This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you get access to this information.
Our hospital makes and keeps records of medical information. While you are a patient here, we will use and disclose your medical information:
To provide treatment to you and to keep a record describing your care
To receive payment for the care we provide
To administer the hospital properly
To comply with the Federal and State laws and HIPAA
This notice summarizes the ways we may use and disclose medical information about you. It also describes your rights and our duties regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information. This notice applies to all records of your care at Fisher County Hospital District, whether made by hospital personnel or by your personal physician. Your physician and other health care providers may use a different notice and policy regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information in their offices.
When we use the word "we" or "Hospital" we mean Fisher County Hospital District, the Medical Staff of Fisher County Hospital District, Medical Professionals and other medical parties that assist in your care.
We are required by law:
To keep your medical information confidential in accordance with Federal laws, State laws, and HIPAA
To give you notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your medical information
To follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect
Persons covered by this notice:
All employees, staff and other Hospital personnel
Persons or entities performing services for the Hospital under agreements containing privacy protections or to which disclosure of medical information is permitted by law.
Persons or entities with whom the Hospital Participates in managed care arrangements
Our volunteers and medical, nursing and other health care students
Members of the Hospital Medical Staff and other medical professionals involved in your care or performing a peer review, quality improvement, medical education and other services for the Hospital
Uses and disclosures of your medical information:
We use and disclose medical information in the ways described below:
Treatment: We may use your medical information to provide medical treatment or services to you. We may disclose medical information about you to Doctors, Nurses, Technicians< Medical, Nursing or other Health Care Students, or other personnel taking care of you. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken leg may need to know if you have Diabetes because Diabetes may slow the healing process. In addition, the doctor may need to tell the dietitian if you have Diabetes so you can have the appropriate meals.
Payment: We may use and disclose your medical information so that the treatment and services you receive can be billed and collected from you, an insurance company, or another third party.
Health Care Options: We may use and disclose your medical information for Hospital operation, such as for peer review, performance improvement, risk management, and our compliance with licensure, accreditation, or certificate requirements.
The Hospital may share your medical information with members of the Hospital Medical Staff and other independent medical professionals in order to provide treatment and perform other activities that pertain to your care.
The only entry into the Hospital Director will be your name and room number. This information will not be released unless you authorize it and/or the person presents to the admission desk and ask for you by your name and only by your authorization. The Directory will not contain any further information than the afore mentioned.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care:
We may release your medical information to the person(s) you named in your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or to a family member or friend that you have listed as your personal representative.
Required by Law:
We will disclose your medical information when Federal, State, or Local Law requires it.
Serious Threat to Health or Safety:
We nay use ad disclose your medical information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.
Military and Veterans: If you are a member of the U.S. armed forces, we may release your medical information as required by military command authorities.
Workers' Compensation: We may release medical information about you for Workers' Compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work related injuries or illness.
Minors: If you are a minor (under 18 years old), the Hospital will comply with Federal and State laws regarding minors. We may release certain types of your medical information to your parent or guardian, if such release is required or permitted by law.
Public Health Risk: We may disclose your medical information for public health purposes:
To prevent or control disease, injury, or disability
To report births or deaths
To report child or adult abuse, neglect, or violence
To report reactions to medications or problems with products
To notify people of recalls of products they may be using
To notify a person(s) who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for getting or spreading a disease or condition
Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose your medical information to a Federal and/or State agency for health oversight activities such as audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure of the Hospital and the providers who treated you at the Hospital. These activites are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes: We may disclose your medical information to respond to a court or administrative order or a search warrant. WE may also disclose your medical information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in a dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request and you have been provided an opportunity to object or to obtain an appropriate court order protecting the information requested.
Law Enforcement: Subject to certain conditions, we may disclose your medical information for a law enforcement purpose upon the request of a law enforcement official.
Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors: We may disclose your medical information to a medical examiner or funeral director so they may carry out their duties.
National Security: We may disclose your medical information to authorized Federal Officials for national security activities authorized by law.
Protective Services: We may disclose your medical information to authorized Federal Officials so they may provide protection to you and other persons including the President of the United States.
Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under custody of a law enforcement officer, we may release your medical information to the correctional officer or a law enforcement officer. This release would be necessary for he Hospital to provide you with health care, to protect your health and safety, and health and safety of others, and/or for the health, safety and security of the law enforcement officer or the correctional institution.