Disclosure of health information

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Disclosures of your health information that we may make without authorization for treatment, payment, and operations include the following:

Treatment: Your information may be shared with any provider who is providing you with healthcare services. This includes coordinating your care with other providers and providing referrals to other providers. Examples of healthcare providers who may need your information to treat you include your doctor, pharmacist, nurse, and other providers such as physical therapists, home health providers, and x-ray technicians. We may also use your information to contact you for appointments and to provide information about health-related products and services that we believe may be helpful to you. We may share your information electronically with your health care providers in order to make sure they have your information as quickly as possible to treat you. We will use the utmost care in any situation where we need to disclose your information electronically.

We may also share your health information with any family member or friend who is involved in assisting with your healthcare. We will only do this if you agree, and will only share with them the information they need in order to help you. If you are unable to either agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose your healthcare information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best interest based on our professional judgment.

Payment: In order to get your healthcare services paid for, we may have to provide your medical information to the party responsible for paying. This may include Medicare, Medicaid (state health plan), or your insurance company. Your insurance company or health plan may need your information for activities such as determining your eligibility for coverage, reviewing the medical necessity of the healthcare services, or providing approval for hospital stays.

Healthcare Operations: Your health information may be used by us in order to support the business activities of the facility and to ensure that quality healthcare services are being provided. Some of the activities which would be part of our operations would be quality assessment activity, employee review, training of medical personnel, licensure and accreditation, data aggregation and audits by regulatory agencies.

We may share your protected health information with third parties who perform services such as transcription or billing. In those cases we have written agreements with the third parties that they will not use or disclose your information for any other purposes, except as required by law.

We may also use your demographic information (name, dates of treatment, address) for our fundraising activities. If you do not want to receive these materials, please contact our Privacy Officer and request that these materials are not sent to you. Your name and location in the facility may be included in our directory. You will be given the opportunity to have your name excluded from the directory listing if you wish. If it is included, we will only share very limited information about you, such as your location in the hospital and general status, with anyone who asks about you by name. If you request a visit from your faith or religious community your religious affiliation may be disclosed to outside clergy.