How do I typically use or share your health information?
I typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
I can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
Run my organization
I can use and share your health information to run my practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
Example: I use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
Bill for your services
I can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.
Example: I give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
How else can I use or share your health information?
I am allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. I have to meet many conditions in the law before I can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
I can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
Helping with product recalls
Reporting adverse reactions to medications
Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or
Preventing or reducing a serious threat to
anyone’s health or safety
I can use or share your information for health research.
Comply with the law
I will share information about you if state
or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that I am complying with federal privacy law.
organ and tissue donation requests
I can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
I can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
I can use or share health information about you:
For workers’ compensation claims
For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
I can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.