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For Treatment: We may use your health information to provide, coordinate or manage your medical treatment or related services. Information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of your health care team will be recorded in your medical record and used to determine the course of treatment for you. For example, a doctor treating you for a broken hip may need to know if you have diabetes because diabetes may slow the healing process. Different ARHS departments or locations also may access your health information in order to coordinate services that you will need, such as prescriptions, lab work, and X rays. We also may disclose your health information to other providers, such as home health providers or physicians who may be involved in your medical care after you leave ARHS.

For Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to bill and collect payment for treatment and services that you receive from us or from other health care providers. For example, a bill may be sent to you or to your insurance company. The bill will contain information that identifies you, as well as your diagnosis and procedures and supplies used in the course of treatment. In certain situations, you may request that we not send information about your treatment to your health plan or insurance company. See instructions below for requesting a restriction under Your Health Information Rights.

For Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose health information about you for health care operations. For example, your health information may be disclosed to members of the medical staff, risk management or quality improvement personnel, and others to:

  • Evaluate the performance of our staff;
  • Assess the quality of care and outcomes in your case and similar cases;
  • Learn how to improve our facilities and services; and
  • Determine how we can make improvements in the care and services we provide.

To the Hospital Directory: Unless you tell us otherwise, we may include limited information about you in the hospital directory while you are a patient there. The directory information (name, location, and general condition as fair, stable, etc.) will only be released to people who ask for you by name. We will ask about your religious preference so that we understand if any of your beliefs affect the way care should be delivered while you are here. We will ask you if you would like to have clergy visits. If you agree, your religious affiliation will be included in the directory but will only be given to clergy or to clergy¬appointed representatives of your own faith. If you want to limit the amount of information that is disclosed or who gets this information, let us know by filling out the Patient Directory Instructions form that you will receive during the registration process.

To Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care: We may share information about your care or condition with an authorized representative, a family member, or another person identified by you or who is involved in your care or payment for your care, but we will only share information relevant to their involvement. If you do not want information about you released to those involved in your care or payment for your care, see instructions for requesting a restriction under Your Health Information Rights.

For Fundraising Activities: We may share certain health information with the Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation so that the Foundation may contact you about ARHS's fundraising efforts. We will only release limited information, such as your name, address, phone number, dates of service, type of service and attending physician. We will not release information about you to other fundraising organizations. If you do not want the Foundation to contact you for fundraising efforts, you must notify the Foundation by calling (800) 443 7385 and asking the switchboard to connect you to the Foundation. Furthermore, each time we contact you for fundraising efforts we must ask you if you wish to opt out of all future fundraising communications. If you do opt out of future fundraising communications, we will not disclose your information for fundraising purposes unless in the future we receive your written authorization to do so.

Other Disclosures: Incidental disclosures of your health information may take place in the health care setting and are allowed by law. As an example, discussion of your treatment plan is permitted at a nurses' station or in other treatment settings where conversation may be overheard.