HIPAA PRIVACY NOTICE

Choices understands that your medical information is private and confidential. Further, we are required by law to maintain the privacy of “protected health information.” “Protected health information” includes any individually identifiable information that we obtain from you or others that relates to your child’s past, present or future physical or mental health, the health care you have received, or payment for that health care.


As required by law, this notice provides you with information about your rights and our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to the privacy of protected health information. This notice also discusses the uses and disclosures we will make of this protected health information. We must comply with the provisions of this notice as currently in effect, although we reserve the right to change the terms of this notice from time to time and to make the revised notice effective for all protected health information we maintain. You can always request a written copy of our most current privacy notice from the local Privacy Officer at your Choices site.


PERMITTED USES AND DISCLOSURES 

  1. to prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
  2. to report births and deaths;
  3. to report child abuse or neglect;
  4. to persons subject to the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for activities related to the quality, safety, or effectiveness of FDA-regulated products or services and to report reactions to medications or problems with products;
  5. to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition;
  6. to notify the appropriate government authority if we believe that an enrollee has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if the patient agrees or when required or authorized by law.

•     Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose health information to Federal or State agencies that oversee our activities. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government benefit programs, and compliance with civil rights laws or regulatory program standards. 

  1. In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process;
  2. To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person;
  3. About the victim of a crime under certain limited circumstances;
  4. About a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct;
  5. About criminal conduct on our premises; and
  6. In emergency circumstances, to report a crime, the location of the crime or the victims, or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime.

•     Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may release health information to a coroner or medical examiner. Such disclosures may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release health information about patients to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.