Health Practices Information
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REPORT A PROBLEM
If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact the Associate Director of the Campus Health Center at 646-8305. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you can file a complaint with the Director or with the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Information obtained by a nurse, practitioner, or other member of the CHC healthcare team will be recorded in your record and used to determine the course of your treatment. Members of the healthcare team will record the actions they have taken and their observations.
A bill may be sent to you, an insurance company, or the person responsible for paying your NMSU account. This may include information that identifies you, your diagnosis, procedures and supplies used. When CHC charges are posted to your NMSU account, the bill will reflect “Campus Health Center” and the amount charged. No health information will be entered on the NMSU bill. This bill will be sent to the person, you have identified, as responsible for paying for your NMSU bill.
Members of the medical/administrative staff, the risk or quality improvement team may use information in your health record, combined with others like it, to assess care and outcomes. This information will then be used in an effort to continually improve the quality of the healthcare and services we provide.
There are some services provided in our organization through contacts with business associates. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your health information to our business associate so that they can perform the job we have requested. An example of this would be sending a test to an outside reference laboratory for processing. To protect your health information, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information.
We may use or disclose information to notify you; or notify a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, in order to obtain your location, as a way to ensure your condition, or to determine if referral care was completed.
|Communication with Family/Others
We provide practitioner on-call service after hours. In order to safeguard confidentiality, practitioners will ask to speak directly to the patient to disclose protected health information. Only encounters with patients will be recorded in the medical record. Any other types of communication will have to be authorized by you through a medical records release.
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you. Use of telephone message machines and/or messages left with roommates or other persons who answer the telephone number you disclosed, may be enlisted.
Food and Drug Administration
We may disclose to the FDA health information relative to adverse events with respect to food, supplements, product or product defects, or post marketing surveillance information to enable product recalls, repairs or replacement.
As required by law, we may disclose your health information to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability.
We may disclose health information for law enforcement purposes as required by law or in response to a valid subpoena. We may disclose to law enforcement officials upon request, information for the purpose of identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person or information about an individual who is, or is suspected, to be a victim of a crime.
Your health information may be used by members of appropriate health oversight agencies, public health authorities including the State Department of Health inspection teams in order to determine that professional and clinical standards are followed and the CHC is not endangering patients, workers, or the public.