Notice of Privacy Practices

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

 

Notice of Privacy Practices

Effective March 14, 2003

Privacy Promise
KANE COUNTY HOSPITAL understands that your medical and health information is important. We follow strict federal and state laws that require us to maintain the confidentiality of your health information.

How We Use Your Health Information:
When you receive care from KANE COUNTY HOSPITAL, we may use your health information for treating you, billing for services, and conducting our normal health care operations. Examples of how we use your information include:

Treatment: 
We keep records of the care and services provided to you. Health care providers use these records to deliver quality care to meet your needs. For example, your doctor may share your health information with a specialist who will assist in your treatment. Some health records, including confidential communications with a mental health professional, may have additional restrictions for use and disclosure under state and federal laws.

Payment: 
We keep billing records that include payment information and documentation of the services provided to you. Your information may be used to obtain payment from you, your insurance company, or other third party. We may also contact your insurance company to verify coverage for your care or to notify them of upcoming services that may need prior notice or approval. For example, we may disclose information about the services provided to you to claim and obtain payment from your insurance company or Medicare.

Health Care Options: 
We use health information to improve the quality of care, train staff and students, provide customer service, manage costs, conduct required business duties, and make plans to better serve our communities. For example, we may use your health information to evaluate the quality of treatment and services provided by our physicians, nurses, and other health care workers.

Other Services We Provide

We may also use your health information to:

  • Recommend treatment alternatives

  • Tell you about health services and products that may benefit you

  • Share information with family or friends involved in your care or payment for your care

  • Share information with third parties who assist us with treatment, payment, and health care operations. Our business associates must follow our privacy practices

  • Remind you of an appointment (optional, notify the scheduler if you do not wish to be reminded)

More Information

For more information about the practices and rights described in this notice:

  • Contact our Chief Privacy Officer at the address on the back of this notice

  • Contact our Compliance Officer at the address on the back of this notice

Sharing Your Health Information

There are limited situations when we are permitted or required to disclose health information without your signed authorization. These situations are:

  • For public health purposes such as reporting communicable diseases, work-related illnesses, or other diseases and injuries permitted by law; reporting births and deaths; reporting reactions to drugs and problems with medical devices.

  • To protect victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence

  • For health oversight activities such as investigations, audits, and inspections

  • For lawsuits and similar proceedings

  • When otherwise required by law

  • When requested by law enforcement as required by law or court order

  • To coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors

  • For organ and tissue donation

  • For research approved by our review process under strict