THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
This Privacy Notice applies to all patients of Everhealth LLC: We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your medical information and we are required by law to do so. This Notice describes how we may use your medical information and how we may disclose it to others. This notice also describes the rights you have concerning your healthcare records and how to let your provider know if you have questions.
HOW WILL WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION?
Treatment: We may use your medical information to provide you with medical services and supplies. We also may disclose your medical information to others who need that information to treat you, such as doctors, physician assistants, nurses, healthcare professional students, technicians, therapists, emergency service and medical transportation providers, medical equipment providers, and others involved in your care. For example, we will allow your provider to have access to your medical records to assist in your treatment and follow-up care.We may also use & disclose your medical information to contact you to remind you of an upcoming appointment, to inform you of possible treatment options, or alternatives, or to tell you about health-related services available to you.
Payment: We may use & disclose your medical information to get paid for the medical services we provide to you. For example, your health plan or insurance company may ask to see part of your medical records before they will pay us for your treatment.
Operations: We may use & disclose your medical information if it is necessary to improve the quality of care we provide to patients. We may use your medical information to conduct quality improvement activities, to obtain audit, accounting, or legal services, or to conduct business management and planning. For example, we may look at your medical record to evaluate whether Everhealth personnel, your doctors, or other healthcare professionals did a good job.
Research: We may use or disclose your medical information for research projects, such as studying the effectiveness of a treatment you received. These research projects must go through special processes thatprotect the confidentiality of your medical information.
Required by Law: Federal, state, or local laws sometimes require us to disclose a patient’s medical information. For an instant, we are required to report child abuse or neglect and must provide certain information to enforcement officials in domestic violence cases.
Public Health: We also may report certain medical information for public health purposes such as deaths and communicable diseases to the State of Texas. We also may need to report patient problems with medications or medical products to the FDA or may notify patients of recalls of products they are using.
Public Safety: We may disclose medical information for public safety purposes in limited circumstances. We may disclose medical information to law enforcement officials in response to a search warrant or a grand jury subpoena. We may also disclose medical information to assist law enforcement official in identifying or locating a person, to prosecute a crime of violence, to report deaths that may have resulted from criminal conduct, and to report criminal conduct. We also may disclose your medical information to law enforcement officials and others to prevent a serious threat to health or safety.
Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose medical information to a government agency that oversees the services or its personnel, such as the Texas Department of Health Services, the federal agencies that oversee Medicare, the Texas Medical Board. These agencies need medical information to monitor the services for compliance with state and federal laws.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors: We may disclose medical information concerning deceased patients to the coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors to assist them in carrying out their duties.
Organ and Tissue Donation: We may disclose medical information to organizations that handle organ, eye, or tissue donation or transportation.
Military, Veterans, National Security, and Other Government Purposes: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your medical information as required by military command authorities or the Department of Veterans Affairs. We may also disclose medical information to federal officials for intelligence and national security purposes or for presidential protective services.
Judicial Proceedings: Everhealth may disclose medical information if ordered to do so by a court or if we receive a subpoena or a search warrant. You will receive advance notice about this disclosure from the attorney requesting your records in most situations so that you will have a chance to object to sharing your medical information.
Information with Additional Protection: Certain types of medical information have additional protection under state or federal law. For instance, medical information about communicable disease and HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, genetic testing, and evaluation and treatment for a serious mental illness is treated differently than other types of medical information. For those types of information, Everhealth is required to get your permission before disclosing that information to others in many circumstances.
Other Uses and Disclosures: If Everhealth wishes to use or disclose your medical information for a purpose that is not discussed in the Notice, Everhealth will seek your permission. If you give your permission to Everhealth, you may take back that permission any time, unless we have already relied on your permission to use or disclose the information. If you would ever like to revoke your permission, please notify Everhealth in writing to: 7324 SW Freeway #925, Houston, TX 77074.
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