notice describes how medical information about you may be used and
disclosed and how you can get access to this information. the privacy
of your medical information is important to us.
required by applicable federal and state law to maintain the privacy
of your medical information. We are also required to give you this
notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights
concerning your medical information. We must follow the privacy
practices that are described in this notice while it is in effect.
This notice took effect 4/14/2003, and will remain in effect until we
reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of
this notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by law.
We reserve the right to make changes in our privacy practices and the
new terms of our notice effective for all medical information that we
maintain, including medical information we created or received before
we made the changes. Before we make a significant change in our
privacy practices we will change this notice and make the new notice
available upon request.
request a copy of our notice at any time. For more information about
our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this notice, please
contact us using the information listed to the left of this
notice applies to the privacy practices of Highlands-Cashiers Hosp,
Inc., Highlands-Cashiers Surgical Clinic, Highlands-Cashiers Hospice,
and Mountain Community Health Care. These organizations participate in
an organized health care arrangement. As such, they may share your
medical information, and the medical information of others they serve,
with each other as needed for the purposes of treatment, payment or
health care operations relating to that organized health care
and Disclosures of
Highland-Cashiers Hospital and its other organizations use and
disclose medical information about you for the purpose of treatment,
payment, and health care operations. For example:
use or disclose your medical information to a physician or other
health care provider in order to provide treatment to you.
use and disclose your medical information to obtain payment for
services we provide to you. We may disclose your medical information
to another health care provider or entity subject to the federal
Privacy Rules so they can obtain payment.
use and disclose your medical information in connection with our
health care operations. Health care operation include:
assessment and improvement activities;
the competence or qualifications of health care professionals,
evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training
programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing
review, legal services, and auditing, including fraud and abuse
detection and compliance;
planning and development; and
management and general administrative activities, including management
activities relating to privacy, customer service, resolution of
internal grievances, and creating de-identified medical information or
a limited data set.
disclose your medical information to another entity which has a
relationship with you and is subject to the federal Privacy Rules, for
their health care operations relating to quality assessment and
improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of
health care professionals, or detecting or preventing health
care fraud and abuse.
give us written authorization to use your medical information of to
disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us this
authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. You
revocation will not effect any use or disclosures permitted by your
authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us written
authorization, we cannot use or disclose your medical information for
any reason except those described in this notice.