NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
If you have questions about your privacy, please call our Privacy Officer, listed on the paper named: “Affiliated Entities and Privacy Officer in Your Local Market.”
Who will follow this notice?
This health system provides health care to our patients, residents, and clients through physicians and other healthcare professionals and businesses. This notice applies to all of our locations (see “Affiliated Entities and Privacy Officer in Your Local Market’), including:
· All employees, physicians, or volunteers, including students in training.
· Any business associate or partner that uses your health information.
Our Pledge to You
We know your medical information is personal and we are committed to protect your privacy. We create a record of your care and services to meet legal requirements and to provide you the best care. This notice applies to your medical record that we maintain for services or items we provide you at our locations. Your personal doctor may follow a different notice for your medical record created and maintained in his or her office. We are required by law:
· To keep medical information about you private.
· To give you this notice, explaining our legal duties to protect your privacy.
· To follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
· To notify you if we fail to protect your privacy.
Changes to this Notice
We may change our policies at any time and the changes will apply to current and any new medical information we collect. Before we make a major change in policy, we will change our notice and post it in waiting areas and on our website at www.mercy.com (scroll down to the bottom and click on “Notice of Privacy Practices”). You may request the current notice at any time. When we change our notice, we will offer you a copy of the current notice at your next visit, and we will ask you to acknowledge in writing your receipt of this notice. This notice is currently effective, with the effective date shown just below the title.
Click here to view the Notice of Privacy Practice in english.
Click here to view the Notice of Privacy Practice (Aviso de Prácticas de Privacidad) in spanish.
Click here to view the Affiliated Entities and Privacy Officer in Your Local Market.