500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617-419-4700
NOTICE OF PRIVACY RIGHTS & PRACTICES
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.
Because you receive care from a Steward Health Care System provider, we have Personal Health Information (PHI) about you. PHI is information that could identify you and relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health condition(s). We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your PHI and to provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI.
Steward Health Care entities, including our hospitals, physician practices and home health services, are members of an organized health care arrangement (OHCA) with other health care providers who are participants in Steward Health Care Network and Steward Integrated Care Network for the purpose of better serving patients. The OHCA members share PHI, as necessary, in order to manage joint operational activities. The OHCA members may use and disclose PHI to provide joint services for the affiliated members, such as integrated information system management, payment activities, quality assessment and improvement and risk management activities. A full list of OHCA members is available at www.steward.org/OHCA. A paper copy is available upon request.
How We Use and Disclose Your PHI
We use and disclose PHI to carry out our responsibilities as a health care provider in various ways. Examples of how we can use or disclose your information without your written authorization include:
Additional Uses & Disclosures
We may also use or disclose your PHI to:
Except as otherwise permitted by law, all other uses and disclosures not described above will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke any authorization you provide by sending a written notice to the Privacy Officer. Please Note: We cannot take back any health information we used or shared when we had your permission.
In addition, federal and state law require special privacy protections for certain highly confidential information such as information related to substance abuse treatment, HIV tests, psychotherapy notes, and genetic testing. We will not disclose this information without your written permission, unless otherwise permitted by law.
As required by state law, Steward Health Care System hospitals maintain medical records for at least 20 years after the patient's discharge or after the final treatment. A copy of the hospital's medical record retention policy is available upon request.
For the PHI maintained by Steward Health Care System, you have the right:
Effective Date of Notice
This Notice takes effect September 1, 2012. We are required to follow the privacy practices described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice will remain in effect until we change it in accordance with the procedure described below.
Changes to this Notice
We reserve the right to change this Notice and our privacy practices and to make the new provisions effective for all information we maintain. If we make any changes, we will publish the revised Notice on the Steward Health Care System website at www.steward.org.
Who to Contact for Questions or File Complaints
Please contact the Steward Health Care System Privacy Officer to request a copy of this Notice, to obtain help understanding this notice or to obtain more information. Additionally, you may also contact the Privacy Officer, if you are concerned that your privacy rights have been violated or if you disagree with a decision that was made about access to your PHI. The Privacy Officer can be reached by phone at 1-617-419-4732, or in writing at Privacy Officer, Steward Health Care System, 500 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.
Written complaints may also be filed with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint or exercising your rights nor will your benefits be affected.
STEWARD HEALTH CARE SYSTEM LLC ENTITIES
All policies found in MCN Policy Manager apply to the following Steward Hospitals:
Steward Carney Hospital, Inc.
d/b/a Carney Hospital
|2100 Dorchester Ave Dorchester, MA 02124|
Steward Good Samaritan Medical Center, Inc.
d/b/a Good Samaritan Medical Center
|235 North Pearl St, Brockton, MA 02301|
Steward Holy Family Hospital, Inc.
d/b/a Holy Family Hospital
|70 East St, Methuen, MA 01844|
Merrimack Valley Hospital, A Steward Family
d/b/a Merrimack Valley Hospital
|140 Lincoln Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830|
|New England Sinai Hospital, A Steward Family Hospital, Inc.||150 York St, Stoughton, MA 02072|
Nashoba Valley Medical Center, A Steward Family
d/b/a Nashoba Valley Medical Center
|200 Groton Road, Ayer, MA 01432|
Steward Norwood Hospital, Inc.
d/b/a Norwood Hospital
|800 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062|
Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of
d/b/a St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
|736 Cambridge St, Brighton, MA 02135|
Steward St. Anne’s Hospital Corporation
d/b/a Saint Anne’s Hospital
|795 Middle St, Fall River, MA 02721|
Morton Hospital, A Steward Family Hospital, Inc.
d/b/a Morton Hospital
|88 Washington Street, Taunton, MA 02780|
Quincy Medical Center, A Steward Family
d/b/a Quincy Medical Center
|114 Whitwell Street, Quincy, MA 02169|
|Steward Medical Group, Inc.||500 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116|
|Steward Home Care, Inc. d/b/a Caritas Home Care||30 Perwal St., Westwood, MA 02090|
Steward Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology
d/b/a Good Samaritan Radiation Oncology Center
|235 North Pearl St., Brockton, MA 02301|
|Steward PET Imaging, LLC||
500 Boylston St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA