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Notice of Privacy Practices, Disclaimers
UC Physicians Affiliated Covered Entity
This Affiliated Covered Entity (ACE) is comprised of the following Groups:
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
As faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, our physicians have a three-part Mission. They are committed to HEALING through high quality medical care as they perform TEACHING to the healthcare providers of tomorrow. In addition the faculty strive to be LEADING the advances in medical knowledge through healthcare research. In order to be successful, these efforts require the usage and disclosure of health information.
YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS
Although your health record is the physical property of the healthcare provider, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:
We are required to:
We reserve the right to change our practices and to make new provisions effective for all information we have about you. We will post the current Notice in our offices and on our website at www.ucphysicians.com. We will provide copies of the current Notice in effect upon your request.
We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this Notice. We will also discontinue to use or disclose your health information after we have received a written revocation of the authorization according
USE AND DISCLOSURE INFORMATION
For Payment: For example: A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer. The information on, or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as your diagnosis, procedures and supplies used. Our billing company makes patient demographic information accessible to all subscribers of its system.
For Healthcare Operations: For example: Quality improvement teams may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. Since education is an important part of our Mission, we frequently have students, residents and fellows involved in your care and treatment.
To Business Associates: Certain aspects of our services are performed through contracts with other persons or companies, such as billing, transcription, auditing, legal services, etc. We require these business associates to appropriately safeguard the privacy of your information.
For fundraising: We may contact you as part of a fund-raising effort to further our Mission.
To family and friends involved in your care: Health professionals using their professional judgment may disclose to a family member, close personal friend or persons you identify, information that is relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your care. We may use or disclose information to assist in notifying a family member, personal representative or other person responsible for your care, information about your location and general condition.
For appointments and services: We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternative(s) or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
OTHER PERMITTED USES AND DISCLOSURES
To public health authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability. We will notify appropriate persons if we suspect child/elder abuse or neglect or if we believe you to be a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
For research purposes. In some situations an Institutional Review Board or Privacy Board may review a research proposal and grant a waiver of authorization under established standards set by law to ensure the privacy of your information. and under certain other circumstances, we may use and disclose your health information for research purposes. For example, we may disclose your information to researchers preparing to conduct an investigation to help them look for patients with specific medical conditions.
To coroners and funeral directors to identify deceased persons, determine cause of death and carry out their duties.
For marketing of all goods and services we will obtain your authorization except if the communication is in the form of a face-to-face communication made to you or a promotional gift from us of nominal value.
To organ donation organizations as necessary to facilitate organ procurement, tissue donation and organ transplantation.
To the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product and product defects or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs or replacement.
For workers compensation to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with applicable laws.
For legal/judicial/administrative/law enforcement purposes such as reporting certain wounds, injuries and crimes; responding to court orders and assisting in identifying and locating suspects, fugitives or victims of crime.
For health oversight activities such as audits, investigations, civil or criminal proceedings or licensure and disciplinary actions.
For military/national security as required by armed forces services and also as necessary for national security, intelligence activities or for protective services for the President and others.
For Further Information or Assistance
If you have questions, would like to exercise one of your specific rights or would like additional information you may contact the UC Physicians’ Privacy Officer as noted below.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated you can file a complaint with our Privacy Officer or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint. We welcome your comments.
Patient Care Disclaimer
The information you will see is not intended to be medical advice. It is general health information and does not take into account your particular health status nor is it a substitute for personal medical care. Drug information will not describe every adverse effect or every possible interaction between the drugs you may be taking.
Please note: only your personal physician or other health professional you consult can best advise you on matters of your health based on your medical history, your family medical history, your medication history, and how information from any of these databases may apply to you.
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