HIPAA Notice of Patient Privacy Practices (NPPP)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
If you are under 18 years of age, your parents or guardian must sign for you and handle your privacy rights for you. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact Perry Family Health.
Section A: Who Will Follow This Notice This notice describes Perry Family Health’s practices and that of:
Any health care professional authorized to enter information into your medical record maintained by a Perry Family Health facility, such as doctors, nurses, physician assistants, technologists and others.
All departments and units of Perry Family Health facilities, including hospitals, outpatient facilities, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, urgent care centers, and emergency departments.
All employees, staff, students, volunteers and other personnel of Perry Family Health facilities.
All third party business partners that assist Perry Family Health with providing technology tools or other healthcare operations. If you would like a list of Perry Family Health affiliated entities, please send a written request to the our office.
Section B: Our Pledge Regarding Your Medical Information:
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal.
We are committed to protecting medical information about you.
We create a record of the care and services you receive at our facilities.
We need doctor's use and disclosure of your medical information created in the doctor's office or clinic. This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose medical information about you. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of medical information.
We are required by law to: Use our best efforts to keep medical information that identifies you private; Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you; and Follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
Section C: How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You:
We may share your medical information in any format we determine is appropriate to efficiently coordinate the treatment, payment, and health care operation aspects of your care. For example, we may share your information orally, via fax, on paper, or through electronic exchange.
We also ask you for consent to share your medical information in the admission documents you sign before receiving services from us. This consent is required by state law for some disclosures and allows us to be certain that we can share your medical information for the reasons described below.
You may view a list of the main state laws that require consent online. If you do not want to consent to these disclosures, please contact the Perry Family Health office to determine if we can accept your request.
The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose medical information. For each category of uses or disclosures we will explain what we mean and try to give some examples. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one of the categories.
Treatment. We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, or other Perry Family Health personnel who are involved in taking care of you at the hospital. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. In addition, the doctor may need to tell the dietitian if you have diabetes so that we can arrange for appropriate meals. Different departments of Perry Family Health also may share medical information about you in order to coordinate the different things you need, such as prescriptions, lab work and x-rays.
We also may disclose medical information about you to people outside Perry Family Health who may be involved in your medical care for referrals, or your family members, friends, clergy or others we use to provide services that are part of your care.
Payment. We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at Perry Family Health may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or a third party. For example, we may need to give your health plan information about surgery you received at Perry Family Health so your health plan will pay us or reimburse you for the surgery. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your health plan will cover the treatment.
Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you for Perry Family Health operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run Perry Family Health and make sure that all of our patients receive quality care. For example, we may use medical information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may use and disclose your information as needed to conduct or arrange for legal services, auditing, or other functions. We may give out your medical information to our business associates that help us with our administrative and other functions. These business associates may include consultants, lawyers, accountants, and other third parties that provide services to us. The business associates may re-disclose your medical information as necessary for our health care operations functions, or for their own permitted administrative functions, such as carrying out their legal responsibilities. We may also combine medical information about many patients to decide what additional services Perry Family Health should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, and other Perry Family Health personnel for review and learning purposes. We may also combine the medical information we have with medical information from other entities to compare how we are doing and see where we can make improvements in the care and services we offer. We may remove information that identifies you from this set of medical information so others may use it to study health care and health care delivery without learning who the specific patients are. Once we have removed information that identifies you, we may use the data for other purposes. We may also disclose your information for certain health care operation purposes to other entities that are required to comply with HIPAA if the entity has had a relationship with you. For example, another health care provider that treated you or a health plan that provided insurance coverage to you may want your medical information to review the quality of the services you received from them.
Appointment Reminders. We may use and disclose medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment or medical care at Perry Family Health.
Treatment Alternatives. We may contact you to raise money for Perry Family Health initiatives. We would release only contact information, such as your name, address, phone number, gender, age, health insurance status, the dates you received treatment or services at Perry Family Health, the department you were treated in, the doctor you saw, and your outcome information. If you do not want Perry Family Health to contact you for fundraising efforts, you must notify us in writing as set forth in
Section G. Patient Directory. Unless you tell us otherwise, we may include certain limited information about you in Perry Family Health’s patient directory while you are a patient at Perry Family Health. This information may include your name, location in Perry Family Health, your general condition (e.g., fair, stable, etc.) and your religious affiliation. The directory information, except for your religious affiliation, may also be released to people who ask for you by name. Unless you tell us otherwise, your religious affiliation may be given to a member of the clergy, such as a minister, priest or rabbi, even if they don't ask for you by name. This is so your family, friends and clergy can visit you in Perry Family Health and generally know how you are doing.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. Unless you tell us otherwise, we may release medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care; we may give information to someone who helps pay for your care; or we may tell your family or friends your condition and that you are in an Perry Family Health facility. In addition, we may disclose medical information about you to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.
Research. Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose medical information about you for research purposes. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health and recovery of all patients who received one medication to those who received another, for the same condition. All research projects involving people, however, are subject to a special approval process. This process evaluates a proposed research project and its use of medical information, trying to balance the research needs with patients' need for privacy of their medical information. Before we use or disclose medical information for research, unless most or all of the patient identifiers are removed, the project will have been approved through this research approval process. We may, however, disclose medical information about you to people preparing to conduct a research project, for example, to help them look for patients with specific medical needs, so long as the medical information they review does not leave the building. If required by law, we will ask for your specific permission if the researcher will have access to your name, address or other information that reveals who you are, or will be involved in your care at Perry Family Health.
As Required By Law. We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law. For example, when our patients suffer from abuse, neglect or assault, or for state registries such as the Office of Vital Statistics or tumor registries. Another example would be for work related injuries or illnesses, or workplace related medical surveillance.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat.
Section D: Special Situations:
Organ and Tissue Donation. We may release medical information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release medical information about you as required by military command authorities. We may also release medical information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority. We may also disclose information to entities that determine eligibility for certain veterans’ benefits.
Workers' Compensation. We may release medical information about you for workers' compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
Public Health Risks. We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities. These activities generally include the following: To prevent or control disease, injury or disability; To report births and deaths; To report child abuse or neglect; To report reactions to medications or problems with products; To notify people of recalls of products they may be using; To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition; To notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree or when required or authorized by law.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes. We may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
Law Enforcement. We may release medical information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official: In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process; To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person; About the victim of a crime if, under certain limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person's agreement; About a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct; w About criminal conduct at Perry Family Health; and In emergency circumstances to report a crime; the location of the crime or victims; or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may release medical information 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 also release medical information about patients of Perry Family Health to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
National Security and Intelligence Activities. We may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
Protective Services for the President and Others. We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations.
Inmates. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release medical information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
Right to Amend. If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for the hospital. In addition, you must provide a reason that supports your request. We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that: Was not created by us, unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment; Is not part of the medical information kept by or for the hospital; Is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or Is accurate and complete.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures." This is a list of certain disclosures we made of medical information about you. The accounting will exclude certain disclosures as provided in applicable laws and rules such as disclosures made directly to you, disclosures you authorize, disclosures to friends or family members involved in your care, disclosures for notification purposes and certain other types of disclosures made to correctional institutions or law enforcement agencies.Your request must state a time period which may not be longer than six years. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, on paper, electronically). The first list you request within a 12 month period will be free. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. For example, you could ask that we not use or disclose information about a surgery you had. In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply, for example, disclosures to your spouse. We are not required to agree to your request, except in limited circumstances where you have paid for medical services out-of-pocket in full at the time of the service and have requested that we not disclose your medical information to a health plan. To the extent we are able, we will restrict disclosures to your health plan. We will not be able to restrict disclosures of your medical information to a health plan if the information does not relate solely to the health care item or service for which you have paid in full. For example, if you are having a hysterectomy that will be paid for by your health plan, and you request to pay cash for a tummy tuck that you want performed during the same surgery, to avoid disclosure to your health plan, you would either have to pay cash for the entire procedure or schedule the procedures on separate days. Please also know that you have to request and pay for a restriction for all follow-up care and referrals related to that initial health care service that was restricted in order to ensure that none of your medical information is disclosed to your health plan. You, your family member, or other person may pay by cash or credit, or you may use money in your flexible spending account or health savings account. Please understand that your medical information will have to be disclosed to your flexible spending account or health savings account to obtain such payment. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the disclosure is otherwise required or permitted by law. For example, we may disclose your restricted information if needed to provide you with emergency treatment.
Right to Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. We will not ask you the reason for your request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted.
Right to a Notice of Breach. You have the right to receive written notification of a breach if your unsecured medical information has been accessed, used, acquired or disclosed to an unauthorized person as a result of such breach, and if the breach compromises the security or privacy of your medical information. Unless specified in writing by you to receive the notification by electronic mail, we will provide such written notification by first-class mail or, if necessary, by such other substituted forms of communication allowable under the law.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice.
Right to Decline Participation in Health Information Exchange. Perry Family Health has electronically connected the medical information each Perry Family Health facility to our medical database. Perry Family Health may also choose to share medical information electronically with other health care providers outside of Perry Family Health through national, regional or state health information exchanges. You may choose not to allow your medical information to be shared through national, regional or state health information exchanges by either refusing to sign an authorization form or contacting the Perry Family Health Privacy Officer, depending on the consent process of the national, regional or state health information exchange. This means that it may take longer for your health care providers to get information they may need to treat you. However, even if you do not want to participate in a state health information exchange, certain state law reporting requirements, such as the immunization registry, will still be fulfilled through health information exchange, and some states still allow health care providers to access your medical information through a national, regional or state health information exchange if needed to treat you in an emergency. To exercise the above rights, please contact the following individual to obtain a copy of the relevant form you will need to complete to make your request by calling the Perry Family Health office.
Section F: Changes To This Notice: We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice in Perry Family Health, as well as on our website. The notice will contain on the first page, in the top right-hand corner, the effective date. In addition, each time you register at or are admitted to a Perry Family Health facility for treatment or health care services, we will make available a copy of the current notice in effect.
Section G: Do You Have Complaints or Concerns? If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with Perry Family Health or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
Section H: Other Uses of Medical Information That Require Your Authorization: The following types of uses and disclosures of medical information will be made only with your written permission.
Psychotherapy Notes. Psychotherapy notes are notes that your psychiatrist or psychologist maintains separate and apart from your medical record. These notes require your written authorization for disclosure unless the disclosure is required or permitted by law, the disclosure is to defend the psychiatrist or psychologist in a lawsuit brought by you, or the disclosure is used to treat you or to train students.
Marketing. We must get your permission to use your medical information for marketing unless we are having a face-to-face talk about the new health care product or service, or unless we are giving you a gift that does not cost much to tell you about the new health care product or service. We must also tell you if we are getting paid by someone else to tell you about a new health care item or service.
Selling Medical Information. We are not allowed to sell your medical information without your permission and we must tell you if we are getting paid. However, certain activities are not viewed as selling your medical information and do not require your consent. For example, we can sell our business, we can pay our contractors and subcontractors who work for us, we can participate in research studies, we can get paid for treating you, we can provide you with copies or an accounting of disclosures of your medical information, or we can use or disclosure your medical information without your permission if we are required or permitted by law, such as for public health purposes. If you provide us with authorization to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
Section I: Organized Health Care Arrangement Perry Family Health, its Medical Staff, and other health care providers affiliated with Perry Family Health have agreed, as permitted by law, to share your medical information among themselves for purposes of your treatment, payment or health care operations at Perry Family Health. This enables us to better address your health care needs. In an effort to control health care costs, while still providing quality care, Perry Family Health, independent contractor members of its Medical Staff and other health care providers in the communities where Perry Family Health provides services have also joined together or may be in the process of joining together to create networks of providers or accountable care organizations to provide and manage your treatment, as well as to conduct population health research to improve the quality of care in our communities. We ask you to consent to the release of your medical information and super-sensitive data in our admission documents when you come to our facility.
If you would like to restrict these disclosures, please contact the Privacy Officer as set forth in Section G to determine if we can accept your request. Please also contact our Privacy Officer if you would like to see a list of the networks or accountable care organizations Perry Family Health participates in.