- We do not collect personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.
- Any personal information you chose to provide is protected by security practices.
- Non-personal information related to your visit to our website may be automatically collected and temporarily stored.
- Twin Lakes Center does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors unless required for law enforcement or by Federal law.
For more information on your health information privacy and security rights, or on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, visit the HHS Office for Civil Rights »
You may also want to read information about the Privacy Act at HHS »
- Any entries posted to Twin Lakes Center social media sites are subject to public disclosure. Once posted to Twin Lakes Center’s sites, any entries can be shared, commented upon, or duplicated as Twin Lakes Center sees fit.
- Contents posted to social media sites do not necessarily reflect the views of Twin Lakes Center, its affiliates, clients, or employees.
- Twin Lakes Center reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of this policy or any applicable law.
- Twin Lakes Center reserves the right to protect the anonymity of the facility’s clients by removing any content that could violate another client’s confidentiality.
- Social media and or networking content and comments containing any of the following forms of content shall not be allowed for posting:
- Comments not typically related to the particular site or article being commented upon
- Profane language or content
- Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates any discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation
- Sexual content or links to sexual content
- Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity;
- Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
- Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party
- Content that violates Twin Lakes Center customers
- Anonymous postings
Notice of Privacy Practice
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
Our Pledge Regarding Medical Information
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you. We create a record of the care and services you receive at the hospital. We need this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice applies to all of the records of your care generated by the hospital, whether made by hospital personnel or your personal doctor.
We are required by law to: make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private; give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you; and follow the terms of the notice that is currently in effect.
How We May Use And Disclose Medical Information About You:
For Treatment. We may disclose medical information about you to doctors, nurses, technicians, medical students, or other hospital personnel who are involved in taking care of you at the hospital. We also may disclose medical information about you to people outside the hospital who may be involved in your medical care after you leave the hospital, such as family members, clergy or others we use to provide services that are part of your care.
For Payment. We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive at the hospital may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, and insurance company or a third party. We may also tell your health plan about a treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to determine whether your plan will cover the treatment.
For Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose medical information about you for hospital operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run the hospital and make sure that all of your patients receive quality care. For example, we may use medical information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the performance of your staff in caring for you.
Hospital Directory. We may include certain limited information about you in the hospital directory while you are a patient at the hospital. This information may include your Name, location in the hospital, your general condition (e.g., fair, stable, etc.) And your religious affiliation. The directory information, except your religious affiliation may be released to people who ask for you by Name. Your religious affiliation may be given you a member of the clergy, such as a priest or rabbi, even if they don’t ask for you by Name. This is so your family, friends and clergy can visit you in the hospital and generally know how you are doing.
Your Rights Regarding Medical Information About You:
You have the following rights regarding medical information we maintain about you: you have the right to inspect and copy medical information that may be used to make decisions about your care. If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” This is a list of the disclosures we made of medical information about you. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we may use or disclose about you for treatment, payment or health care operations.
Changes To This Notice:
We reserve the right to change this notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future. We will post, a copy of the current notice in the hospital. The notice will contain on the first page, in the top right-hand corner, the effective date. In addition, each time you register at or are admitted to the hospital for treatment or health care services as an inpatient or outpatient, we will offer you a copy of the current notice in effect.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the hospital or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services at the Office of Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019 or www.Ocrmail@hhs.gov ». To file a complaint with the hospital, contact Health information Management Department, Somerset Hospital, 225 South Center Ave., Somerset, PA 15501. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
Other Uses Of Medical Information:
Other uses and disclosures of medical information not covered by this notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written permission. If you provide us permission to use or disclose medical information about you, you may revoke that permission, in writing, at any time. If you revoke your permission, we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any disclosures we have already made with your permission, and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
Upon request a comprehensive copy of Notice of Privacy Practices and Somerset Hospital is available.