Pacific Medical Centers is committed to protecting the private health information of our patients. Below is a brief summary of how we handle your health information. You can also download our full notice of privacy practices document for additional details.
How we may use and disclose your health information
We use health information about you for treatment, to get paid for treatment, for administrative purposes, and to evaluate the quality of care that you receive. For example, your health information may be shared with other providers to whom you are referred. Information may be shared by paper, mail, electronic mail, fax, or other methods. We may use or disclose your health information without your authorization for several reasons. But beyond those situations, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing your health information. If you sign an authorization to disclose information, you can later revoke it to stop any future uses and disclosures.
In most cases, you have the right to look at or get a copy of your health information that we use to make decisions about you. If you request copies, we may charge you a cost-based fee. You also have the right to request a list of certain types of disclosures of your information that we have made. If you believe your health information is incorrect or information is missing, you have the right to request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information.
Our legal duty
We are required by law to protect the privacy of your health information, provide this notice about our privacy practices, follow the privacy practices that are described in this notice, and seek your acknowledgment of receipt of this notice. We may change our privacy policies at any time. Before we make significant change in our policies, we will change our notice and post the new notice. You can also request a copy of our notice at any time. For more information about our privacy policies, contact the Privacy Office as listed below.
In addition to this summary above, you can also download our full notice of privacy practices document for additional details. Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to view the PDF file below, and is available here for download.
If you are concerned that we have violated your privacy rights, our privacy policies, or if you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information, you may contact the Office listed below. You may also send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The office listed below can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.
If you have any questions or complaints, please contact the Privacy Office at 206-621-4678, or write: Privacy Office, Quarters 6/7, Pacific Medical Centers, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144.