Notice of Privacy Practices

Introduction to Privacy Practices

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.

This Joint Notice of Privacy Practices (Notice) applies to the following organizations:
Houston Methodist Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist West Houston Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and its medical staff
Houston Methodist Primary Care Group
Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group

This Notice identifies the general ways your protected health information can be used or disclosed.  Protected health information refers to your personal health information found in your medical and billing records.  This includes information, whether oral, written or recorded in electronic form, that is created or received by us and relates to your past, present, or future physical or mental health conditions or the payment for health care services.  This information can be transmitted or maintained in any form by Houston Methodist.  

This Notice describes your legal rights regarding your health information.  It also informs you of our legal duties and privacy practices.  If you receive services by your physician or a health care provider at a different location, there may be different health information privacy policies or notices, and there will be different contact information.

Houston Methodist organizations and their medical staffs participate in an Organized Health Care Arrangement under HIPAA for the purpose of sharing protected health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations.  Houston Methodist hospitals and their respective Medical Staff members are independently responsible for complying with this Notice.

Our Legal Duties
We are required, by law, to keep your identifiable health information private; provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information; and follow the terms of the Notice as long as it is in effect.  If we revise this Notice, we will follow the terms of the revised Notice, as long as it is in effect.