THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
I. Uses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations
We, the therapists independently contracted with Seasons Counseling Services, LLC, are part of an Organized Health Care Arrangement involving Seasons Counseling Services, LLC, and Ohio Health Group programs which are designed to provide effective and clinically integrated care. In connection with those programs, we may use or disclose your protected health information (PHI), for treatment, payment, and health care operations purposes in most instances without your consent under HIPAA, but we will obtain consent in another form for disclosing PHI for other reasons, including disclosing PHI outside of this practice or the Organized Health Care Arrangement, except as otherwise outlined in this Policy. In all instances we will only disclose the minimum necessary information in order to accomplish the intended purpose. To help clarify these terms, here are some definitions:
• “PHI” refers to information in your health record that could identify you.
• “Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations”
– Treatment is when we provide, coordinate or manage your health care and other services related to your health care. An example of treatment would be when we consult with another health care provider, such as your family physician or another therapist.
- Payment is when we obtain reimbursement for your healthcare. Examples of payment are when we disclose your PHI to your health insurer, to Seasons Consulting Services, LLC or the Ohio Health Group to obtain reimbursement for your health care or to determine eligibility or coverage, which would include an audit.
- Health Care Operations are activities that relate to the performance and operation of our practice and participation in the Organized Health Group arrangement. Examples of health care operations are quality assessment and improvement activities, business-related matters such as audits and administrative services, and case management and care coordination.