You have the right to:
You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:
We may use and share your information as we:
A more detailed description of your rights, your choices and our uses and disclosures of your health information is set forth below:
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section of our Notice of Privacy Practices explains your rights and some of our responsibilities under the law.
Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record.
Ask us to amend your medical record
Request confidential communications
Ask us to limit what we use or share
Ask us to limit what we use or share
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
Get a copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices
Choose someone to act for you
CFile a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions. In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases we generally do not share your information unless you give us written permission:
In the case of fundraising:
How do we typically use or share your health information? We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
To treat you We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you. Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
To run our organization We can use and share your health information to run our health center, improve your care, and contact you when necessary. Example: We use health information about you to improve the quality of care we provide to you and others.
In order to bill for your services We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities. Example: We can give information about you to your health insurance plan in order to be paid for the services you receive at the health center.
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways—usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. If you want to learn more you can go to www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
We can use or share your information for health research.
Comply with the law
We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
We can share health information about a deceased patient with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests.
We can use or share health information about you:
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
The original effective date of this Notice is April 14, 2003 and the Notice was most recently updated on September 24, 2019. We can change the terms of this Notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new Notice of Privacy Practices will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.
WWH is participating in the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP) Health Information Exchange and the Capital Partners in Care (CPC) Health Information Exchange. These health information exchanges (HIEs) provide a way of sharing your health information among participating doctors’ offices, hospitals, labs, radiology centers, and other providers through secure, electronic means. As permitted by DC Mental Health Information Amendment Act of 2018, your mental health information will be shared with the CPC and CRISP HIEs to provide faster access, better coordination of care, and improved knowledge for providers. If you do not want your mental health information to be shared among your providers, you have the right to opt-out of the HIEs at any time by completing an Opt-Out Form available at the Front Desk. Note, however, that it is not possible to share some but not all of your health and mental health information. If you opt-out of one or both HIEs, none of your health information will be shared with that HIE for purposes of coordinating your care and treatment. It may also necessary for your Whitman-Walker Health provider to obtain information about your medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) as required by state law.
Acknowledgment of receipt of this Notice of Privacy Practices is indicated by your signature on our Informed Consent Form that is scanned into your electronic medical record.
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