PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY

 

USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION



FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF THE TYPES OF USES AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH CARE INFORMATION THAT THE PROVIDER IS PERMITTED TO MAKE. THESE EXAMPLES ARE NOT MEANT TO BE EXHAUSTIVE, BUT TO DESCRIBE THE TYPES OF USES AND DISCLOSURES.


TREATMENT: WITH YOUR WRITTEN CONSENT ONLY, WE WILL USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION TO PROVIDE, COORDINATE, OR MANAGE YOUR HEALTH CARE AND ANY RELATED SERVICES. FOR EXAMPLE, YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION MAY BE PROVIDED TO A DOCTOR TO WHOM YOU HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO ENSURE THAT THE DOCTOR HAS THE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO DIAGNOSE OR TREAT YOU.


WRITTEN AUTHORISATION:  OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION WILL BE MADE ONLY WITH YOUR WRITTEN AUTHORISATION, UNLESS OTHERWISE PERMITTED OR REQUIRED BY LAW AS DESCRIBED BELOW. YOU M

AY REVOKE THIS AUTHORISATION AT ANY TIME IN WRITING. 


OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT: WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION IN THE FOLLOWING INSTANCES. YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT. IF YOU ARE NOT PRESENT OR ABLE TO OBJECT, THEN YOUR PROVIDER MAY, USING PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT, DETERMINE WHETHER THE DISCLOSURE IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST.


OTHERS INVOLVED IN YOUR HEALTHCARE: UNLESS YOU OBJECT, WE MAY DISCLOSE TO A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY, A RELATIVE, A CLOSE FRIEND OR ANY OTHER PERSON YOU IDENTIFY, YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION THAT DIRECTLY RELATES TO THAT PERSON’S INVOLVEMENT IN YOUR HEALTH CARE.


EMERGENCIES:  IN AN EMERGENCY TREATMENT SITUATION, YOUR PROVIDER SHALL TRY TO PROVIDE YOU A NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES AS SOON AS REASONABLY PRACTICABLE AFTER THE DELIVERY OF TREATMENT.


COMMUNICATION BARRIERS: WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION IF YOUR PROVIDER ATTEMPTS TO OBTAIN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM YOU OF THE NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES BUT IS UNABLE TO DO SO DUE TO SUBSTANTIAL COMMUNICATION BARRIERS AND THE PROVIDER DETERMINES, USING PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT, THAT YOU WOULD AGREE.


CASES WILL BE DE-IDENTIFIED AND DISCUSSED WITH EXTERNAL SUPERVISOR DURING SUPERVISION AS PART OF THE QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR THE CLINICAL PROCESSES.



                  Relevant Document:           Information Request /Release Authorisation Form