We may, and most likely will, disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, or hospital personnel who are involved in taking care of you. We also may discuss medical information with family members or personal representatives authorized by you or by legal mandate.
We may use and disclose medical information about you for services and procedures in order to bill you, an insurance company, or any other third party. We may also tell your health plan or referring physician about treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to determine if your health plan will cover the treatment.
Health Care Operations
We may use and disclose medical information about you to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, and other personnel for review and learning purposes.
Appointment and Patient Recall Reminders
We may use and disclose medical information to contact you as a reminder that you have an appointment for medical care with Retina Consultants or that you are due to receive periodic medical care. This contact could be by phone, postcard, or by e-mail, which could potentially be received or intercepted by others.
We may use and disclose medical information about you for research purposes regarding medications or the efficiency of treatment protocols. We will obtain an authorization from you before using or disclosing your individually identifiable health information.
Required By Law
We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety
We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to you, the public or any other person.
Organ and Tissue Donation
We may release medical information to organizations to facilitate organ or tissue donation or transplantation if you are an organ donor.
Public Health Risks
Law or public policy may require us to disclose medical information about you for public health activities.
• To prevent or control disease
• To report births or deaths
• To report child abuse or neglect
• To notify people of recalls of products
• To notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease that would leave them at risk to contract or spread such disease
• To notify appropriate government authorities if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse. We will only make this disclosure if you agree or when required by law.
Investigation and Government Activities
We may disclose medical information to a local, state or federal agency for activities authorized by law. These activities are necessary for the government and other regulatory agencies to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes
If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order. We may also use such information to defend ourselves or any member of our Practice in any actual or threatened action.
We may release medical information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors
We may release medical information to a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director as necessary to carry out their duties.
If you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release medical information to:
• Provide you with health care
• Protect your health and safety and the health and safety of others
• Protect the safety and security of the correctional institution