Patient Privacy Information
CHATHAM CARE, PC AFFILIATED COVERED ENTITIES COVERED BY THIS NOTICE: This Notice of Privacy Practice describes the privacy practices of the healthcare providers participating at Chatham Care, PC and other healthcare providers under Chatham Care, PC ownership, control, or partnership who have designated themselves as a single affiliated covered entity for purposes of compliance with the Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Members of Chatham Care, PC will share protected health information with each other as necessary to carry out treatment, payment and health care operations and as permitted by HIPAA and this Notice. A copy of the current list of the participant members of the Chatham Care, PC may be viewed online at ChathamCare.com or by requesting from the administrative team at Chatham Care, PC.
Notice of Privacy Practices: THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW “PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION” ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GAIN ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. Chatham Care, PC believes your health information is personal and is committed to protecting the privacy of the health information it creates or receives about you. Chatham Care, PC has a professional and legal obligation to respect your confidentiality.“Protected health information” is your health information or other individually identifiable information, such as demographic data, that may identify you. Protected health information relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition related to healthcare services.This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how Chatham Care, PC may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, for payment, for healthcare operations and for other purposes permitted or required by law. This Notice also describes certain rights that you may have to access your protected health information. Chatham Care, PC is required to abide by the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices.The terms of this Notice may change at any time. The new Notice will apply to all protected health information acquired after it goes into effect. Upon your request, Chatham Care, PC will provide you with any historical Notice of Privacy Practices or you may obtain the most current copy by visiting the Chatham Care, PC website at ChathamCare.com.
Uses and disclosures of protected health information that do not require your authorization: Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by Chatham Care, PC, its staff and others outside of its offices who are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing healthcare services to you. Your protected health information may also be used and disclosed to pay your healthcare bills and to support the operations of Chatham Care, PC. The following list, by way of example rather than limitation, explains certain uses and disclosures of your protected health information that Chatham Care, PC is permitted to make.
Treatment: Chatham Care, PC will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate or manage your healthcare and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your healthcare with another provider. For example, Chatham Care, PC may disclose your protected health information, as minimally necessary, to a home health agency that provides care to you. Chatham Care, PC will also disclose health information to physicians or other healthcare providers who may be treating you. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.In addition, Chatham Care, PC may disclose your protected health information from time to time to another physician or healthcare provider (e.g., specialist or laboratory) who, at the request of your physician, becomes involved in your care by providing assistance with your healthcare diagnosis or treatment.
Payment: Chatham Care, PC may use and disclose your protected health information as necessary to obtain payment for healthcare services. This may include providing it to your health insurance plan before it approves or pays for recommended healthcare services so that it may make a determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits. It may also include supplying the information to review services provided to you for medical necessity and to undertake utilization-review activities. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to the health insurance plan to obtain prior plan approval.
Healthcare Operations: Chatham Care, PC may use or disclose your protected health information in order to support its business activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of medical students, licensing, and conducting or arranging for other business activities. Chatham Care, PC may share your protected health information with “business associates,” or third-party organizations that perform services such as billing or transcription services on behalf of Chatham Care, PC. Chatham Care, PC has written contracts with its business associates to protect the privacy of your protected health information, and business associates are also required by law to comply with the same privacy and security requirements that apply to Chatham Care, PC. Chatham Care, PC may use and disclose your protected health information to tell you about appointments and other matters related to your care. It may contact you by mail, telephone or email. Chatham Care, PC may leave voice messages at the telephone number you provide, and it may respond to your emails. Chatham Care, PC may use and disclose medical information to tell you about possible treatment options, new services or alternatives that may be relevant to your healthcare.
Individuals involved in your care or payment for your care: Unless you indicate otherwise, Chatham Care, PC may disclose to a relative, a close friend or any other person you identify, the portion of your protected health information which directly relates to that person’s involvement in your healthcare. If you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, Chatham Care, PC disclose such information as necessary for your healthcare, if, based on its professional judgment, Chatham Care, PC determines that it is in your best interest. Chatham Care, PC may disclose protected health information to notify or assist in notifying a family member or personal representative (or any other person who is responsible for your care) of your location, general condition or death. Finally, Chatham Care, PC may use or disclose your protected health information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster-relief efforts.
To avert a serious threat to health or safety: Chatham Care, PC may use and disclose protected health information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety, or the health and safety of another person or the public. However, any disclosure would only be to someone who is able to help prevent the threat.
Workers’ compensation: Chatham Care, PC may release protected health information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses.
Public health risks and patient safety issues: Chatham Care, PC may disclose protected health information about you for public health activities and purposes to a public health authority that is permitted by law to receive the information. For example, disclosures may be made for the purposes of preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability; to report births and deaths; to report reactions to medications or problems with products; and to notify people of recalls of products that they may be using.
Communicable diseases: Chatham Care, PC may disclose or use your protected health information to notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition, and to comply with state-mandatory disease reporting, such as cancer registries.
Abuse or neglect: Chatham Care, PC may disclose your protected health information to a public health authority authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect, and to notify the appropriate government authority if Chatham Care, PC believes a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. Chatham Care, PC will only make this disclosure when required or authorized by law
Health oversight activities: Chatham Care, PC may disclose protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, inspections and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the healthcare system, government benefit programs and compliance with civil rights laws.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Chatham Care, PC may disclose your protected health information to a person or company required by the Food and Drug Administration for the purpose of quality, safety or effectiveness of FDA-regulated products or activities, which include: to report adverse events, product defects or problems; biologic product deviations; to track products; to enable product recalls; to make repairs or replacements; or to conduct post-marketing surveillance, as required.
Legal proceedings: Chatham Care, PC may disclose protected health information in the course of any judicial or administrative proceeding, in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal (to the extent such disclosure is expressly authorized) or, in certain conditions, in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process.
Law enforcement: Chatham Care, PC may disclose protected health information for certain law-enforcement purposes, such as: in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process; to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person; about the victim of a crime, if under certain limited circumstances, it is unable to obtain the person’s agreement; about a death it believes may be the result of criminal conduct; about criminal conduct at the hospital; and, in emergency circumstances, to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims, or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime.
Coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors: Chatham Care, PC may release protected health information to a coroner or medical examiner, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. It may also release protected health information about patients of the hospital to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
Military activity and national security: Chatham Care, PC may use or disclose the protected health information of individuals who are armed forces personnel for activities deemed necessary by appropriate military-command authorities, for the purpose of a determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs of your eligibility for benefits or to foreign military authority if you are a member of that foreign military service. It may also disclose your protected health information to authorized federal officials for conducting national security and intelligence activities, including for the provision of protective services to the president or others legally authorized.
Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, Chatham Care, PC may release protected health information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary for the institution to provide you with healthcare, to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others, or for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
Uses and disclosures of protected health information that do require your authorization: As described above, Chatham Care, PC will use your protected health information and disclose it outside of Chatham Care, PC for treatment, payment, healthcare operations and when permitted or required by law. Chatham Care, PC will not disclose or sell your protected health information for marketing purposes. In addition, certain disclosures of your psychotherapy notes, mental health records, and drug and alcohol abuse treatment records may require your prior written authorization.
Your rights regarding your protected health information
Right to inspect and copy: You have the right to inspect and obtain an electronic or paper copy of your protected health information that may be used to make decisions about your care. This includes medical and billing records, but does not include psychotherapy notes. To inspect and obtain a copy of your protected health information, you must submit your request in writing to Chatham Care, PC. If you request a copy of the information, Chatham Care, PC may charge a fee for the cost of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. Chatham Care, PC may deny your request to inspect and copy in some limited circumstances. If you are denied access to protected health information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed healthcare professional chosen by Chatham Care, PC will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. Chatham Care, PC will comply with the outcome of the review.
Right to amend: You have a right to request an amendment of the health information that Chatham Care, PC has in its records. Your request for an amendment must be made in writing, including a reason for the request, and submitted to Chatham Care, PC. Chatham Care, PC may deny a request for an amendment if it is not in writing and does not include a reason to support the request or requests for amendment of information that: was not created by Chatham Care, PC; is not part of the protected health information kept by Chatham Care, PC; is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or is accurate and complete.
Right to receive notification: An individual will receive a notification if his or her unsecured protected health information is breached.
Right to an accounting of disclosures: You have the right to request an accounting of disclosures. This is a list of disclosures Chatham Care, PC has made of your protected health information, excluding disclosures for treatment, payment, healthcare operations or disclosures you authorized in writing. To request an accounting of disclosures, submit your request in writing and include the specific time period to Chatham Care, PC. Chatham Care, PC will not list disclosures made earlier than six years before your request.
Right to request restrictions: You have the right to request a restriction on the ways your protected health information is used or disclosed. To request a restriction, submit your request in writing to the Chatham Care, PC. The request should include what information you want to limit, whether you want to limit use or disclosure, or both, and to whom you want the limits to apply—for example, disclosures to your spouse. Chatham Care, PC is not required to agree to your request. If it does agree, it will comply with your restriction unless the information is needed to provide emergency medical treatment. Chatham Care, PC will agree to restrict disclosures of your health information to your health insurance plan for payment and healthcare operations purposes (not for treatment) if the disclosure pertains solely to a healthcare item or service for which you paid in full.
Right to request confidential communication: You have the right to request that Chatham Care, PC communicate with you about healthcare matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can request that you are only contacted at work or at a specific address. Such requests should be made in writing to the Chatham Care, PC and should specify how or where you wish to be contacted. Chatham Care, PC will accommodate all reasonable requests.
Right to a paper copy of this Notice: You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically. You may also find a copy of this Notice on the Chatham Care, PC website, Chathamcare.com
Other uses of protected health information: Other uses and disclosures of your protected health information not covered by this Notice or allowed by law will be made only with your written permission. If you provide permission to use or disclose protected health information, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, Chatham Care, PC will no longer use or disclose protected health information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. Chatham Care, PC is unable to take back any disclosures it may have already made with your permission.
Changes to this privacy Notice: Chatham Care, PC reserves the right to change this Notice and to make the revised or changed Notice effective for protected health information it already has about you, as well as any information it receives in the future. The revised Notice of Privacy Practices will be posted on the Chatham Care, PC website at Chathamcare.com; you may also request that a revised copy be sent to you in the mail or obtain one at the time of an appointment at Chatham Care, PC.
Questions or complaints: If you believe Chatham Care, PC has violated your privacy rights, you may file a complaint with the our office administration. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint. To file a complaint with Chatham Care, PC, please submit a complaint in writing to our office.If you have questions about this Notice of Privacy Practices, contact the Chatham Care, PC at (317) 644-3461.
Notice of Nondiscrimination: Chatham Care, PC complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. Chatham Care, PC does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability of sex.