Privacy Policy


This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you have access to this information. Please review it carefully.

Complaints

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our office or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our offices, contact:

Our Office at: (541) 485-2357
P. Evalyn Cole, MHSA, CASC
info@eugenespine.com

You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.

We take our responsibility to safeguard your protected health information very seriously.  We value your trust as an important part of our ability to provide you with the best possible medical care.  We are dedicated to defending your right to a confidential relationship with your physician.

This notice is intended to inform you of how we protect, use and disclose your information, as well as to explain your right to control these disclosures.
 
YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION

To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety... We may use and disclose health information about you without your permission for the following purposes.

Required by Law... We may disclose your information for treatment purposes and to coordinate your medical care.

Research... We may disclose your information to ensure that you receive insurance benefits.

Organ and Tissue Donation... We may disclose your information internally to enhance the operation of our practice.  This includes our commitment to reviewing the quality of care we provide.

Military, Veterans, National Security and Intelligence... We may disclose your information to comply with a limited number of legal requirements, as outlined in this notice.

Workers’ Compensation... Additional information regarding each of these disclosures is provided in this notice.  In any case, we will only disclose the minimum amount of information necessary for the purpose it was requested.
 
Special Situations

We may use or disclose health information about you without your permission for the following purposes, subject to all applicable legal requirements and limitations:
  1. To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose health information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person.

  2. Required by Law. We will disclose health information about you when required to do so by federal, state or local law.

  3. Research. We may use and disclose health information about you for research projects that are subject to a special approval process.  We will ask you for your permission if the researcher will have access to your name, address or other information that reveals who you are, or will be involved in your care at the office.

  4. Organ and Tissue Donation.  If you are an organ donor, we may release health information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate such donation and transplantation.

  5. Military, Veterans, National Security and Intelligence.  If you are or were a member of the armed forces, or part of the national security or intelligence communities, we may be required by military command or other government authorities to release health information about you.  We may also release information about foreign military personnel to the appropriate foreign military authority.

  6. Workers’ Compensation.  We may release health information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs.  These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness.

  7. Public Health Risks.  We may disclose health information about you for public health reason in order to prevent or control disease, injury or disability; or report births, deaths, suspected abuse or neglect, non-accidental physical injuries, reactions to medications or problems with products.

  8. Health Oversight Activities.  We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency for audits, investigations, inspections or licensing purposes.  These disclosures may be necessary for certain state and federal agencies to monitor the health care system, government programs and compliance with civil rights laws.

  9. Lawsuits and Disputes.  If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose health information about you in response to a court or administrative order.  Subject to all applicable legal requirement, we may also disclose health information about you in response to a subpoena.

  10. Law Enforcement.  We may release health information if asked to do so by a law enforcement official in response to a court order, subpoena, warrant, summons or similar process, subject to all applicable legal requirements.

  11. Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors.  We may release health information to a coroner or medical examiner.  This may be necessary for identifying deceased person or to determine the cause of death.

  12. Information Not Personally Identifiable.  We may use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.

  13. Family and Friends.  We may disclose health information about you to your family members or friends if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so, or if we give you an opportunity to object to such a disclosure, and you do not raise an objection.  We may also disclose health information to your family or friends if we can infer from the circumstances, based on our professional judgment, that you would not object.

  14. Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors.  We may release health information to a coroner or medical examiner.  This may be necessary for identifying the deceased person or to determine the cause of death.

  15. Information Not Personally Identifiable.  We may use or disclose health information about you in a way that does not personally identify you or reveal who you are.

  16. Family and Friends.  We may disclose health information about you to your family members or friends if we obtain your verbal agreement to do so, or if we give you an opportunity to object to such a disclosure, and you do not raise an objection.  We may also disclose health information to your family or friends if we can infer from the circumstances, based on our professional judgment, that you would not object.

    For example, we may assume you agree to our disclosure of your personal health information to your spouse when you bring you spouse with you into the exam room during treatment or while treatment is discussed. In situations where you are not capable of giving consent (because you are not present or due to your incapacity or medical emergency), we may, using our professional judgment, determine that a disclosure to your family member or friend is in your best interest.  In that situation, we will disclose only health information relevant to the person’s involvement in your case. We may also use our professional judgment and experience to make reasonable inferences that it is in your best interest to allow another person to act on your behalf to pick up, for example, filled prescriptions, medical supplies, or X-rays.

Other Uses and Disclosures of Health Information

We will not use or disclose your health information for any purpose other than those identified in the previous sections without your specific, written Authorization.  We must obtain your Authorization separate from any Consent we may have obtained from you.

If you give us Authorization to use or disclose health information about you, you may revoke that Authorization, in writing, at any time.

If you revoke your Authorization, we will no longer use or disclose information about you for the reasons covered by your written Authorization.  However, we cannot take back any uses or disclosures already made with your permission.

Dream Team"The Front desk scheduler graciously got me in the next day for my initial consultation with Dr. Sherman.  Greatly appreciated that…I wish I could remember all the staff names who made me feel special, including Dr. Berndt.  They were truly the 'dream team' and they work very well together.  I felt comfortable and very cared for during the entire visit.  Much thanks!"