Our Patient Directory. If you are an inpatient here or if you are at the Health Center for some lengthy outpatient procedures, we may direct people to your room or give your room telephone number to anyone who calls or visits the Health Center and asks for you by name. In some circumstances, we may also give a general statement about your medical condition (for instance “fair” or “critical”). Your religious affiliation may also be provided to members of the clergy. You have the right during registration to request that we not release this information.
Family, Friends or Others Involved in Your Care. Unless you object, we may from time to time disclose your PHI/PHI to family, friends, and others whom you have designated or who are with you in the Health Center and involved in your care in order to assist in their involvement in caring for you or paying for your care. If you are unavailable to agree or object, or are facing an emergency medical situation or in the case of a public disaster, we may share limited PHI/EPHI with your family and friends or to an organization that is involved in disaster relief efforts if we believe such a disclosure is in your best interest.
Business Associates. Certain aspects of our services may at times be performed through arrangements with outside persons or organizations, for example, auditing services; and at times, outside persons or organizations may assist us in our care for you. At times it may be necessary for us to provide your PHI PHI to these outside persons or organizations that assist us. In all cases, we require these business associates to safeguard the privacy of your information in the same manner in which we are required to safeguard your privacy.
Fundraising. From time to time we may contact you to raise money as part of our charitable fundraising efforts. You have the right to opt out of receiving fundraising communications.
Appointments, Health Products and Services. We may contact you to remind you about an appointment, inform you about test results or to inform you about possible treatment options and alternatives or health-related products or services that might be of interest to you.
Alternative Means of Communication. You have the right to request we communicate with you by particular means or locations, such as if you wish appointment reminders not to be left on voice mail or if you do not wish for mail to be sent to your home. We will honor reasonable requests. You should make such requests by contacting the Medcare Group Privacy Officer.
Research. In limited circumstances, we may use and share:
For example, a your PHI/PHI for research purposes. research organization may wish to compare outcomes of all patients who received a particular drug and will need to review a series of medical records. In all cases, either your specific authorization will be obtained or your privacy will be protected by strict confidentiality requirements applied by the Institutional Review Board that reviews research conducted at the Health Center or by applicable law.
To Public Health Authorities and Government Oversight Agencies. We may release your PHI/PHI to public health authorities for any purpose required by law such as reporting of certain diseases and injuries, births and deaths and for required health investigations. We may also release your PHI/PHI if required by law to a government oversight agency conducting audits, licensure review or similar activities.
Abuse, Neglect and Law Enforcement. We may release your PHI/PHI if such information causes us to suspect abuse or neglect which we are required or permitted by law to report to authorities. We may also release your PHI/PHI as required by law if we believe you are a victim of abuse, neglect or violence. We may also release your PHI/ePHI to law enforcement officials as required or permitted by law to report wounds, injuries and suspicion of certain crimes.
Food and Drug Administration. We may release your PHI/PHI to the Food and Drug Administration or its designee, if necessary, to report such things as adverse reactions, product defects, or to participate in product recalls.
Releases to Employers. We may release your PHI/PHI to your employer when we have provided services to you at the request of your employer to determine workplace-related illness or injury. We may also release your PHIPHI to workers' compensation agencies, if necessary, for your workers' compensation benefit determination.
Judicial and Administrative Activities. We may release your PHI PHI if required to do so by court order or validly issued subpoena or for any other official judicial or governmental administrative action.
Funeral Directors/Coroners/Organ Donation Agencies. We may release your PHl/ePHI to coroners and/or funeral directors consistent with law and we may also release your PHI/PHI, if necessary, to arrange an organ or tissue donation from you or a transplant for you.
For Public Health Reasons or the Safety of Others. We may release your PHI/PHI in limited instances if we suspect a serious threat to someone else's or the public's health or safety, such as to notify persons that they have been exposed to a communicable disease or are in danger, or in cases of investigating outbreaks of disease.
Military/National Security. We may release your PHI/PHI as required by armed forces services if you are a member of the military; we may also release your PHI/PHI if required by law for national security or intelligence activities.
Other Disclosures Required By Law. We may use your PHI/PHI if we are otherwise required by law to share the information.