Understanding your Health Information Record:
- communication link among the many health professionals who contribute to your care.
- legal document that can verify that the services billed were actually provided.
- tool in educating health professionals.
- source of information for public health officials charged with improving health care.
- tool to improve the care we give and outcomes we achieve.
Your Health Information RIghts:
- request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of information.
- inspect and copy your health record.
- request an amendment to your health record.
- obtain an accounting of disclosures of your health information.
- request communications of your health information by alternative means or locations.
- revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information.
- obtain a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices upon request.
- maintain the privacy of your health information.
- provide you with a Notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you.
- abide by the terms of this Notice.
EXAMPLES OF USES OR DISCLOSURES FOR TREATMENT, PAYMENT, AND HEALTH OPERATIONS:
other uses or disclosures:
Business Associates: There are some services provided in our organization through contracts with business associates, including consultants and support services such as beauty shop, temporary staffing and non-emergency transportation. We will disclose the minimum necessary health information to our business associates so that they can perform the job we have asked them to do. To protect your health information, we require the business associates to appropriately safeguard your information.
Notification: Health care staff, using their best judgment, may use or disclose information to notify a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, of your location in the health care facility and your general condition.
Directory: Unless you notify us that you object, we will use your name and location in the assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
Research: We may disclose de-identified information to researchers when their research has been approved with established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information.
Funeral Directors: We may disclose health information to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to carry out their duties.
Organ Procurement Organizations: Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.
Products and Services: We may contact you to provide information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Fund-Raising: We may contact you as part of a Shell Point fund-raising effort.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): We may disclose to the FDA health information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.
Workers Compensation: If any resident continues to work outside our facilities, we may disclose health information to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers’ compensation or other similar programs established by law.
Public Health: As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability.
Law Enforcement: We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law, in response to a valid subpoena, or an appropriate oversight agency.