Other uses of health information - by authorization only

Except as described in this Notice, Priority Health may not use or disclose your protected health information without your written authorization. You may give us written authorization to use your protected health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us written authorization, you may revoke it (take it back) at any time by notifying Priority Health's Compliance department in writing. If you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your health information for the reasons covered by your authorization, but it will not affect any use or disclosure permitted by the authorization while it was in effect. We need your written authorization to use or disclose psychotherapy notes, except in limited circumstances such as when the disclosure is required by law. We also must obtain your written authorization to sell information about you to a third party or, in most circumstances, to use or disclose your protected health information to send you communications about products and services. We do not need your written authorization, however, to send you communications about health related products or services, as long as the products or services are associated with your coverage or are offered by us.

We can provide you with a Sample Authorization Form.

A parent, legal guardian, or properly named patient advocate may represent you and provide us with an authorization (or may revoke an authorization) to use or disclose health information about you if you cannot provide an authorization. Court documents may be required to verify this authority.

Potential impact of other applicable laws

HIPAA (the federal privacy law) generally does not preempt, or override other laws that give people greater privacy protections. Therefore, if any state or federal privacy law requires us to provide you with more privacy protections, we are obligated to comply with that law in addition to HIPAA.

Learn about Priority Health's policy and procedures to ensure Confidentiality in all settings.