We may use and disclose medical information about you in the following ways:
- For Treatment. We may use your medical information to provide you with medical treatment or services. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, or others who are involved your care. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken leg may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. In addition, the doctor may need to tell the dietitian you have diabetes so that we can arrange for appropriate meals.
- For Payment. We may use and disclose your medical information so that the treatment and services you receive at the hospital may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company or third party. For example, we may need to give your health plan information about surgery you received at the hospital so your health plan will pay us or reimburse you for the surgery. Your insurance company may require validation for an extended length of stay and may send a representative to review your medical records.
- For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose your medical information for health care operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to ensure that all of our patients receive quality care. For example, we may use medical information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of our staff. We may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, and other hospital personnel for review and education purposes.
- As Required By Law. We may use or disclose your medical information when required to do so by federal, state, local law or by a valid order from any appropriate judicial or administrative entity.