GREENWOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL (GWCH), EUREKA CLINIC, GREENWOOD COUNTY HOME HEALTH, HOWARD CLINIC AND MEMBERS OF THE GREENWOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL ORGANIZED HEALTHCARE ARRANGEMENT
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 have questions about this notice or want more information, please contact:
HIM Director/Privacy Officer
100 W. 16th Street
Eureka, Kansas 67045
The effective date of this notice is May 13, 2015.
This notice applies to all segments of Greenwood County Hospital, Eureka Clinic, Greenwood County Home Health, Howard Clinic and all members of the GWCH Organized Healthcare Arrangement (Collectively “GWCH”). The Organized Health Care Arrangement encompasses all members of the Greenwood County Medical Community who practice at or see patients of Greenwood County Hospital. GWCH will share protected health information with the covered entities stated above, as necessary, to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations relating to the organized health care arrangement. Your personal physician or other healthcare providers may have different privacy policies or notices regarding that physician or provider’s use and disclosure of information created or maintained outside GWCH.
When you receive services from GWCH, we obtain certain information from or about you. This information primarily relates to your health care or payment for your health care. We will use and disclose this information and other information we collect in the ways described below.
We may use and disclose your health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations.
We may use and disclose your information within our facility to provide you with medical treatment and services. Your information may also be disclosed to outside providers and facilities providing care to you. These providers and facilities need your information to coordinate and provide services to you. For example, your information may be communicated among our nursing staff to provide services to you as an inpatient. The information may also be disclosed to your primary physician for coordination of care following discharge.
We may use and disclose your information to receive payment for the services and treatment provided to you. We use your information to create a bill and disclose your information when we send the bill to your insurance company, you, or a third party. The individual or entity paying the bill may request more information to determine whether the bill is covered by your insurance. For example, we may tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive to get approval for payment or to determine whether your health plan will cover the treatment.
HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS
We may use and disclose your information for health care operation purposes. Health care operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, evaluation of practitioner and provider performance or qualifications, medical review, legal services, auditing functions, business planning, and other business management and administrative activities. For example, your information may be used to manage your treatment and services.
We may use and disclose your information to remind you of an upcoming appointment for services. We may also leave a reminder message on your answering machine/voice mail system.
We may provide you with information about treatment alternatives and other health-related benefits and services.
We may also disclose your health information to outside entities without your consent or authorization in the following circumstances:
REQUIRED BY LAW
We disclose information as required by law. For example, we are required to report gunshot wounds to the police. We are also required to provide information to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to demonstrate our compliance with HIPAA.
PUBLIC HEALTH PURPOSES
We disclose information to health agencies as required by law for preventing or controlling disease. Examples are reporting of sexually transmitted, communicable, and infectious diseases.
TO PREVENT A SERIOUS THREAT TO HEALTH OR SAFETY
We may disclose information about you to law enforcement or an identified victim to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of another individual or the public.
Your information may be used by or disclosed to researchers for research approved by a privacy board or an institutional review board.
HEALTH OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES
Your health information may be disclosed to governmental agencies and boards for investigations, audits, licensing, and compliance purposes.
JUDICIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDINGS
We may be required to disclose your health information to a court or for an administrative proceeding.
LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES
We may be required to disclose your information as required by law, pursuant to a court order, warrant, subpoena, or summons.
We may disclose information for the identification of a body or to determine a cause of death.
MILITARY AND VETERANS
If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release information about you as required by military command authorities. We may also release information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official. This release must be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety or security of the correctional institution.
ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION
If you are an organ donor, we may release your medical information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation.
We may release medical information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs.
SPECIALIZED GOVERNMENTAL FUNCTIONS
We may release information about you to authorized Federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
We will give you the opportunity to object to the following uses and disclosure of your information. If you are not present or are unable to communicate your preference, we may use and disclose your information for these purposes if we believe, in our professional judgment, that it is in your best interest:
INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN CARE
We may tell your friends, family members or other individuals involved in your care information that is relevant to their involvement in your care.
We may disclose information about you to public or private agencies for disaster relief and notification purposes.
We will disclose information about you as part of our inpatient directory if you wish people to know that you are in the hospital. This information includes your name and location in the hospital. If you do NOT want people to know that you are in the hospital, you will be provided the opportunity to OPT-OUT of the inpatient directory upon admission on the Admission Agreement.
We may use and disclose information about you to contact you in an effort to raise money for our facility and its operations. We may disclose information to the GWCH Foundation related to the facility so that the GWCH Foundation may contact you in raising money for the facility. If you do not want the Foundation to contact you for fundraising efforts, you must notify the Marketing/Foundation Director of the GWCH Foundation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Except as provided above, we will obtain your written authorization prior to disclosure of your information for any other purpose. Specifically, written authorization is required prior to the disclosure of your information:
We will not use or disclose your psychotherapy notes without a written authorization except as specifically permitted by law.
We will not use or disclose your information for marketing purposes, other than face-to-face communications with you or promotional gifts of nominal value, without your written authorization.
SALE OF INFORMATION
We will not sell your PHI without your written authorization, including notification of the payment we will receive.
Where a disclosure is made under your written authorization, you have the right to revoke the authorization at any time. Revocation of an authorization must be in writing. The revocation is effective as of the date you provide it to GWCH and does not affect any prior disclosures made under the authorization.
If a state or federal law provides additional restrictions or protections to your information, we will comply with the most stringent requirement.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REQUEST A RESTRICTION ON HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU IS USED AND DISCLOSED.
If you want to request a restriction of a use or disclosure of your information, contact our Privacy Officer at the number listed at the beginning of this form. We are required to agree to a request for a restriction related to disclosure of information to your health plan for payment or healthcare operations where you pay for the service in full. We are not otherwise required to agree to any restriction on the use or disclosure of your information.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REQUEST COMMUNICATIONS WITH YOU BE MADE AT AN ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER.
To request that communication be made at a different address or phone number, contact our Privacy Officer at the number listed at the beginning of this form. We will comply with a reasonable request. Although we may ask for clarification regarding your request, we will not require you to disclose the reason for your request.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO INSPECT AND COPY YOUR MEDICAL RECORD.
To inspect and copy your medical record, contact our Privacy Officer at the number listed at the beginning of this form. There are limited situations in which we may deny your request.
IF YOU BELIEVE THE INFORMATION WE HAVE ABOUT YOU IS INCORRECT OR INCOMPLETE, YOU MAY REQUEST THAT WE AMEND YOUR MEDICAL RECORD.
To request an amendment to your medical record, contact our Privacy Officer at the number listed at the beginning of this form. There are situations in which we may deny your request.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE AN ACCOUNTING OF DISCLOSURES OF YOUR INFORMATION MADE IN THE SIX (6) YEARS PRECEDING YOUR REQUEST.
There are limited disclosures that are not required to be included in an accounting. You may receive one (1) free accounting during a twelve (12) month period. If you request more than one (1) accounting in a twelve (12) month period, you may be charged a fee.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REQUEST A COPY OF THIS NOTICE.
IF YOU RECEIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN A STATE OTHER THAN KANSAS, DIFFERENT RULES MAY APPLY REGARDING RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS TO YOUR ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION.
PLEASE COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH YOUR OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER REGARDING THOSE RULES.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide individuals with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practice regarding health information.
- We are required to notify you if there is a breach of your unsecured protected health information.
- We are required to follow the terms of the current Notice.
We may change the terms of this Notice, and the revised Notice will apply to all health information in our possession at that time. If we revise this Notice, a copy of the revised Notice will be posted, and a copy may be requested from our Privacy Officer at the number listed at the beginning of this form.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with GWCH or the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
To file a complaint with GWCH, contact the Privacy Officer at the number listed at the beginning of this form.
To file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, see: www.hhs.gov/ocr. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.