Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective September 23, 2013
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.
St. Patrick’s Home is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your identifiable health information. In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices concerning your identifiable health information. By law, we must follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices that we have in effect at the time.
To summarize, this notice provides you with the following information:
St. Patrick’s Home provides health care to residents and residents jointly with physicians and other health care professionals and organizations. The privacy practices described in this notice will be followed by:
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your identifiable health information that are created or retained by our organization. We reserve the right to revise or amend our Notice of Privacy Practice. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records our organization has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records we may create in the future.
We may use and disclose your information in the following ways:
Use and Disclosure of Your Identifiable Health Information in Certain Special Circumstances
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:
2. Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your health information to a health oversight agency
for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
3. Emergencies. We may use or disclose your health information if you need emergency treatment or if
we are required by law to treat you but are unable to obtain your general written consent. IF this happens, we will try to obtain your general written consent as soon as we reasonably can after we treat you.
4. Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. We may use and disclose your identifiable health information in
response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your identifiable health in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful process by another party involved in a dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
5. Law Enforcement. We may release identifiable health information if asked to do so by a law
6. Serious Threats to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose your identifiable health information
when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.
7. Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. We may disclose health information to a
coroner or medical examiner. We may also disclose medical information to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to carry out their duties.
8. Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release PHI about you as
required by military command authorities. We may also release PHI about foreign military personnel to the appropriate military authority.
9. Research. In most cases we will ask for your written authorization before using your health information
or sharing it with others in order to conduct research. However, under some circumstances, we may use and disclose your health information without your written authorization if we obtain approval through a special process to ensure that research without your written approval poses minimal risk to your privacy. We may disclose information to researchers when their research has been approved by an Institutional Review Board or Privacy Board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your healthcare information.
Your Rights Regarding Your Identifiable Health Information
Any other uses and disclosures of your health information not described in this Notice of Privacy Practices will be made only with appropriate authorization. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and to make the new Notice provisions effective for all protected health information that we maintain.
If you feel that someone has been given access to your medical information without appropriate authorization, or if you have any questions about this Notice of Privacy Practices, please call the Compliance Officer, Betty Dunleavy at 718-304-1811 or the Corporate Compliance hotline at 855-268-0838.
Our belief is that each person is special, a unique being, created by the Almighty as the object of His personal love. Since life is a gift from God, the human person is worthy of respect and dignity in all stages - from conception to death - and entitled to quality in care of the whole person, body, mind, and soul.
Our belief is that quality of operation can be maintained by the combination of religious and lay persons committed to the goals of a Christian community. In providing compassionate care, Carmelite Sisters and all those persons complementing our ministry are accountable to strive for excellence in performance and adherence to professional and regulatory standards.
Our belief is that all who render services within the facility deserve to be treated with respect for their own personal worth and dignity. Those in managerial positions are entrusted with the obligation to provide staff with opportunities for professional and personal achievement and job security through fair compensation and good working conditions based on principles of social justice.
Our belief is that we sustain each facility as a viable organization within a pluralistic society; fulfilling our social, legislative, and community obligations and insisting as a matter of conscience, that our expressed moral positions and corporate rights be upheld.
Our belief is that we are committed to witness to the gospel message of Jesus Christ, in that human life is precious and should be preserved whenever possible and that death is the prelude to eternal life.
Our belief is that we have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide pastoral care for all persons associated with our health care facilities – residents, families and staff. In the spirit of ecumenism, we respect the religious beliefs of those with whom and to whom we minister, however we uphold our philosophy and mission.