Information regarding your health care, including payment for health care, is protected by two federal laws: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), 42 U.S.C. Subsection 1320d et seq., 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 &164, and the Confidentiality Law, 42 U.S.C. Subsection 290dd-2, 42 C.F.R. Part 2. Under these laws, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center (Sacred Heart) may not say to a person outside Sacred Heart that you attend the program, nor may Sacred Heart disclose any information identifying you as an alcohol or drug abuser, or disclose any other protected information except as permitted by federal law.
Sacred Heart must obtain your written consent before it can disclose information about you for payment purposes. For example, Sacred Heart must obtain your written consent before it can disclose information to your health insurer in order to be paid for services. Generally, you must sign a written consent before Sacred Heart can share information for treatment purposes or for health care operations. However, federal law permits Sacred Heart to disclose information without your written permission:
1. Pursuant to an agreement with a business associate;
2. For research, audit or evaluations:
3. To report a crime committed on Sacred Heart’s premises or against Sacred Heart personnel;
4. To medical personnel in a medical emergency;
5. To appropriate authorities to report suspected child abuse or neglect;
6. As allowed by a court order
For example, Sacred Heart can disclose information without your consent to obtain legal or financial services, or to another medical facility to provide health care to you, as long as there is a business associate agreement in place.
Before Sacred Heart can use or disclose any information about your health in a manner which is not described above, it must first obtain your specific written consent allowing it to make the disclosure. Any such written consent may be revoked by you in writing.
Under HIPAA you have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your health information.
Sacred Heart is not required to agree to any restrictions you request, but if it does agree then it is bound by that agreement and may not use or disclose any information which you have restricted except as necessary in a medical emergency. You have the right to request that we communicate with you by alternative means or at an alternative location. Sacred Heart will accommodate such requests that are reasonable and will not request an explanation from you. Under HIPAA you also have the right to inspect and copy your own health information maintained by Sacred Heart, except to the extent that the information contains psychotherapy notes or information compiled for use in a civil, criminal or administrative proceeding or in other limited circumstances. Under HIPAA you also have the right, with some exceptions, to amend health care information maintained in Sacred Heart’s records, and to request and receive an accounting of disclosures of your health related information made by Sacred Heart during the six years prior to your request. You also have the right to receive a paper copy of this notice.
Sacred Heart’s Duties
Sacred Heart is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information. Sacred Heart is required by law to abide by the terms of this notice. Sacred Heart reserves the right to change the terms of this notice and to make new notice provisions effective for all protected health information it maintains.
Complaints and Reporting Violations
You may complain to Sacred Heart and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe that your privacy rights have been violated under HIPAA. A complaint can be filed through Sacred Heart’s Recipient Rights Advisor. You will not be retaliated against for filing such a complaint.
Violation of the Confidentiality Law by a program is a crime. Suspected violations of the Confidentiality Law may be reported to the United States Attorney in the district where the violation occurs.
For further information, contact Tammy Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org 810.392.2167 x1319.