COULD MY RECORDS BE RELEASED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION?
There are limited situations when we are permitted or required to disclose your records, or parts of them, without your signed permission. These situations include:
– Reports to public health authorities to prevent or control disease or other public health activities,
– To protect victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence,
– For oversight including investigations, audits, accreditation and inspections, such as are conducted by the State Department of Health, or State Pharmacy Board, and federal agencies,
– When a court order, subpoena or other legal process compels us to release information,
– Reports to law enforcement agencies when reporting suspected crimes, when responding to an emergency, or in other situations when we are legally required to cooperate,
– In connection with an emergency, or to reduce or prevent serious threat to public health and safety
– To coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors,
– To victims of alleged violence or sex offenses,
– For workers’ compensation programs,
– For specialized government functions including national security, protecting the president, operating government benefit programs, and caring for prisoners,
– In connection with “whistleblowing” by an employee of Gastro Group of the Palm Beaches
All other uses not described above require that we obtain your signed permission as described below.
WHAT IF MY RECORDS NEED TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE
For any purpose not described above, we will release your information only with your explicit written authorization. Federal law requires that we notify you that all healthcare providers must obtain your explicit permission to release your information for any of the following:
- To release Psychotherapy Notes,
- For marketing purposes,
- To sell information about you.
Please note that it is not and has never been this practice’s policy to sell information about you or to use your information for marketing.
Your written permission, called an “authorization,” tells us what, where, why and to whom the information must be sent. Your signed authorization is valid until the date you specify. You can revoke this authorization at any time by letting us know in writing.