We are likely to disclose PHI for the following purposes:
- Business Associates: There are some services provided by us through contracts with business associates. Examples include our software system vendor and technology provider. When these services are contracted for, we may disclose your PHI to our business associates so that they can perform the job we have asked them to do and bill you or your third-party payor for services rendered. To protect your PHI, we require the business associates to appropriately safeguard the PHI.Communication with individuals involved in your care or payment for your care: Health professionals such as pharmacists, using their professional judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend or any person you identify, PHI relevant to that person’s involvement in your care or payment related to your care.
- Health related communications: We may contact you to provide refill reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
- Food and Drug Administration: We may disclose to the FDA, or persons under the jurisdiction of the FDA, PHI relative to adverse events with respect to drugs, foods, supplements, products and product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs or replacement.
- Worker’s Compensation: We may disclose your PHI as authorized by and as necessary to comply with laws relating to worker’s compensation or similar programs established by law.
- Public Health: As required by law, we may disclose your PHI to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.
- Law Enforcement: We may disclose your PHI for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to valid subpoena or other legal process.
- As required by law: We must disclose your PHI when required to do so by law.
- Health oversight activities: We may disclose your PHI to an oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits, investigations, and inspections, as necessary for our licensure and for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
- Judicial and administrative proceedings: If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order. We may also disclose your PHI in response to a subpoena,
discovery request, or other lawful process by someone else involved in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the requested PHI.
We are permitted to use or disclose your PHI for the following purposes:
Research: We may disclose your PHI to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your information.
Coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors: We may disclose your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also disclose PHI to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to carry out their duties.
Organ or tissue procurement organizations: Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose your PHI to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.
Fundraising: We may contact you as part of a fundraising effort.
Notification: We may use or disclose your PHI to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, your location, and general condition.
Correctional institution: If you are or becoming an inmate of a correctional institution, we may disclose your PHI to the institution or its agents when necessary for your health or the health and safety of others.
To avert a serious threat to health or safety: We may use and disclose your PHI when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.
Military and veterans: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your PHI as required by military command authorities. We may also release PHI about foreign military personnel to the appropriate military authority.
National security and intelligence activities: We may release your PHI to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
Protective services for the President and others: We may disclose your PHI to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations.
Victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence: We may disclose your PHI to a government authority, such as a social service or protection agency, if we reasonably believe you are a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. We will only disclose this type of information to the extent required by law, if you agree to the disclosure, or if the disclosure is allowed by law and we believe it is necessary to prevent serious harm to you or someone else or the law enforcement or public official that is to receive the report represents that it is necessary and will not be used against you.
Other uses and disclosures of PHI:
The pharmacy will obtain your written authorization before using or disclosing your PHI for purposes other than those provided for above or as otherwise permitted or required by law. You may revoke this authorization in writing at any time. Upon receipt of the written revocation, we will stop using or disclosing your PHI, except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance on the authorization.