This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
NOTICE of PRIVACY PRACTICES
When we care for you, we will gather your health information. The law allows us to use or share this health information to:
- Understand your health condition and to treat you when you are sick. For example, we may look at your x-rays or share x-rays we take of you with your treating doctor, or we may receive your prescription information from other health services companies to help you avoid harmful drug interactions.
- Bill for your healthcare services and receive payment for our services; for example, we share your health insurance information with other healthcare providers who treat you — like your anesthesia doctor or a specialty laboratory — so they can bill for those services.
- Determine if a patient is eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program by submitting personally identifiable information to these state databases.
- Improve our care. For example, we may contact you to understand what you thought of our care and to learn how to enhance our services to you.
- Improve our services to you by allowing companies with whom we contract, called “business associates,” to perform certain specialized work for us. The law requires these business associates to protect your health information and obey the same privacy laws that we do.
- Perform limited health-data research, where the researcher keeps patient-identifiable information confidential. Saltzer reviews every research request to make sure privacy is appropriately protected before sharing health information. Law enforcement, but only as authorized by law.
- Investigate a crime against Saltzer or any of its patients.
The law sometimes requires us to share information for specific purposes, with:
- The Department of Health, to report communicable diseases, traumatic injuries, or birth defects, or for vital statistics, such as a baby’s birth.
- A funeral director or an organ-donation agency, when a patient dies, or with a medical examiner when appropriate to investigate a death.
- The appropriate governmental agency, if an injury or unexpected death occurs at Saltzer.
- State authorities, to report child or elderly abuse.
- Law enforcement, for certain types of crime-related injuries, such as gunshot wounds.
- Governmental inspectors, who, for example, make sure our facilities are safe.
- Military command authorities or the Department of Veterans Affairs, when we treat patients who are in the military or are veterans.
- A correctional institution, if a patient is an inmate.
- The Secret Service or NSA, to protect the country or the President.
- A medical device’s manufacturer, as required by the FDA.
- Court officers, as required by law, in response to a court order or a valid subpoena.
- Governmental authorities, to prevent serious threats to the public’s health or safety.
- Governmental agencies and other affected parties, to report a breach of health-information privacy.
- An employer, but only if the employer contracts with us to help the employer meet OSHA requirements about workplace and employee safety.
- A worker’s compensation program, if a person is injured at work and claims benefits under that program.
Your preferences matter. If you let us know how you want us to disclose your information in the following situations, we will follow your directions. You decide:
- If you want us to share any health or payment information related to your care with your family members or friends. Please let our employees know what you want us to share. If you can’t tell us what health or payment information you want us to share, we may use our professional judgment to decide what to share with your family or friends for them to be able to help you.
- Who we should contact in an emergency. If you are unable to tell us who to contact, we may ask the public authorities to help. For example, we may ask the police to help find your family, or in a disaster, we may help the Red Cross reconnect you with your family.
- If you want to indicate your religious preference when you are registered at Saltzer you may do so.
Any sharing of your health information, other than as explained above, requires your written authorization. For example, we will not use your health information unless you authorize us in writing to:
- Send copies of your health information to a life insurance company.
- Send information to encourage you to buy a non-Intermountain product if we are paid to send that information or make the communication.
- Sell your identifiable health information.
If you authorize us to share your health information but then change your mind, please notify Saltzer in writing that you revoke the authorization. We will honor your revocation, but we will not be able to get back the health information that you authorized us to send before your revocation.
Saltzer complies with federal and state laws that require extra protection of special records. These records may include records of treatment in an addiction-treatment program, genetic information, or psychotherapy notes from a treating psychotherapist.