SUMMIT OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, PSC PRIVACY NOTICE
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.
At Summit Obstetrics & Gynecology, PSC we believe your health information is personal. We keep records of the care and services that you receive at our facility. We are committed to keeping your health information private, and we are required by law to respect your confidentiality.
This Notice describes the privacy practices of Summit Obstetrics & Gynecology, PSC. This Notice applies to all of the health information that identifies you and the care you receive at our facility. This information may consist of paper, digital, or electronic records but could also include photographs, videos, and other electronic transmissions or recordings that are created during your care and treatment. We are legally required to keep your health information private, to notify you of our legal responsibilities and privacy practices that relate to your health information, and to notify you if there is a breach of your unsecured health information. We are also legally required to give you this Notice and to follow the terms of the Notice currently in effect.
HOW SUMMIT OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
When you become a patient of Summit Obstetrics & Gynecology, PSC, we will use your health information within Summit and disclose your health information outside Summit for the reasons described in this Notice. The following categories describe some of the ways that we will use and disclose your health information.
Treatment. We use your health information to provide you with health care services. We may disclose your health information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical or nursing students, or other persons at Summit who need the information to take care of you. For example, a doctor treating you for a problem may need to ask another doctor if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. This may involve talking to doctors and others not employed by us. We also may disclose your health information to people outside Summit who may be involved in your health care, such as treating doctors, home care providers, pharmacies, drug or medical device experts, and family members.
Payment. We may use and disclose your health information so that the health care you receive can be billed and paid for by you, your insurance company, or another third party. For example, we may give information about surgery you had here to your health plan so it will pay us or reimburse you for the surgery. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive so we can get prior payment approval or learn if your plan will pay for the treatment.
Health Care Operations. We may use your health information and disclose it outside Summit for our health care operations. These uses and disclosers help us operate Summit to maintain and improve patient care. For example, we may use your health information to review the care you received and to evaluate the performance of our staff caring for you. We also may combine health information about many patients to identify new services to offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain therapies are effective. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, and other persons at Summit for learning and quality improvement purposes. We may remove information that identifies you so people outside Summit can study your health data without knowing who you are.
Contacting You. We may use and disclose health information to reach you about appointments and other matters. We may contact you by mail, telephone or email. For example, we may leave voice messages at the telephone you provided us with and may respond to your email address.
Health Information Exchanges. We may participate in certain health information exchanges where by we may disclose your health information, as permitted by law, to other health care providers or entities for treatment, payment, or health care operations purposes. A full list of these arrangements can be found by calling our office at 270-478-5334.
Organized Health Care Arrangements. We may participate in joint arrangements with other health care providers or health care entities whereby we may use or disclose your health information, as permitted by law, to participate in joint activities involving treatment, review of health care decisions, quality assessment or improvement activities, or payment activities. A full list of these arrangements can be found by calling our office at 270-478-5334.
Health-Related Services. We may use and disclose health information about you to send you mailings about health-related products and services available at Summit.
Legal Matters. We will disclose health information about you outside Summit when required to do so by federal, state, or local law, or by the court process. We may disclose health information about you for public health reasons, like reporting births, deaths, child abuse or neglect, reactions to medications or problems with medical products. We may release health information to help control the spread of disease or to notify a person whose health or safety may be threatened. We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as for audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure.
AUTHORIZATIONS FOR OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES
As described about, we will use your health information and disclose it outside Summit for treatment, payment, health care operations, and when required or permitted by law. We will not use or disclose your health information for other reasons without your written authorization. For example, most use and disclosures of psychotherapy notes, uses and disclosures or health information for certain marketing purposes, and disclosures that constitute a sale of health information require your written authorization. These kinds of uses and disclosures of your health information will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke the authorization in writing at any time, but we cannot take back any uses or disclosures of your health information already made with your authorization.