SALEM-MORROW FIRE DEPARTMTENT
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, PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
This Notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose medical information about you. It also describes your rights and certain obligations that we have regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.

Salem-Morrow Fire Department is covered by regulations pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information, give you notice of our privacy practices with respect to your medical information, and follow the terms of this Notice. This Notice applies to all of the records of your care generated and maintained by Salem-Morrow Fire Department.  While you are a patient of Salem-Morrow Fire Department, you may also receive health care services from other health care providers who are not employees or agents of Salem-Morrow Fire Department but who will follow the terms of this Notice with respect to the privacy of your health information. Accordingly, this Notice also applies to the records of your care generated by any Life Squads and Fire Departments that my assist in  your care. These entities and the Salem-Morrow Fire Department Facilities will share your medical information as necessary with each other in order to carry out your treatment or to obtain payment for the services provided to you.

HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU: The following categories describe different ways that we may use and disclose your medical information. These are examples and, therefore, not every permitted use and disclosure is listed.

For Treatment. We may use medical information about you to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students and other trainees, or other personnel who are involved in taking care.

For Payment. We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive from us may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company, or a third party. For example, we may need to give your health insurance company information about emergency care that you received from us so your health insurance company will pay us or reimburse you for the care. We may also disclose your medical information to other healthcare providers so that they can bill for health care services that they provided to you.

For Life Squad Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you in order to operate the life squad effectively. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the life squad  and make sure that our patients receive quality health care. For example, we may use medical information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also disclose medical information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical and nursing students, and other personnel for review and learning purposes. We may also provide medical information to other healthcare providers who have a relationship with you and need the information for their own healthcare operations.

Business Associates. We may disclose medical information about you to our business associates who need that information in order to provide a service to us or on behalf of us. A business associate is a person who is not part of the Salem-Morrow Fire Department’s workforce, a company or other entity which uses or has access to protected health information in order to perform a function on behalf of the hospital or health care facility. For example, business associates of Salem-Morrow Fire Department may be other Fire Departments and Life Squads as well as billing companies, and attorneys.

Individuals Involved With or Concerned About Your Care. We may release information about your condition or treatment to a friend or family member relevant to his/her involvement in your care or payment for your care. We may also disclose your location and condition to assist or notify a family member or personal representative who is involved in your care. We may also disclose your information in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition and location.

As Required by Law. We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.

To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.

Worker’s Compensation. We may release medical information about you for worker’s compensation or similar programs which provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.

Public Health Activities. We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities such as the prevention or control of disease, injury or disability; reporting of births and deaths; reporting of child abuse or neglect

Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities allowed by law such as audits, investigations, inspections and licensure or disciplinary actions.

Lawsuits and Disputes. We may disclose medical information about you in response to a Court Order, Administrative Order or certain subpoenas.

Law Enforcement. We may release medical information to a law enforcement official about a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct; and in emergency circumstances, to report a crime, the location of a crime or victims, or the identity, description or location of the person who committed the crime.

Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may release medical information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release medical information to funeral directors as necessary to carry out their duties.

Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release medical information about you as required by military command authorities. We may also release medical information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.

National Security and Intelligence Activities. We may release medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence and other national security activities authorized by law.

Protective Services for the President and Others. We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations.

Inmates. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release medical information about you to the correctional institution or the law enforcement official.

OTHER USES OF YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION: Other uses and disclosures of your medical information not covered by this Notice or required by the laws that apply to Salem-Morrow Fire Department, will be made only with your written permission (your written permission is referred to as an Authorization). If you provide your permission to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission in writing at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons indicated in your written Authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures that we made before we received your written notice revoking your Authorization.

YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU: You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about you:

Right to Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your medical information. This includes your medical and billing records but does not include psychotherapy notes. If you request a copy of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request.

Right to Amend. If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long the information is kept by or for the hospital or health care facility.

Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures”. This is a list of the disclosures we made of your medical information. This list will not include disclosures that we made for purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations. We are also not required to include in this list the disclosures we made by acting upon your written authorizations.

Your request must state a time period which may not be longer than six (6) years and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. The first accounting you request within a twelve (12) month period will be free. For additional accountings, we may charge you for the costs of providing the list.

Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a restriction or limit on the medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend.

We are not required to agree to your request for a restriction or limitation. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment.

In your request, you must tell us (1) what information you want to limit; (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both; and (3) to whom you want the limits to apply, for example, disclosures to your spouse.

Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice. You have a right to a paper copy of this Notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this Notice at any time.

CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE: We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice in the hospital and health care facilities. The Notice will contain on the first page, in the top right-hand corner, the effective date. In addition, if you are a patient at the hospital, each time you register at or are admitted to the hospital for treatment or health care services as an inpatient or outpatient, we will offer you a copy of the current Notice in effect.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information about the matters covered by this Notice, you may contact the following:

If you were a patient of Salem / Morrow Fire Department, send your written complaint to the attention of the Privacy Officer, Salem / Morrow Fire Department, 5270 East US 22 & 3, Morrow, Ohio .45152


COMPLAINTS:
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with Salem-Morrow Fire Department or with the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with Salem-Morrow Fire Department, you must submit your complaint in writing as follows:

If you were a patient of Salem / Morrow Fire Department, send your written complaint to the attention of the Privacy Officer, Salem / Morrow Fire Department, 5270 East US 22 & 3, Morrow, Ohio .45152