|Notice of Privacy Practices|
How We Will Use and Disclose Your Health Information
The following describes in general different ways we may use or disclose your health information.
Treatment. We will use and disclosure your health information to provide and coordinate your health care and related services. Riverbend may disclose your health information among members of your treatment team or in programs in which you participate or to our emergency services clinicians. For example, our staff may discuss your care at a case conference.
Payment. We may use or disclose your health information so that the services you receive are billed to, and payment is collected from you, your health plan or other third party. For example, we may disclose your health information to permit your health plan to approve payment for additional visits to your therapist.
Operations. We may use and disclose health information about you as necessary to run our organization and make sure that clients receive quality care. For example, we may use or disclose your information to review the performance of our staff, train students, or develop new programs. We may combine health information of many of our consumers to decide whether new treatment approaches are effective. We may also combine health information that does not identify you with health information from other providers to compare how we are doing and see where we can make improvements.
Reminders and Follow-up. We may use and disclose your health information to contact you to remind you of your appointments or to follow up with you about your care.
Options. We may use or disclose your health information to inform you about treatment options or alternatives or health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to provide you with such information, you must notify the Privacy Officer in writing.
Fundraising. We may use or disclose your name, address or phone number to contact you about raising money for our programs. If you do not want us to contact you for this purpose, you must notify the Privacy Officer in writing.
Business Associates. We may use or disclose your information to companies and professionals such as our accountants that assist us to run our organization. Contracts with these businesses assure that the privacy of your health information is protected.
Individuals Involved in Your Care. We may provide health information about you to someone who pays for your care. In an emergency we may use or disclose your health information to notify a family member or other person responsible for your care of your location, general condition or death. We may also use or disclose your health information to an entity assisting in disaster relief to inform your family about your condition.
Research. We may disclose your health information to researchers when you have agreed to participate in a study. We may also disclose your health information to researchers looking at medical records when adequate steps have been taken to protect the privacy of your health information and a committee for the protection of human subjects has approved the study.
Disclosure Required By Law. We will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law such as a court order or search warrant, or a report of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Averting a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use or disclose health information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health or safety or to the health or safety of others. For example, health information may be used or disclosed for an Involuntary Emergency Admission, to revoke a conditional discharge or to make a warning if you threaten others.
Public Health Activities. We may disclose health information about you as necessary for public health activities. For example, we may make a report to prevent or control disease or to report the abuse or neglect of a child or the abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose health information about you to a state or federal health oversight agency for monitoring, licensing, auditing, inspection or investigation activities which are authorized by law.
Law Enforcement Activities. We may disclose health information to a law enforcement official for law enforcement purposes when the information is needed to identify or locate a missing person; to report a death that may be the result of criminal conduct; or to report criminal conduct occurring on our premises.
Medical Examiners or Funeral Directors. We may provide health information about our clients to a medical examiner to assist in identifying deceased persons and to determine the cause of death in certain circumstances. We may also disclose health information about our clients to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
National Security. We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence and other national security activities authorized by Federal law. We may also disclose health information about you to authorized federal officials so they may conduct special investigations or protect the President or other authorized persons.
Workers' Compensation. We may disclose health information about you to comply with the state's Workers' Compensation Law.
Law Enforcement Custody. If you are in the custody of a police officer or the House of Corrections, we may disclose health information about you, such as your medications or drug allergies, to ensure your safety and continuity of treatment.
Other Uses or Disclosures you Authorize. Uses and disclosures not described in this Notice will generally only be made with your written permission, called an "authorization." You have the right to revoke an authorization at any time. If you revoke your authorization we will not make any further uses or disclosures of your health information under that authorization, except to the extent that we have already taken an action you previously authorized.
Questions, Concerns or Complaints.
If you have a question or believe your privacy rights have been violated you may request clarification or file a complaint with us or with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Riverbend's Privacy Officer will assist you with your complaint, if you request such assistance. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
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