Yellowstone Surgery Center

Notice of Privacy Practices

As a patient of Yellowstone Surgery Center, you have certain rights and responsiblities.

Notice of Privacy Practices

Yellowstone Surgery Center complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Our Privacy Notice describes, in detail, how medical information about you may be disclosed by Yellowstone Surgery Center, and how you may obtain access to this information.

Yellowstone Surgery Center, LLC
Downtown: 1144 N. Broadway, Billings, MT 59101
West: 1739 Spring Creek Ln., Suite 100, Billings, MT 59102
Phone: (406) 237-5900 - Fax: (406) 237-5910

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.

We are required by law to provide you with this notice that explains our privacy practices with regard to your medical information and how we may use and disclose your protected health information for treatment, payment, and for health care operations, as well as for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. You have certain rights regarding the privacy of your protected health information and we also describe those rights in this notice.


Ways in Which We May Use and Disclose Your Protected Health Information

The following paragraphs describe different ways that we use and disclose your protected health information. We have provided an example for each category, but these examples are not meant to be exhaustive. All of the ways we are permitted to use and disclose your health information falls within one of these categories.

National Priority Uses and Disclosure

When permitted by law, we may use or disclose medical information about you without your permission for various activities that are recognized as "national priorities." In other words, the government has determined that under certain circumstances (described below), it is so important to disclose medical information that is acceptable to disclose medical information without the individual's permission. We will only disclose medical information about you in the following circumstances when we are permitted to do so by law. Below are brief descriptions of the "national priority" activities recognized by law. Threat to health or safety: We may use or disclose medical information about you if we believe it is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat to health or safety.

  • Public health activities: We may use or disclose medical information about you for public health activities. Public health activities require the use of medical information for various activities, including, but not limited to, activities related to investigating diseases, reporting child abuse and neglect, monitoring drugs or devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and monitoring work-related illnesses or injuries. For example, if you have been exposed to a communicable disease (such as a sexually transmitted disease), we may report it to the State and take other actions to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Abuse, neglect or domestic violence: We may disclose medical information about you to a government authority (such as the Department of Social Services) if you are an adult and we reasonably believe that you may be a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
  • Health oversight activities: We may disclose medical information about you to a health oversight agency - which is basically an agency responsible for overseeing the health care system or certain government programs. For example, a government agency may request information for us while they are investigating possible insurance fraud.
  • Court proceedings: We may disclose medical information about you to a court or an officer of the court (such as an attorney). For example, we would disclose medical information about you to a court if a judge orders us to do so.
  • Law enforcement: We may disclose medical information about you to a law enforcement official for specific law enforcement purposes. For example, we may disclose limited medical information about you to a police officer if the officer needs the information to help find or identify a missing person.
  • Coroners and others: We may disclose medical information about you to a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director or to organizations that help with organ, eye and tissue transplants.
  • Workers' compensation: We may disclose medical information about you in order to comply with workers' compensation laws.
  • Research organizations: We may use or disclose medical information about you to research organizations if the organization has satisfied certain conditions about protecting the privacy of medical information.
  • Certain government functions: We may use or disclose medical information about you for certain government functions, including but not limited to military and veterans' activities and national security and intelligence activities. We may also use or disclose medical information about you to a correctional institution in some circumstances.

Authorizations

Other than the uses and disclosures described above, we will not use or disclose medical information about you without the "authorization" - or signed permission - of you or your personal representative. In some instances, we may wish to use or disclose medical information about you and we may contact you to ask you to sign an authorization form. In other instances, you may contact us to ask us to disclose medical information and we will ask you to sign an authorization form.

If you sign a written authorization allowing us to disclose medical information about you, you may later revoke (or cancel) your authorization in writing (except in very limited circumstances related to obtaining insurance coverage). If you would like to revoke your authorization, you may write us a letter evoking your authorization or fill out an Authorization Revocation Form. Authorization Revocation Forms are available from our Privacy Officer. If you revoke your authorization, we will follow your instructions except to the extent that we have already relied upon your authorization and taken some action.

The following uses and disclosures of medical information about you will only be made with your authorization (signed permission):

  • Uses and disclosures for marketing, fundraising, and/or research purposes.
  • Uses and disclosures of genetic information.
  • Uses and disclosures that constitute the sales of protected medical information about you.
  • Most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes, if we maintain psychotherapy notes.
  • Any other uses and disclosures not described in this Notice.

Your Health Information Rights

Although your health record is the physical property of the practitioner or facility that compiled it, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:


Uses or Disclosures Not Covered

Uses or disclosures of your health information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us may only be made with your written authorization. You may revoke such authorization in writing at any time and we will no longer disclose health information about you for the reason stated in your written authorization. Disclosures made in reliance on the authorization prior to the revocation are not affected by the revocation.

For More Information

If you have questions, would like additional information or would like to know more about your rights, please contact our Privacy Officer at (406) 237-5900 ext. 5908.

Effective Date September 23, 2013

  Visitor Restrictions

18 years and older
Due to COVID-19, Yellowstone Surgery Center is currently allowing only one visitor per patient to stay in the building.

Younger than 18
A parent or legal guardian must stay in the building at all times. Yellowstone Surgery Center prefers one, however, we will allow for two.

Masks
If you have a mask, please wear it during your time at Yellowstone Surgery Center. If you do not have a mask, Yellowstone Surgery Center will provide one.

Testing
A COVID-19 test will be required prior to elective surgery. This will be arranged through your Surgeons office four days in advance of the date of surgery.