THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED BY CHOICE AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
CHOICE Regional Health Network takes your privacy rights seriously. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information.
CHOICE has adopted and is bound by the following guidelines:
- You have the right to receive confidential communications about your personal health information from CHOICE in the manner you choose. CHOICE will follow the instructions you give us about how to communicate with you about your private health information.
- In addition to discussing your health status and health care options with you, CHOICE may contact you to remind you about appointments or to provide additional information about services available to you from CHOICE.
- CHOICE will ask for confirmation of your identity before discussing private health information with you over the phone, such as your patient ID number, birth date, or address.
- CHOICE staff will discuss any information relating to your enrollment as a CHOICE client or your medical care with you in a private setting.
- CHOICE will store and use any documents with your private health information in a secure area, and store any electronic information in a secure database.
- CHOICE will keep only enough private health information about you to assess your enrollment in CHOICE programs, assist with enrollment in insurance and pharmacy assistance programs, and facilitate your health care referrals.
- CHOICE will share your information only with those physicians, providers, or agencies that participate in your care, or as required by law. For example, we may release health information about you to a health plan or a physician in order to obtain insurance coverage or donated medical care for you.
- When completing program reporting, CHOICE will strip any specific information that can identify you out of the reporting. Most of our reporting will be done on an aggregate (summary) basis.
- CHOICE will not release your information to any individual or agency who is not participating in your care without your written authorization, unless required by law. For example, if you move outside of CHOICE’s service region or you transition care to a new provider when you obtain health insurance, CHOICE will not release your information to the new provider without your written authorization. You have the right to revoke any such authorization in writing, provided CHOICE has not already released the information under different circumstances.
- You have the right to inspect, copy, and amend any errors in your health information and records kept by CHOICE. To view your records and health information, submit a written request to CHOICE.
- You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information by CHOICE, except for disclosures made to you or to your care providers who are part of CHOICE’s provider network.
- You have the right to request restrictions on the use or disclosure of your personal health information. However, CHOICE is not required to agree to the restrictions, and/or may refuse to provide services to you if the requested restrictions prevent us from serving you effectively.
- You have the right to receive a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices.
- CHOICE reserves the right to change the terms of this notice and to make the new notice provisions effective for all protected health information that it maintains. In the event of any such change in terms, CHOICE will provide the revised Notice of Privacy Practices in writing to affected individuals.
- Notice of Non-Discrimination. CHOICE Regional Health Network is committed to providing services to eligible clients without regard to race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, and/or status as a veteran.
- If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with CHOICE and/or with the Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights:
CHOICE Regional Health Network
1217 4th Ave E, Suite 200
Olympia, WA 98506
Linda Yuu Connor, Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2201 Sixth Avenue – M/S: RX-11
Seattle, WA 98121-1831
Voice: 206-615-2290, 800-368-1019
TDD: 206-615-2296, 800-537-7697
You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
- All information provided in official ‘CHOICE Regional Health Network’ Web sites is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between CHOICE and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Information on official CHOICE web sites is subject to change without prior notice. Although every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, CHOICE makes no guarantees of any kind.
- CHOICE web site may contain information that is created and maintained by a variety of sources both internal and external to CHOICE. These sites are unmoderated forums containing the personal opinions and other expressions of the persons who post the entries. CHOICE does not control, monitor or guarantee the information contained in these sites or information contained in links to other external web sites, and does not endorse any views expressed or products or services offered therein. In no event shall CHOICE be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.
Health-Related Content Disclaimer:
- Health related topics found on any CHOICE page should not be used for diagnosing purposes or be substituted for medical advice. As with any new or ongoing treatment, always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment. It is your responsibility to research the accuracy, completeness, and usefulness of all opinions, services, and other information found on the site, and to consult with your professional health care provider as to whether the information can benefit you. CHOICE assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequence resulting directly or indirectly for any action or inaction you take based on or made in reliance on the information, services, or material on or linked to this site.
- Since medical developments occur daily, this site may contain outdated material. While CHOICE makes every reasonable effort to present current and accurate information, no guarantee of any kind is made. CHOICE is not liable for any damage or loss related to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any information contained on this site.
- Any links to external Web sites and/or non-CHOICE information provided on CHOICE pages or returned from CHOICE Web search engines are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by CHOICE of the content or views of the linked materials.