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Notice of Privacy Practices

Protecting patient privacy is an important element of the trust between our caregivers and their patients, and an important legal and ethical obligation. Atrius Health is deeply committed to protecting our patients' rights to privacy, and to safeguarding patient information.

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

This Notice applies to Atrius Health, Inc., which does business as Atrius Health, Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.  This notice also applies to Atrius Health's affiliates VNA Care, VNA of Boston, and VNA Hospice Care.

Our Uses and Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways:

To treat you
We can use your health information and provide it to others who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another of your doctors about your overall health condition.

Atrius Health has an integrated medical record.  Access to this record and other information maintained by Atrius Health is restricted to clinicians and staff who need the information for treatment, payment or health care operations purposes, or other allowable purposes as described by this Notice.

In some cases, providers at other health care organizations may be able to electronically access your health information created or maintained by Atrius Health, either through a secure connection to Atrius Health or through a secure network for the transmission of health information, such as the Massachusetts Health Information Highway ("The HIway").  All of these providers are required to take steps to protect the confidentiality of your information.

To run our organization
We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to assess the quality of care we provide.

To bill for our services
We can use and share your health information to bill and collect payment from health plans or other entities, including individuals, such as family members, who are responsible for paying for your health care.

Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for our services.

How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways - usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research.  We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes.  For more information see:  www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html

Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

  • Preventing disease
  • Helping with product recalls
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone's health or safety

Do research
We can use or share your information for health research.

Comply with the law
We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we're complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers' compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers' compensation claims
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

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