HIPPA Policy

As an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency responding to emergencies and transporting patients, we collect certain health information about you, our patients in an emergency which is protected by Federal Law under HIPPA. Below is our official Association policy on the release of protected Health Information.

The North Fork Ambulance will create a record of the care and services you receive to provide quality care and to comply with legal requirements. The North Fork Ambulance is required by law to keep medical information about you private, to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you and to follow the terms of the privacy practices notice that is currently in effect.

The North Fork EMS may use and disclose medical information about you for treatment; to obtain payment for treatment; and to support EMS related health care operations. Subject to certain requirements, the North Fork EMS may give out medical information about you without prior authorization for: public health purposes, abuse or neglect reporting, health oversight audits or inspections, research studies, funeral arrangements and organ donation, workers’ compensation purposes, and emergencies.

The North Fork EMS may also disclose medical information when required by law, such as in response to a request from law enforcement in specific circumstances, or in response to valid judicial or administrative orders. The North Fork EMS may disclose medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care, or to disaster relief authorities so that your family can be notified of your location and condition.

You are entitled to request a complete copy of any medical information we maintain about you. In order to do so, simply contact the Business office of at PO Box 127, Hotchkiss CO 81419 or call 970-872-9111.