This Joint Notice applies to the privacy practices of the Affiliated Entities and the entities participating in the Organized Health Care Arrangement described below for the sole purpose of complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health of 2009 (HITECH), and with the Texas Medical Privacy Act, Tex Health & Safety Code § 181. These entities are viewed as participating in a joint arrangement for the sole purpose of using and disclosing your health information created within or received by any one or more Affiliated Entities for your treatment, entity payment and entity operations. These Affiliated Entities include:
- Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) and each of the hospitals owned or operated by MHHS
- MHS Physicians of Texas
- Memorial Hermann Medical Group
- Memorial Hermann Community Benefits Corp
The Affiliated Entities and the Physicians and Allied Professionals who have privileges to practice at such entities participate in an Organized Health Care Arrangement (OHCA) for the sole purpose of complying with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The entities participating in the OHCA may share your medical information with each other as necessary to carry out treatment, payment and health care operations as described in this Notice. This Notice does not apply to your information in the custody of or the information practices of your Physician or Allied Professional in his or her private office.
For the purposes of complying with the Texas Medical Privacy Act, Tex Health & Safety Code, § 181, the following Memorial Hermann entities are also be subject to the practices described in this Notice.
- Memorial Hermann Foundation
- Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization
- Memorial Hermann Professional Insurance Co. Ltd.
- Memorial Hermann Information Exchange