How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You
The following categories describe ways that we use and disclose medical information. Examples of each category are included. Not every use or disclosure in each category is listed; however, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information falls into one of these categories:
- For Treatment: We may use medical information about you to provide, coordinate, or manage your medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to other health care professionals or health care providers who are or will be involved in taking care of you. Your protected health information may also be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to provided treatment. For example, we would disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to other health care professionals within the organization for the purpose of providing you with quality health care.
- For Payment: We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at SNHD may be billed to and paid by you, your insurance or a third party. For example, we may disclose your relevant protected health information to your insurance provider for the purpose of receiving payment and providing you with needed health care services. We may share your information with providers involved in your care for their billing purposes.
- For Health Care Operations: We may use or disclose your protected health information to support the business activities of SNHD. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment, employee review, training health care students, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. For example, we may call you by name in the waiting room when the health care professional is ready to see you. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment.
We may share your protected health information with third party “business associates” that perform various activities (e.g., billing) for SNHD. Whenever an arrangement between SNHD and a business associate involves the use or disclosure of your protected health information, we will have a written contract that contains terms to protect the privacy of your protected health information.