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Introduction to the

GHC-SCW Notice of Privacy Practices

The privacy and security of patient’s health information is protected by federal law and regulations (commonly referred to as HIPAA) and state laws which establish the minimum standards for maintaining the privacy and security of patient information.

At GHC-SCW, we have a robust compliance program that includes policies mandated by applicable state and federal laws that implement patient privacy and security requirements. GHC-SCW provides training to our team members on the importance of compliance with the policies and regularly conducts audits to confirm the effectiveness of our compliance program.

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

Effective Date of this Notice: 8/1/2019​

Each time you visit Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) for health care, it is documented in your electronic medical record.

This record contains identification and financial information as well as symptoms, diagnoses, test results, a description of your physical examination, and a treatment plan. This record is often referred to as your “medical record” or “health information.” GHC-SCW may also store your information on paper.

Your health information is used to:

  1. Plan for your care and treatment
  2. For communication among your health care professionals
  3. As a legal document describing the care you received
  4. As a way for you or your insurance company to verify the services provided
  5. To help GHC-SCW review and improve health care and outcomes
  6. For other similar activities that allow GHC-SCW to conduct business efficiently and provide you with high quality health care

This Notice provides you with the following important information:

  • How we use and disclose your protected health information
  • Your privacy rights with regard to your protected health information
  • Our obligations to you concerning the use and disclosure of your protected health information
The terms of this Notice apply to all designated GHC-SCW records containing your protected health information (PHI) that are created and maintained by our organization. We reserve the right to revise or amend our Notice of Privacy Practices (Notice). Any revisions or amendments to the Notice will be effective for all of your records created or maintained in the past as well as any records we create or maintain in the future. We will post a copy of the most current Notice in a prominent location at each of our sites. We will also post the most current Notice to our organizational website. GHC-SCW will abide by the terms of the Notice currently in effect. At any time, you may request a copy of our most current Notice. You may acknowledge receipt of this Notice.