Health Oversight Activities: McCarthy
Eye Center may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These include audits,
investigations, inspections and licensure. These activities are necessary for the government to monitor the health care system,
government programs and compliance with civil rights laws.
Lawsuits and Disputes: If you are involved in a lawsuit
or a dispute, we may be required to disclose your health information in response to a court order, administrative order, subpoena,
discovery request or other lawful process by someone involved in the dispute.
Law Enforcement: We may disclose
health information to law enforcement officials for reasons such as:
* In response to a court order, subpoena, warrant,
summons or similar process.
* To identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person.
* About the victim of a crime if, under certain circumstances,
we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement.
* About a death we believe may be the result of criminal conduct.
* About criminal conduct at our facility.
In emergency circumstances to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims, or the identity, description or location
of the person who committed the crime.
Health Records of Deceased Patients: We may disclose health information to
a coroner or medical examiner, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release health information
about patients to funeral home directors as necessary to carry out their duties. We may disclose to relatives or close personal
friends who were involved with the patient's care prior to death, health information relevant to their involvement. HIPAA
privacy protections continue until 50 years after the patient's death.
National Security and Intelligence Activities: We
may disclose health information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence and other
national security activities authorized by law.
Legal Requirements: We will disclose health information about
you without your permission when required to do so by federal, state or local law.
Other Uses and Disclosures Require Your Authorization
Other uses and disclosures of health information not covered by this notice
or applicable laws will be made only with your written permission (called “authorization”). If you do give authorization
in some instance, you may revoke that authorization in writing at any time. Uses and disclosures of your personal information
that require your authorization include marketing functions, and most disclosures that involve sale of health information.
Your Health Information Rights
You have the following rights concerning your
a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information. We may agree
to your request but are not required by law to do so, with the one following exception...
2. Restricting disclosures to health plan or insurance for
treatment you pay for in full. If you pay in full at the time of service and request
we not disclose the information to your health plan or insurer, we must and will comply.