We may use and disclose medical information about you to obtain payment for health care services that you received. This means that, within the health department, we may use
medical information about you to arrange for payment (such as preparing bills and managing accounts). We also may disclose
medical information about you to others (such as insurers, collection agencies, and consumer reporting agencies). In some instances, we may disclose medical information about you to an insurance planbefore
you receive certain health care services because, for example, we may want to know whether the insurance plan will pay for a particular service.
Example: Jane is a patient at the health department and she has private insurance. During an appointment with a nurse practitioner, the nurse practitioner ordered a blood test. The health department billing clerk will use medical information about Jane when he prepares a bill for the services provided at the appointment and the blood test. Medical information about Jane will be disclosed to her insurance company when the billing clerk sends in the bill.
Example: The nurse practitioner referred Jane to a specialist. The specialist recommended several complicated and expensive tests. The specialist’s billing clerk may contact Jane’s insurance company before the specialist runs the tests to determine whether the plan would pay for the test.