THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU, A USER OF ANY MEDHAB, LLC PRODUCT, MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
This Notice will tell you about the way MedHab, LLC (“MedHab”) may use and disclose health information that identifies you ("Health Information"). We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of Health Information. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of Health Information that identifies you; give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your Health Information; and follow the terms of our notice that are currently in effect. This notice covers the staff of MedHab, as well as any contracted entity that may have access to Health Information.
We may use and disclose Health Information for health care operations purposes. These uses and disclosures are necessary to make sure that all of our patients receive quality care and for our operation and management purposes. We also may disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, and other personnel for education and learning purposes. The entities and individuals covered by this notice also may share information with each other for purposes of our joint health care operations.
We may release Health Information to a person who is involved in your medical care or helps pay for your care, such as a family member or friend or any other authorized person by you. We also may notify your family about your location or general condition or disclose such information to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort.
Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose Health Information for research purposes. For example, a research project may involve comparing the health and recovery of all patients who received one medication or device to those who received another, for the same condition. Before we use or disclose Health Information for research, however, the project will go through a special approval process. This process evaluates a proposed research project and its use of Health Information to balance the benefits of research with the need for privacy of Health Information. Even without special approval, we may permit researchers to look at records to help identify patients who may be included in their research project or for similar purposes, so long as they do not remove or take a copy of any Health Information.
We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by international, federal, state or local law.
We may use and disclose Health Information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another personnel. Any disclosure, however, will be to someone who may be able to help prevent the threat.
We may disclose Health Information to our business associates that perform functions on our behalf or provide us with services if the information is necessary for such functions or services. For example, we may use another company to perform billing services on our behalf. All of our business associates are obligated, under contract with us, to protect the privacy of your information and are not allowed to use or disclose any information other than as specified in our contract.
If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release Health Information as required by military command authorities. We also may release Health Information to the appropriate foreign military authority if you are a member of a foreign military.
We may disclose Health Information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licenser. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose Health Information in response to a court or administrative order. We also may disclose Health Information in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the information requested.
We may release Health Information if asked by a law enforcement official for the following reasons: in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process; limited information to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person; about the victim of a crime if, under certain limited circumstances, we are unable to obtain the person's agreement; about a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct; about criminal conduct on our premises; and 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.
We may release Health Information to authorized federal officials for the intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorize by law. We also may disclose Health Information to authorized federal officials so they may conduct special investigations and provide protection to the President, other authorized persons and foreign heads of state.
We may release Health Information to a coroner, medical examiner or funeral director so that they can carry out their duties.
Other uses and disclosures of Health Information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written permission. You may revoke your permission at any time by submitting a written request except to the extent that we acted in reliance on your permission.
You have the right to inspect and copy Health Information that may be used to make decisions about you. We may charge you a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies associated with your request.
If you feel that Health Information we have is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information and you must tell us the reason for your request. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for MedHab. A request for amendments must be submitted, in writing, at the address provided at the end of this notice.
You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the Health Information we use or disclose for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a limit on the Health Information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend. We are not required to agree to your request. If we agree, we will comply with your request unless we terminate our agreement or the information is needed to provide you with emergency treatment.
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you by mail or at work. Your request must specify how or where you wish to be contacted. We will accommodate reasonable requests.
You have the right to a paper copy of this notice, even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically. You may request a copy of this notice at any time. You may obtain a copy of this notice at our website, HTTP://MEDHAB.COM
To exercise your rights described in this notice, send your request, in writing, at the address listed at the end of this notice. To obtain a paper copy of our notice, contact us by mail.
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 as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice on our website. The end of our notice will contain the notice's effective date.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with MedHab or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with MedHab contact us at the address listed at the end of this notice. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint. As well, it is our goal to be as responsive to our patients and customers as possible and we endeavor to meet all of your needs.
Effective Date of this Notice MedHab, LLC 1 December 2017
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