B.WELL NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY
b.well values you as a customer, and protection of your privacy is very important to us. In conducting our business, we will create and maintain records that contain protected health information about you and the health care provided to you. Note: “Protected Health Information” or “PHI” is information about you, including information that can reasonably be used to identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, the provision of health care to you or the payment for that care. We protect your privacy by: limiting who may see your PHI; limiting how we may use or disclose your PHI; informing you of our legal duties with respect to your PHI; explaining our privacy policies; and adhering to the policies currently in effect. This Notice describes our privacy practices, which include how we may use, disclose, collect, handle, and protect your PHI. We are required by certain federal and state laws to maintain the privacy of your PHI.
We are required by law to comply with whatever Privacy Notice is currently in effect. You will be notified of any material change to our Privacy Notice before such change becomes effective. When necessary, a revised Privacy Notice will be emailed to the address that we have on record for you, and will also be posted on our web site at www.icanbwell.com.
The HIPAA Privacy Rule generally does not “preempt” (or take precedence over) state privacy or other applicable laws that provide individuals greater privacy protections. As a result, to the extent state law applies, the privacy laws of a particular state, or other federal laws, rather than the HIPAA Privacy Rule, might impose a privacy standard under which we will be required to operate. For example, where such laws have been enacted, we will follow more stringent state privacy laws that relate to uses and disclosures of the PHI concerning HIV or AIDS, mental health, substance abuse/chemical dependency, genetic testing, reproductive rights, etc.
In order to administer our programs effectively, we may collect, use and disclose PHI for certain of our activities. The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your PHI. Please note that every permitted use or disclosure of your PHI is not listed below. However, the different ways we will, or might, use or disclose your PHI do fall within one of the permitted categories described below.
- Treatment: We may disclose information to doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and other health care providers who take care of you to assist in your treatment or the coordination of your care.
- Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your PHI to conduct and support our business and management activities. For example, we may use and disclose your PHI to conduct quality assessment and improvement activities, to conduct business planning activities, to conduct fraud detection programs, to conduct or arrange for medical review, or to engage in care coordination of health care services. We may also use and disclose your PHI to offer you one of our value added programs like smoking cessation or discounted health related services, or to provide you with information about one of our disease management programs or other available b.well health products or health services. We may also use and disclose your PHI to provide you with reminders to obtain preventative health services, and to inform you of treatment alternatives and/or health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
- Marketing: Your PHI will not be sold, used or disclosed for marketing purposes without your authorization except where permitted by law. Such exceptions may include: a marketing communication to you that is in the form of (a) a face-to-face communication, or (b) a promotional gift of nominal value.
- Release of Information to Plan Sponsors: Plan sponsors are employers or other organizations that sponsor a group health plan. We may disclose PHI to the plan sponsor of your group health plan as follows: we may disclose “summary health information” to your plan sponsor to use to obtain premium bids for providing health insurance coverage or to modify, amend or terminate its group health plan. “Summary health information” is information that summarizes claims history, claims expenses, or types of claims experience for the individuals who participate in the plan sponsor’s group health plan; we may disclose PHI to your plan sponsor to verify enrollment/disenrollment in your group health plan; we may disclose your PHI to the plan sponsor of your group health plan so that the plan sponsor can administer the group health plan; and if you are enrolled in a group health plan, your plan sponsor may have met certain requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule that will permit us to disclose PHI to the plan sponsor. Sometimes the plan sponsor of a group health plan is the employer. In those circumstances, we may disclose PHI to your employer. You should talk to your employer to find out how this information will be used.
- Research: We may use or disclose your PHI for research purposes if certain conditions are met. Before we disclose your PHI for research purposes without your written permission, an Institutional Review Board (a board responsible under federal law for reviewing and approving research involving human subjects) or Privacy Board reviews the research proposal to ensure that the privacy of your PHI is protected, and to approve the research.
- Required by Law: We may disclose your PHI when required to do so by applicable law. For example, the law requires us to disclose your PHI: when required by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate our compliance efforts; and to health oversight agencies, to allow them to conduct audits and investigations of the health care system, to determine eligibility for government programs, to determine compliance with government program standards, and for certain civil rights enforcement actions.
- Public Health Activities: We may disclose your PHI to public health agencies for public health activities that are permitted or required by law, such as to: prevent or control disease, injury or disability; maintain vital records, such as births and deaths; report child abuse and neglect; notify a person about potential exposure to a communicable disease; notify a person about a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition; report reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices; notify individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled; andnotify appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) about the potential abuse or neglect of an adult patient, including domestic violence.
- Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose your PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law, such as: audits; investigations; inspections; licensure or disciplinary actions; or civil, administrative, or criminal proceedings or actions. Health oversight agencies seeking this information include government agencies that oversee: (i) the health care system; (ii) government benefit programs; (iii) other government regulatory programs; and (iv) compliance with civil rights laws.
- Lawsuits and Other Legal Disputes: We may disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process once we have met all administrative requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
- Law Enforcement: We may disclose your PHI to law enforcement officials under certain conditions. For example, we may disclose PHI: to permit identification and location of witnesses, victims, and fugitives; in response to a search warrant or court order; as necessary to report a crime on our premises; to report a death that we believe may be the result of criminal conduct; orin an emergency, to report a crime.
- Coroners, Medical Examiners, or Funeral Directors: We may release PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or to determine the cause of death. We also may disclose, as authorized by law, information to funeral directors so that they may carry out their duties.
- Organ and Tissue Donation: We may use or disclose your PHI to organizations that handle organ and tissue donation and distribution, banking, or transplantation.
- To Prevent a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: As permitted by law, we may disclose your PHI if we believe that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public.
- Military and National Security: We may disclose to military authorities the PHI of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to authorized federal officials PHI required for lawful intelligence, counter-intelligence, and other national security activities.
- Inmates: If you are a prison inmate, we may disclose your PHI to the prison or to a law enforcement official for: (1) the prison to provide health care to you; (2) your health and safety, and the health and safety of others; or (3) the safety and security of the prison.
- Underwriting: We will not use or make available genetic information about you for underwriting purposes.
- Workers’ Compensation: As part of your workers’ compensation claim, we may have to disclose your PHI to a worker’s compensation carrier.
- To You: When you ask us to, we will disclose to you your PHI that is in a “designated record set.” Generally, a designated record set contains medical, enrollment, claims and billing records we may have about you, as well as other records that we use to make decisions about your health care benefits. You can request the PHI from your designated record set as described in the section below called “Your Privacy Rights Concerning Your Protected Health Information.”
- To Your Personal Representative: If you tell us to, we will disclose your PHI to someone who is qualified to act as your personal representative according to any relevant state laws. In order for us to disclose your PHI to your personal representative, you must provide authorization using the b.well App. However, the HIPAA Privacy Rule permits us to choose not to treat that person as your personal representative when we have a reasonable belief that: (i) you have been, or may be, subjected to domestic violence, abuse or neglect by the person; (ii) treating the person as your personal representative could endanger you; or (iii) in our professional judgment, it is not in your best interest to treat the person as your personal representative.
- To Family and Friends: Unless you object, we may disclose your PHI to a friend or family member who has been identified as being involved in your health care. We also may disclose your PHI to an entity assisting in a disaster relief effort so that your family can be notified about your condition, status, and location. If you are not present or able to agree to these disclosures of your PHI, then we may, using our professional judgment, determine whether the disclosure is in your best interest.
- Parents as Personal Representatives of Minors: In most cases, we may disclose your minor child’s PHI to you. However, we may be required to deny a parent’s access to a minor’s PHI according to applicable state law.
Other uses and disclosures of your PHI that are not described above will be made only with your express authorization. You may give us authorization permitting us to use your PHI or disclose it to anyone for any purpose. We will obtain your authorization on the b.well App for uses and disclosures of your PHI that are not identified by this Notice, or are not otherwise permitted by applicable law. Any authorization that you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your PHI may be revoked by you in at any time. After you revoke your authorization on the b.well App, we will no longer use or disclose your PHI for the reasons described in the authorization. Of course, we are unable to take back any disclosures that we have already made with your authorization.
Your Privacy Rights Concerning Your Protected Health Information (PHI):
You have the following rights regarding the PHI that we maintain about you. Requests to exercise your rights as listed below must be made on the b.well App.
- Right to Access Your PHI: You have the right to inspect or get copies of your PHI contained in a designated record set. Generally, a “designated record set” contains medical, enrollment, claims and billing records we may have about you, as well as other records that we may use to make decisions about your health care benefits. However, you may not inspect or copy psychotherapy notes or certain other information that may be contained in a designated record set. You may request that we provide copies of your PHI in a format other than photocopies such as by electronic means in certain situations. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practicably do so. We may charge a reasonable fee for copies of PHI (based on our costs), for postage, and for a custom summary or explanation of PHI. You will receive notification of any fee(s) to be charged before we release your PHI, and you will have the opportunity to modify your request in order to avoid and/or reduce the fee. In certain situations we may deny your request for access to your PHI. If we do, we will tell you our reasons in writing, and explain your right to have the denial reviewed.
- Right to Amend Your PHI: You have the right to request that we amend your PHI if you believe there is a mistake in your PHI, or that important information is missing. Approved amendments made to your PHI will also be sent to those who need to know, including (where appropriate) b.well’s vendors (known as "Business Associates"). We may also deny your request if, for example, we did not create the information you want amended. If we deny your request to amend your PHI, we will tell you our reasons in writing, and explain your right to file a written statement of disagreement.
- Right to an Accounting of Certain Disclosures: You may request on the b.well App that we tell you when we or our Business Associates have disclosed your PHI (an “Accounting”). Any accounting of disclosures will not include those we made: for payment, or health care operations; to you or individuals involved in your care; with your authorization; for national security purposes; to correctional institution personnel; or before July 1, 2016. The first accounting in any 12-month period is without charge. We may charge you a reasonable fee (based on our cost) for each subsequent accounting request within a 12- month period. If a subsequent request is received, we will notify you of any fee to be charged, and we will give you an opportunity to withdraw or modify your request in order to avoid or reduce the fee.
- Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request on the b.well App that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your PHI. We are not required to agree to your request. However, if we do agree, we will be bound by our agreement except when required by law, in emergencies, or when information is necessary to treat you. An approved restriction continues until you revoke it in writing, or until we tell you that we are terminating our agreement to a restriction.
- Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request that we use alternate means or an alternative location to communicate with you in confidence about your PHI. For instance, you may ask that we contact you by email, rather than by telephone, or at work, rather than at home. Your request on the b.well App must clearly state that the disclosure of all or part of your PHI at your current method of contact we have on record could be an endangerment to you. We will require that you provide a reasonable alternate address or other method of contact for the confidential communications. In assessing reasonableness, we will consider our ability to continue to receive payment and conduct health care operations effectively, and your right to payment information. We may exclude certain communications that are commonly provided to all members from confidential communications. Examples of such communications include benefit booklets and newsletters.
- Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice: You have the right to receive a paper copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices. You can request a copy at any time, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically. To request a paper copy of this Notice, please contact b.well using the b.well App.
- Right to Notification of a Breach of Your PHI: You have the right to and will be notified following a breach of your unsecured PHI or if a security breach occurs involving your PHI.
- Your Right to File a Privacy Complaint: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, or if you are dissatisfied with b.well’s privacy practices or procedures, you may file a complaint with the b.well Privacy Office and with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint. To file a privacy complaint with us, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.