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Factoryville Fire Company
HIPAA Notice

The Factoryville Fire Company Volunteer Fire Department (FFC VFD) Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP)

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can access to this information.  PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

FFC VFD Ambulance Service, is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health information, known as Protected Health Information (PHI) and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI FFC VFD Ambulance is also requried to abide by the terms of the version of this notice currently in effect.

Uses and Disclosures of PHI:

FFC VFD Ambulance may use PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations, in most cases without your written persmission.  Examples of our use of you PHI:

For Treatment:  This includes such things as obtaining verbal and written information about your medical condition and treatment from you as well as from others, such as doctors and nurses who give orders to allow us to provide treatment to you.  We may give you PHI to other health care providers involved in your treatment, and may transfer you PHI via radio or telephoe to the hospital or dispatch center.

For Payment:  This includes any activities we must under take in order to get reimbursed for the services we provide to you, including such things as submitting bills to insurance companies, making medical necessity determinations, and collecting outstanding accounts.

For healthcare operations:  This includes quality assurance activities, licensing, and training programs to ensure that our personnel meet our standards of care and follow established policies and procedures, as well as certain other management functions.

Use and Disclosure of PHI without your Authorization.
FFC VFD Ambulance is permitted to use PHI without your written authorization, or opportunity to object, in certain situations, and unsless prohibited by a more strigent state law, including:
 

  • - For the treatment, payment or health care operations activities of another health care provider who treats you.
  • - For health care and legal compliance activities.
  • - To a family member, other realtive, or close personal friend or other individual involved in your care if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so or if we give you an opportunity to object to such disclosure is in your best interests.
  • - To a public health authority in certain situations as required by law (such as to report abuse, neglect or domestic violence;
  • - For health oversight activities including audits or government investigations, inspections, disciplinary proceedings, and other administrative or judicial actions undertaken by the government (or their contractors) by law to oversee the health care system.
  • - For judicial or administrative proceedings as required by a court or administrative order, or in some cases in response to a subpoena or other legal process.
  • - For law enforcement activities in limited situations, such as when responding to a warrant.
  • -  For military, national defense and security and other special government functions.
  • - To avert a serious threat to health and safety of a person or the public at large.
  • - For workers' compensation purposes, and in compliance with workers compensation laws.
  • - To coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors for identifying a deceased person, determining cause of death, or carrying on their duties as authorized by law.
  • - If you are an organ donor, we may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ donation and transplantation.
  • - For research projects, but this will be subject to strict oversightand approvals.
  • - We may also disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify or reveal who you are. 

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    Any other use or discloser of PHI, other than those listed above will only be made with your written authorization. You may revoke your authorization at any time in writing, except to the extent that we have already used or disclosed medical information in reliance on that authorization.

    Patient's Rights: 
    As a patient, you have a number of rights with respect to your PHI, including:

    The right to access copies or inspect your PHI. This means you may inspect and copy most of the medical information about you that we maintain. We will normally provide you with access to this information within 30 days of your request. We may also charge you a reasonable fee for you to copy any medical information that you have the right to access. In limited circumstances we may deny you access to your medical information, and you may appeal certain types of denials. We have available forms to request access to your PHI and will provide a written response if we deny you access and let you know your appeal rights. You also have the right to recieve confidential communications of your PHI. If you wish to inspect and copy your medical information, you should contact our privacy officer.

    The right to amend your PHI.
    You have the right to ask us to amend written medical information that we may have about you. We will generally amend your information within 60 days of your request and will notify you when we have amended the information. We are permitted by law to deny your request to amend the medical information we have about you, you should contact our privacy officer.

    The right to request an accounting.
    You may request an accounting from us of certain disclosures of your medical information that we made in six years prior to the date of your request. We are not required to give you an accounting of information we have used or disclosed for purposes of treatment, payment, or health care operations, or when we share your health information with our business associates, like our billing company or a medical facility from/to which we have transported you. We are also not required to give you an accounting of our uses of protected health information for which you have already given us written authorization. If you wish to request an accounting ask our privacy officer.

    The right to request that we restrict the uses and disclosures of your PHI.
    You have the right to request that we restrict how we use and disclose your medical information that we have about you. FFC VFD Ambulance is not required to agree to any restrictions you request, but any restrictions agreed to by Ambulance in writting are binding on FFC VFD Ambulance.

    Internet, Electronic Mail, and the Right to Obtain Copy of Paper Notice on Request.
    If we maintain a website, we will promptly post a copy of this notice on our website. If you allow us, FFC VFD Ambulance will forwqard you this notice by electronic mail instead of on paper and you may always request a paper copy of the Notice.

    Revisions to the Notice. 
    FFC VFD Ambulance reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice at ant time, and the changes will be effective immediately and will apply to all protected health information that we maintain. Anr material changes to the Notice will be promptly posted in our facilities and posted to our website, if we maintain one. You can get a copy of the latest versionof this Notice by contacting our privacy officer.

    Your Legal Rights and Complaints.
    You also have the right to complain to us, or to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against in any way for filing a complaint with us or to the governmant. Should you have any questions, comments, or complaints you may direct them to our privacy officer.

    Privacy Officer Contact Information:
    Mary M. Greenley 
    Factoryville Fire Company VFD
    PO Box 321 Factoryville, Pa. 18419
    Phone # 570-945-5769
    FAX # 570-945-7252
    E-Mail FactoryvilleEMS@aol.com

    Effective date of the Notice:
    April 14, 2003 
     

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