Privacy & Patient Rights
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal. The physicians and staff of Treehouse Eyes™ are committed to protecting medical information about you. This notice applies to the information and records we have about your health, health status, and the health care and service you receive at Treehouse Eyes™. Your health information may include information created and received by Treehouse Eyes™, may be in the form of written or electronic records or spoken words, and may include information about your health history, health status, symptoms, examinations, test results, diagnoses, treatments, procedures, prescriptions, related billing activity and similar types of health-related information.
Notice of Privacy Practices
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
In the process of providing medical care, Treehouse Eyes™ collects and retains personal information concerning our patients. Treehouse Eyes™ respects the privacy of your personal information and appreciates the importance of protecting this information by keeping it confidential and stored in a secure manner. Treehouse Eyes™ employees are committed to maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of your protected health information, and wish to provide you with notice of our policies and procedures about privacy and confidentiality. This notice describes how Treehouse Eyes™ has taken steps in accordance with federal and state laws to protect the confidentiality of the protected health information to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations, and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. We are required to follow the terms of this notice.
Protected Health Information
“Protected Health Information”(PHI) is information that identifies you and relates to your identify and your past, present or future medical history. It includes your medical records and personal information such as your name, social security number, address, and phone number.
How we may Use and Disclose Your Protected Health Information For Treatment:
Information obtained by our nurses, physicians, or other members of your health care team will be recorded in your medical record and used to help decide what care may be right for you. We may also share this information to facilitate referrals or transmit critical information to other treating physicians or specialists, nursing facilities, laboratories, radiology, or related facilities that provide care or perform diagnostic tests ordered by your physician. We may also share this information with agencies that provide services to you, such as pharmacies or apothecary shops.
We may disclose information to health plans to confirm health care coverage or to receive payment for services provided by your physician. This information might be shared with hospitals, insurance carriers or Medicare to determine eligibility for insurance coverage. Information provided to health plans may include your diagnosis, procedures performed, or recommended care.
For Health Care Operations:
This information may be used in connection with training of our health care providers and staff. We may use your medical records to assess quality and improve services. We may contact you to remind you about appointments, obtain payment, provide test results, or give you information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services. We may use and disclose information to conduct or arrange for services, including: 1) Medical quality review by your health plan; 2) Accounting, legal, risk management, and insurance services; 3) Audit functions, including fraud and abuse detection and compliance programs.
Notification of Family and Others:
Unless you object, we may release health information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. We may tell your family or friends your condition and that you are in a hospital. In addition, we may disclose information about you to assist in disaster relief efforts. You have the right to object to this use or disclosure of your information. If you object, we will not use or disclose it.
We have the right to release demographic information about you for the purpose of fundraising. You have the right to opt out of receiving such communications. To opt out, you are required to notify Treehouse Eyes™ in writing.
Uses and Disclosures of Personal Information That DO NOT Require Patient Consent
State and federal laws allow Treehouse Eyes™ to disclose your protected health information without your consent in the following circumstances:
If the research has been approved and has policies to protect the privacy of your health information.
Consistent with applicable laws to allow them to carry out their duties.
Food and Drug Administration:
Relating to problems with food, supplements, and products.
To comply with laws if you make a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Public Health and Safety:
As allowed or required by law to prevent or reduce a serious, immediate threat to the health or safety of a person or the public. To public health or legal authorities to prevent or control disease, injury or disability. To report vital statistics such as births or deaths.
If you are in jail or prison, your personal information will be disclosed, as necessary, for your health and the health and safety of others.
For Law Enforcement Purposes:
Such as when we receive a subpoena, court order, or other legal process, or you are the victim of a crime.
Child abuse, domestic violence, or neglect, may require that public health entities by notified.
Any condition that could affect employee health may be disclosed. For example, an employer may ask us to assess health risks on a job site.
The law may require us to provide information necessary to military mission. Specialized Government Functions: For example, we may share information for na