A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Privacy / Confidentiality

This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed by the Houghton College Student Health Center staff and how you can get access to this information

Please Review it Carefully

The privacy of your health information is important to you and to us.

Our Legal Duty

We are required by applicable federal and state law to maintain the privacy of your health information.  We are also required to give you this Notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information.

We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law.  We reserve the right to make changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our Notice effective for all health information that we maintain, including health information we created or received before we made the changes.  Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this Notice and make the new Notice available upon request.

You may request a copy of our Notice at any time.  For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice, please contact the Student Health Center.

Uses and Disclosures of Health Information

We use and disclose health information about you for treatment, payment, and health care operations.  For example:

Treatment: 

We may use or disclose your health information to a physician, laboratory, pharmacy or other healthcare provider providing treatment or services to you.  Your physical and mental health information is disclosed within the Student Health Center for treatment coordination if medically applicable.

Payment:

  We may use and disclose your health information to billing and insurance companies to obtain payment for services we provide to you.

Healthcare Operations:

We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations.  Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performance, conduction training programs including clinical supervision of providers, accreditation, certification,
licensing or credentialing activities.

Your Authorization: 

In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose.  If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time.  Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by our authorization while it was in effect.  Unless you give us written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this Notice.

To Your Family, Friends and Houghton College Personnel: 

We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or to another person to the extent necessary to help with your health care or with payment for your health care, but only if you agree that we may do so.  Generally, an authorization signed by you will be required prior to disclosing your health information to these individuals.

Persons Involved in Care: 

We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location,  general condition or death.  If you are present, then prior to use or disclosure or your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures.  In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will  disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only heath information that is directly relevant ot the person’s involvement in your health care.  We will also, use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up filled prescriptions, medical supplies, x-rays, or other similar forms of health information.

To Your Parents If You Are A Minor (under 18 years old): 

I required by federal or state law and you are a minor, your health information may be disclosed to your parents.  Generally, health information regarding contraception, pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, assault, and drug and alcohol use will not be released to parents or guardianls without signed authorization by the patient.

Marketing Health-Related Services: 

We will not use your health information for marketing communications without your written authorization.

Required by Law:

We may use or disclose your health information when we are required, by law, to do so.

National Security: 

We may disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances.  We may disclose to authorized federal officials heath information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities.  We may disclose your health information to law enforcement officials, or in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request or other lawful purposes.

Abuse or Neglect: 

We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a victim of current, on-going abuse, neglect, or domestic violence or the possible victim of other crimes.  We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety or the health or safety of others.

Appointment Reminders: 

We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters).

Patient Rights

Access: 

You have the right to view or obtain copies of your health information , with limited exceptions (for example, you do not have the right to access psychotherapy notes).  To obtain access to your health information you must make a request in writing to the address at the end of this Notice.  We will charge you a reasonable cost-based fee for expenses such as copies and staff time.  If you request copies, we will charge you $.15 for each page, $20.00 per hour for staff time to locate and copy your health information, and postage if you want copies mailed to you.

Restrictions: 

You have the right to request (in writing) that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information.  You may also request that we communicate with you by alternative means or at alternative locations.  We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency).

Amendment: 

You have the right to request that we amend your health information.  (Your request must be in writing and it must explain why the information should be amended.) 

Electronic Notice: 

If you receive this Notice on our web site or by electronic mail (e-mail), you are entitled to receive this Notice in written form.

Questions and Complaints

If you have questions or concerns, or if you want more information about our privacy practices, please contact any staff member of the Houghton College Student Health Center.

If you are concerned that we may; have violated your privacy rights, or if you disagree with a decision we have made about access to your health information or in response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information, you may voice your grievance by submitting it in writing to Dr. David Brubaker, Director, Houghton College Student Health Center.  You may also submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We support your right to the privacy of your health information.  We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with Student Health Center staff or with any other department or agency.