NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES FOR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
“THIS NOTICE, IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL PRIVACY REGULATIONS, DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.”
MarsCare Home Health is required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information, to provide you adequate notice of your rights and our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured protected health information (45 CFR § 164.520). We will use or disclose protected health information in a manner that is consistent with this notice.
The agency maintains a record (paper/electronic file) of the information we receive and collect about you and of the care we provide to you. This record includes physicians’ orders, assessments, medication lists, clinical progress notes and billing information.
As required by law, the agency maintains policies and procedures about our work practices, including how we coordinate care and services provided to our patients. These policies and procedures include how we create, receive, access, transmit, maintain and protect the confidentiality of all health information in our workforce and with contracted business associates and/or subcontractors; security of the agency’s building and electronic files; and, how we educate staff on privacy of patient information.
We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this notice. Thus, for example, we will require your authorization before we would use or disclose your protected health information for marketing purposes, and we will not sell your health information without a specific authorization from you. If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact our Agency’s Privacy Officer, the Administrator at 215-763-3992.
As our patient, information about you must be used and disclosed to other parties for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations. Examples of information that must be disclosed:
Treatment: Providing, coordinating, or managing health care and related services, consultation between health care providers relating to a patient or referral of a patient for health care from one provider to another. For example, we meet on a regular basis to discuss how to coordinate care for patients and to schedule visits.
Payment: Billing and collecting for services provided, determining plan eligibility and coverage, utilization review (UR), precertification, medical necessity review. For example, occasionally the insurance company requests a copy of the medical record be send to them for a coverage review prior to paying the bill.
Health Care Operations: General agency administrative and business functions, quality assurance/improvement activities; medical review; auditing functions; developing clinical guidelines; determining the competence or qualifications of health care professionals; evaluating agency performance; conducting training programs with students or new employees; licensing, survey, certification, accreditation and credentialing activities; internal auditing; and, certain fundraising activities and with your authorization, marketing activities. For example, our agency periodically holds clinical record review meetings where the consulting professional of our record review committee will audit clinical records for meeting professional standards and utilization review.
The following uses and disclosures do not require your consent, and include, but are not limited to, a release of information contained in financial records and/or medical records, including information concerning communicable diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), drug/alcohol abuse, psychiatric diagnosis and treatment records and/or laboratory test results, medical history, treatment progress and/or any other related information as permitted by state law to:
- Your insurance company, self-funded or third-party health plan, Medicare, Medicaid or any other person or entity that may be responsible for paying or processing for payment any portion of your bill for services.
- Any person or entity affiliated with or representing us for purposes of administration, billing and quality and risk management.
- Any hospital, nursing home or other health care facility to which you may be admitted.
- Any assisted living or personal care facility of which you are a resident.
- Any physician providing you care.
- Licensing and accrediting bodies; including the information contained in the OASIS Data Set to the state agency acting as a representative of the Medicare/Medicaid program;
- Contact you to raise funds for the agency; you will be given the right to opt out of receiving such communications.
- Any business associate or institutionally-related foundation for the purpose of raising funds for the agency (information may include: demographics – name, address, contact information, age, gender, date of birth; dates of health care provided; department of services; treating physician; outcome information; and, health insurance status). You will be given the right to opt out.
- Refill reminders for drugs, biologicals and/or drug delivery systems that have already been prescribed to you.
- Marketing communications promoting health products, services and information if the communication is made face to face with you or the only financial gain consists of a promotional gift of nominal value provided by the agency; and,
- Other health care providers to initiate treatment.