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Privacy Notice

State of Oklahoma
Office of Management and Enterprise Services
Privacy Notice
Revised January 2021

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

For questions or complaints regarding privacy concerns with OMES, please contact:

OMES HIPAA Privacy Officer
2401 N. Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-717-8780, toll-free 800-543-6044
TTY 711

omes.ok.gov

Why is the notice of privacy practices important?

This notice provides important information about the practices of OMES pertaining to the way it gathers, uses, discloses and manages your Protected Health Information and it also describes how you can access this information. PHI is health information that can be linked to a particular person by certain identifiers including, but not limited to, names, Social Security numbers, addresses and birth dates.

Oklahoma privacy laws and the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 protect the privacy of an individual’s health information. For HIPAA purposes, OMES has designated itself as a hybrid entity. This means that HIPAA only applies to areas of OMES operations involving health care, and not to all lines of service offered by OMES. This notice applies to the privacy practices of the following OMES divisions that may share or access your PHI as needed for treatment, payment and health care operations:

  • Employees Group Insurance Division.
  • Legal.
  • Information Services as it applies to maintenance and storage of PHI.

OMES is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your PHI as used within the components listed above.

Your information. Your rights. Our responsibilities.

Your rights

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.

Get an electronic or paper copy of your health and claims records.

  • You can ask to see or get an electronic copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this using the contact information at the beginning of this notice.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

Ask us to correct health and claims records.

  • You can ask us to correct your health and claims records if you think they are incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may decline your request but will explain the reasons in writing within 60 days.

Request confidential communications. 

  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific manner, e.g., home or office phone, or to send mail to an alternate address.
  • We will consider all reasonable requests.

Ask us to limit what we use or share.

  • You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment or our operations.
    • We are not required to approve your request.

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information.

  • You can ask for an accounting of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We will provide one free accounting per year but will charge a reasonable fee if you request an additional accounting within 12 months.

Get a copy of this privacy notice.

You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will promptly provide you with a paper copy.

Choose someone to act for you.

  • If you have named a medical power of attorney, or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make decisions about your health information.
  • We will verify the person has this authority and can act for you before any action is taken.

File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated. 

  • You can file a complaint if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us using the information at the beginning of this notice.
  • You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Your choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in payment for your care.
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation.
  • Include your information in a hospital directory.
  • Contact you for fundraising efforts.

If you are not able to tell us your preference, e.g., if you are unconscious, we may share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent health or safety threat.

In these cases, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:

  • Marketing purposes.
  • Sale of your information.
  • Most sharing of psychotherapy notes.

In the case of fundraising:

We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.

Our uses and disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?

Your PHI is used and disclosed by OMES employees and other entities under contract with OMES according to HIPAA Privacy Rules and the “minimum necessary” standard, which releases only the minimum necessary health information to achieve the intended purpose, or to carry out a desired function within OMES.

We typically use or share your health information in the following ways:

Help manage the health care treatment you receive.

We can use your health information and share it with professionals who are treating you.

Example: A doctor sends us information about your diagnosis and treatment plan so we can arrange additional services.

Run our organization.

  • We can use and disclose your information to run our organization and contact you when necessary.
  • We are not allowed to use genetic information to decide whether we will give you coverage and the price of that coverage. This does not apply to long term care plans.

Examples: We use health information about you to develop better services for you, provide customer service, resolve member grievances, member advocacy, conduct activities to improve members’ health and reduce costs, assist in the coordination and continuity of health care, and to set premium rates.

Pay for your health services.

We can use and disclose your health information as we pay for your eligible health services.

Example: We share information about you with your dental plan to coordinate payment for your dental work.

Administer your plan.

We may disclose summarized health information to your health plan sponsor for plan administration.

Example: Your employer contracts with us to provide a health plan, and we provide the employer with certain statistics to explain the premiums we charge.

How else can we use or share your health information?

We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We must comply with the law to share your information for these purposes. For more information, refer to www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

Help with public health and safety issues.

We can share your health information for certain situations such as:

  • Preventing disease.
  • Helping with product recalls.
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications.
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety.

Do research.

We can use or share your information for health research, as permitted by law.

Comply with the law.

We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to ensure we are complying with federal privacy laws.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests.

We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director.

We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement and other government requests.

We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers’ compensation claims.
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official.
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law.
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services.

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions.

We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.

Our responsibilities

When it comes to your health information, we have specific obligations such as:

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your Protected Health Information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your PHI.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your PHI other than as described here unless you notify us in writing that we can. You may change your mind at any time but must let us know in writing if you do.

For more information, refer to www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Changes to the terms of this notice.

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, on our website, and we will deliver a copy to you. You may also subscribe online to receive notice of changes to this page via email or text message.

Last Modified on Jan 06, 2021
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