The following examples are meant to illustrate the types of situations in which the Health Department may use or disclose your Protected Health Information without your written authorization.
Treatment: The Health Department may disclose your Protected Health Information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. For example, we may provide your Protected Health Information to a doctor to whom you have been referred to ensure that the doctor has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.
Health-Care Operations: The Health Department may use or disclose your Protected Health Information to support our business activities. For example:
a. during review of the performance or qualifications of health-care professionals; and
b. as part of accreditation, certification, licensing, or credentialing activities.
Payment: The Health Department may share your Protected Health Information with a third-party payer, such as an insurance company, in order to receive payment for services we have provided to you, or to receive approval for a planned treatment or ensure coverage. A third-party payer may include an insurance company or health-care clearinghouse, Medicare, Medicaid, or any agency appointed as an administrator of Medicare or Medicaid, Tricare, or Indian Health Services. A third-party payer may also be a parent or guardian, but the Health Department will only disclose information to a parent or guardian in accordance with applicable state or federal law.
Your Protected Health Information may be used to seek payment from other sources that you may use to pay for services, such as credit card companies.
Unless you object, we may disclose your Protected Health Information that directly relates to that person's involvement in your health care to a member of your family, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify.
We may use and disclose your Protected Health Information if we have tried to get your acknowledgement of our Notice of Privacy Practices but have been unable to do so due to communication barriers, and we have determined that you would be likely to agree to the privacy practices.
We may also disclose your Protected Health Information as follows:
- We may call you by name in our waiting room.
- We may contact you by telephone or mail for appointment reminders and information about health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.