Confidentiality

Notice of Privacy Practices

This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

Please review it carefully. The privacy of your health information is important to us.


Our Legal Duty

We are required by applicable federal and state law to maintain the privacy of your health information. We must follow the privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice takes effect April 14, 2003 and will remain in effect until we replace it.

We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. We reserve the right to make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice effective for all health information that we maintain, including health information we created or received before we made the changes. Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this Notice and make the new Notice available upon request.

You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact us using the information listed at the end of this Notice.


Uses and Disclosures of Health Information

We use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations. For example:

Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a physician, laboratory, pharmacy or other healthcare provider providing treatment or services to you. Your physical and mental health information is disclosed within the HCC for treatment coordination if medically applicable

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to billing and insurance companies to obtain payment for services we provide to you.

Health Operations: We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conducting training programs including clinical supervision of counselors, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities.

Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this Notice.

To Your Family and Friends: We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or other person to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare or with payment for your healthcare, but only if you agree that we may do so. Generally, an authorization signed by you will be required prior to disclosing your health information to these individuals.

Persons Involved In Care: We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location, general condition or death. If you are present, then prior to use or disclosure of your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person's involvement in your healthcare. We will also use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.

To Your Parents if You are a Minor (under 18 years old): If required by federal or state law and you are a minor, your health information may be disclosed to your parents. Generally, health information regarding contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, assault, and drug and alcohol use will not be released to parents or guardians without signed authorization by the patient.

Marketing Health-Related Services: We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.

Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.

National Security: We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose your health information to law enforcement officials, or in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful purposes.

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a victim of current, on-going abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.

Appointment Reminders: We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters).


Patient Rights

Access: You have the right to view or obtain copies of your health information, with limited exceptions (for example, you do not have the right to access psychotherapy notes). To obtain access to your health information you must make a request in writing to the address at the end of this Notice. We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee for expenses such as copies and staff time. If you request copies, we will charge you $.15 for each page, $20.00 per hour for staff time to locate and copy your health information, and postage if you want the copies mailed to you.

Disclosure Accounting: You have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information for purposes, other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations and certain other activities for the last 6 years, but not before April 14, 2003. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests.

Restriction: You have the right to request (in writing to the Director) that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. You may also request that we communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency).

Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your health information. (Your request must be in writing and it must explain why the information should be amended.) We may deny your request under certain circumstances.

Electronic Notice: If you receive this Notice on our website or by electronic mail (email), you are entitled to receive this Notice in written form.


Questions and Complaints

If you want more information about our privacy practices, have questions or concerns, please contact us.

If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information or in response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information, you may complain to us using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice.

We support your right to the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us.

Director: Bill Buhrow, Psy.D, Dean of Student Services/Dir. of Health and Counseling
Telephone: 503-554-2340
Fax: 503-554-2343
Email: bbuhrow@georgefox.edu
Address: 414 N. Meridian, Newberg OR 97132

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