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    Our Uses and Disclosures

    We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
     

    To treat you

    We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.

    Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.

     

    To run our organization

    We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care and contact you when necessary.

    Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.

     

    To bill for your services

    We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.

    Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.

     

    To help with public health and safety issues

    We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

    • Preventing disease,
    • Helping with product recalls,
    • Reporting adverse reactions to medications and
    • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect or domestic violence
    • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
       

    To do research

    We can use or share your information for health research.
     

    To comply with the law

    We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
     

    To respond to organ and tissue donation requests

    We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
     

    To work with a medical examiner or funeral director

    We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
     

    To address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

    We can use or share health information about you:

    • For workers’ compensation claims,
    • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official,
    • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law and
    • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services
       

    To respond to lawsuits and legal actions

    We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order or in response to a subpoena.

     

    How else can we use or share your health information?

    We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes.  For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

     

    Our Responsibilities:

    • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
    • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
    • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
    • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.



    For more information see:
    www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html

    Changes to the Terms of this Notice

    We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.