HOPE HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE, INC. is required by law to protect the privacy of your health information. We are required to provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices to describe our legal duties and your rights with respect to your protected health information. We are also required to abide by the terms of this Notice which is currently in effect, and to notify you in the event of a breach of your unsecured health information.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION
The following describes the ways we may use and disclose your health information for treatment, payment and health care operations.
Treatment: Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. may use and disclose your health information to coordinate care within the hospice and with others and with others involved in your care, such as your attending physician, members of the hospice’s interdisciplinary team and other health care professionals who have agreed to assist us in coordinating your care. For example, we may disclose your health information to a physician involved in your care who needs information about your symptoms to prescribe appropriate medications.
Payment: Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. may use and disclose your health information so that we or others may bill and receive payment for the care you receive from us. For example, we may be required by your health insurer to provide information regarding your health care status, your need for care and the care that Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. intends to provide to you so that the insurer will reimburse you or the hospice for services provided and received.
Health Care Operations: Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. may use and disclose health information for its own operations to facilitate the functioning of the hospice and as necessary to provide quality care to all of our patients.
We reserve the right to change this notice, and will post a copy of the current notice in the health care facility and on our website.