Confidentiality Statement / Protecting the Privacy of Patients’ Health Information
INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE PROTECTED.
- The privacy of all medical records and other individually identifiable health information must be protected at all times. Information
relating to a patient’s health care history, diagnosis, condition, treatment, or evaluation shall be considered individually identifiable
health information. Confidentiality of this health information must be maintained at all times, and may only be disclosed with the
express written consent of the patient.
- Non-individually identifiable health information, (e.g. health information that cannot be linked to a specific patient) is not included
within the definition of protected health information.
BOUNDARIES ON HEALTH INFORMATION USE AND RELEASE.
- An individual’s health information can be used for health purposes only.
- Protect individually identifiable health information. Sequential Health shall not publish or otherwise make generally available any
information or data that identifies a patient for purposes other than treatment, payment or other health care operations, without his or
her express written consent. This does not restrict the internal use of such information or data that is required in the performance of
the scope of work that Sequential Health has been engaged to perform for a client.Sequential Health also maintains physical, electronic,
and procedural safeguards to protect individually identifiable health information. Sequential Health is always assessing those safeguards
and shall make ongoing improvements to maintain and enhance our level of security for individually identifiable health information.
- Ensure that health information is not used for non-health purposes. Patient information can be used or disclosed only for purposes of
health care treatment, payment, and operations. Health information cannot be used for purposes not related to health care without
explicit authorization from the patient. For example, Sequential Health may not access the personal health information obtained by a
Sequential Health affiliate for any purpose other than to perform the services, for which we were engaged, unless Sequential Health first
obtains the explicit authorization of the patient.
- Maintain health information in a manner to protect confidentiality. All individually identifiable health information shall be maintained by
Sequential Health in a confidential manner that prevents unauthorized or inadvertent disclosure to third parties. For example,
Sequential Health may share confidential information with a third party under contract or affiliated with Sequential Health for the same
purpose of performing the services for which we were engaged, provided that the information shall remain confidential at all times and
shall be shared with only those persons that have authority to receive such information.
PENALTIES FOR MISUSE OF PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION
There are serious penalties for violation of the confidentiality of health information. Please be advised of the following:
- State Penalties. Various state laws impose criminal and civil penalties on individuals who misuse or disclose individually identifiable
health information without explicit consent by the patient.
- Federal Penalties. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a piece of federal legislation that directly addresses the
protection of confidential health information. HIPAA provides for civil money penalties up to $25,000 per person, per year for violations
of patient confidentiality. HIPAA also provides for federal criminal penalties.
- Sequential Health Penalties. Any employee who violates the privacy and confidentiality of patient health information, through disclosure
or otherwise, may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination of his or her contract and/or employment with Sequential