Treatment. Your health information may be used by staff
members, contractors of the provider, volunteers, physical therapist
assistant students, and other medical trainees in course of ther
training, or disclosed to other health care professionals for the
purpose of evaluating your health, diagnosing medical conditions,
and providing treatment. For example, results of laboratory tests
and procedures will be available in your medical record to all health
professionals who may provide treatment or who may be consulted
by staff members.
Payment. Your health information may be used to seek payment
from your health plan, from other sources of coverage such as an
automobile insurer, other third-party payers who are responsible
for paying all or part of the cost of your care, the credit bureau,
debt collection agencies, including Small Claims Court. For example,
your health plan my request and receive information on dates of
service, the services provided, and the medical condition being
Health care operations. Your health information may be used
as necessary to suport the day-to-day activities and management
of Garrett Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC.
For exampe, information on the services you receive may be used
to support budgeting and financial reporting, internal quality assessments,
activities to evaluate and promote quality, and contacting other
healthcare providers about treatment alternatives.
We may also disclose information to your doctor, staff members
at your physician's office, or your attorney. We may contact your
physician's office regarding your last and next doctor's appointment,
birthdate, social security number, named insured on the insurance
policy, social security number and date of birth of the insured,
verify the spelling of names, etc. We may leave messages on your
answering machine, call your cell phone, call you at work, or send
you an e-mail messages. We may also transmit protected health information
electronically, (e.g., claims, eligibility, referrals, benefits,
claims status) orally or on paper.
Law enforcement. Your health information may be disclosed
to law enforcement agencies, without your permission, to support
government audits and inspections, to facilitate law-enforcement
investigations, and to comply with government mandated reporting.
For example, if we receive a subpoena for your records, or if public
responsibility requires disclosure, e.g. to protect public health,
child abuse or neglect.
Public health reporting. Your health information may be
disclosed to public health agencies as required by law. For example,
we are required to report certain communicable diseases to the state's
public health department.