Privacy and HIPAA
Notice of Privacy Practices
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.
Uses and Disclosures Treatment.
health information may be used by staff members or disclosed to other
health care professionals for the purpose of evaluating your health,
diagnosing medical conditions, and providing treatment. For example,
results of laboratory tests and procedures will be available in your
medical record to all health professionals who may provide treatment or
who may be consulted by staff members.
health information may be used to seek payment from your health plan,
from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from
credit card companies that you may use to pay for services. For
example, your health plan may request and receive information on dates
of service, the services provided, and the medical condition being
Health care operations.
health information may be used as necessary to support the day-to-day
activities and management of Edgefield County Hospital. For example,
information on the services you received may be used to support
budgeting and financial reporting, and activities to evaluate and
health information may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies to
support government audits and inspections, to facilitate law-enforcement
investigations, and to comply with government-mandated reporting.
Public health reporting.
health information may be disclosed to public health agencies as
required by law. For example, we are required to report certain
communicable diseases to the states public health department.
Other uses and disclosures require your authorization.
of your health information or its use for any purpose other than those
listed above requires your specific written authorization. If you
change your mind after authorizing a use or disclosure of your
information you may submit a written revocation of the authorization.
However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not affect or
undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before you
notified us of your decision to revoke your authorization.
Additional Uses of InformationAppointment reminders.
health information will be used by our staff to send you appointment
reminders. Information about treatments. Your health information may
be used to send you information that you may find interesting on the
treatment and management of your medical condition. We may also send
you information describing products and services that we believe may
interest you. Fund-raising. Unless you request us not to, we will use
your name and address to support our fund-raising efforts. If you do
not want to participate in fund-raising efforts, please initial the
You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include:
*the right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information
*the right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical condition and treatment
*the right to inspect and copy your protected health information
*the right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information
*the right to receive an accounting of how and to whom your protected health information has been disclosed
*the right to receive a printed copy of this notice
Edgefield County Hospital Duties
are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health
information and to provide you with this notice of privacy practices.
We also are required to abide by the privacy policies and practices that
are outlined in this notice.
Right to Revise Privacy Practices
permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify our privacy
policies and practices. These changes in our policies and practices may
be required by changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Upon
request, we will provide you with the most recently revised notice on
any office visit. The revised policies and practices will be applied to
all protected health information we maintain.
Requests to Inspect Protected Health Information
may generally inspect or copy the protected health information that we
maintain. As permitted by federal regulation, we require that requests
to inspect or copy protected health information be submitted in
writing. You may obtain a form to request access to your records by
contacting our Medical Records Department. Your request will be
reviewed and will generally be approved unless there are legal or
medical reasons to deny the request.
you would like to submit a comment or complaint about our privacy
practices, you can do so by sending a letter outlining your concerns to:
Edgefield County Hospital
PO Box 590
Edgefield, SC 29824
you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should
call the matter to our attention by sending a letter describing the
cause of your concern to the same address. You will not be penalized or
otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.