St. Lawrence County Human Resources
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 CAREFULLY


Use and Disclosures

 
Payment
Your health information may be used to seek payment from your health plan, from other sources of coverage such as an automobile insurer, or from credit card companies that you may use to pay for services. For example, your health plan may request and receive
information on dates of service, the services provided, and the medical condition being treated.

Health Care Operations
Your health information may be used as necessary to support the day-to-day activities and management of St. Lawrence County. For example, information on the services you received may be used to support budgeting and financial reporting.

Law Enforcement
Your health information may be disclosed to law enforcement agencies, without your permission, to support government audits and inspections, to facilitate law-enforcement investigations, and to comply with government mandated reporting.
 
Public Health Reporting
Your health information may be disclosed to public health agencies as required by law. For example, we are required to report certain communicable diseases to the state's public health department.

Other Uses and Disclosures require your Authorization
Disclosure of your health information or its use for any purpose other than those listed above requires your specific written
authorization. If you change your mind after authorizing a use or disclosure of your information you may submit a written revocation of the authorization. However, your decision to revoke the authorization will not affect or undo any use or disclosure of information that occurred before you notified us of your decision.
 

Additional Uses of Information

Information about treatments
Your health information may be used to send you information on the treatment and management of your medical condition that you may find to be of interest. We may also send you information describing other health-related goods and service that we believe may interest you.
 

Individual Rights

You have certain rights under the federal privacy standards. These include: 

  • The right to request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your protected health information.
     
  • The right to receive confidential communications concerning your medical condition and treatment.
     
  • The right to inspect and copy your protected health information.
     
  • The right to amend or submit corrections to your protected health information.
     
  • The right to receive an accounting of how and to whom your protected health information has been disclosed.
     
  • The right to receive a printed copy of this notice. 


St. Lawrence County Duties

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information and to provide you with this notice of privacy practices.  We also are required to abide by the privacy policies and practices that are outlined in this notice.


Right to Reserve Privacy Practices

As permitted by law, we reserve the right to amend or modify our privacy policies and practices. These changes in our policies and practices may be required by changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Whatever the reason for these revisions, we will provide you with a revised notice. The revised policies and practices will be applied to all protected health information that we maintain.
 

Requests to Inspect Protected Health Information

As permitted by federal regulation, we require that requests to inspect or copy protected health information be submitted in writing. You may obtain a form to request access to your records by contacting Privacy Official.


Complaints

If you would like to submit a comment or complaint about our privacy practices, you can do so by sending a letter outlining your concerns to:

Privacy Official
St. Lawrence County Human Resources
48 Court Street, Court House
Canton, NY 13617-1169


If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you should call the matter to our attention by sending a letter describing the cause of your concern to the same address.

You will not be penalized or otherwise retaliated against for filing a complaint.  You can contact the Privacy Official for further information concerning our privacy practices at:

St. Lawrence County Human Resources
48 Court Street
Canton, NY 13617-1169
(315) 379-2210

April 14, 2009





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