Releasing Health Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) generally requires that we obtain an authorization to release Protected Health Information (PHI) to your family or a friend (some exceptions may apply). If you would like us to discuss your information with someone other than yourself, please fill out the Authorization for Disclosure of Protected Health Information form, which is available at QuartzBenefits.com/phiform or in QuartzMyChart. You can specify which information may be released to named people or entities. You may authorize anyone, including a friend, a family member, or an employer or potential employer. Once completed, you can return it to Quartz and an authorization will be entered to allow release of the requested information.
When may PHI be released without a member’s authorization?
To parents of a minor after verifying the parent’s identity and if permitted under the law
- HIPAA enforcement purposes
- When required by law (example: a court order requires it)
- Other uses / disclosures required or permitted by law
- For Quartz’s payment and healthcare operations purposes
Notice of Privacy Practices
Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation (PPIC) is now part of the Quartz Affiliated Covered Entity (ACE) with Unity, Gundersen Health Plan and Gundersen Health Plan Minnesota. Quartz ACE has a joint Notice of Privacy Practices. The Notice of Privacy Practices explains privacy practices, legal duties and members’ rights concerning their PHI.
You may access the Notice of Privacy Practices online at QuartzBenefits.com/privacy-practices or through MyChart.
If you prefer a printed copy, please call Quartz’s Privacy Official at (800) 362-3309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Members may also access information about their privacy online at QuartzBenefits.com/privacy-practices/data-usage-and-collection.