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.
The Privacy of alcohol and drug abuse client records maintained by Turtle Creek Recovery Center is protected by Federal law and regulations. Generally, Turtle Creek Recovery Center may not say to a person outside the program that a patient attends the program, or disclose any information identifying a patient as an alcohol or drug abuser, unless
The client consents in writing;
The disclosure is allowed by a competent court order; or
The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified personnel for research, audit or program evaluation.
Types of Uses and Disclosures
There are times when Turtle Creek Recovery Center does disclose client information as a part of the routine business of operating the program, including
In connection with treatment, payment, or health care operations. For example, information is exchanged with Value Options (NorthSTAR) to secure treatment authorizations and payment for services;
To qualified service organizations or business associates who provide services to Turtle Creek Recovery Center’s treatment, payment or health care operations;
In medical emergencies;
Authorized by court order;
To auditors and evaluators;
To researchers if the information will be protected as required by Federal regulations;
To report suspected child abuse or neglect; and
To report a crime or a threat to commit a crime on program premises or against program personnel.
In general, any other disclosure of your protected information will be made only with your written consent or authorization, which you can revoke, unless Turtle Creek Recovery Center already has taken action in reliance on your prior consent or authorization;
Turtle Creek Recovery Center may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you;
Turtle Creek Recovery Center is required by law to maintain the privacy of Protected Health Information (“PHI”) and to notify you of its legal duties and privacy practices, including any changes to its policies;