HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATIONFor Treatment.
We will use your health information to provide you with health care treatment and to coordinate or manage services with other health care providers, including third parties. We may disclose all or any portion of your health information to your attending physician, consulting physician(s), nurses, technicians, health profession students, or other facility or health care personnel who have a legitimate need for such information in order to take care of you. Different departments of the facility will share your health information in order to coordinate the health care services you need, such as prescriptions, lab work and X-rays. We may disclose your health information to family members or friends, guardians or personal representatives who are involved with your health care. We may also use and disclose your health information to contact you for appointment reminders and to provide you with information about possible treatment options or alternatives and other health-related benefits and services. We also may disclose your health information to people outside the facility who may be involved in your health care after you leave the facility, such as other physicians involved in your care, specialty hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, and other healthcare-related services. We may use and disclose your health information to prescription networks to obtain your prescription benefits from payers, to obtain your medication history from different health care providers in the community such as pharmacies, and to send your prescriptions electronically to your pharmacy.For Payment.
We will use and disclose your health information for activities that are necessary to receive payment for our services, such as determining insurance coverage, billing, payment and collection, claims management, and medical data processing. For example, we may tell your health plan about a treatment you are planning in order to receive approval or to determine whether your plan will pay for the proposed treatment. We may disclose your health information to other health care providers so they can receive payment for health care services that they provided to you, such as your personal physician, and other physicians involved in your health care such as an anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist, or emergency physician, and ambulance services. We may also give information to other third parties or individuals who are responsible for payment for your health care, such as the named insured under the health policy who will receive an explanation of benefits (EOB) for all beneficiaries who are covered under the insured's plan.For Health Care Operations.
We may use and disclose your health information for routine facility operations, such as business planning and development, quality review of services provided, internal auditing, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities (including the licensing or credentialing activities of health care professionals), medical research and education for staff and students, assessing your satisfaction with our services, and to other healthcare entities that have a relationship with you and need the information for operational purposes. We may use and disclose your health information to the external agencies responsible for oversight of health care activities such as The Joint Commission, external quality assurance and peer review organizations, and credentialing organizations. We may also disclose health information to business associates we have contracted with to perform services for or on our behalf such as patient satisfaction survey organizations. We may also disclose your health information to medical device manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies in order for those companies to carry out their legal obligations to state and federal agencies.CHI Health Information Exchange. CHI Health at Home
, as a member of the CHI OHCA, participates in the CHI Health Information Exchange (HIE). Your health information is maintained electronically and healthcare providers, employed, under contract, or otherwise associated with CHI Health at Home
, and the CHI OHCA members may access, use, and disclose your health information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.CHI Health at Home
does not yet participate in the Minnesota and/or North Dakota Health Information Exchange Network, a statewide internet-based health information exchange. As permitted by law, once CHI Health at Home
does begin participating, your health information will be shared through this exchange in order to provide faster access, better coordination of care and assist healthcare providers, health payment plans, and public health officials in making more informed decisions. You may 'opt-out' and prevent searching of your health information available through the Minnesota and/or North Dakota Health Information Exchange Network, by calling CHI Health at Home, 4816 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo, ND 58104 or by phone at (701) 237-8116.Future Communications.
We may provide communications to you with newsletters or other means regarding treatment options, health related information, disease management programs, wellness programs, or other community based initiatives or activities in which our agency is participating.Fundraising Activities.
We may use your health information, or disclose your health information to a foundation related to us for CHI Health at Home
's fundraising efforts. These funds would be used to expand and improve services and programs we provide to the community. We would only release information such as your name, address, other contact information, age, gender, dates of birth, health insurance status, dates you received treatment or services from us, the department of service and the outcome of those services. You have a right to opt out of receiving such communications. To opt out of these communications, contact CHI Health at Home, 4816 Amber Valley Parkway, Fargo, ND 58104 or by phone at (701) 237-8116.Research.
We may use and disclose your health information to researchers either when you authorize the use and disclosure of your health information, or an Institutional Review Board and/or Privacy Board approves an authorization waiver for the use and disclosure of your health information for a research study. A waiver may allow a researcher to use or disclose your health information to prepare for research, to screen and identify participants for inclusion in a research study, or to conduct research on a decedent's information.Organ and Tissue Donation.
If you are an organ donor, we may release your health information to organizations that handle organ procurement and transplantation or to an organ donation bank as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.