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This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can obtain access to this information.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy Regulation is a federal regulation that requires that we provide detailed notice in writing of our privacy practices and policies with respect to medical information about you disclosed to the College through the Flexible Spending Account.

Sarah Lawrence College is committed to maintaining the privacy of your Protected Health Information.

Definitions:

Protected Health Information:

Information relating to your past present or future health or condition, the provision of health care, payment for the provision of health care. Protected Health Information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name
  • Social Security Number
  • Dates of Service
  • Diagnosis Information
  • Insurance Claim Information
Payment:

Bills from providers, explanations of benefits from insurance companies, payment of Flexible Spending claims.

Privacy Practices:

SLC will only use and disclose your Protected Health Information without your authorization as required or permitted by law as follows:

Public Health:

for public health activities or as required by the public health authority.

Oversight:

to a health oversight agency for activities such as audits, investigations and inspections. Oversight agencies include, but are not limited to, government agencies that oversee the health care system, government benefit programs, other government regulatory programs and civil rights laws.

Legal Proceedings:

In response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal, in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process.

Law enforcement purposes:

as required by law

Criminal activity:

as requested by law enforcement authorities, if the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public

Payment:

SLC uses Protected Health Info for payment processing to verify that services are allowed under the Flexible Benefits Plan

Plan Operations:

SLC uses and discloses Protected Health Information to audit and review claims payment activity to ensure that claims were paid correctly.

Sarah Lawrence College will not use or disclose your Protected Health Information for purposes other than those described in this notice.

For purposes other than those mentioned above, Sarah Lawrence College will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing any of your Protected Health Information. If we request an authorization, you have the right to revoke the authorization and stop any future uses and disclosures of your Protected Health Information.

You have a right to inspect and obtain a copy of your Protected Health Information.

If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated you may submit a complaint with the Office of Human Resources at 914-395-2365, to the US. Secretary of Health and Human Services or to HIPAA Complaint, 7500 Security Blvd, C5-24-04, Baltimore MD 21244.