Disclosure to Those Involved in Your Care or Payment of
Your Care. Unless you tell us otherwise, we may use or disclose your PHI
to a family member, other relative, a close personal friend or any other person
identified by you when you are present for, or otherwise available prior to the
disclosure, if we (1) obtain your agreement; (2) provide you with the opportunity
to object to the disclosure and you do not object; or (3) reasonably infer that
you do not object to the disclosure.
If you are not present, or the opportunity to agree or object to a use or disclosure
cannot practicably be provided because of your incapacity or an emergency circumstance,
we may exercise our professional judgment to determine whether a disclosure is in
your best interests. If we disclose information to a family member, other relative
or a close personal friend, we would disclose only information that we believe is
directly relevant to the person’s involvement with your health care or payment related
to your health care. We may also disclose your PHI in order to notify (or assist
in notifying) such persons as well as organizations that are authorized to handle
disaster relief efforts, of your location, general condition, or death.