The following categories
describe and give some examples of the different ways in which we may use and disclose
your PHI. Not every use or disclosure in a
category will be listed. However, all of the
ways we are permitted to use and disclosed PHI will fall within one of the categories
1. Treatment. We may use your PHI to treat you. For example, we may suggest that you have x-rays
or diagnostic tests, and we may use the results to help us reach a diagnosis. Your PHI may be disclosed to the facility at which
you have your diagnostic tests in order for the healthcare providers at such diagnostic
facility to provide services to you. We might
disclose your PHI to a pharmacy when we order a prescription for you.
2. Payment. We may use and disclose your PHI in order to bill
and collect payment from you, an insurance company, or other designated third party payor,
for the treatment and services we provide to you. For
example, we may contact your health plan to certify that you are eligible for benefits,
and we may provide your plan with details regarding your treatment to determine if the
plan will cover, or pay for, your treatment.
Operations. We may use and disclose your PHI to operate our
business. For example, our Practice may use
your PHI to conduct quality assessment and improvement activities, review the performance
of our healthcare professionals, or for general management or business planning for our
Practice. We may also remove identifying
information from your health information so that it might be used by others to study
healthcare without learning who specific patients are.
Reminders. We may use and disclose your PHI to contact you
and remind you of an appointment.
Options. We may use and disclose your PHI to provide
information to you about treatment options or alternatives.
Benefits and Services. We may use and disclose your PHI to inform you of
health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
7. Release of Information to Family/Friends. We may release your PHI to a friend or family
member who is involved in your care, or who assists in taking care of you. We may also give information to someone who pays,
or helps pay, for your medical care. As
stated in Section V below, you have the right to request restrictions on who receives your
medical information. Therefore, if there are
specific family members or other persons to whom you do not want your PHI disclosed,
please let us know in the manner required by Section V.