Nursing Home Care

The Essence of Caring

The essence of caring is at the core of the facility in partnership with your family.

“OCMCF staff, are the best people I know. You gave my Dad such loving care and he was very happy with you.”

The Oceana County Medical Care Facility is centered on compassion, dignity and respect in a safe environment.

Rehabilitation Care

Providing therapy services to the community for over 25 years

At Oceana County Medical Care Facility, we provide: Physical therapy, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, and Massage therapy.Our therapists are skilled and highly trained. We have new, state of the art equipment to serve you and your specific needs.  Once you are done with your therapy, you can continue to improve by using our
Post Therapy After-Care Program.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Care

Living More Fully with Dementia

At the Margaret D. Fuehring Memorial Care Center, our home offers Best Friends approach with a caring staff specializing in dementia care.

Our culture revolves around activities based on each resident’s interests and hobbies. We offer a variety of activities such as music groups, craft times, games, exercises, men’s group, and community outings.

General

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OCMCF 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. 

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE HIPAA PRIVACY OFFICER AT THE CONTACT INFORMATION BELOW.

 

Your medical information is personal.  We are committed to protecting your medical information.  We create a record of the care and services you receive at OCMCF.  We need this record to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements.  This Notice applies to all of the records of your medical care generated by OCMCF.  This Notice will tell you the ways in which we may use and disclose your medical information.  This Notice will also describe your rights ad certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information. 

 

OCMCF is required by law to:

    1.  Make sure that medical information that identifies you is kept private;

    2.  Give you this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medial 

         information about you; and

   3.  Follow the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect.

 

HOW OCMCF MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION:

 

A.  The following describes the different ways that your medial information may be used or   

      disclosed by OCMCF.  For clarification, we have included some examples.  Not every

      possible use or disclosure is specifically mentioned.   However, all of the ways we are

      permitted to use and disclose your medical information will fit within one of these general

      categories:

            Ø For Treatment: We will use medical information about you to provide you with

                medical treatment and services.  We may disclose medical information about you to

doctors, nurses, technicians and other OCMCF personnel who are involved in 

providing you medical treatment.  

 

  • Ø For Payment: We may use and disclose medical information about you so that the

    treatment and services you receive at OCMCF may be billed to and payment may be

    collected from you, an insurance company or a third party.  For example, we may

    need to give your health plan information about treatment you received here so your

    health plan will pay us or reimburse you for the treatment.  We may also tell your health

    plan about a treatment you are going to receive to obtain prior approval or to

   determine whether you plan will cover the treatment.

 

  • Ø For Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose medical information about

    you for OCMCF’s operations.  These uses and disclosures are necessary to run    

    OCMCF and make sure that all of our residents receive quality care.  For example, we

    may use medical information to review our treatment and services and to evaluate the

    performance of our staff in caring for you.  We may also combine medical information

    about many of our residents to decide what additional services OCMCF should offer,

    what services are not needed, and whether certain new treatments are effective.  We

    may also disclose information to doctors, nurses, technicians, and other OCMCF

    personnel for review and learning purposes. We may remove information that

    identifies you from this set of medical information so others may use it to study health

    care and health care delivery without learning the identity of the specific residents.

 

  • Ø Appointment Reminders:  We may use and disclose medical information to contact

    you as a reminder that you have an appointment for treatment or medical care at

    OCMCF.

 

  • Ø Treatment Alternatives: We may use and disclose medical information to tell you

    about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives that may be of interest

    to you.

 

  • Ø Health-Related Benefits and Services: We may use and disclose medical information

    to tell you about health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.

 

  • Ø Research: Under certain circumstances, we may use and disclose medical information

    about you for research purposes.  For example, a research project may involve

    comparing the health and recovery of all residents who received one medication to

    those who received another for the same concern. 

 

  • Ø As Required By Law: We will disclose medical information about you when required

    to do so by federal, state, or local law.  For example, disclosure may be required by

    Worker’s Compensation statuses and various public health, statutes, in connection with

    required reporting of certain diseases, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence,

    adverse drug reactions etc. 

 

  • Ø To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: We may use and disclose medical

    information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and    

  safety or the health and safety of the pubic or another person.  Any disclosures,

  however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat. 

 

  • Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose medical information to a

   governmental or other oversight agency for activities authorized by law.  For

   example, disclosures of your medical information may be made in connection with

   audits, investigation, inspections, and licensure renewals etc.

 

  • Ø Law Enforcement:  We may release medical information about you, if required by

    law when asked to do so by a law enforcement official.

 

  • Ø Lawsuits and Disputes: If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may use

    your medical information to defend OCMCF or to respond to a court order.

 

  • Ø Concerns, Medical Examiners, or Funeral Directors: We may release medical

    information to a coroner or medical examiner to identify a deceased person or

    determine cause of death. We may disclose your medical information to a funeral

    director as required by law in order to permit the funeral director to carry out their

    duties.  OCMCF may disclose such information in reasonable anticipation of death. 

    For example, health information may be used and disclosed for organ donation

    purposes.

 

  • ØFundraising: We may contact you regarding fundraising events or opportunities.  If

    you receive communications regarding fundraising, and you do not wish to receive

    such communications, you may opt out at that time.

 

B. Uses and Disclosures That You Have an Opportunity to Object To:

 

  • Ø Resident Directory. Unless you notify us that you object, we may use your name,

    location in the facility, general condition, and religious affiliation for directory

    purposes.  The information may be provided to members of the clergy and, except for

    religious affiliation, to other people who ask for you by name.  We may also use your

    name on a nameplate next to or on your door, and above the head of your bed, in order

    to identify your room, unless you notify us that you object. The opportunity to consent

    may be obtained retroactively in emergency situations.

 

  • Ø Disclosures to family, friends or others.  OCMCF may provide your medical

    information to a family member, friend or other person that you indicate is involved in

    your care or the payment for your health care, unless you object in whole or in part.  If

    you are unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, OCMCF may disclose such

    information as it deems necessary for your best interest, based upon its professional

    judgment.  OCMCF may use or disclose medical information to notify and/or

    communicate with family members, personal representatives, or other person(s) who

    are responsible for your care.   

 

  • Ø Miscellaneous.  Unless you object in whole or in part, OCMCF may also use your

    medical information for their resident seating chart which is posted on the bulletin

    board in the RDR, on your dietary ticket for identifying information and required

    assistance, for care conference schedules which are posted at the nurses stations and

    for welcome notices, birthdays and tidbit articles posted in the hall outside the

    Recreational Therapy Department.  We may also use your medical information in the

    Facility newsletter and we may notify the church that you indicated of any admissions,

    discharges or deaths. Resident photos may be posted on their w/c and above their head

    of bed.  Resident photos may also be posted for special events and special recognition

    about OCMCF and your name may be given to community groups for special

       occasions, or recognition.

 

REQUIREMENT OF YOUR WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION

 

  • Ø Marketing: We are required by law to receive your written authorization before we  

    use or disclose your medical information for marketing purposes.  Under no

    circumstances will we sell our resident lists or your medical information to a third 

    party without your written authorization. 

 

  • Ø Psychotherapy Notes: The services that we provide do not include psychotherapy

     and, as a result, we do not create or maintain these notes.  However, we want you to

     be aware that we are required by law to receive your written authorization before we

    use or disclose psychotherapy notes.

 

  • Ø Other Uses of Your Information: Other uses and disclosures of your of your

    medical information that are not otherwise described in this Notice of Privacy

    Practices will only be made with your written authorization.  If you provide us such

    an authorization in writing to use or disclose medical information about you, you may

    revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time.  If you revoke your authorization,

    we will no longer use or disclose medical information about you for the reasons

    covered by your written authorization.

 

YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION

 

You have the following rights regarding the medical information OCMCF maintains about you:

 

  • Ø Right to inspect and Copy: You have the right to inspect and copy your medical

    information with the exception of any psychotherapy notes.

 

    To inspect and copy your medical information, you must submit your request in

    writing to the Privacy Officer. If you request a copy of the information, we may

    charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your

    request.

 

    We may deny your request to inspect and copy in certain very limited circumstances. 

    If you are denied access to your medical information, you may request that the denial

    be reviewed.  For information regarding such a review, contact the Privacy Officer. 

 

    If your medical information is maintained in an electronic health record, you also have

    the right to request that an electronic copy of your record be sent to you or to another

    individual or entity.  We may charge you a reasonable cost-based fee limited to the

    labor costs associated with transmitting the electronic health record.

 

  • Ø Right to Amend: If you feel that medical information we have about you is incorrect

    or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information.  You have the right to request

    an amendment for as long as the information is kept by OCMCF. To request an

    amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to the Privacy

    Officer.  In addition, you must provide a reason that supports your request. We may

    deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason

    to support the request.  In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend

    information that: 

    1.  Was not created by us.

    2.  Is not part of the medical information kept by OCMCF:

    3.  Is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or

    4.  Is accurate and complete

 

            Ø Right to an Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to request an “accounting

                of disclosures.” This is a list of disclosures OCMCF has made of your medical

    information. We are not required to list certain disclosures, including disclosures made

    for treatment, payment and health care operations purposes or disclosures made

    incidental to treatment, payment and health care operations; however, if these

    disclosures were made through an electronic health record, you have the right to

    request, beginning on dates established by law or regulation, an accounting for such

    disclosures that were made during the previous 3 years.

 

    To request this accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to

    the Privacy Officer.  Your request must state a time period which may not be longer

    than six years and may not include dates before April 4, 2003.

 

  • Ø Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request a restriction or

    limitation on the use or disclosure we make of your medical information.

 

    We are not required to agree to your request for a restriction, except as noted below. 

    If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to

    provide you emergency treatment.

 

    We are required to agree to your request for a restriction if, except as otherwise

    required by law, the disclosure is to a health plan for purpose of carrying out payment

    or health care operations (and is not for purpose of carrying out treatment) and the

    medical information pertains solely to a health care item or services for which we have

    been paid out of pocket in full.

 

    You have the right to restrict certain disclosures of your health information to your

    health plan if you elect to pay out of pocket in full for the health care services

    provided. To request restrictions, you must make you request in writing to the Privacy

    Officer.

 

  • Ø Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request that

    we communicate with you only in a certain manner. For example, you can ask that we

    only contact you by mail.

   

    To request confidential communications, you must make your request in writing to the  

    Privacy Officer.  We will accommodate all reasonable requests.

 

  • Ø Right to a Paper Copy of this Notice: You have the right to a paper copy of this

    Notice.  Even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically, you are still

    entitled to a paper copy of this Notice.

   

    To obtain a paper copy of this Notice, contact the Privacy Officer.

 

  • Ø Right to Receive Notice of a Breach: We are required to notify you by first class mail

    or by email (if you have indicated a preference to receive information by email,) of any

    breaches of Unsecured Protected Health Information as soon as possible, but in any

    event, no later than 60 days following the discovery of the breach.  “Unsecured

    Protected Health Information” is information that is not secured through the use of a

    technology or methodology identified by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of

    Health and Human Services to render the Protected Health Information unusable,

    unreadable, and undecipherable to unauthorized users.  The notice is required to

    include specified information, including a brief description of the breach, including the

    date of the breach and the date of its discovery if known; a description of the type of

    Unsecured Protected Health Information involved in the breach; steps you should take

    to protect yourself from potential harm resulting from a breach; a brief description of

    actions we are taking to investigate the breach, mitigate losses, and protect against

    further breaches; contact information, including a toll-free telephone number, and

    postal address to permit you to ask questions or obtain additional

    information.

 

REVISIONS TO THIS NOTICE: We reserve the right to revise this Notice.  Any revised Notice will be effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future.  We will post a copy of any revised Notice in OCMCF and on our website.  Any revised Notice will contain on the first page, in the top right hand corner, the effective date.

 

COMPLAINTS: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with OCMCF or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  To file a complaint with OCMCF submit in writing and send to:

 

Privacy Officer

Oceana County Medical Care Facility

701 E. Main Street

Hart, MI 49420

 

 

OCMCF IN NO WAY WILL PENALIZE YOU FOR FILING A COMPLAINT.