IMPORTANT: 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.
As an essential part of our commitment to you, Union Township Fire Rescue maintains the privacy of certain confidential health care information about you, known as Protected Health Information or PHI. We are required by law to protect your health care information and to provide you with the attached Notice of Privacy Practices.
The notice outlines our legal duties and privacy practices respect to your PHI. It not only describes our privacy practices and your legal rights, but lets you know, among other things, how Union Township Fire Rescue is permitted to use and disclose PHI about you, how you can access and copy that information, how you may request amendment of that information, and how you may request restrictions on our use and disclosure of your PHI.
Union Township Fire Rescue is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this notice currently in effect. In most situations we may use this information as described in this notice without your permission, but there are some situations where we may use it only after we obtain your written authorization, if we are required to do so.
We respect your privacy, and treat all health care information about our patients with care under strict policies of confidentiality that all of our staff are committed to the following at all times.
PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED DETAILED NOTICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT IT, PLEASE CONTACT LIEUTENANT RYAN HURLEY, OUR PRIVACY OFFICER, AT 513-494-2566.
Purpose of this notice: Union Township Fire Rescue is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. This notice describes your legal rights, advised you of our privacy practices, and lets you know how Union Township Fire Rescue is permitted to use and disclose PHI about you.
Union Township Fire Rescue is also required by the terms of the version of this notice currently in effect. In most situations we may use this information as described in this notice without your permission, but there are some situations where we may use it only after we obtain your written authorization, if we are required to do so by law to do so.
Uses and disclosure of PHI: Union Township Fire Rescue may use PHI for the purposes of treatment , payment, and health care operations, in most cases without your written permission. Examples of our use of your PHI:
For Treatment. This includes such things as verbal and written information that we obtain about you and use pertaining to your medical condition and treatment provided to you by us and other medical personnel (including doctors and nurses who give orders to allow us to provide treatment to you). It also includes information we give to other health care personnel to whom we transfer your care and treatment, and includes transfer of PHI via radio or telephone to the hospital or dispatch center as well as providing the hospital with a copy of the written record we create in the course of providing you with treatment and transport.
For Payment, this includes any activities we must undertake in order to get reimbursed for the services we provide you, including such things as organizing your PHI and submitting bills to insurance companies (either directly or through a third party company), management of billed claims for services rendered, medical necessity determinations and reviews, utilization review, and collection of outstanding accounts.
For Health Care Operations, this includes quality assurance activities, licensing, and training programs to ensure that our personnel meet our standards of care and follow established policies and procedures, obtaining legal and financial services, conducting business planning, processing grievances and complaints, creating reports that do not individually identify you for data collection purposes, fundraising, and certain marketing activities.
Reminders for Scheduled Transports and Information on Other Services. We may also contact you with a reminder of any scheduled appointment s for non-emergency ambulance and medical transportation, or for other information about alternative services we provide or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.Use and Disclosure of PHI Without Your Authorization. Union Township Fire Rescue is permitted to use PHI without your written authorization, or opportunity to object in certain situations, including:
For Union Township Fire Rescue’s use in treating you or in obtaining payment for services provided to you or in other health care operations.
For the treatment activities of another health care provider;
To another health care provider or entity for the payment activities of the provider or entity that receives the information (such as your hospital or insurance company);
To another health care provider (such as the hospital to which you are transported) for the health care operations activities of the entity that receives the information as long as the entity receiving the information has or has had a relationship with you and the PHI pertains to that relationship.
For health care fraud and abuse detection or for activities related to compliance with the law.
To a family member, other relative, or close personal friend or other individual involved in your care if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so or if we give you an opportunity to object to such a disclosure and you do not raise an objection. We may also disclose health information to your family, relatives or friends if we infer from the circumstances that you would not object. For Example, we may assume you agree to our disclosure of you PHI to your spouse when your spouse has called the ambulance for you. In situation where you are not capable of objecting (because you are not present or due to your incapacity or medical emergency), we may, in our professional judgment, determine that a disclosure to your family member, relative, or friend is in your best interest In that situation, we will only disclose health information relevant to that persons involvement in your care. For example, we may inform the person whom accompanied you in the ambulance that you have certain symptoms and we may give that person an update on your vital signs and treatment that is being administered by our ambulance crew:
To a public health h authority in certain situations (such as reporting a birth, death, or disease that is required by law, as a part of a public health investigation, to report child or adult abuse or neglect or domestic violence, to report adverse events such as product defects, or to notify a person about exposure to a possible communicable disease as required by law;
For health oversight activities including audits or governments investigations, inspections, disciplinary proceedings, and other administrative or judicial actions undertaken by the government (or their contractors) by law to over see health care operations;
For judicial and administrative proceedings as required by a court or administrative order, or in some cases in response to a subpoena or other legal process;
For law enforcement activities in limited situations, such as when there is a warrant for the request, or when the information is needed to locate a person or stop a crime;
For military, national defense and security and other special government functions;
To avert a serious threat to the health and safety of a person or the public at large;
For workers’ compensation purposes, and in compliance with workers’ compensation laws;
To coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors for identifying a decease person, determining cause of death, or carrying on their duties as authorized by law;
If you are an organ donor, we may release the health information to organizations that handle organ procurement organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ donation and transplantation;
For research projects, but this will be subject to strict oversight and approvals and health information will be released only when there is a minimal risk to your privacy and adequate safeguards are in place in accordance with the law;
We may use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.
Any other use or disclosure of PHI , other than listed above will only be made with your written authorization, (the authorization must specifically identify the information we seek to use or disclose, as well as when and how we seek to use or disclose it). You may revoke your authorization at anytime in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance to that authorization.
Patient Rights: As a patient you have a number of rights with the respect to the protection of your PHI, including:
The Right to Access, Copy or Inspect your PHI ; This means you may come to our offices and inspect and copy most of the medical information about you that we maintain. We will normally provide you with access to this information within 30 days of your request. We may also charge you a reasonable fee for you to copy any medical information that you have a right to access. In limited circumstances, we may deny you access to your information, and you may appeal certain types of denials.
We have available forms to request access to your PHI and we will provide a written response if we deny you access and let you know your appeal rights. If you wish to inspect and copy your medical information, you should contact the privacy officer listed at the end of this notice.
Union Township Fire Rescue
285 EAST PIKE STREET
SOUTH LEBANON, OHIO 45065