We may use medical information about you to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related treatment or services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a health care provider to whom you have been referred to ensure the necessary information is accessible to diagnose or treat you.
We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at our practice may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company, or a third party. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for your services, such as: making a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits and reviewing services provided to you for medical necessity.
For Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose health information about you to support the business activities of our health care practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, improving quality of care, providing information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services, development or maintaining and supporting computer systems, legal services, and conducting audits and compliance programs, including fraud, waste and abuse investigations.
For individuals who are involved in your care or in the payment for your care
We may release medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care.
- As Required By Law: We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law.
- For Abuse or Neglect Reporting: We may use and disclose medical information as required or as permitted by federal and state law.
- To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.
- For Military and Veterans: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release medical information about you as required by military command authorities.
- For Worker’s Compensation: We may release medical information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs.
- For Public Health Risks: We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities.
- For Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law.
- For Lawsuits and Disputes: If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. For Law Enforcement: We may release medical information if asked to do so by law enforcement officials.
- For Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors: We may release medical information to a coroner, medical examiner, and funeral directors.
- For National Security and Intelligence Activities: We may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
- For Protective Services for the President and Others: We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations.
- For Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release medical information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official.