Thank you for visiting our website. Misericordia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center respects the privacy of our customers as well as visitors to our website. We will not collect personal information about you when visiting our website unless you volunteer information when expressing interest in our Center. This information may be used internally to handle your request, but will not be disseminated or sold to other organizations. Our team members will protect the confidentiality and privacy of customer information. We will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information may include date and time of site access, what pages were visited, servers and links used. We will use the information gathered to assist us in making our site more user friendly and accessible to visitors.
This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. “Protect health information” is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.
Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Your protected health information may be used and disclosed by your physician, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the physician’s practices, any other use required by law.
The “minimum necessary” rule will be followed when using or disclosing any protected health information. This means that only the minimum amount of information about a resident’s health is used or disclosed when essential to completing a given task.
Treatment: We will use and disclose your protected health information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party. For example, we would disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to a home health agency that provides care to you. For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you.
Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay may require that your relevant protected health information be disclosed to the health plan to obtain approval for the admission.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as needed, your protected health information in order to support the business activities of your physician’s practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, training of medical students, licensing, and conducting or arranging for the other business activities. For example, we may disclose your protected health information to medical school students that see residents at our facility. We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment.
We may use or disclose your health information in the following situations without your authorization. These situations include: as Required by Law, Public Health issues as required by law, Communicable Diseases: Health Oversight: Abuse or Neglect: Food and Drug Administration requirements: Legal Proceedings; Law Enforcement: Coroners: Funeral Directors, and Organ Donation: Research: Criminal Activity; Military Activity and National Security: Workers’ Compensation: Inmates: Required Uses and Disclosures; Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of Section 164-500.
Other Permitted and Required Uses and Disclosures Will Be Made Only With Your Consent, Authorization or Opportunity to Object unless required by law.
You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your physician or the physician’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.