THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
If you have any questions about this notice, please contact
Health Information Services at 881.7220
To obtain a printed copy of this notice - click here
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario and affiliate Trinity Health facilities are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information; give you notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information; and follow the terms of this notice. This notice applies to all of your health records generated by SAMC Ontario, whether made by our personnel or your personal physician.
This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose your health information in SAMC Ontario and with other entities. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of your health information.
WHO WILL FOLLOW THIS NOTICE?
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario, Dominican Health Services, Sports and Orthopedic Rehab, Treasure Valley Internal Medicine, Holy Rosary Home Care, Pathway Hospice and Holy Rosary Maternity Clinic.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
We will use your health information to provide you with health care treatment and to coordinate or manage services with other health care providers, including third parties. We may disclose all or any portion of your health information to your attending physician, consulting physician(s), nurses, technicians, medical students, or other facility or health care personnel who have a legitimate need for such information in order to take care of you. Different departments of the facility will share your health information in order to coordinate the health care services you need, such as prescriptions, lab work and X-rays. We may disclose your health information to family members or friends, guardians or personal representatives who are involved with your medical care. We may also use and disclose your health information to contact you for appointment reminders, and to provide you with information about possible treatment options or alternatives, and other health- related benefits and services. We also may disclose your health information to people outside the facility who may be involved in your health care after you leave the facility, such as other physicians involved in your care, specialty hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities and other health care-related services.
We will use and disclose your health information for activities that are necessary to receive payment for our services, such as determining insurance coverage, billing, payment and collection, claims management, and medical data processing. For example, we may tell your health plan about a treatment you are planning in order to receive approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the proposed treatment. We may disclose your health information to other health care providers so they can receive payment for health care services that they provided to you, such as ambulance services. We may also give information to other third parties or individuals who are responsible for payment for your health care.
FOR HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS
We may disclose your health information for routine facility operations, such as business planning and development, quality review of services provided, internal auditing, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities, medical research and education for staff and students, and to other healthcare entities that have a relationship with you and need the information for operational purposes.
We may include your name, location in the facility, your general condition (for example, fair or stable, or even the death of a person) and your religious affiliation in the facility directory. The directory information, except for your religious affiliation, may be released to people who ask for you by name. Your name and religious affiliation may be given to a member of the clergy, such as a priest or rabbi, even if they don’t ask for you by name. The facility directory is available so your family, friends and clergy can visit you and generally know how you are doing. You must notify Admitting/Registration Staff at (541)881.7070 or (541)881.7000 orally or in writing if you do not want us to release information about you in the facility directory. If you do not want information released in the facility directory, we cannot tell members of the public, flower or other service persons and organizations, and even your friends and family that you are here and your general condition.
We may use your health information, or disclose your health information to a foundation related to us for SAMC Ontario's fundraising efforts. We would only release information such as your name, address and phone number and the dates that you received treatment or services from us. If you do not want us to contact you for fundraising efforts you must notify our Marketing Department, SAMC Ontario 351 SW 9th St. Ontario, OR 97914 in writing, stating that you do not want to receive the information.
We may use and disclose your health information to researchers when the Institutional Review Board and/or Privacy Board approve the research study and the use of your health information.
ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION
If you are an organ donor, we may release your health information to organizations that handle organ procurement and transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
USES AND DISCLOSURES THAT ARE REQUIRED OR PERMITTED BY LAW
Subject to requirements of federal, state and local laws, we are either required or permitted to report your health information for various purposes. Some of these reporting requirements include:
PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES
We may disclose your health information to public health officials for activities such as the prevention or control of communicable disease, injury or disability; to report births and deaths; to report suspected child abuse or neglect; to report reactions to medications or problems with medical products.
DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS
We may disclose your health information to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition and location.
HEALTH OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES
We may disclose your health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities may include audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs and compliance with civil rights laws.
JUDICIAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING
We may disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order, a valid subpoena, discovery request, civil or criminal proceedings, or other lawful process.
We may release your health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
- In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar legal process;
- Regarding a victim or death of a victim of a crime in limited circumstances;
- In emergency circumstances to report a crime; the location of the crime or victims; or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime, including crimes that may occur at our facility.
CORONERS, MEDICAL EXAMINERS & FUNERAL DIRECTORS
We may release health information to a coroner or a medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a person who died or determine the cause of death. We may also release health information to help a funeral director to carry out his/her duties.
We may release your health information for workers' compensation benefits or to similar programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.
TO AVERT A SERIOUS THREAT TO HEALTH OR SAFETY
We may disclose your health information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another person or the public.
We may disclose your health information to federal official(s) for national security activities and for the protection of the President and other Heads of State.
MILITARY AND VETERANS
If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your health information as required by military command authorities. We may also release health information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or in the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release your health information to the institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; or (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
OTHER USES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
Other uses and disclosures of your health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written authorization. If you provide us with authorization to use or disclose your health information, you may revoke that authorization in writing at any time. When we receive your written revocation we will no longer use or disclose your health information for the purpose of that authorization. However, we are unable to retrieve any disclosures already made based upon your prior authorization.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION.
You have the following rights regarding your health information:
RIGHT TO INSPECT AND COPY
You have the right to inspect your health information and copy medical, billing or other records that may be used to make decisions about your care.
Submit your request in writing to Health Information Services, 351 SW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914, (541) 881.7220. We charge a fee for document requests to cover the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies.
In limited circumstances we may deny your request to inspect and copy your health information. If you are denied access to your health information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. A licensed health care professional chosen by SAMC Ontario will review your request and the denial. The person who conducts the review will not be the same person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
RIGHT TO AMEND
You have the right to request an amendment to your health information that you believe is incorrect or incomplete.
Submit your request in writing, using a Request for Amendment to PHI form, and including your reason for the amendment, to the Privacy Officer or Risk Manager at SAMC Ontario, 351 SW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914. Phone # (541) 881.7220
We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. We may also deny your request if you ask us to amend information that:
- Was not created by SAMC Ontario; unless the person or entity that created the information is no longer available to make the amendment;
- Is not part of the medical information kept by or for SAMC Ontario;
- Is not part of the information that you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or;
Is accurate and complete.
To obtain a paper copy of this request, contact:
Privacy Officer or Risk Manager at SAMC Ontario
351 SW 9th St,
Ontario, OR 97914.
Phone (541) 881.7220
RIGHT TO AN ACCOUNTING OF DISCLOSURES
We are required to maintain a list of disclosures of your health information. However, we are not required to maintain a list of disclosure that we made by acting upon your written authorizations. You have the right to request an accounting of disclosures that were not subject to your written authorization.
Submit your request in writing to Health Information Services, 351 SW 9th St. Ontario, OR 97914. Phone Number (541) 881.7220. Your request must state a time period, not longer than six years, and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. The first list you request within a 12-month period will be free. For additional lists, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request before any costs are incurred.
RIGHT TO REQUEST RESTRICTIONS
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on how much of your health information we use or disclose for treatment, payment or health care operations. You also have the right to request a restriction on the disclosure of your health information to someone who is involved in your care or payment for your care, such as a family member or friend.
We are not required to agree to your request. However, if we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment.
Submit your request in writing to Health Information Services at SAMC Ontario, 351 SW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914. Phone # (541) 881.7220 or request and submit a Request for Restrictions to Protected Health Information form. You must include: (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply.
RIGHT TO REQUEST CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about health care matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at an alternative location from your home address, such as work, or only contact you by mail instead of by phone.
You must make your request in writing to Patient Access Staff or Financial Account Representatives at 351 SW 9th St. Ontario, OR 97914 or to request and submit a “Confidential Communications Opt Out” form. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. We do not require a reason for the request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE
We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for health information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice in the facility and on the Web site at holyrosary-ontario.org. The notice will contain on the first page, in the top right-hand corner, the effective date.
Upon your initial registration or admittance to the facility for treatment or health care services as an inpatient or outpatient, we will offer you a copy of the current notice in effect. Whenever the notice is revised, it will be available to you upon request.
You may file a complaint with us or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services if you believe that we have not complied with our privacy practices. You may file a complaint with us orally or in writing by contacting the Risk Manager at (541) 881.7022
You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
RIGHT TO A PAPER COPY OF THIS NOTICE
You have the right to a paper copy of this notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time.
If you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy of this notice
You may print a copy of this notice by clicking the link at the bottom of the page (Printer Firendly Version). Note: you will need Acrobat Reader to view and then print this document.
To obtain a paper copy of this notice, contact: Patient Access
Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Ontario
351 SW 9th St
Ontario, OR 97914.
Phone: (541) 881.7000
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