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HIPAA Privacy Policy

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
HIPAA Joint Privacy Notice

THIS JOINT 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.

INTRODUCTION
This Joint Notice is being provided to you on behalf of Cardinal McCloskey Community Services (CMCS) and the practitioners with clinical privileges that work at CMCS with respect to services provided at CMCS facilities (collectively referred to herein as “We” or “Our”). We understand 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” or “PHI” includes any individually identifiable information that we obtain from you or others that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health, the health care you have received, or payment for your health care. We will share protected health  information with one another, as necessary, to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations relating to the services to be rendered at CMCS facilities.


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 PHI. This notice also discusses the uses and disclosures we will make of your PHI. 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 PHI we maintain. You can always request a  written copy of our most current privacy notice from our Privacy Officer at CMCS or you can access it on our website at cmcs.org.

PERMITTED USES AND DISCLOSURES
We can use or disclose your PHI for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations. For each of these categories of uses and disclosures, we have provided a description and an example below. However, not every particular  use or disclosure in every category will be listed.

 

  • Treatment means the provision, coordination or management of our health care, including consultations between health care providers relating to your care and referrals for health care from one health care provider to another. For example, a doctor treating you for an injured leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. In addition, the doctor may need to contact a physical therapist to create the exercise regimen appropriate for your treatment.
  • Payment means the activities we undertake to obtain reimbursement for the health care provided to you, including billing, collections, claims management, determinations of eligibility and coverage and other utilization review activities. For example, we may need to provide PHI to your Third Party Payor to determine whether the proposed course of treatment will be covered or if necessary to obtain payment. Federal or state law may require us to obtain a written release from  you prior to disclosing certain specially protected PHI for payment purposes, and we will ask you to sign a release when necessary under applicable law.
  • Health care operations means the support functions of CMCS, related to treatment and payment, such as quality assurance activities, case management, receiving and responding to consumer/client comments and complaints, physician  reviews, compliance programs, audits, business planning, development, management and administrative activities. For example, we may use your PHI to evaluate the performance of our staff when caring for you. We may also combine PHI  about many consumer/clients to decide what additional services we should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective. We may also disclose PHI for review and learning purposes. In addition, we  may remove information that identifies you so that others can use the deidentified information to study health care and health care delivery without learning who you are.

OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION

We may also use your PHI in the following ways:
• To provide appointment reminders for treatment or medical
care.
• To tell you about or recommend possible treatment alternatives
or other health-related benefits and services that may be of
interest to you.
• To your family or friends or any other individual identified by
you to the extent directly related to such person’s involvement
in your care or the payment for your care. We may use or
disclose your PHI to notify, or assist in the notification of, a
family member, a personal representative, or another person
responsible for your care, of your location, general condition or
death. If you are available, we will give you an opportunity to
object to these disclosures, and we will not make these
disclosures if you object. If you are not available, we will
determine whether a disclosure to your family or friends is in
your best interest, taking into account the circumstances and
based upon our professional judgment.
• When permitted by law, we may coordinate our uses and
disclosures of PHI with public or private entities authorized by
law or by charter to assist in disaster relief efforts.
• We will allow your family and friends to act on your behalf to
pick-up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, X-rays, and
similar forms of PHI, when we determine, in our professional
judgment, that it is in your best interest to make such
disclosures.
• We may contact you as part of our fundraising and marketing
efforts as permitted by applicable law. You have the right to
opt out of receiving such fundraising communications.
• We may use or disclose your PHI for research purposes,
subject to the requirements of applicable law. For example, a
research project may involve comparisons of the health and
recovery of all residents who received a particular medication.

 

All research projects are subject to a special approval process
which balances research needs with a resident’s need for
privacy. When required, we will obtain a written authorization
from you prior to using your health information for research.
• We will use or disclose PHI about you when required to do so
by applicable law.
• In accordance with applicable law, we may disclose your PHI
to your employer if we are retained to conduct an evaluation
relating to medical surveillance of your workplace or to
evaluate whether you have a work-related illness or injury.
You will be notified of these disclosures by your employer or
CMCS as required by applicable law.
Note: incidental uses and disclosures of PHI sometimes occur and are not
considered to be a violation of your rights. Incidental uses and
disclosures are by-products of otherwise permitted uses or disclosures
which are limited in nature and cannot be reasonably prevented.
SPECIAL SITUATIONS
Subject to the requirements of applicable law, we will make the
following uses and disclosures of your PHI:
• Organ and Tissue Donation. If you are an organ donor, we
may release PHI to organizations that handle organ
procurement or transplantation as necessary to facilitate organ
or tissue donation and transplantation.
• Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the Armed
Forces, we may release PHI about you as required by military
command authorities. We may also release PHI about foreign
military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.
• Worker’s Compensation. We may release PHI about you for
programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries or
illnesses.
• Public Health Activities. We may disclose PHI about you for
public health activities, including disclosures:
• to prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
• to report births and deaths;
• to report child abuse or neglect;
• 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;
• 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;
• to notify the appropriate government authority if we
believe that an adult resident has been the victim of
abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We will only
make this disclosure if the resident agrees or when
required or authorized by law.
• Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose PHI to federal
or state agencies that oversee our activities (e.g., providing
health care, seeking payment, and civil rights).

 

Lawsuits and Disputes. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a
dispute, we may disclose PHI subject to certain limitations.
• Law Enforcement. We may release PHI if asked to do so by a
law enforcement official:
• In response to a court order, warrant, summons or
similar process;
• To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material
witness, or missing person;
• About the victim of a crime under certain limited
circumstances;
• About a death we believe may be the result of
criminal conduct;
• About criminal conduct on our premises; or
• 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 PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. We may also
release PHI about consumer/clients to funeral directors as
necessary to carry out their duties.
• National Security and Intelligence Activities. We may release
PHI about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence,
counterintelligence, other national security activities authorized
by law or to authorized federal officials so they may provide
protection to the President or foreign heads of state.
• Serious Threats. As permitted by applicable law and standards
of ethical conduct, we may use and disclose PHI if we, in good
faith, believe that the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent
or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety
of a person or the public or is necessary for law enforcement
authorities to identify or apprehend an individual.
Note: HIV-related information, genetic information,
alcohol and/or substance abuse records, mental health
records and other specially protected health information
may enjoy certain special confidentiality protections under
applicable state and federal law. Any disclosures of these
types of records will be subject to these special protections.
OTHER USES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
Certain uses and disclosures of PHI will be made only with your written
authorization, including uses and/or disclosures: (a) of psychotherapy
notes (where appropriate); (b) for marketing purposes; and (c) that
constitute a sale of PHI under the Privacy Rule. Other uses and
disclosures of PHI not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us
will be made only with your written authorization. You have the right to
revoke that authorization at any time, provided that the revocation is in
writing, except to the extent that we already have taken action in reliance
on your authorization.
YOUR RIGHTS
1. You have the right to request restrictions on our uses and
disclosures of PHI for treatment, payment and health care operations.
However, we are not required to agree to your request. We are, however,
required to comply with your request if it relates to a disclosure to your
health plan regarding health care items or services for which you have paid the bill in full. To request a restriction, you may make your request
in writing to the Privacy Officer.
2. You have the right to reasonably request to receive confidential
communications of your PHI by alternative means or at alternative
locations. To make such a request, you may submit your request in
writing to the Privacy Officer.
3. You have the right to inspect and copy the PHI contained in
CMCS’ records, except:
(i) for psychotherapy notes, (i.e., notes that have been
recorded by a mental health professional
documenting counseling sessions and have been
separated from the rest of your medical record);
(ii) for information compiled in reasonable anticipation
of, or for use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative
action or proceeding;
(iii) for PHI involving laboratory tests when your access
is restricted by law;
(iv) if we obtained or created PHI as part of a research
study, your access to the PHI may be restricted for as
long as the research is in progress, provided that you
agreed to the temporary denial of access when
consenting to participate in the research;
(v) for PHI contained in records kept by a federal agency
or contractor when your access is restricted by law;
and
(vi) for PHI obtained from someone other than us under a
promise of confidentiality when the access requested
would be reasonably likely to reveal the source of the
information.
In order to inspect or obtain a copy of your PHI, you may
submit your request in writing to the VP of Health & Clinical Services or
the Privacy Officer. If you request a copy, we may charge you a fee for
the costs of copying and mailing your records, as well as other costs
associated with your request.
We may also deny a request for access to PHI under certain
circumstances if there is a potential for harm to yourself or others. If we
deny a request for access for this purpose, you have the right to have our
denial reviewed in accordance with the requirements of applicable law.
4. You have the right to request an amendment to your PHI but
we may deny your request for amendment, if we determine that the PHI
or record that is the subject of the request:
(i) was not created by us, unless you provide a
reasonable basis to believe that the originator of PHI
is no longer available to act on the requested
amendment;
(ii) is not part of your medical or billing records or other
records used to make decisions about you;
(iii) is not available for inspection as set forth above; or
(iv) is accurate and complete.
In any event, any agreed upon amendment will be included as
an addition to, and not a replacement of, already existing records. In
order to request an amendment to your PHI, you must submit your
request in writing to the VP of Health & Clinical Services or the Privacy
Officer at CMCS, along with a description of the reason for your request.

5. You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of
PHI made by us to individuals or entities other than to you for the six
years prior to your request, except for disclosures:
(i) to carry out treatment, payment and health care
operations as provided above;
(ii) incidental to a use or disclosure otherwise permitted
or required by applicable law;
(iii) pursuant to your written authorization;
(iv) for CMCS’s directory or to persons involved in your
care or for other notification purposes as provided by
law;
(v) for national security or intelligence purposes as
provided by law;
(vi) to correctional institutions or law enforcement
officials as provided by law;
(vii) as part of a limited data set as provided by law.
To request an accounting of disclosures of your PHI, you must
submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer at CMCS. Your
request must state a specific time period for the accounting (e.g., the past
three months). The first accounting you request within a twelve (12)
month period will be free. For additional accountings, we may charge
you for the costs of providing the list. We will notify you of the costs
involved, and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that
time before any costs are incurred.
6. You have the right to receive a notification, in the event that
there is a breach of your unsecured PHI, which requires notification
under the Privacy Rule.
COMPLAINTS
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should
immediately contact CMCS Privacy Officer at, 914-997-8000, ext.137, or
iroman@cmcs.org. We will not take action against you for filing a
complaint. You also may file a complaint with the Secretary of the U. S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
CONTACT PERSON
If you have any questions or would like further information about this
notice, please contact CMCS Privacy Officer at iroman@cmcs.org.
This notice is effective as of September 23, 2013

 

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