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Notice of Privacy Practices Summary

This is a brief summary of Public Hospital District #1's Notice of Privacy Practices. The entire Notice is available upon request.  Public Hospital District #1 (PHD#1) is committed to protecting the confidentiality of your medical information and is required by law to do so. This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations, and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information.

USES AND DISCLOSURES
Public Hospital District #1 may use or disclose your protected health information as follows:

For Treatment: The hospital may disclose all or any portion of your medical record to your attending physician, consulting physician(s), nurses, technicians, medical students and other healthcare personnel who have are involved in your care. Your physician may also share your health care information with other physicians in their practice.

For Payment: The hospital may use and disclose medical information about you for the purpose of determining coverage, billing, claims management, medical data processing, and reimbursement. The information may be released to an insurance company or a third party payer or other entity (or authorized representative) involved in the payment of your medical bill.

For Health Care Operations: PHD #1 may use and disclose medical information about you in order to support quality improvement and other business activities of our organization. These uses and disclosures are necessary for hospital operations and ensure the quality of care received by our patients.

YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION
You have the following rights regarding your protected health information:

· Right to Inspect and Copy

· Right to Amend

· Right to Request Restrictions

· Right to an Accounting of Certain Disclosures

· Right to Request Confidential Communications

· Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice

COMPLAINTS
For a complete copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, please contact Admitting at 447-2441, or download one from our website at www.phd1.org. If you have questions regarding this Summary or the Notice, please contact Health Information Management @ 447-9315. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint by calling the Privacy Officer at PHD #1, (509) 447-6395. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.