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.
Who is Bound By This Notice?
This Notice of Privacy Practices describes the practices of the Redwood Area Hospital as well as of the physicians associated with Affiliated Community Medical Center who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated with Immanuel St. Joseph’s Mayo Health Systems Marsh Clinic pulmonary medicine who have been granted privileges at Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated by Acute Care, Inc., who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated with Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated with Park Nicollet Heart Center who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated with Suburban Imaging who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated with Laboratory of Clinical Medicine who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, physicians associated with Stevens Community Medical Center Allergy and Asthma Clinic who have been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, Dr. Opsahl, Nephrologist has been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, Dr. M. Flinn, dentist has been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, Dr. G. Hammers, dentist has been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, Dr. T. Brown, dentist has been granted staff privileges at the Redwood Area Hospital, personnel associated with United Endoscopy, and personnel associated with Midwest Surgery. We are participants, but not agents of one another, in an organized system of health care.
This Notice applies to the delivery of health care by us at the Redwood Area Hospital.
We all will follow what is said in this Notice.
How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You.
We will share medical information about you with each other as necessary to carry out treatment, payment, or our health care operations.
We are required by law:
- to maintain the privacy of your medical information,
- to give you this Notice describing our legal duties and privacy practices, and
- to follow the terms of the Notice currently in effect.
How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You
In accordance with federal and state law, we will not use or disclose your medical information without your authorization, except as described in this Notice.
We will use your medical information for Treatment.
For example: Information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of the healthcare team will be recorded in your record and used to determine the course of treatment that should work best for you. Your physician will note in your record his or her expectations of the members of the healthcare team. Members of your healthcare team will record the actions they took and their observations. In that way, the physician and the healthcare team will know how you are responding to treatment.
We will also provide your subsequent healthcare provider with copies of reports to assist him or her in treating you. For example: If you receive treatment in the emergency department and provide the hospital with the name of your family physician, the emergency report will be forwarded to your family physician in order to provide information needed for follow-up care at the physician’s office.
We will use your medical information for Payment.
For example: A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payer. The information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you as well as your diagnosis, procedures, and supplies used.
We will use your medical information for Health Care Operations.
For example: Members of the medical staff, the risk or quality improvement manager, or members of the quality improvement team may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. This information will then be used in an effort to improve the quality and effectiveness of the healthcare and services we provide.
Business Associates: There are some services provided in our organization through contracts with business associates. Examples include a hospital auditor who may review billing information. We may disclose your health information to our business associates so they can perform the job we’ve asked them to do. However, we require the business associates take precautions to protect your medical information.
Facility Directory: Unless you notify us that you object, we may use your name, location in the facility, general condition, and religious affiliation for directory purposes. This information may be provided to members of the clergy and, except for religious affiliation, to other people who ask for you by name.
Notification and Communication: We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or other person responsible for your care of your location and general condition. Health professionals, using their best judgment, may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend, or any other person you identify, health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care.
Research: We may disclose information to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your medical information.
Funeral Director, Coroner, and Medical Examiner: Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose health information to funeral directors, coroners, and medical examiners to help them carry out their duties.
Organ Procurement Organizations: Consistent with applicable law, we may disclose health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.
Fundraising: We may use certain medical information for purposes of raising funds for the facility and its operations.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): We may disclose to the FDA health information relative to adverse events, product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacement.
Public Health: As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability, including child abuse and neglect.
Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence: We may disclose to appropriate governmental agencies, such as adult protective or social service agencies, your health information, if we reasonably believe you are a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence. We will only make this disclosure if you agree or when required or authorized by law.
Health Oversight: In order to oversee the health care system, government benefits programs, entities subject to governmental regulation and civil rights laws for which health information is necessary to determine compliance, we may disclose health information for oversight activities authorized by law, such as audits and civil, administrative, or criminal investigations.
Court Proceeding: We may disclose health information in response to requests made during judicial and administrative proceedings, such as court orders or subpoenas.
Law Enforcement: Under certain circumstances, we may disclose health information to law enforcement officials. These circumstances include reporting required by certain laws (such as the reporting of certain types of wounds), pursuant to certain subpoenas or court orders, reporting limited information concerning identification and location at the request of a law enforcement official, reporting death, crimes on our premises, and crimes in emergencies.
Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release medical information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
Threats to Public Health or Safety: We may disclose or use health information when it is our good faith belief, consistent with ethical and legal standards, that it is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat or is necessary to identify or apprehend an individual.
Specialized Government Functions: Subject to certain requirements, we may disclose or use health information for military personnel and veterans, for national security and intelligence activities, for protective services for the President and others, for medical suitability determinations for the Department of State, for correctional institutions and other law enforcement custodial situations, and for government programs providing public benefits.
Workers Compensation: We may disclose health information when necessary to comply with laws relating to workers compensation or other similar programs.
We may also use and disclose your personal health information for the following purposes:
- to contact you to remind you of an appointment for treatment
- to describe or recommend treatment alternatives to you
- to furnish information about health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you, or
- for certain charitable fundraising purposes to benefit Redwood Area Hospital
All other uses and disclosures of your medical information will be made only with your written permission. Once given, you may revoke the authorization by writing us at
Redwood Area Hospital
100 Fallwood Rd
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Attn: Privacy Officer
You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosure we have already made with your permission.
Your Individual Rights
You have many rights concerning the confidentiality of your medical information. You have the right:
- to request restrictions on the medical information we may use and disclose for treatment, payment, and health care operations. We are not required to agree to these requests. To request restrictions, please send a written request to the address below.
- to receive confidential communications of medical information about you in a certain manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may request that we only contact you at work or by mail. To make such a request, you must write to us at the address below and tell us how or where you wish to be contacted.
- to inspect or copy your medical information. You must submit your request in writing to the address below. If you request a copy of your medical information, we may charge you a fee for the cost of copying, mailing, or other supplies. In certain circumstances, we may deny your request to inspect or copy your medical information. If you are denied access to your medical information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed healthcare professional will then review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will comply with the outcome of the review.
- to amend your medical information. If you feel the medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. To request an amendment, you must write to us at the address below. We will respond to the request within 60 days of the request. You must also give us a reason to support your request. We may deny your request to amend your medical information if it is not in writing or does not provide a reason to support your request. We may also deny your request if:
- the information was not created by us, unless the person or entity who created the information is no longer available to make the amendment,
- the information is not part of the medical information kept by or for us,
- the information is not part of the information you would be permitted to inspect or copy, or
- the information is accurate and complete.
If your amendment request is denied, we will inform you in writing of the reason for the denial and your rights including: the right to file a written statement of disagreement with the denial; the right to have the request for amendment, the denial, and (if submitted) your written statement of disagreement attached to all future disclosures of the protected health information.
If your amendment request is approved it will result in: a change in your protected health information, a written notice to you that your protected health information was changed, and we will inform other providers that you believe may have received the original protected health information.
- to receive an accounting of disclosures of your medical information. You must submit a request in writing to the address below. Not all medical information is subject to this request. Your request must state a time period, no longer than 6 years and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. Your request must state how you would like to receive this report (paper, electronically). The first list you request within a 12 month period is free. For additional lists, we may charge you the cost of providing the list. We will notify you of this cost and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request before charges are incurred.
- to receive a paper copy of this Notice upon request, even if you have agreed to receive the Notice electronically. You may obtain a copy of this notice at our website, redwoodareahospital.org. To receive a paper copy, you must submit a written request to the address below. A paper copy will also be available at the registration desk.
All requests to restrict use of your medical information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations, to inspect and copy medical information, to amend your medical information, or to receive an accounting of disclosures of medical information must be made in writing to the following address:
Redwood Area Hospital
100 Fallwood Rd
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Attn: Privacy Officer
If you have a Complaint:
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, a grievance may be made filed with our Quality/Risk Manager. You may also submit a complaint to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
You will not be penalized in any way for filing a complaint.
All complaints should be sent in writing to the following address:
Redwood Area Hospital
100 Fallwood Rd
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Attn: QI/Risk Manager
Changes to This Notice
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and to apply the revised practices to medical information about you that we already have. We will post a copy of the current notice as well as on our website. The notice will list on the first page, in the upper right-hand corner, the effective date. In addition, each time you register at or are admitted to one of our sites for treatment or services, we will offer you a copy of the current notice.