NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
Effective date: September 23, 2013
This notice describes how medical information about you may be
used and disclosed and how you can access this information.
Please review it carefully.
Our Commitment to Your Health Information
We understand that your medical information is very
personal. We are committed to
protecting information about the healthcare services you receive at TMC.
This notice will be followed by every healthcare provider at every
location at which TMC provides medical services.
Your Health Information Rights and Limits on Those Rights
Your medical record is the physical property of TMC.
You have the right to:
Inspect and obtain a copy of your medical record;
Request limits on certain uses and disclosures of
Request amendments to your medical record;
Request a record of disclosures other than for
payment, treatment or healthcare operations, or as authorized by you;
Request that a different phone number or address
be used for communications or that an alternative method of providing
information be utilized; and
Revoke any authorization to use or disclose your
medical record except to the extent that action has already been taken
with that information.
We are required to:
Make sure your medical information is kept private;
Give you this Notice of Privacy Practices;
Follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices
Notify affected individuals following a breach of
unsecured Protected Health Information (PHI);
Notify you if we are unable to agree to your
request to limit the use or disclosure of your health information; and
Try to meet reasonable
requests to communicate your medical information by other means or at
We reserve the right to change our practices
and to be sure the new practices keep all medical information safe.
Should this Notice change, we will post a revised Notice on
and throughout our facilities, and will have copies available for you.
We will not use your medical information without your permission,
except as described in this Notice or allowed by law.
How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information
For each category of uses or disclosures, we will
explain what we mean and try to give examples.
All of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will
fall into one of the categories.
Your health information may be shared with others who provide you with
medical treatment or services. For example, upon discharge from an inpatient
hospitalization TMC may provide information to outside healthcare providers
who are following up with you on your medical condition.
health information may be shared with insurance companies and other third
parties to collect payment for the services received. For example, TMC may
give your insurance company information about your surgery so they will pay
for the treatment.
EXCEPTION: You have
the right to restrict disclosure for payment purposes when you agree to be
self pay and pay for the services in full.
Your health information may be shared in order to support business
activities that are considered necessary to TMC. For example, TMC may use
your health information to conduct quality assessment and improvement
activities, to review competence or qualifications of healthcare
professionals or for reviews by external agencies for licensure,
accreditation or auditing.
We may provide reminders by mail, secure email, text messages, or phone, or
by leaving messages according to your specifications.
We may provide you with information about treatment alternatives and other
health related benefits and services.
Required by Law:
We disclose information as required by federal, state or local law.
For example, we are required to report gunshot wounds to the police.
We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required
by law, pursuant to a court order, warrant, subpoena or summons.
To prevent a serious threat
to health or safety: We may use or disclose health information
about you to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the
health and safety of the public or another person.
Unless you object, we will place your name,
your location in the hospital, general condition and religious affiliation
in a hospital directory. If you
do not want to be included in this directory, please tell a Patient Access
Representative when you are admitted.
Individuals involved in
your care or payment for your care: Unless you object, TMC may
share your medical information with your family, friends or others
identified by you who are involved in your medical care or payment. TMC may
also share your medical information for disaster relief efforts and with
family members, or others so that they can be told about your location or
Disaster Relief/Emergencies: Unless you object, TMC
may share your medical information in emergencies, tell you later, and give
you the right to object to future sharing.
Public Health: As required by law, TMC may disclose
your health information to public health agencies or authorities charged
with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, or to report a
suspected case of abuse or neglect.
Organ and Tissue Procurement Organizations: TMC may
disclose health information to organizations that handle organ, eye and
tissue transplantation or to an organ bank as necessary to facilitate organ
or tissue donation.
Marketing: We will ask your permission to use or
disclose your medical information for marketing purposes.
Fundraising: Unless you object by telling the TMC
Charitable Foundation at 816-444-3430 the Foundation may contact you for
Research: TMC may disclose your medical information to
researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review
and privacy board that has reviewed the research proposal and established
protocols to ensure the privacy of your protected health information.
Business Associates: We may contract with outside
businesses to provide some services for us. For example, we may use the
services of transcription or billing agencies. Under such contracts, we may
share your medical information with them to do the job we have asked them to
do. These contracts require businesses to protect the medical information we
share with them.
Coroners and Funeral Directors: We may disclose
information to coroners or medical examiners for the identification of a
body or to determine cause of death. We may also disclose information to
funeral directors to carry out their duties.
Correctional Institutions: If you are an inmate of a
correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official,
we may disclose your health information to the institution or official.
Health Oversight Activities: Your health information
may be disclosed to governmental agencies and boards for investigation,
audits, licensing and compliance purposes.
Legal Proceedings: If you are involved in a lawsuit or
dispute, we may disclose health information about you in response to a
subpoena, court order or administrative order.
Military and Veterans: If you are a member of the
armed forces, we may release health information about you as required by the
National Security Efforts: We may disclose medical
information about you to authorized federal officials so that they may
provide protection to the President and other authorized individuals or for
the purposes of intelligence, counterintelligence and other national
security activities authorized by law.
Other Uses and Disclosures of Medical Information:
Other uses and disclosures of medical information not covered by this notice
or required by law may require your approval.
Use of Health Information Exchanges
A health information exchange is an electronic method to share medical
information about your care with other health care providers who have an
established treatment relationship with you. We participate in health
information exchanges and may use or disclose your information with those
health information exchanges. You may obtain more information about the
exchange or begin the opt-out process by contacting TMC Health Information
Management at 816-404-3125.
For More Information or to Report a Problem
If you feel that your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a
complaint by calling our toll-free Compliance Concern line at
1-866-494-3600, or you may file a complaint with the Secretary of the United
States Department of Health and Human Services. You will not be penalized
for filing a complaint.