Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement


NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
FOR
PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION
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.


North Sunflower Medical Center is dedicated to protecting your medical information.  We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information.  North Sunflower Medical Center is required by law to abide by the terms of this Notice, and we reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice, making any revision applicable to all the protected health information we maintain.  If we revise the terms of this Notice, we will post a revised notice at the Hospital and will make paper copies of this Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information available upon request. North Sunflower Medical Center and its Medical Staff are presenting this document as a joint notice. Your personal physician may have a different notice regarding the use and disclosure of your health information created in his/her office.

HOW YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION WILL BE USED AND DISCLOSED


We will use your medical information as part of rendering patient care.  For example, your medical information may be used by the health care professional treating you, by the business office to process your payment for the services rendered and by administrative personnel reviewing the quality and appropriateness of the care you receive.

We may also use and/or disclose your information in accordance with federal and state laws for the following purposes:

  • We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
  • We may contact you to raise funds for the hospital.
  • We may disclose medical information when required by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as part of an investigation or determination or the Hospitals' compliance with relevant laws.
  • Unless you object, we will include general information, including your name, location in the hospital, and your religious affiliation in a directory of individuals located in the hospital.  The directory information, except for your religious affiliation, will be released to people who ask for you by name.  Unless you object, your religious affiliation may be given to members of the clergy, even if they do not ask for you by name.
  • Unless you object, we may disclose to family members, other relatives or close personal friends the medical information directly relevant to such person's involvement with your care.
  • Unless you object, we may use or disclose your medical information to notify a family member, a personal representative or another person responsible for your care of your location, general condition or death.
  • We may disclose your medical information to a public or private identity for the purpose of coordinating with that entity to assist in disaster relief efforts.
  • We may use or disclose your medical information for public health activities, including the reporting of disease, injury, vital events and the conduct of public health surveillance, investigation and/or intervention.  We may disclose your medical information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law, including audits, investigations, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, administrative and/or legal proceedings.  We may disclose your medical information concerning abuse, neglect or violence in accordance with federal and state law.
  • We may disclose your medical information in the course of certain judicial or administrative proceedings.
  • We may disclose your medical information for law enforcement purposes or other specialized governmental functions.
  • We may disclose your medical information to a coroner, medical examiner or a funeral director.
  • We will disclose your medical information to an organ donation or procurement organization.
  • We may use or disclose your medical information for certain research purposes.
  • We may use or disclose your medical information to prevent or lessen a serious threat to the health and safety of another person or the public.
  • We may disclose your medical information as authorized by laws relating to workers' compensation or similar programs.
We will not use or disclose your medical information for any other purpose without your written authorization.  Once given, you may revoke your authorization in writing at any time.


YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION:

You have the following rights with respect to your medical information:
  • The right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your medical information.  We are not required to agree to your requested restriction, but if we do, we will honor it.
  • The right to receive communications from us in a confidential manner.
  • The right to inspect and copy your medical information.  This right is subject to certain specific exception, you or your patient representative may be required to provide a picture ID to authenticate identity, you or your patient representative  will be asked to sign a written authorization, patient representatives will be asked to prove rights to your patient information (will, power of attorney, custody documents),  and you may be charged a reasonable fee for any copies of your records. NSMC has 30 days from the request for viewing or copying to comply.
  • The right to request an amendment of your medical information. The right to amend  is not the right to obliterate or totally remove documentation from a medical record. Rather it is an opportunity to "append" a statement of counter-opinion to the record and to know that when the original statement is used or disclosed, the new "corrective" statement will accompany any released copies. We require the amendment be in writing and provide a reason to support the requested amendment. We may deny your request for certain specific reasons, and, if denied, we will provide you with a written explanation for the denial and information regarding further rights you would have at that point.
  • The right to receive an accounting of the disclosures of your medical information made by North Sunflower Medical Center in the six years prior to your request (following April 14, 2003), except for disclosures for treatment, payment or Hospital operational purposes and for certain other specific disclosure types.
  • The right to request a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information.
  • The right to complain to the Hospital and/or to the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe that the Hospital has violated your privacy rights.  To complain to the Hospital, please contact:

Rita Jones, Privacy Officer
North Sunflower Medical Center
840 N. Oak
Ruleville, MS 38732
662-756-2711

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should call the matter to our attention by sending a letter or contacting the number above  describing the cause of your concern to the same address.

You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.

If you would like further information regarding your rights or regarding the uses and disclosures of your medical information, you may contact:

Rita Jones, Privacy Officer
North Sunflower Medical Center
840 N. Oak
Ruleville, MS 38732

662-756-2711

THIS NOTICE IS EFFECTIVE APRIL 14, 2003.