Notice of Privacy Practice
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND
DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU MAY OBTAIN ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Uses and Disclosures
Treatment. Your health information may be used by staff members or
disclosed to other healthcare professionals for the purposes of evaluating your
health, diagnosing medical conditions, and providing treatment. For example,
results of laboratory tests and procedures will be available in your medical record to all health professionals who may provide treatment or who may be consulted by staff members.
Payment your health information may be used to seek payment from your health plane,
from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from credit card companies that you may use to pay for services. For example, your health plan may request
and receive information on dates of service, the services provided, and the medical
condition being treated.
Healthcare Operations. Your health information may be disclosed as necessary to support the day-to-day activities and management of Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers. For example, information on the services you received may be used to support the budgeting and financial reporting, and activities to evaluate and promote quality.
Law Enforcement. Your health information may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies, without your permission, to support government audits and inspections, to facilitate law enforcement investigations, and to comply with government mandated reporting.
Public Health Reporting. Your health information may be
disclosed to public health agencies as required by state law. For example, we are required to report certain communicable diseases to the state’s public health department.
Research. We conduct clinical research here. Our clinical research staff look at your health records as part of your current care to determine if you may be eligible for any research studies being done at our facility. All patient research conducted at Ironwood cancer & research Centers goes through a special process required by law that reviews protections for patients involved in research, including privacy. We will not use your health information or disclose outside of Ironwood Cancer & research Centers for research reasons without getting your prior written approval or determining that your privacy is protected.
Other uses and disclosures require your authorization. Disclosure of your health information or its uses for any purpose other than those listed above requires your specific written authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing a use or disclosure of your information, you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not affect or undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before you notified us of your decision.
Additional Uses of Information
Appointment reminders. Your health information appointment reminders.
Information about treatments. Your health information may be used to send you information on
the treatment and management of your medical condition that you may find be interest.
We may also send you information describing other health-related goods and services that
we believe may interest you.
You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include:
- The right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information
- The right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical condition and treatment
- The right to Inspect and copy your protected health information
- The right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information
- The right to receive an accounting of how and to whom your protected health information has been disclosed
has been disclosed
- The right to receive a printed copy of this notice
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers and Urology Associates
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to
provide you with this notice of privacy practices:
Right to Revise Privacy Practices
As permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify our privacy practices. These changes in our policies and practices may be required by changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Whatever the reason for these revisions, we will provide you with a revised notice of your next office visit. The revised policies and practices will be applied to all protected health information that we maintain.
Requests to Inspect Protected Health Information
As Permitted by federal regulation, we require that requests to inspect or copy
protected health information be submitted in writing. You may obtain a form to
request access to your records by contacting the privacy officer.
If you would like to submit a question, comment, or complaint about our privacy practices, you can do so by sending a letter outlining your concerns to:
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers
O. Box 6423
Chandler, AZ. 85246
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you should call the matter to our attention by sending a letter describing the cause of your concern to the same address. You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.