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«Member Handbook: Integrated Health Services For Physical and Behavioral Health Services Amerigroup Louisiana LA-MHB-0018-16 05.16 1-800-600-4441 (TTY ...»

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Please read this notice carefully. This tells you who can see your protected health information (PHI). It tells you when we have to ask for your OK before we share it. It tells you when we can share it without your OK. It also tells you what rights you have to see and change your information.

Information about your health and money is private. The law says we must keep this kind of information͕ called WH/͕ safe for our members. That means if you’re a member right now or if you used to be, your information is safe.

We get information about you from state agencies for Dedicaid and the hildren’s Health Insurance Program after you become eligible and sign up for our health plan. We also get it from your doctors, clinics, labs and hospitals so we can OK and pay for your health care.

Federal law says we must tell you what the law says we have to do to protect WH/ that’s told to us, in writing or saved on a computer. We also have to tell you how we keep it safe. To protect

PHI:

 On paper (called physical), we:

ʹ Lock our offices and files ʹ Destroy paper with health information so others can’t get it  Saved on a computer (called technical), we:

ʹ Use passwords so only the right people can get in ʹ Use special programs to watch our systems  Used or shared by people who work for us, doctors or the state, we:

ʹ Make rules for keeping information safe (called policies and procedures) ʹ Teach people who work for us to follow the rules When is it OK for us to use and share your PHI?

We can share your PHI with your family or a person you choose who helps with or pays for your

health care if you tell us it’s K. Sometimes, we can use and share it without your OK:

 For your medical care ʹ To help doctors, hospitals and others get you the care you need  For payment, health care operations and treatment ʹ To share information with the doctors, clinics and others who bill us for your care ʹ When we say we’ll pay for health care or services before you get them ʹ To find ways to make our programs better, as well as giving your PHI to health information exchanges for payment, health care operations and treatment. /f you don’t want this, please visit www.myamerigroup.com/pages/privacy.aspx for more information.

MEMCOMM-0333-14 LA REV. 05/07/15  For health care business reasons ʹ To help with audits, fraud and abuse prevention programs, planning, and everyday work ʹ To find ways to make our programs better  For public health reasons ʹ To help public health officials keep people from getting sick or hurt  With others who help with or pay for your care ʹ With your family or a person you choose who helps with or pays for your health care, if you tell us it’s K ʹ With someone who helps with or pays for your health care͕ if you can’t speak for yourself and it’s best for you We must get your OK in writing before we use or share your PHI for all but your care, payment, everyday business, research or other things listed below. We have to get your written OK before we share psychotherapy notes from your doctor about you.

You may tell us in writing that you want to take back your written K. We can’t take back what we used or shared when we had your OK. But we will stop using or sharing your PHI in the future.

Other ways we can — or the law says we have to — use your PHI:

 To help the police and other people who make sure others follow laws  To report abuse and neglect  To help the court when we’re asked  To answer legal documents  To give information to health oversight agencies for things like audits or exams  To help coroners, medical examiners or funeral directors find out your name and cause of death  To help when you’ve asked to give your body parts to science  For research  To keep you or others from getting sick or badly hurt  To help people who work for the government with certain jobs  To give information to worker’s compensation if you get sick or hurt at work What are your rights?

 You can ask to look at your WH/ and get a copy of it. We don’t have your whole medical record, though. If you want a copy of your whole medical record, ask your doctor or health clinic.

 You can ask us to change the medical record we have for you if you think something is wrong or missing.

 ^ometimes͕ you can ask us not to share your WH/. ut we don’t have to agree to your request.

 You can ask us to send PHI to a different address than the one we have for you or in some other way. We can do this if sending it to the address we have for you may put you in danger.

 You can ask us to tell you all the times over the past sidž years we’ve shared your PHI with someone else. This won’t list the times we’ve shared it because of health care͕ payment͕ everyday health care business or some other reasons we didn’t list here.

 You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you asked for this one by 69 MEMCOMM-0333-14 LA REV. 05/07/15 email.

 If you pay the whole bill for a service, you can ask your doctor not to share the information about that service with us.

What do we have to do?

 The law says we must keep your WH/ private edžcept as we’ve said in this notice.

 We must tell you what the law says we have to do about privacy.

 We must do what we say we’ll do in this notice.

 We must send your PHI to some other address or in a way other than regular mail if you ask for reasons that make sense͕ like if you’re in danger.

 We must tell you if we have to share your WH/ after you’ve asked us not to.

 /f state laws say we have to do more than what we’ve said here͕ we’ll follow those laws.

 We have to let you know if we think your PHI has been breached.

We may contact you By giving your phone numbers, you agree that we, along with our affiliates and/or vendors, may call or text any phone numbers you give us, including a wireless phone number, using an automatic telephone dialing system and/or a prerecorded message. Without limit, these calls or texts may be about treatment options, other health-related benefits and services, enrollment, payment, or billing. At any time, you may call the number on your member ID card to opt out of phone calls or texts.

What if you have questions?

If you have questions about our privacy rules or want to use your rights, please call Member Services at 1-800-600-4441 (711).

What if you have a complaint?

We’re here to help. /f you feel your WH/ hasn’t been kept safe͕ you may call Dember ^ervices or contact the Department of Health and Human Services. Nothing bad will happen to you if you complain.

Write to or call the Department of Health and Human Services:

Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1301 Young St., Suite 1169 Dallas, TX 75202 Phone: 1-800-368-1019 TDD: 1-800-537-7697 Fax: 214-767-0432 We reserve the right to change this Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) notice and the ways we keep your WH/ safe. /f that happens͕ we’ll tell you about the changes in a newsletter. We’ll also post them on the Web at www.myamerigroup.com/pages/privacy.aspx.

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