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Title: Joint notice of privacy practices and notice of organized health care arrangement
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Creator: Shands Health Care, University of Florida
Publisher: Shands Health Care, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2003
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JOINT NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES AND

NOTICE OF ORGANIZED HEALTH CARE ARRANGEMENT

Effective Date: April 14, 2003


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.

If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact either the Privacy Office for Shands HealthCare (Shands) or
the Privacy Office for the University of Florida Health Science Center (UFHSC) at the contact information listed below:
Shands HealthCare Privacy Office 1-866-682-2372 (toll-free)
University of Florida Privacy Office 1-866-876-4472 (toll-free)


Our Legal Duty to Protect Medical
Information About You

We understand your medical information is personal and
we are committed to protecting your medical informa-
tion. We create a record of the care and services you
receive at Shands HealthCare or the University of
Florida Health Science Center to provide you with
quality care and to comply with certain legal require-
ments. This Notice applies to all of the records of your
care generated by Shands HealthCare and/or the
University of Florida Health Science Center, whether
made by hospital personnel, University of Florida faculty,
staff, students or your personal doctor. This Notice
describes how we may use and disclose your medical
information, and provides examples where necessary.
This Notice also describes your rights regarding our use
and disclosure of your medical information.

We are required by law to make sure that medical
information that identifies you is kept private; give you
this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with
respect to your medical information; and follow the
terms of the Notice currently in effect. We reserve the
right to change our privacy practices and this Notice
at any time.

Notice of Organized Health Care
Arrangement

Shands HealthCare, which for the purposes of this
Notice includes Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics,
Inc., Shands at Lake Shore, Inc., Shands Jacksonville
Medical Center, Inc., and the University of Florida
Health Science Centers, together including the UF
Health Science Center clinics and physicians offices; the
Florida Clinical Practice Association; the University of
Florida Jacksonville Physicians, Inc.; the University of
Florida Jacksonville Healthcare, Inc.; the University of
Florida Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Profes-


sions, Dentistry and Pharmacy; and other affiliated
health care providers, including all employees, volun-
teers, staff and other University of Florida health services
staff have agreed as permitted by law, to share your
health information among themselves for purposes of
treatment, payment or health care operations. This
arrangement enables us to better address your health
care needs in the integrated setting found within Shands
HealthCare and the University of Florida health provid-
ers. The organizations participating in the Joint Notice
are participating only for the purposes of providing this
Joint Notice and sharing medical information as permit-
ted by applicable law. These organizations are not in any
way providing health care services mutually or on each
other's behalf. Shands HealthCare and the University of
Florida are separate health care providers and each is
individually responsible for its own activities, including
compliance with privacy laws, and all health care services
it provides.

1) WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR
MEDICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT
YOUR WRITTEN PERMISSION IN THE
FOLLOWING CIRCUMSTANCES.

We may use and disclose your medical information to provide
medical treatment to you, and to coordinate or manage your
health care and related services. This may include communi-
cating with other health care providers regarding your
treatment and coordinating and managing your health care
with others. For example, we may use and disclose your
medical information when you need a prescription, lab work,
an x-ray or other health care services. Also, we may use and
disclose your medical information when referring you to
another health care provider.

We may use and disclose your medical information to bill and
receive payment. For example: A bill may be sent to you or
your insurance company. The information on or accompanying









the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as
your diagnosis, procedures and supplies used, so that your
health plan will pay for the medical bill. We may also tell your
health plan about a treatment you are expected to receive to
obtain prior approval or to determine if your health plan will
pay for that treatment.

* We may use and disclose your medical information for health
care operations. We will use your health information for
regular operations of the hospital and clinics to ensure that all
of our patients receive quality care. For example: Members of
the medical staff, the risk management team or the quality
improvement team may use information in your health record
to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like
it. This information will then be used to continually improve
the quality and effectiveness of the healthcare and service we
provide. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses,
technicians, medical students and other Health Science Center
personnel for review and learning purposes.

* We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or
information about treatment alternatives or other health-
related benefit and services that may be of interest to you.

* We may use and disclose your medical information to
recommend treatment alternatives. We may use and disclose
medical information to tell you about or recommend possible
treatment options or alternatives that may be of interest to
you.

* We may use and disclose your contact information for fund-
raising activities to raise money for Shands and/or UFHSC
and their operations. If you do not want to be contacted for
fundraising efforts, you must notify either the Shands Privacy
Office or the University of Florida Privacy Office in writing at
the addresses listed below.

Shands HealthCare
Compliance Department
PO Box 103175
Gainesville, FL 32610-3175
1-866-682-2372 (toll-free)

or with the UF Health Science Centers, write to:

The University of Florida Privacy Office
PO Box 100014
Gainesville, FL 32610-0014
1-866-876-4472 (toll-free)


* We may disclose your medical information to our Business
Associates to carry out treatment, payment or health care
operations. For example, we may disclose medical information
about you to a company who bills insurance companies on our
behalf to enable that company to help us obtain payment for
the services we provide.

* We may disclose medical information for research or to
collect information in databases used for research.
Research projects are reviewed and approved by a Review
Board to protect the privacy of your health information.

* We will disclose medical information about you when required
by federal, state or local law. We may release medical
information about you to authorized federal officials for
national security and intelligence activities.

* We may use and disclose your medical information about you
when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and
safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.

* We may disclose your medical information to organizations
engaged in the procurement, banking or transplantation of
organs for the purpose of organ or tissue donation and
transplant.

* If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release medi-
cal information about you as required by military command
authorities. We may also release medical information about
foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military
authority.

* We may disclose necessary health information to the extent
authorized by laws relating to workers' compensation or other
similar programs established by law, which provide benefits
for work-related injuries or illnesses.

* We may disclose your health information as required by law,
for public health activities, which may include preventing
or controlling disease, injury, or disability, reporting births
and deaths, reporting medication reactions or problems,
and reporting abuse, neglect or domestic violence.

* We may disclose your medical information to health oversight
agencies as required by agencies who enforce compliance
with licensure or accreditation requirements. Such activities
include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections and
licensure.









We may disclose your medical information in response to
a court or administrative order. We may also disclose
medical information about you in response to a subpoena,
discovery request or other lawful process. We may disclose your
medical information for law enforcement purposes as required
by law. For example, we may disclose medical information
about you to comply with laws that require the reporting of
certain types of wounds or other physical injuries.

We may disclose your medical information to coroners,
medical examiners or funeral directors consistent with
applicable law to carry out their duties.

We may disclose your medical information to a correctional
institution having lawful custody of you necessary for your
health and the health and safety of other individuals.

2) SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Psychiatric Treat-
ment Information may have special privacy
protections. We will not disclose any informa-
tion identifying an individual as being a patient
or provide any medical information relating to
the patient's substance abuse or psychiatric
treatment unless: 1) the patient consents in
writing, or 2) a court order requires disclosure
of the information, or 3) medical personnel
need information to meet a medical emergency,
or 4) qualified personnel use the information
for the purpose of conducting scientific
research, management audits, financial audits
or program evaluation, or 5) it is necessary to
report a crime or a threat to commit a crime, or
6) to report abuse or neglect as required by law.

3) YOU MAY OBJECT TO CERTAIN USES
AND DISCLOSURES OF YOUR MEDICAL
INFORMATION. Unless you object, we may
use or disclose your medical information in the
following circumstances:

*Hospital Directories: We may share your name, your room
number and your condition in our patient listing with clergy
and with people who ask for you by name. We also may share
your religious affiliation with clergy.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care:
We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in
notifying a family member, legal representative or another
person responsible for your care.

Emergency Circumstances and Disaster Relief: We may
disclose information about you to an entity assisting in a


disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified of your
location and general condition. Even if you object, we may still
share the medical information about you, if necessary for the
emergency circumstances.

4) OTHER USES OF MEDICAL INFORMA-
TION. Other uses and disclosures of medical
information not covered by this notice or law
that apply to us will be made only with your
written permission. If you provide us permis-
sion to use or disclose medical information
about you, you may revoke that permission, in
writing, at any time. If you revoke your permis-
sion, we will no longer use or disclose medical
information about you for the reasons covered
by your revocation. You understand that we are
unable to take back any disclosures we have
already made with your permission, and that
we are required to retain our records of the
care that we provided to you.

5) YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING MEDICAL
INFORMATION ABOUT YOU. You have the
following rights regarding medical information
we maintain about you:

Right to See and Obtain Copies of Your Medical Information.
You have the right to see and obtain copies of medical
information that may be used to make decisions about your
care. Usually, this includes medical and billing records, but
does not include psychotherapy notes. To inspect and copy your
medical information, you must submit your request in writing
on the appropriate form to the Director of Health Information
Record Management or to the Clinic Manager or his/her
designee. If you request a copy of the medical information,
we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other
supplies associated with your request. 1Wemaydenyyour
request to see and obtain copies ofyour medical information in
certain,very/imitedcircumstances. If you are denied access to
your medical information, you may request that the denial be
reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by
Shands or the UFHSC will review your request and the denial.
The person conducting the review will not be the person who
denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the
review.

Right to Amend. If you think that medical information we have
about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to correct
or add to the information. You have the right to request that
we make amendments to clinical, billing and other records
used to make decisions about you. Your request must be in
writing and must explain your reasons) for the amendment.









We maydenyyourrequiest i: 1) the information was not
created by us (unless you prove the creator of the information
is no longer available to amend the record); 2) the information
is not part of the records used to make decisions about you;
3) we believe the information is correct and complete; or
4) you would not have the right to see and copy the record as
described above. We will tell you in writing the reasons for the
denial and describe your rights to give us a written statement
disagreeing with the denial. If we accept your request to
amend the information, we will make reasonable efforts to
inform others of the amendment, including persons you name
who have received information about you and who need the
amendment. To request an amendment, your request must be
made in writing and submitted on the proper form to the
Director of Health Information and Record Management or his/
her designee, or to the Clinic Manager.

Right to an Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to
request an Accounting of Disclosures. This is a list of the
disclosures we have made of medical information about you.
This Accounting of Disclosures does not include disclosures
made for your treatment, billing and collection of payment for
your treatment, health care operations, made to or requested
by you, or that you authorized, occurring as a byproduct of
permitted uses and disclosures, made to individuals involved
in your care, or for other purposes described in the above
subsections.

To request this list or Accounting of Disclosures, you must
submit your request in writing to the Director of Health
Information and Record Management or his/her designee, or
to the Clinic Manager. Your request must state a time period,
which may not be longer than six years and may not include
dates before April 14, 2003. The first accounting you request
within a 12-month period will be free of charge. For additional
accounting, we may charge you for the costs of providing the
accounting. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may
choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before
any costs are incurred.


* Right to Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a
restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or
disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care
operations. We are not requiredto agree toyour request If we
do agree with your request, we will comply with your request
unless the information is needed to provide you emergency
treatment or the disclosure is required by the Secretary of the
Department of Health and Human Services, and/or the uses
and other disclosures listed in this notice.

To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing
to the Admissions Supervisors or the Clinic Managers. When
necessary, the Admissions Supervisors or the Clinic Managers
will contact the Privacy Officers for further guidance related
to your request. In your request, you must tell us: 1) what
information you want to limit; 2) whether you want to limit our
use, disclosure or both; and 3) to whom you want the limits to
apply.

* Right to Choose How We Communicate With You. You have
the right to request that we communicate with you about
medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For
example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by
mail. You must make your request in writing to the Admissions
Supervisor at Shands, or if the request is made to UFHSC -
write to the Clinic Managers or Supervisors. We will not ask you
the reason for your request. We will accommodate reasonable
requests.

* Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You have the right to a
paper copy of this notice. You may obtain a copy of this notice
at our website, www.shands.org. or from the UF Health Science
Center Privacy Office at http://privacy.health.ufl.edu/








Changes to This Notice

We reserve the right to change this notice at any time.
We reserve the right to make the revised or changed
notice effective for medical information we already have
about you as well as any information we receive in the
future. We will post a copy of the current notice in
Shands HealthCare and the UF Health Science Center
facilities. The effective date of this notice will be listed
on the first page, in the top right-hand corner of the
document.















































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Complaints

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you
may file a complaint with us or with the Secretary of the
Department of Health and Human Services. You will not
be penalized for filing a complaint.

To file a complaint with Shands HealthCare, contact
Shands HealthCare's Privacy Officer, Compliance
Department, PO Box 103175, Gainesville, FL 32610-
3175, or phone toll-free at 1-866-682-2372. To file
a complaint with the about the UF Health Science
Centers, write to the University of Florida Privacy
Office at PO Box 100014, Gainesville, FL 32610-
0014 or phone toll-free at 1-866-876-4472. All com-
plaints must be submitted in writing on the appropri-
ate form that will be provided upon request.

To file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department
of Health and Human Services, contact the Office of
Civil Rights, Medical Privacy, Complaint Division,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
200 Independence Avenue, SW, HHH Building,
Room 509H, Washington, DC 20201, Phone toll-free:
1-866-627-7748; TTY: 1-886-788-4989; Email through the
Internet: www.hhs.gov/ocr
































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