USES AND DISCLOSURES OF HEALTH INFORMATION
We use and disclose health information about you and your child for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. For example:
Treatment: We may use or disclose you/your child's health information to a physician or other healthcare provider providing treatment to your child.
Payment: We may use and disclose you and your child's health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you and your child.
Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose our health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities.
Your Authorization: In addition to our use of you/your child's health information for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your child's health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot
use or disclose your child's health information for any reason except those described in the Notice.
To Your Family and Friends: We must disclose you and your child's health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of this Notice. We may disclose you/your child's health information to a family member, friend or other person to extent necessary to to help with you and your child's healthcare or with payment for you/your child's healthcare, but only if you agree that we may do so.
Person's Involved in Care: We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifying or locating) a family member, you/your child's personal representative or another person responsible for you/your child's care, or your location, your general condition, or death. If you are present, then prior to use or disclosure or you/your child's health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgement and our experience with common practice to make a reasonable inference of you/your child's best interest in allowing a person to pick up filled perscriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.
Marketing Health-Related Services: We will not use you/your child's health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.
Required by Law: We may use or disclosure you/your child's health information when we are required to do so by law.
Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose you/your child's health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonable believe that you/your child is a possible victim of abuse,neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose you/your child's health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.
National Security: We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorize federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence,
counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to correctional instructions or law enforcement officials having lawful custody or protected health information of inmate or patient under certain circumstances.
Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose you/vour child's health information to provide you with appointment
reminders (such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters).