Notice of Privacy Practices
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights.
This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you. Click the sections below to learn more.
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
- Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care.
- Share information in a disaster relief situation.
- Include your information in a hospital directory.
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
- Marketing purposes
- Sale of your information
- Most sharing of psychotherapy notes
In the case of fundraising:
- We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.
Our Uses and Disclosures
How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways - usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html
Information that would identify a person as someone seeking help for a substance abuse problem is protected under a separate set of federal regulations known as “Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records”, 42 C.F.R. Part 2. Under certain circumstances, these regulations will provide health information with additional privacy protections including requiring a signed release of information prior to KRCC billing insurance. Individuals may choose to not authorize KRCC to disclose PHI in order to bill insurance and may sign a waiver making the person responsible for the full cost of services provided. In general, any information identifying a person as addressing a substance abuse problem cannot be shared outside of KRCC without specific authorization in writing to do so. Exceptions to this rule include court orders to release health information, the provision of health information to medical personnel in an emergency, sharing information with qualified personnel conducting research, complying with statutes requiring reporting of suspect abuse or neglect, reporting a crime committed on premises, and for audits or program evaluations. Violation by a part 2 program is a crime and that suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities. KRCC does not maintain a hospital directory.
- We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
- We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
- We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
- We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. let us know in writing if you change your mind.
For more information see: www.hhs.gov/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html
Changes to the Terms of This Notice
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.
Privacy Officer Contact:
This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to the following organizations:
Kentucky River Community Care, Inc.
115 Rockwood Ln Hazard KY 41701