At Catholic Charities, we are committed to treating and using protected health information about you responsibly. This Notice of Health Information Practices describes the personal information we collect and how and when we use or disclose that information. It also describes your rights as they relate to your protected health information. This Notice is effective April 14, 2003 and applies to all protected health information as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
In the course of receiving services from Catholic Charities programs, Catholic Charities may collect information about you, your treatment and the services you receive. Typically this record would contain symptoms, examination and test results, diagnoses, treatment, and a plan for future care or treatment. This information, often referred to as your health or medical records, serves as a:
Understanding what is in your record and how your health information is used helps to ensure its accuracy; better understand who, what, when, where and why others may access your health information, and make more informed decisions when authorizing disclosure to others.
Although your health record is the physical property of Catholic Charities, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:
* CFR refers to the Code of Federal Regulations, available in law libraries and on-line services
Catholic Charities is required to:
We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. Should our information practices change, we will mail a revised notice to the address you=ve supplied us, or if you agree, we will email the revised notice to you.
We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization, except as described in this notice. We will also discontinue to use or disclose your health information after we have received a written revocation of the authorization according to the procedures included in the authorization.
If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact the Catholic Charities Privacy Officer at 320 240-3345.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Catholic Charities Privacy Officer at 320 240-3345, or with the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint with either the agency or the Office of Civil Rights. The address for the OCR is:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, C.D. 20201