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    Using and Disclosing Protected Health Information

Gracie Square Hospital  
420 East 76th Street   
New York , NY 10021  

info@nygsh.org  




Using and Disclosing Protected Health Information

How we may use and disclose your protected health information

The following categories describe different ways that we use and disclose protected health information. Protected health information includes medical, mental health, and alcohol and substance abuse information. For each category of uses or disclosures we will explain what we mean and give examples. Not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed. However, all of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose information will fall within one or more one of the categories.
  • Treatment: We may use your protected health information to provide you with diagnosis or treatment. We may disclose your protected health information to doctors, psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, technicians, medical students, or other Hospital personnel who are involved in taking care of you. 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 dietician if you have diabetes so that we can arrange for appropriate meals. Different departments of the Hospital also may share your protected health information in order to coordinate the different things you need, such as prescriptions, lab work and x-rays. We may also disclose your protected health information to people outside the Hospital who may be involved in your treatment.

  • Payment: We may use and disclose your protected health information so that we may bill for treatment and services you receive at the Hospital and can collect payment from you, an insurance company or another party. For example, we may need to give information about the treatment you received at the Hospital to your health plan so that the plan will pay us or reimburse you for the treatment. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive in order to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the treatment. We may also disclose information about you to other healthcare facilities for purposes of payment as permitted by law.

  • Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your protected health information for operations of the Hospital. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the Hospital and make sure that all of our patients receive quality care. For example, we may use protected health information to evaluate the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also combine protected health information about many patients to decide what additional services the Hospital should offer, what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective. We may also combine protected health information we have with protected health information from other hospitals to compare our performance and to make improvements in the care and services we offer. We may also disclose information to doctors, psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, technicians, medical students, and other Hospital personnel for educational purposes. We may also disclose information about you to other healthcare facilities as permitted by law.

  • Treatment Alternatives: We may use and disclose protected health information to tell you about possible treatment options that may be of interest to you.

  • Health-Related Benefits and Services: We may use and disclose protected health information to tell you about health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.

  • Inpatient Directory: We may include certain limited information about you in the Hospital's directory while you are a patient at the Hospital so that your family and friends can visit you in the Hospital. This information may include your name and location in the Hospital. This information will be used by Hospital personnel to obtain your consent to the visit and to direct your visitors to the appropriate location within the Hospital. Without your consent, requesting parties will be told that there is no information available, Hospital personnel will neither confirm nor deny if you have been admitted to the Hospital.

  • Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Treatment: We may release your protected health information, with your consent, to a friend, family member or personal representative who is involved in your treatment or to someone who helps pay for your treatment. In addition, we may disclose your protected health information to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.








For further information Contact Us at Gracie Square Hospital
212-988-4400 or Email Us at info@nygsh.org


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