THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN OBTAIN ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.  

This Notice describes the privacy practices of McKinley Health Center (“McKinley”). It applies to the health care services you receive at McKinley. This Notice describes generally (a) the types of uses and disclosures McKinley may make with your health information; and (b) your rights to access and control your health information. McKinley will comply with laws that provide additional protections for certain medical information related to services or treatment for mental health conditions, alcohol and drug abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

MCKINLEY MAY USE & DISCLOSE INFORMATION FOR THE FOLLOWING:

Treatment:  McKinley may use or disclose your health information to provide treatment and to coordinate or manage your healthcare and any related services. For example, McKinley may give information to a physician, to whom you have been referred, to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you. McKinley may disclose your information to another physician or health care provider (e.g., a specialist), who, at the request of your physician, nurse practitioner, or therapist, becomes involved in your care.

Payment:  McKinley does not routinely bill patients or third parties for services rendered. However, should circumstances require billing, your health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for your health care services. This may include certain activities that your health insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the health care services McKinley recommends for you. For example, obtaining approval for a hospital stay or for a referral to a specialist may require that your relevant health information be disclosed to the health plan.

Healthcare Operations:  McKinley may use or disclose your health information in order to perform healthcare operations. For example, McKinley may use or disclose your health information for licensing and accreditation activities. Additionally, McKinley may use or disclose your health information, as necessary, to email a reminder to you of your scheduled appointment. McKinley Staff may also call you by name in the waiting room when your provider is ready to see you. McKinley Staff may leave a voicemail on your phone asking you to contact McKinley in order to ensure adequate follow-up care.

McKinley may provide certain services through contracts with others. When services are contracted, your health information may be disclosed in order to carry out specific operational functions. Whenever an arrangement for services involves the use or disclosure of your health information, McKinley will have a written contract to protect the privacy of your health information. For example, McKinley may have a contract with another facility to provide 24-hour nursing advice during hours when McKinley is not in operation. Your health information may be shared with that facility

OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES MCKINLEY MAY MAKE WITHOUT YOUR AUTHORIZATION, CONSENT OR OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT:  

McKinley may use or disclose your health information to the extent that the use or disclosure is required or permitted by federal, state, or local law.  

YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS:

Right to Obtain a Copy of this Privacy Notice:  Additional copies of this Notice can be obtained from the McKinley website, www.mckinley.illinois.edu, and at the registration areas of McKinley

Right to Inspect and Request a Copy of your Health Record:  You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of your health record, except in limited circumstances defined by federal and state law.

Right to Request an Amendment to your Health Record:  You may make a written request to amend your health information, as long as the information is kept by or for McKinley. You must give McKinley a reason for the amendment. In certain cases, McKinley may deny your request for an amendment. If McKinley denies your request for amendment, you have the right to file a statement of disagreement with McKinley, and McKinley may prepare a rebuttal to your statement. McKinley will provide you with a copy of any such rebuttal.

Contact McKinley's Privacy Administrator:  To exercise any of the rights described above, or if you have any questions about this Notice, please contact the Privacy Administrator. If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated by McKinley, you may file a complaint with McKinley by contacting the Privacy Administrator. The Privacy Administrator can be contacted at (217) 333-2711 or by mail to: McKinley Health Center, Attention: Privacy Administrator, 1109 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801.  

Changes to this Notice:  McKinley reserves the right to change this Notice at any time. McKinley reserves the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for information already obtained about you as well as any information received in the future. McKinley will post a copy of the current Notice on its website at  www.mckinley.illinois.edu

Effective Date: August 18, 2021