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Last Updated: October 1, 2010

The Bethesda Lutheran Communities website (the “Site”) and its contents are owned by Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc. (“Bethesda”). By using the Site you signify that you have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms of Usage. Bethesda reserves the right to change these Terms of Usage at any time without further notice. The changes will be posted on this Terms of Usage page and the last revision date will be updated. Your continued use of the Site after such changes indicates your acceptance of the new Terms of Usage. It is your responsibility to regularly check the Site to determine if there have been changes.

All content on the Site is the proprietary property of Bethesda. You are granted a limited license to access and use the Site Content and to download or print a copy of any portion of the Site Content to which you have properly gained access solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided that you keep all copyright or other proprietary notices intact. You may not upload or republish Site Content on any Internet, Intranet or Extranet Site or incorporate the information in any other database.

You are responsible for ensuring that any materials or photos you post to the Site do not violate or infringe upon the copyright, patent, trademark, or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party, and is posted with the permission of the owner of such rights.

You agree not to use the Site in any manner that can damage or disable the Site. You may not post or make available any material that contains software viruses or any other programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware.

The Site contains links to other web Sites (“Third Party Sites”). Such Third Party Sites are not investigated, monitored, or checked for accuracy, appropriateness, or completeness by Bethesda, and Bethesda is not responsible for any Third Party Sites accessed through the Site, including the content, accuracy, offensiveness, opinions, reliability, privacy practices, or other policies of or contained in the Third Party Sites. Inclusion of, linking to, or permitting the use or installation of any Third Party Site does not imply approval or endorsement thereof by Bethesda. If you decide to leave the Site and access the Third Party Sites, you do so at your own risk and you should be aware that our terms and policies no longer govern. You should review the applicable terms and policies,

including privacy and data gathering practices, of any web site to which you navigate from the Site.

By visiting or using the Site, you agree that the laws of the State of Wisconsin, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms of Usage and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Bethesda. With respect to any disputes or claims, you agree not to commence or prosecute any action in connection therewith other than in the state and federal courts located in Wisconsin, and you hereby consent to, and waive all defenses of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens with respect to, venue and jurisdiction in the state and federal courts of Wisconsin.

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

NOTICE OF BETHESDA’S PRIVACY PRACTICES
FOR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION OF SUPPORTED PERSONS

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 all protected health information* (“PHI”) maintained by Bethesda. This notice will be followed by all members of Bethesda’s Workforce, including employees, contracted staff and volunteers, with respect to PHI maintained by Bethesda. If you have any questions after reading this Notice, please contact Bethesda’s HIPAA Privacy Officer or designee.

* Protected Health Information (PHI) is any individually identifiable health information, whether oral, written, or electronic, transmitted or maintained in any form or medium that is created or received by a health care provider, a health plan, or a health care clearinghouse; and relates to an individual’s past, present, or future physical or mental health condition or health care treatment, or the past, present or future payment for health care services provided to you; and either identifies you (for example, your name, social security number or medical record number) or can reasonably be used to find out your identity (address, telephone number, birth date, e-mail address, and names of relatives or employers).

Our Pledge Regarding Your Health Information

We are committed to the protection of PHI in accordance with applicable law and accreditation standards regarding your privacy. The health information about you is personal. This information may consist of paper, digital or electronic records but could also include photographs, videos and other electronic transmissions or recordings that are created during your care and treatment. A record of the care and services you receive is needed to provide you with quality care and to comply with legal requirements.

The law requires us to:

  • Make sure that health information that identifies you is kept private.
  • Give you this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to health information about you.
  • Notify you in the event of a breach of your Unsecured PHI.
  • Follow the terms of this Notice that are currently in effect.

When releasing your PHI, Bethesda will follow a “Minimum Necessary” standard, whereby we will make reasonable efforts to limit the use and disclosure of your PHI in order to accomplish the intended purpose or job.

Uses and disclosures of health information not covered by this Notice or the laws that apply to Bethesda will be made only with your authorization.

In certain circumstances Bethesda may use and disclose PHI about you without your written consent as follows:

  • Treatment: We may use your medical information, without your permission, to treat you. We may disclose your medical information, without your permission, to a physician or other health care provider for your treatment.
  • Payment: We will use and disclose your PHI to send bills and collect payment from you, your insurance company, or other payers, such as Medicare, for the care, treatment, and other related services you receive. We may provide your name, address and insurance information to other health care providers related to your care. We may tell your health insurer about a treatment your doctor has recommended to obtain prior approval to determine whether your plan will cover the cost of the treatment. For billing information, contact the Finance Accounts Receivable Department.
  • Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose PHI about you for the purpose of our business operations. These business uses and disclosures are necessary to make sure that people who receive supports from Bethesda receive quality care and cost-effective services. For example, we may use PHI to review the quality of our treatment and services, and to evaluate the performance of our staff and contracted employees in caring for you. We may use or disclose your PHI to an outside company that assists us in operating our facilities. For example, when your These outside companies are called “business associates,” who have contracted with us to keep any PHI received from us confidential in the same way we do.
  • Family Members and Friends: We may disclose PHI about you to a family member, relative, or another person identified by you who is involved in your health care or payment for your health care. If you are not present or are incapacitated or it is an emergency or disaster relief situation, we will use our professional judgment to determine whether disclosing limited PHI is in your best interest under the circumstances.
  • Fundraising Activities: We may use PHI, such as your name, address, phone number, and the dates you received services to contact you to raise money for Bethesda. You have the right to opt out of receiving fundraising communications from us.
  • Future Communications: We may use your name, address, e-mail and phone number to contact you to provide you information about new programs or other services we offer.. This same information may be used to develop new programs and services.
  • Public Health and Government Functions: We will disclose your PHI in certain circumstances to:
    • Control or prevent a communicable disease, injury or disability, to report births and deaths, and for public health oversight activities or interventions.
    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to report adverse events or product defects, to track products, to enable product recalls, or to conduct post-market surveillance as required by law.
    • A state or federal government agency to facilitate their functions.
  • Required or Permitted by Law: We will disclose your PHI when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. We are permitted, and required in some cases, to release your PHI in certain circumstances to:
    • Report suspected elder or child abuse to law enforcement or other governmental agencies responsible to investigate or prosecute abuse.
    • Respond to a valid court order.
    • The Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), a protection or advocacy agency, and law enforcement authorities investigating abuse, neglect, physical injury, death, and suspicious wounds, burns, or gunshot wounds.
    • Your court-appointed guardian or agent you have appointed under a health care power of attorney.
    • An imate/prisoner’s health care provider.
    • A medical examiner, coroner, and funeral director regarding a death.
    • Law enforcement officials with regard to crime victims, crimes on our premises, crime reporting in emergencies, and identifying or locating suspects or other persons.
  • Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation: We will disclose PHI to organizations that obtain, bank or transplant organs or tissues.
  • Workers’ Compensation: We will disclose your health information that is reasonably related to a worker’s compensation illness or injury following written request by your employer, worker’s compensation insurer, or the Department of Workforce Development or its representative.
  • Shared Medical Record/Health Information Exchanges: We maintain PHI about people we support in shared electronic medical records that allow our affiliates and regulatory authorities to share PHI. We also participate in various electronic health information exchanges that facilitate access to PHI by other health care providers who provide you care. For example, if you are admitted on an emergency basis to a hospital that participates in the health information exchange, the exchange will allow us to make your PHI available electronically to those who need it to treat you at the hospital. Your Protected Health Information Rights
  • Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request certain restrictions of our use or disclosure of PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a restriction on our disclosure of your PHI to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care. We are not required to agree to your request in most cases. If we agree to the restriction, it will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide you emergency treatment. We must, however, agree to your request to (1) restrict our disclosure of your PHI to your health plan when you have paid us out–of–pocket in full for the health care item or service we provided you and (2) restrict our disclosure of your immunization data to the state Immunization Registry. A request for restriction should be made in writing. To request a restriction, please contact the Privacy Officer or designee.
  • Right to Access: You have the right to access PHI about you that may be used to make decisions about your health. A request to inspect your records may be made to the Privacy Officer or designee. Your request must be in writing, and we may request that you use our form. There may be a charge for copies.
  • Right to Amend: If you feel that PHI we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information, for as long as we maintain the information. Requests for amending your PHI should be made in writing to Bethesda’s Privacy Officer or designee. Bethesda will respond to your request within 60 days after you submit the written amendment request form. If we deny your request, we will provide you a written explanation. You may respond with a statement of disagreement to be appended to the information you wanted amended. If we accept your request to amend the information, we will make reasonable efforts to inform others, including people you name, of the amendment and to include the changes in any future disclosures of that information.
  • Right to an Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to request an accounting of instances in which we or our Business Associates disclosed your PHI for purposes other than treatment, payment, health care operations, disclosures authorized by you or made to you, and certain other activities. To request this accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer or designee We will notify you of the cost involved, and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
  • Right to Request Alternate Means of Communication: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your PHI in a certain way or at a certain location.

We will accommodate all reasonable requests. You must make any such request in writing submitted to Bethesda’s Privacy Officer or designee.

Right to Require Authorization: Your authorization is required for most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes, uses and disclosures of PHI for marketing purposes, and disclosures that constitute a sale of PHI.

Right to Revoke Authorization: If you authorize Bethesda to use or disclose your PHI, you may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time. We are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission. To revoke an authorization you must contact Bethesda’s Privacy Officer or designee.

Right to Complain: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with Bethesda or with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with Bethesda, you must put your complaint in writing and address it to Privacy Officer, Jeff Kaczmarski. This person will assist you in filing your complaint and the necessary paper work. Filing a complaint will not affect your care and treatment. Important Notice: We reserve the right to revise or change this Notice and to make the new Notice provisions effective for all PHI Bethesda maintains. The most current copy of this Notice will be available for you. You have a right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice upon request.

How to Contact Us:

HIPAA Privacy Officer, Jeff Kaczmarski
Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc.
600 Hoffmann Dr.
Watertown, WI 53094
Email Address: Jeff.Kaczmarski@bethesdalc.org
Phone Number: 920-206-4406

Office for Civil Rights, Region V
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
233 North Michigan Ave., Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60601
Voice Phone 800-368-1019
FAX 202-619-3818
TTD 800-537-7697
E-mail: ocrmail@hhs.gov

Effective Date: The rights set forth in this Notice became effective on April 14, 2003 Last Revision Date: This Notice was revised February 15, 2019

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