Notice of Privacy Notices
This notice is effective December 5, 2005 (revised 10/1/2010; 11/12/2012)
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED
AND HOW YOU CAN ACCESS THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY
What is "Protected Health Information"
During the time that you are a member of Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO (CCHP),
it will be necessary for us to collect, maintain and disclose different kinds of
information about you and your health. Generally, any information related to your
past, present, or future physical or mental health that can or may be identified
with you individually, is considered Protected Health Information ("PHI").
Examples include, but are not limited to, your name, gender, date of birth, and
past medical history.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your PHI, and we
are prohibited from disclosing your PHI except as the law specifies. We are also
required to provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices explaining our legal
duties and our privacy practices with respect to the PHI we collect and maintain
about you. This Notice of Privacy Practices ("Notice") also describes your rights
with respect to your PHI.
If we make any changes to our privacy practices consistent with the law, we will
promptly change this notice and provide a new notice. We will also maintain a current
copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices on our website at http://www.citizenschoicehealth.com
PLEASE NOTE: This Notice describes only the privacy practices of
CCHP. Your doctor or medical group, and any specialty care provider, hospital, pharmacy
or other provider that you may receive treatment or services from, may have their
own notice describing how they maintain the privacy of your PHI.
Examples of How CCHP Uses and Discloses PHI
Information About You: The following categories describe different
ways that CCHP uses and discloses your PHI. We have provided you with examples in
certain categories; however, not every use or disclosure in a category will be listed.
- Treatment- We may use your health information to provide and
coordinate the treatment, medications, and services you receive. For example, we
may order physical therapy services to improve your strength and walking abilities.
We will need to talk with the physical therapist so that we can coordinate services
and develop a plan of care. We also may need to refer you to another healthcare
provider to receive certain services. We will share information with that health
care provider in order to coordinate your care and services. We may also share your
protected health information with your doctor or medical group for purposes such
as authorizing a particular type of treatment.
- Payment- We may use your health information for various payment-related
functions. For example, we may receive a bill containing protected health information
from a doctor who provided care for you. If the bill is our responsibility, we will
make payment. If the bill is the responsibility of your medical group, we will forward
the bill, with your health information, to the medical group so they can make payment.
- Health Care Operations- We may use your health information for
certain operational, administrative, and quality assurance activities. For example,
we may use information in your health record to monitor the performance of the staff
providing treatment to you. This information will be used in an effort to continually
improve the quality and effectiveness of the health care and service we provide.
We may disclose health information to business associates if they need to receive
this information to provide a service to us and will agree to abide by specific
HIPAA rules relating to the PHI.
- Communications with Family Member or Friend- We may use or disclose
your PHI to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative,
or another person responsible for your health care or responsible for payment, but
ONLY IF: You are present, and you ask for or agree to the disclosure; OR You are
either not present, or you are physically or mentally unable to respond, and we
believe the disclosure is in your best interest.
- To Provide Information to You- We may use or disclose your PHI
to you in order to provide you with information about your benefits and available
services. For example, we may review your protected health information to evaluate
treatment and services you received and to evaluate the performance of our doctors
and other providers. We may contact you to inform you about possible treatment options
or alternatives, or to provide education about managing a chronic condition. We
may also use your health information to provide you with information about benefits
available to you, and in limited situations, about health-related products or services
that may be of interest to you.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)- We may disclose to the FDA,
or persons under the jurisdiction of the FDA, PHI relative to adverse events with
respect to drugs, foods, supplements, products, and products defects, or post-marketing
surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs, or replacements.
- Judicial and Administrative Proceedings- If you are involved
in a lawsuit or dispute, we may disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative
order. We may disclose your PHI for law enforcement purposes as required by law
or in response to a subpoena or court order.
- Fundraising- We may contact you as part of a fundraising effort.
- Correctional Institution- If you are or become an inmate of a
correctional institution, we may disclose to the institution or its agents, PHI
necessary for your health and the health and safety of other individuals.
- As Otherwise Required or Permitted by Law- We may also disclose
your PHI, as allowed by law, for many types of activities. PHI can be shared for
health oversight activities. It can also be shared with public health authorities,
for law enforcement reasons, and to coroners, funeral directors or medical examiners
(about decedents). PHI can also be shared for certain reasons with organ donation
groups, for research, and to avoid a serious threat to health or safety. It can
be shared for special government functions, for workers’ compensation, to respond
to requests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and to alert
proper authorities if we reasonably believe that you may be a victim of abuse, neglect,
domestic violence or other crimes.
Other Uses and Disclosures of PHI
- With Your Written Authorization: We must have your written authorization
in order to disclose your protected health information for any purpose or situation
not mentioned above (or as otherwise permitted or required by law). Once you provide
us with such written authorization, you have the right to revoke it at any time.
However, if we have already used or shared your PHI based on your authorization,
we cannot undo any actions we took before you revoked it. For more information regarding
written authorizations, please contact our Member Services Department at 1-866-634-CCHP
(2247), TTY/TDD: 711.
Your Health Information Rights
The law ensures that you have certain rights with regard to the privacy or your
protected health information. These include:
- Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of PHI
- You have the right to ask us to not disclose parts of your protected health care
information. We are not required to agree to those restrictions. We cannot agree
to restrictions on uses or disclosures that are legally required, or which are necessary
to administer our business. If we do not agree to make the changes you want, we
will send you a letter telling you why. You may ask that we review our decision
if you disagree with it.
- Inspect and obtain a copy of PHI - In most cases, you have the
right to access and copy the PHI that we maintain about you. We may charge you a
fee for the costs of copying, mailing, and supplies that are necessary to fulfill
your request. We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain limited circumstances.
Please be aware that CCHP does not have complete copies of your medical records.
If you want to look at, get a copy of, or change your medical records, please contact
your doctor or clinic.
- Request an amendment of PHI - If you feel the PHI we maintain
about you is incomplete or incorrect; you may request that we amend it. To request
an amendment, you must include a reason that supports your request. In certain cases,
we may deny your request for amendment.
- Receive an accounting of disclosures of PHI - The right to request
to be told when, to whom, for what reasons and what protected health information
about you we have disclosed, for most purposes other than treatment, payment, or
health care operations. The right to receive an accounting is subject to certain
exceptions, restrictions, and limitations.
- Request communication of PHI by alternative means or at alternative locations
- For instance, you may request that we contact you only in certain ways, at a different
residence or post office box. Your request must tell us how or where you would like
to be contacted. CCHP will try to accommodate all reasonable requests.
- Obtain a paper copy of the Notice upon request - The right to
a paper or electronic copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices.
If You Have A Question, Complaint, or Believe your Privacy Rights Have Been Violated
If you have a question or complaint regarding our privacy practices, please call
our Member Services Department at 1-866-634-CCHP (2247), TTY/TDD: 711.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may call, email or write
to us as follows:
Attention: Compliance Director
Citizens Choice Healthplan HMO
17315 Studebaker Road, Ste 200
Cerritos, CA 90703
Compliance Hotline: 562-207-4575
You may also file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). You may
send your written complaint to:
Attn: Regional Manager
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
90 7th Street, Suite 4-100
San Francisco, CA 94103
Voice Phone:(415) 437-8310
We will not take retaliatory action against you if
you file a complaint about our privacy practices.