Other permitted or required uses and disclosures

Priority Health may also use or release your health information:

  • When required by law
  • For law enforcement purposes
  • To report or prevent abuse, neglect or domestic violence
  • For public health activities, such as disease control or public health investigations
  • To prevent a serious threat to an individual or a community's health and safety
  • When necessary for judicial or administrative (i.e., court) proceedings
  • For health oversight activities led by governmental agencies and authorized by law
  • As necessary for a coroner, medical examiner, law enforcement official, or funeral director to carry out their legal duties with respect to a deceased individual or to cadaveric organ, eye or tissue donation and transplant organizations
  • For research purposes (as long as applicable research privacy standards are met)
  • To make a collection of "de-identified" information that cannot be traced back to you
  • For compliance with workers' compensation requirements, as authorized by applicable law
  • For various government functions, such as disclosures to the Armed Forces for active personnel, to Intelligence Agencies for national security, and the Department of State for foreign services reasons (e.g., security clearance)

Disclosures to health plan sponsors

(This section of the Notice of Privacy Practices applies to only to group health plans).

Priority Health may share information with the sponsor of your group plan (usually, your employer) about whether you are enrolled or disenrolled in the plan. Priority Health may also share "summary health information" with the sponsor. Summary health information has most identifying information (such as your name, your age and address except for zip code) removed, and it summarizes the amount, type, and history of claims paid under the sponsor's group health plan. The sponsor may use this information to obtain premium bids for health insurance coverage or to decide whether to modify, amend or terminate the plan. If the sponsor of your group health plan takes appropriate steps to comply with federal privacy regulations, Priority Health may also disclose your protected health information to the sponsor for the sponsor's administration of the group health plan.

Go to Other uses of health information requiring your written authorization.