This notice describes how personal and medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. You can also download the full Area Agency on Aging 1-B Notice of Privacy Practices document.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects only certain medical information known as “protected health information.” Generally, protected health information is individually identifiable health information, including demographic information, collected from you or created or received by a health care provider, a health care clearinghouse, a health plan, or your employer on behalf of
a group health plan, which relates to:
-your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition;
-the provision of health care to you; or
-the past, present or future payment for the provision of health care to you.
You have the right to:
You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:
Our Uses and Disclosures
We may use and share your information as we:
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
Access an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
Ask us to amend your medical record
Ask us to restrict what we use or share
Request an accounting of those with whom we’ve shared information
Get a copy of this privacy notice
You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
Choose someone to act for you
If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your personal representative or legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information so long as you provide us with a written notice/authorization and any supporting documents (i.e., power of attorney). Note: Under the HIPAA privacy rule, we do not have to disclose information to a personal representative if we have a reasonable belief that:
We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
In the case of fundraising:
Our Uses and Disclosures
How do we typically use or share your health information?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you and coordinate your health care with other providers.
Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
Bill for your services
We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities and for purposes of determining coverage, eligibility, funding, and claims management.
Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more
information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
We can use or share your information for health research. We may disclose your protected health information to researchers when: the individual identifiers have been removed; or when an institutional review board or privacy board has (a) reviewed the research proposal; and (b) established protocols to ensure the privacy of the requested information and approves the research.
Comply with the law
We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
If you are an organ donor, we can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
We can use or share health information about you:
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
Health Oversight Activities
We may disclose your protected health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the
health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
We may disclose your protected health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement Director:
For more information see:
Changes to the Terms of this Notice
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you including information already compiled about you and any information received after the change. We are required to abide by whatever notice is currently in effect. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.
This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to:
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
29100 Northwestern Highway, Suite 400
Southfield, MI 48034
Privacy Officer – email@example.com
This notice is effective April 1, 2022, and replaces all prior AAA 1-B Privacy Notices.