USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We may use and disclose your PHI about you for treatment, payment and healthcare operations. Following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your protected healthcare information that may occur. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive, but to describe the types of uses and disclosures that may be made by our office.
Treatment: We may use and disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate or manage your healthcare and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your care with a third party or to other physicians who may be treating you. For example, we would disclose your PHI to other physicians in order to diagnose or treat you.
Payment: your PHI may be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your healthcare services. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the healthcare services we recommend for you, such as: making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits.
Health Care Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your PHI in order to conduct certain business and operational activities. These activities include, but are not limited to quality assessments, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals and conducting training programs. For example, Renewed Vitality may use or disclose your health information in order to conduct an internal assessment of the quality of care we provide.
Business Associates: We will share your PHI with third party “business associates” that perform various activities (e.g. billing, transcription services) for the practice. Whenever an arrangement between our office and a business associate involves the use or disclosure of your PHI, we will have a written contract that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your PHI.
Others Involved in Your Healthcare: Unless your object, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend or any other person you identify, your PHI that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your healthcare or needed for notification purposes. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgement. We may use of disclose PHI to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or any other person that is responsible for your care of your location, general condition or death. We may disclose your PHI following your death to a family member or close personal friend who was involved in your care or payment prior to your death. However, we will not disclose and information if we are aware that you would not have wanted disclosure of your PHI.
Marketing: We may use or disclose your PHI, as necessary, to provide you with information about treatment alternatives or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. For example, your name and address may be used to send you a newsletter about our practice and the services we offer. In order to receive this information, we are required to obtain an authorization from you. Should you not wish to receive these marketing materials, you may opt out on the authorization or by advising us using the contact information listed at the end of this notice.