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. THE PRIVACY OF YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT TO US.
The law requires us to keep your protected health information (“PHI”) private in accordance with this Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”), as long as this Notice remains in effect. We are also required to provide you with a paper copy of this Notice, which contains our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your PHI.
From time to time, we may revise our privacy practices and the terms of our Notice at any time, as permitted or required by applicable law. Such revisions to our privacy practices and our Notice may be retroactive. Our Notice will be updated and made available to our patients prior to any significant revisions of our privacy practices and policies.
Organizations Covered by this Notice
This Notice contains the privacy practices for EyeSight Hawaii listed below, with the clinical and surgical sites they maintain for delivery of health care products and services. EyeSight Hawaii participates in an organized health care arrangement and may use and disclose your PHI among our Business Associates as we shall deem appropriate and necessary for your treatment, payment or health care operations.
Our Privacy Practices
Use and Disclosure
We may use or disclose your PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations. For your convenience, we have provided the following examples of such potential uses or disclosures:
Your PHI may be used by or disclosed to any physicians or other health care providers involved with the medical services provided to you.
Your PHI may be used or disclosed in order to collect payment for the medical services provided to you.
Health Care Operations
Your PHI may be used or disclosed as part of our internal health care operations. Such health care operations may include, among other things, quality of care audits of our staff and affiliates, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing, or credentialing activities.
We will not use or disclose your medical information for any reason except those described in this Notice, unless you provide us with a written authorization to do so. We may request such an authorization to use or disclose your PHI for any purpose, but you are not required to give us such authorization as a condition of your treatment. Any written authorization from you may be revoked by you in writing at any time, but such revocation will not affect any prior authorized uses or disclosures.
We will provide you with access to your PHI, as described below in the Individual Rights section of this Notice. With your permission, or in some emergencies, we may disclose your PHI to your family members, friends, or other people to aid in your treatment or the collection of payment. A disclosure of your PHI may also be made if we determine it is reasonably necessary or in your best interests for such purposes as allowing a person acting on your behalf to receive filled prescriptions, medical supplies, X rays, etc.
Locating Responsible Parties
Your PHI may be disclosed in order to locate, identify or notify a family member, your personal representative, or other person responsible for your care. If we determine in our reasonable professional judgment that you are capable of doing so, you will be given the opportunity to consent to or to prohibit or restrict the extent or recipients of such disclosure. If we determine that you are unable to provide such consent, we will limit the PHI disclosed to the minimum necessary.
Required by Law
We may use or disclose your medical information when we are required to do so by law. For example, your PHI may be released when required by privacy laws, workers’ compensation or similar laws, public health laws, court or administrative orders, subpoenas, certain discovery requests, or other laws, regulations or legal processes. Under certain circumstances, we may make limited disclosures of PHI directly to law enforcement officials or correctional institutions regarding an inmate, lawful detainee, suspect, fugitive, material witness, missing person, or a victim or suspected victim of abuse, neglect, domestic violence or other crimes. We may disclose your PHI to the extent reasonably necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others. We may disclose your PHI when necessary to assist law enforcement officials to capture a third party who has admitted to a crime against you or who has escaped from lawful custody.
Your PHI may also be used or disclosed for research purposes only in those limited circumstances not requiring your written authorization, such as those which have been approved by an institutional review board that has established procedures for ensuring the privacy of your PHI.
Military and National Security
We may disclose to military authorities the medical information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. When required by law, we may disclose your PHI for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities.
Your Individual Rights
Access and Copies
In most cases, you have the right to review or to purchase copies of your PHI by requesting access or copies in writing to our Privacy Officer. Please contact our Privacy Officer regarding our copying fees.
You have the right to receive an accounting of the instances, if any, in which your PHI was disclosed for purposes other than those described in the following sections above: Use and Disclosures, Facility Directories, Patient Access, and Locating Responsible Parties. For each 12-month period, you have the right to receive one free copy of an accounting certain details surrounding such disclosures that occurred after April 13, 2003. If you request a disclosure accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we will charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for each additional request. Please contact our Privacy Officer regarding these fees.
You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your PHI, but we are not required to honor such a request. We will be bound by such restrictions only if we agree to do so in writing signed by our Privacy Officer.
You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your PHI by alternative means or in alternative locations. We will accommodate any reasonable request if it specifies in writing the alternative means or location, and provides a satisfactory explanation of how future correspondence will be handled.
Amendments to PHI
You have the right to request that we amend your PHI. Any such request must be in writing and contain a detailed explanation for the requested amendment. Under certain circumstances, we may deny your request but will provide you a written explanation of the denial. You have the right to send us a statement of disagreement to which we may prepare a rebuttal, a copy of which will be provided to you at no cost. Please contact our Privacy Officer with any further questions about amending your medical record.
If you believe we have violated your privacy rights, you may complain to us or to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You may file a complaint with us by notifying our Privacy Officer.
We support your right to protect the privacy of your medical information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the United States Department of Health and Human Services.