Privacy Policy
COAST BENEFITS, INC. Notice of Privacy Practices January 2017 THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU (AS A CLIENT OF THIS ORGANIZATION) MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO YOUR INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION, ALSO KNOWN AS PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI). PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY. A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY Our organization is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your protected health information (PHI). In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the services provided. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and the privacy practices that we maintain in our organization concerning your PHI. By federal and state law, we must follow the terms of the notice of privacy practices that we have in effect at the time. We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information: · How we may use and disclose your PHI · Your privacy rights in regard to your PHI · Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your PHI The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your PHI that are created or retained by our organization. We reserve the right to revise or amend this Notice of Privacy Practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records that our organization has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records that we may create or maintain in the future. Our organization will post a copy of our current Notice in our offices in a visible location at all times, and on our website. You may request a copy of our most current Notice at any time. B. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE PRIVACY OFFICER AT COAST BENEFITS. C. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION (PHI) IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS. The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your PHI. 1. Uses and Disclosures of PHI. Our organization will use your PHI to obtain benefit plan information. 2. Disclosures Required by Law. Our organization will use and disclose your PHI when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law. D. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PHI IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES. The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information: 1. Public Health Risks. Our organization may disclose your PHI to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of: · maintaining vital records, such as births and deaths · reporting child abuse or neglect · preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability · notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease · notifying a person regarding a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition · reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices · notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled · notifying appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) regarding the potential abuse or neglect of an adult client (including domestic violence); however, we will only disclose this information if the client agrees or we are required or authorized by law to disclose this information · notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury or illness or medical surveillance. 2. Health Oversight Activities. Our organization may disclose your PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or othe