notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and
how you can get access to this information.
Your health information rights
Although your health record is the physical property of Marias Medical Center, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:
restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information as provided by
45 CFR 164.522. Marias Medical Center will honor your request for restrictions
to the extent possible.
Understanding your health information
Understanding what is in
your record and how your health information is used helps you to ensure its
accuracy and better understand who, what, when, where, and why others may access
your health information. Each time you visit a hospital, physician, or other
health care provider, a record of your visit is made. Typically, this record
contains your symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and
a plan for future care of treatment. This information, often referred to as your
health or medical record, serves as a :
Required uses and disclosures
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 produce recalls, repairs, or replacement.
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.
Workers compensation: We may disclose health information to the extent necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs established by law.
Law enforcement and correctional institutions: We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena. Should you be an inmate of a correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution or their agents health information necessary for your health and the health and safety of other individuals.
In addition, Federal law makes provision for your health information to be released to an appropriate health oversight agency, public health authority or attorney, provided that a work force member or business associate believes in good faith Marias Medical Center may have engaged in unlawful conduct or have otherwise violated professional or clinical standards and are potentially endangering one or more patients, workers or the public.
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.
Funeral directors and coroners: We may disclose health information to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to carry out their duties.
Examples of disclosures for treatment, payment and health operations
Marias Medical Center will use your health information for treatment. For example, information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of your health care team will be recorded in your record and used to determine the course of treatment that should work best for you. Your physician will document in your record his or her expectations of the members of your health care team. Members of your health care team will then record the actions they took and their observations. In that way, the physician will know how you are responding to treatment. Marias Medical Center will also provide your physician or a subsequent health care provider with copies of various reports that will assist him or her in treating you once youre discharged.
We will use your health information for payment. For example, Marias Medical Center will send a bill to you and/or your insurance company. The information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as your diagnosis, procedures, and supplies used.
We will use your health information for regular health operations. For example, members of the medical staff or the departments that provided your care may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. This information will then be used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the health care and service we provide.
We will use your health information for treatment, payment and health operations of other covered entities. For example, Marias Medical Center may release information to your physician so that he or she may send a bill to you and/or your insurance company. In addition, Marias Medical Center may provide your physician or referring hospital with information required to perform quality improvement, peer review, compliance review and medical education.
Medical Center responsibilities
Marias Medical Center is required to:
For more information or to report a problem
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the Marias Medical Center Privacy Officer or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There will be not retaliation for filing a complaint. If you have questions and/or would like additional information, please contact HIPAA Hotline at 406-434-3293.
Other permitted uses and disclosures
Directory: Unless you notify us that you object, we will use your name and location in the facility for directory purposes. This information may be provided to members of the clergy and, except for religious affiliation, to other people who ask for you by name.
Notification of family: We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care.
Communication with family: Health professionals, using their best judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that persons involvement to your care or payment related to your care.
Communicating appointment reminders and health care alternatives: We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or provide you with information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Research: We may disclose information to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information.
Business associates: There are some services provided in our organization through contacts with business associates. Examples include physician services in the emergency department and radiology, certain laboratory tests. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your health information to the business associate so that they can perform the job weve asked them to do and bill you or your insurance company for services rendered. To protect your health information, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
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