state, or local law. You will be notified of any such disclosures. We will disclose information about you when required by federal, state, or local law. We may release information about you to authorized federal officials for national security and intelligence activities.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Public or Safety. We will use and disclose your information to a public authority that is permitted to collect or receive the information for the purpose of controlling disease, injury, or disability. If directed by that authority, we will also disclose your information to a foreign government agency that is collaborating with the public authority.
Future Communications. We may communicate to you via newsletters, mail outs, email, or other means regarding treatment options, related information, disease-management programs, wellness programs, quality assurance, specials, other community based initiatives or activities our facility is participating in, or other information our practice feels would be beneficial to you.
Military. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release information about you as required by military command authorities. We may also release information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
Oversight and Licesure. We may disclose your information to oversight agencies as required by agencies who enforce compliance with licensure or accreditation requirements. Such activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure.
Court Order. We may disclose your information in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process. We may disclose your information for law enforcement purposes as required by law. For example, we may disclose information about you to comply with laws that require the reporting of certain types of activities.