For Patients

How We May Use or Disclose Your Health Information

The following categories describe examples of the way we use and disclose health information:

For Treatment:
We may use your health information to provide you with medical treatment or services. For example, your health information will be disclosed to the oncology nurses who participate in your care. We may disclose your health information to another oncologist for the purpose of a consultation. We may also disclose your health information to your physician or another healthcare provider to be sure those parties have all the information necessary to diagnose and treat you.

For Payment:
We may use and disclose your health information to others so they will pay us or reimburse you for your treatment. For example, a bill may be sent to you, your insurance company or a third-party payer. The bill may contain information that identifies you, your diagnosis, and treatment or supplies used in the course of treatment. We may share your health information with pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs and patient support organizations in order to assist you in obtaining payment for your care or payment for certain parts of your care.

For Health Care Operations:
We may use and disclose your health information in order to support our business activities. For example, we may use your health information for quality assessment activities, training of medical students, necessary credentialing, and for other essential activities. We may ask you to sign your name to a sign-in sheet at the registration desk and we may call your name in the waiting room when we call you for your appointment. We may disclose your health information to a third party that performs services, such as billing and collection, on our behalf. In these cases, we will enter into a written agreement with the third party to ensure they protect the privacy of your health information.

Appointment Reminders:
We may use and disclose your health information in order to contact you and remind you of an upcoming appointment for treatment or health care services.

Treatment Alternatives and Health-Related Benefits and Services:
We may use your health information to inform you of services or programs that we believe would be beneficial to you. We may call, mail or e-mail you information about these services or goods. For example, we may contact you to make you aware of new products, supply product information, or a new patient assistance program that may be available to you.

Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care:
We may release your health information, including information about your condition, to a family member or friend who is involved in your medical care or who helps pay for your care. If you would like us to refrain from releasing your health information to a family member or friend, please complete the attached form located at the beginning of Privacy Notice. If there are no objections to us releasing your health information, please put "not applicable" on the form. We may also disclose your health information to disaster-relief organizations so that your family can be notified about your condition, status and location.

United in Healing with the US Oncology Network