In an emergency to report a crime, reporting crimes on premises, and reporting deaths by suspected criminal conduct.
If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may release health information about you to the correctional institution or law enforcement official. This release would be necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) for the safety and security of the correctional institution.
To Coroners, Funeral Directors, and Organ Procurement Organizations
We may disclose protected health information to a coroner or medical examiner for identification purposes, to determine cause of death or for the coroner or medical examiner to perform other duties authorized by law. We may also disclose protected health information to a funeral director, as authorized by law, in order to permit the funeral director to carry out their duties. We may disclose such information in reasonable anticipation of death. Protected health information may be used and disclosed for cadaveric organ, eye, or tissue donation for the purpose of facilitating organ, eye, or tissue donation and transplantation.
For Specified Government Functions
In certain circumstances, federal regulations authorize the facility to use or disclose your protected health information to facilitate specified government functions relating to military and veterans activities, national security and intelligence activities, protective services for the President and others, medical suitability determinations, correctional institutions, and law enforcement custodial situations.
For Worker's Compensation
The facility may release your health information to comply with worker's compensation laws or similar programs. According to KRS 342.020, an employee who reports an alleged work-related injury for adjustment of a claim shall execute a waiver and consent of the physician-patient privilege with respect to any condition or complaint reasonably related to the condition for which the employee claims compensation. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center shall provide the employee, employer, worker’s compensation insurer, special fund, uninsured employer’s fund, or the administrative law judge with any information or written material reasonably related to any injury or disease for which the employee claims compensation with documentation supporting the waiver and consent, or the Worker’s Compensation Application.
Uses and Disclosures which you Authorize
Other than as stated above, we will not disclose your health information other than with your written authorization. You may revoke your authorization in writing at any time except to the extent that we have taken action in reliance upon the authorization.
Although your health record is the physical property of the facility that compiled it, the information contained within the record belongs to you. You have the following rights regarding your health information:
Right to Inspect and Obtain a Copy of your Protected Health Information
You may inspect and obtain a copy of your protected health information that is contained in a designated record set for as long as we maintain the protected health information. A "designated record set" contains medical and billing records. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: psychotherapy notes; information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or for use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding; and protected health information that is subject to a law that prohibits access to protected health information. Depending on the circumstances, your physician may deny access to inspect and /or copy your records.
We may deny your request to inspect or obtain copies of your protected health information if, in our professional judgment, we determine that the access requested is likely to endanger your life or safety or that of another person, or that it is likely to cause substantial harm to another person referenced within the information. You have the right to request a review of this decision in certain circumstances.
To obtain a copy of your medical information, you must complete the proper paperwork located in Health Information Services. According to Kentucky statute, you are entitled to obtain one free copy of your medical records and a charge of $1.00 per page will be charged for furnishing a second copy.
To inspect your medical information, contact the healthcare professional involved in your care or Health Information Services.
Right to Request Amendments to your Protected Health Information
If you feel the health information we have in your record is incorrect or incomplete, you may request an amendment of the information for as long as we maintain this information. In certain cases, we may deny your request for an amendment. If we deny your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal.
In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that: