We may use and share your information as we:
- Treat you (example: share information for the purposes of treatment with physicians, hospitals, pharmacies and family/friends that in the best judgment of the clinical staff are involved in your care)
- Run our organization (example: quality assurance activities to improve your care)
- Bill for your services (example: file your claims to your insurance)
- Respond to public health or government oversight agencies as required by law
- Disclosure is allowed for research but we do not participate in research
- Comply with the law per a subpoena request to release information
- Respond to organ and tissue donation requests for information
- Respond to a medical examiner or funeral director requests for information
- Respond to workers’ compensation or law enforcement requests for information
- Respond to disaster relief requests for information
- We will never sell or share your information for any purpose such as marketing
- If we have psychotherapy notes on file, we will not share them for any purpose
- We will not contact you for any fundraising efforts, but fundraising activities may occur in our office when you be present.
How do we typically use or share your health information?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
- We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
- Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition or requests medical records.
- We can share with your family/friends who contact us on your behalf , if in the best judgment of the clinical staff, we believe they are involved in your care. The minimum necessary rule would apply to only provide the information necessary.
- Example: A family member helping you with your medication calls for clarification how often a medication is to be taken. A family member helping you with your appointments calls to reschedule an appointment.
Run our organization
- We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
- Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services for quality assurance activities.
Bill for your services
- We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.
- Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
- Preventing disease
- Helping with product recalls
- Reporting adverse reactions to medications
- Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
- Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
- Disaster relief efforts
We can use or share your information for health research. We do not participate in research.
Comply with the law
We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
We can use or share health information about you:
- For workers’ compensation claims
- For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
- With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
- For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.