Marathon Health Notice of Privacy Practices

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.

Marathon Health uses health information about you for treatment, to obtain payment for treatment, for administrative purposes, and to evaluate the quality of care that you receive. Your health information is contained in a medical record that is the physical property of Marathon Health.

How Marathon Health May Use or Disclose Your Health Information

For Treatment. Marathon Health may use your health information to provide you with medical treatment or services. Marathon Health may also use your information for the coordination or management of your health care and related services among health care providers.

For Payment. Marathon Health may use and disclose your health information to others for purposes of receiving payment for treatment and services that you receive. For example, a bill may be sent to you or a third-party payor, such as an insurance company or health plan. The information on the bill may contain information that identifies you, your diagnosis, and treatment or supplies used in the course of treatment.

For Health Care Operations. Marathon Health may use and disclose health information about you for operational purposes. For example, your health information may be disclosed to members of the medical staff, risk or quality improvement personnel, and others to:

  • Evaluate the performance of our staff;

  • Assess the quality of care and outcomes in your cases and similar cases;

  • Learn how to improve our facilities and services; and

  • Determine how to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the health care we provide.

Group Health Plan.  Marathon Health may disclose your health information to your group health plan for health care operations purposes.  For example, your health information may be disclosed for the management of health plan premium incentive programs or for consolidating encounter activity data.

Required by Law. Marathon Health may use and disclose information about you as required by law. For example, Marathon Health may disclose information for the following purposes:

  • For judicial and administrative proceedings pursuant to legal authority;

  • To report information related to victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence; and

  • To assist law enforcement officials in their law enforcement duties.

Public Health. Your health information may be used or disclosed for public health activities such as assisting public health authorities or other legal authorities to prevent or control disease, injury or disability, or for other health oversight activities.

Decedents. Health information may be disclosed to funeral directors or coroners to enable them to carry out their lawful duties.

Organ/Tissue Donation. Your health information may be used or disclosed for cadaveric organ, eye or tissue donation purposes.

Research. Marathon Health may use your health information for research purposes when an institutional review board or privacy board that has reviewed the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy of your health information has approved the research.

Health and Safety. Your health information may be disclosed to avert a serious threat to the health or safety of you or any other person pursuant to applicable law.

Government Functions. Your health information may be disclosed for specialized government functions such as protection of public officials or reporting to various branches of the armed services.

Workers’ Compensation. Your health information may be used or disclosed in order to comply with laws and regulations related to Workers’ Compensation.

Other Uses. Other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization and you may revoke the authorization except to the extent Marathon Health has taken action in reliance on such authorization.

Your Health Information Rights 

You have the right to:

  • Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures or your information as provided by 45 CFR §164.522; however, Marathon Health is not required to agree to a requested restriction unless the requested restriction (i) relates to disclosures to a health plan for payment and/or health care operations, and (ii) the PHI relates to a health care service or product for which you have paid in full and out of your own pocket.

  • Obtain a paper copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices upon request;

  • Inspect and obtain a copy of your health record as provided for in 45 CFR §164.524;

  • Amend your health record, as provided in 45 CFR §164.526, by submitting a written request;

  • Request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations;

  • Revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information except to the extent that action has already been taken; and

  • Receive an accounting of disclosures made of your health information as provided by 45 CFR §164.528 and the HITECH Act.

Complaints 

You may complain to Marathon Health and to the Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.

 

Obligations of Marathon Health 

Marathon Health is required by law to:

  • Maintain the privacy of protected health information and notify you in the event of a breach if the breach poses a significant risk of financial, reputation, or other harm to you;

  • Provide you with this notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information;

  • Abide by the terms of this notice;

  • Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction on how your information is used or disclosed;

  • Accommodate reasonable requests you may make to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations; and

  • Obtain your written authorization to use or disclose your health information for reasons other than those listed above and permitted under law.

 

Appointment Reminders 

We may call you to remind you of an appointment at our facility. Please let us know if you do not wish to be called.

 

Contact Information 

If you have any questions or complaints, please contact:

Marathon Health

Privacy Officer

Marathon Health

20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 400

Winooski, VT 05404

1-802-857-0400