Authorization To Use, Disclose, or Obtain Personal Health Information (PHI)
I understand that, by signing this Authorization, I am authorizing the healthcare providers listed below (the “Providers”), and Valhalla itself, to use, disclose, and obtain my Personal Health Information (defined below). The Authorization is intended to satisfy the legal requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 U.S.C. § 1320d) (HIPAA) and state privacy laws.
Authorization to Use, Disclose, and Obtain My Personal Health Information
I hereby authorize the Providers, as well as Valhalla itself, to use, disclose, or obtain my Personal Health Information for the purposes described herein. I understand and intend that this Authorization will not be effective as to any Provider unless and until the Provider joins my Network.
Authorization for Specific Types of Personal Health Information
I understand that if my Personal Health Information contains the following types of information, I hereby consent and authorize the Providers and Valhalla to use or disclose it for the purposes described herein.
Persons and Entities to Whom the Provider Is Authorized to Disclose My Personal Health Information
I hereby authorize Providers, as well as Valhalla, to disclose my Personal Health Information to, obtain my Personal Health Information from, and discuss my Personal Health Information with, Valhalla.
My Providers are governed by HIPAA as “covered entities,” and Valhalla is governed by HIPAA as the Provider’s “business associate.” HIPAA requires the Provider and Valhalla to safeguard the security and privacy of my Personal Health Information. But other third parties may not be governed by HIPAA. If I give access to my account or my Network to any such third parties, my Personal Health Information may be subject to re-disclosure by such third parties, and it may not be possible to protect the privacy of such information. I hereby release the Providers, Valhalla, and the employees of the Providers and Valhalla from any liability arising from the re-disclosure of this information by such third parties.
Unless I have specifically requested in writing that the disclosure of information be made in a certain format, I understand and agree that the Providers reserve the right to disclose information as permitted by this authorization in any manner that it deems to be appropriate and consistent with applicable law, including, but not limited to, verbally, in paper format, or electronically.
Description and Purposes of Using/Disclosing/Obtaining Personal Health Information
I understand that the purpose of using, disclosing, or obtaining this information is to improve assessment and treatment planning, to share information relevant to treatment, to coordinate treatment services, to improve health care operations, assist in billing for payment of services, and generally to facilitate the coordination of my healthcare between and among the members of the Network.
By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read this authorization and understand that:
I understand that this authorization will remain in effect until I revoke it as described above, or until I terminate my account with Valhalla.
 I understand that authorizing the disclosure of this information could have adverse consequences if the information is misused. This may include discriminatory treatment, whether lawful or unlawful. I understand that the Providers will protect the confidentiality of information about my HIV status, sexually transmitted disease status, and all my healthcare records, as the law requires.