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Hoosier Home Health Privacy Policy

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EFFECTIVE JULY 2013
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

I. Introduction.

This notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. "Protected health information" is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.

II. Your Health Information Rights.

While the actual records that we maintain about you belong to us, the information contained in our records belongs to you. Under the federal Privacy Rules (42CFR Part 160 and Part 164) you have the right to:

  • Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information as provided by 45 CFR 164.522. Note, however, that we are not required to agree to a restriction that you may request. If we believe it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of the health information, we will notify you that your request for restriction will not be honored. If we agree to the requested restriction, we may not use or disclose your health information in violation of that restriction unless it is needed to provide emergency treatment.
  • Obtain a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices upon request
  • Inspect and obtain a copy of your health record
  • Amend your health record
  • Obtain an accounting of certain disclosures of your health information
  • Receive confidential communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations Hoosier Home Health 2600 S Henderson St, Bloomington, IN 47401 | P: 855-222-3399 | F: 1-812-645-Revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information except to the extent that action
  • has already been taken

 

III. Our Responsibilities.

This organization is required to:

  • maintain the privacy of your health information
  • provide you with a notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices
  • with respect o information we collect and maintain about you
  • abide by the terms of this notice
  • notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction
  • accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by  alternative means or at alternative locations


We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. Should our information practices change; the revised notice will be available upon request.

We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this notice.

IV. Examples of How We Will Use or Disclose Your Protected Health Information

Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by members of our staff and others outside of our Agency that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing services to you. Your protected health information may also be used and disclosed to enable us to be paid for the services we render to you.

Following are examples of the types of uses and disclosures of your protected health care information that we are permitted to make. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive, but to describe the types of uses and disclosures that may be made by our Agency.

  • Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your care, including you health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party that has already obtained your permission to have access to your protected health information. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, counselors, healthcare professionals in training, appropriate agency staff, or others, such as family members, who are involved in your care.
  • Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for services that we provide to you. This may include certain activities that your health plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the services we recommend for you. For example, some health plans must make a determination that you are eligible for reimbursement for Hoosier Home Health 2600 S Henderson St, Bloomington, IN 47401 | P: 855-222-3399 | F: 1-812-645-3935 particular services before we can provide them to you and we must provide them with protected health information to enable them to make such a determination.
  • Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information in order to support our own business activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, training and supervision of staff members, licensing, certification, accreditation and conducting or arranging for other business activities.

 

We will share your protected health information with third party "business associates" that perform various activities that are essential to the operations of our organization. Whenever we have an arrangement between our organization and a business associate, we will limit the amount of protected health information that we provide to the minimum necessary to accomplish the particular task and we will have a written contract that contains terms that will protect the privacy of your protected health information.

We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to provide you with information about treatment alternatives or other heal-related benefits and services that maybe of interest to you. We may also contact you as a part of our fundraising efforts.

V. Uses and Disclosures That We May Make Unless You Object

In the following situations, we may disclose your protected health information if we inform you about the disclosure in advance and you do not object:

Notification: Upon request, we may use or disclose information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, of your location and general condition.

Communication with family or other caregiver: Staff members may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any other person you authorize in writing, health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your care.

If you are present for, or otherwise available prior to, a notification or communication with family or another caregiver, and you have the capacity to make healthcare decision, we may make the disclosure if you agree; or if we provide you with the opportunity to object and you do not object; or we reasonably infer from the circumstances that you do not object. If you are not present for the notification or disclosure, or the opportunity to agree or object cannot be provided because of you incapacity or an emergency circumstance, we may determine whether the disclosure is in your best interest and, if so, we may disclose to the designated person only that information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement with your health care.

Marketing and Fundraising. We may use your health information in connection with limited marketing or fundraising communications permitted under the federal privacy rules. Any such communication addressed to you will contain instructions describing how you may opt out of receiving such communication in the future.  Hoosier Home Health 2600 S Henderson St, Bloomington, IN 47401 | P: 855-222-3399 | F: 1-812-645-3935

VI. Uses and Disclosures Not Requiring Your Authorization.

The federal privacy rules provide that we may use or disclose your protected health information without your authorization in the following circumstances:

Workers compensation: We may disclose your 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.

Correctional institution: Should you be an inmate of a correctional institution or a resident of another form of court-ordered placement (for example, if you are involuntarily committed to the developmentally disabled system), we may disclose to the institution or agent thereof health information necessary for you health and the health and safety of other individuals.

Law enforcement: We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid search warrant or court order.
Criminal Activity: We may disclose your protected health information if we believe that it constitutes evidence of criminal conduct. We may also disclose your protected health information if we are required by applicable state law to report suspected child abuse or neglect or abuse of incapacitated adults or an injury that we believe may have been the result of an illegal act. We may also disclose protected health information if it is necessary for law enforcement authorities to identify or apprehend an individual.

Legal Proceedings: We may disclose protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding, in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal (to the extent such disclosure is expressly authorized), and, in certain situation, in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process.

Relating to Decedents: We may disclose protected health information regarding an individual’s death to coroners, medical examiners or funeral directors consistent with applicable law.

As Required By Law: We may use or disclose your protected health information to the extent that the use or disclosure is required by state or federal law. The use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to the relevant requirements of the law. For example, we must make disclosures when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirement of federal Privacy Rules.  Hoosier Home Health 2600 S Henderson St, Bloomington, IN 47401 | P: 855-222-3399 | F: 1-812-645-3935

VII. Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information Based upon Your Written Authorization

Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information will be made only with your authorization, unless otherwise permitted or required by law as described in this Notice. You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that we have already relied upon your authorization in making a disclosure.

VIII. For More Information or to Report Complaints

If you wish to exercise any of the rights listed in Section II of this Notice, or if you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact our Privacy Officer, either in writing or by phone at (812) 822-3399.

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our Privacy Officer or with the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.