MYFS 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 CAREFULLY.
Our Duty to Safeguard Your Protected Health Information
Individually identifiable information about your health or condition, the treatment you receive, or how you pay for that care is considered "Protected Health Information" ("PHI"). MYFS is required to take steps to keep your PHI private. We are giving you this Notice about our privacy practices that explains how, when and why we may use or disclose your PHI. With limited exceptions MYFS will limit the use or disclose of your PHI to the minimum necessary to accomplish the task.
We are required to follow the privacy practices described in this Notice, though we reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time. You may request a copy of the new notice from any Maui Youth and Family Services Inc. (MYFS) office.
How We May Use and Disclose Your Protected Health Information
We use and disclose PHI for a variety of reasons. We have a limited right to use and/or disclosure your PHI for purposes of treatment, payment or our health care operations. For uses beyond that, we must have your written authorization unless the law permits or requires us do otherwise. If we disclose your PHI to a third party so they can do work for MYFS, we must have in place an agreement from the third party promising that it will extend the same degree of privacy protection to your PHI that would. However, the law provides that we are permitted to make some uses/disclosures without your consent or authorization. The following offers more description and some examples of our potential uses and disclosures of your PHI.
Uses and Disclosures Relating to Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations
Generally, we may use or disclose your PHI as follows:
For treatment: We may disclose your PHI to doctors, nurses, and other health care personnel who are involved in providing your health care. For example, your PHI will be shared among members of your treatment team, or with our central pharmacy staff. Your PHI may also be shared with outside entities performing ancillary services relating to your treatment, such as lab work or x-rays, or for consultation purposes, or ADAMH/CMH Boards and/or community mental health agencies involved in provision or coordination of your care.
To obtain payment: We may use/disclose your PHI in order to bill and collect payment for your health care services. For example, we may contact your employer to verify employment status, and/or release portions of your PHI to the Medicaid program, State of Hawaii payor agencies and/or a private insurer to get paid for services that we delivered to you. We may release information to the Office of the Attorney General for collection purposes.
For health care operations: We may use/disclose your PHI in the course of operating our hospital or community CSN Program. For example, we may take your photograph for medication identification purposes, use your PHI in evaluating the quality of services provided, or disclose your PHI to our accountant or attorney for audit purposes. Since we are an integrated system, we may disclose your PHI to designated staff in our other facilities, programs, or our central office for similar purposes. Release of your PHI to state agencies might also be necessary to determine your eligibility for publicly funded services.
Appointment reminders: Unless you provide us with alternative instructions, we may send appointment reminders and other similar materials to your home.
Uses and Disclosures Requiring Authorization
For uses and disclosures beyond treatment, payment and operations purposes we are required to have your written authorization, unless the use or disclosure falls within one of the exceptions described below. You can revoke an authorization at any time to stop future uses/disclosures except to the extent that we have already undertaken an action in reliance upon your authorization.
Uses and Disclosures of PHI from Mental Health Records Not Requiring Consent or Authorization:
The law provides that we may use/disclose your PHI from mental health records without consent or authorization in the following circumstances:
When required by law:
We may disclose PHI when a law requires that we report information about suspected abuse, neglect or domestic violence, or relating to suspected criminal activity, or in response to a court order. We must also disclose PHI to authorities that monitor compliance with these privacy requirements.
For public health activities:
We may disclose PHI when we are required to collect information about disease or injury, or to report vital statistics to the public health authority.
For health oversight activities:
We may disclose PHI to our central office, the protection and advocacy agency, or another agency responsible for monitoring the health care system for such purposes as reporting or investigation of unusual incidents, and monitoring of the Medicaid program.
Relating to decedents:
We may disclose PHI to coroners, medical examiners or funeral directors. We may also disclose PHI to organ procurement organizations relating to organ, eye, or tissue donations or transplants.
For research purposes:
In certain circumstances, and under supervision of a privacy board, we may disclose PHI to our central office research staff and their designees in order to assist medical/psychiatric research.
To avert threat to health or safety:
In order to avoid a serious threat to health or safety, we may disclose PHI as necessary to law enforcement or other persons who can reasonably prevent or lessen the threat of harm.
For specific government functions:
We may disclose PHI of military personnel and veterans in certain situations, to correctional facilities in certain situations, to government benefit programs relating to eligibility and enrollment, and for national security reasons, such as protection of the President.
Uses and Disclosures of PHI from Alcohol and Other Drug Records Not Requiring Consent or Authorization
The law provides that we may use/disclose your PHI from alcohol and other drug records without consent or authorization in the following circumstances:
When required by law:
We may disclose PHI when a law requires that we report information about suspected child abuse and neglect, or when a crime has been committed on the program premises or against program personnel, or in response to a court order.
Relating to decedents:
Federal and state laws can require MYFS to collect vital statistics relating to cause of death. MYFS will disclose PHI to comply with these laws.
For research, audit or evaluation purposes:
In certain circumstances, we may disclose PHI for research, audit or evaluation purposes.
To avert threat to health or safety:
In order to avoid a serious threat to health or safety, we may disclose PHI to law enforcement when a threat is made to commit a crime on the program premises or against program personnel.
Uses and Disclosures Requiring You to have an Opportunity to Object
In the following situations, we may disclose a limited amount of your PHI if we inform you about the disclosure in advance and you do not object, as long as the disclosure is not otherwise prohibited by law.
To families, friends or others involved in your care:
We may share with these people information directly related to their involvement in your care, or payment for your care. We may also share PHI with these people to notify them about your location, general condition, or death.
Your Rights Regarding Your Protected Health Information
You have the following rights relating to your protected health information:
To request restrictions on uses/disclosures:
You have the right to ask that we limit how we use or disclose your PHI. We will consider your request, but are not legally bound to agree to the restriction. To the extent that we do agree to any restrictions on our use/disclosure of your PHI, we will put the agreement in writing and abide by it except in emergency situations. We cannot agree to limit uses/disclosures that are required by law.
To choose how we contact you:
You have the right to ask that we send you information at an alternative address or by an alternative means. We must agree to your request as long as it is reasonably easy for us to do so.
To inspect and request a copy your PHI:
Unless your access to your records is restricted for clear and documented treatment reasons, you have a right to see your protected health information upon your written request. We will respond to your request within 30 days. If we deny your access, we will give you written reasons for the denial and explain any right to have the denial reviewed. If you want copies of your PHI, a charge for copying may be imposed, depending on your circumstances. You have a right to choose what portions of your information you want copied and to have prior information on the cost of copying.
To request amendment of your PHI:
If you believe that there is a mistake or missing information in our record of your PHI, you may request, in writing, that we correct or add to the record. We will respond within 60 days of receiving your request. We may deny the request if we determine that the PHI is: (1) correct and complete; (2) not created by us and/or not part of our records, or; (3) not permitted to be disclosed. Any denial will state the reasons for denial and explain your rights to have the request and denial, along with any statement in response that you provide, appended to your PHI. If we approve the request for amendment, we will change the PHI and so inform you, and tell others that need to know about the change in the PHI.
To find out what disclosures have been made:
You have a right to get a list of when, to whom, for what purpose, and what content of your PHI has been released other than instances of disclosure: for treatment, payment, and operations; to you, your family, or the facility directory; or pursuant to your written authorization. The list also will not include any disclosures made for national security purposes, to law enforcement officials or correctional facilities, or disclosures made before April 2003. We will respond to your written request for such a list within 60 days of receiving it. Your request can relate to disclosures going as far back as six years. There will be no charge for up to one such list each year. There may be a charge for more frequent requests.
You have the right to receive this notice:
You have the right to receive a paper copy of this Notice and/or an electronic copy by email upon request.
How to Complain about our Privacy Practices
If you think we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your PHI, you may file a complaint with the person listed below.
Maui Youth and Family Services Privacy Officer
P.O. Box 790006
Paia, HI 96779
Telephone number 1-808-579-8414
You also may file a written complaint with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C., 20201
Telephone number 1-877-696-6775.
We will take no retaliatory action against you if you make such complaints.
If you have questions about this Notice or any complaints about our privacy practices, please contact your Client Right?s Officer or Client Right?s Advocate, or the statewide Clients Rights Advocate, at:
Maui Youth and Family Services Inc.
P. O. Box 790006
Paia, HI 96779
Telephone number 1-808-579-8414.
Effective Date: This notice is effective on March 28, 2003.