Your Medical Home

By choosing a primary care provider (PCP) at Benewah Medical & Wellness Center, you are choosing to belong to our Patient Centered Medical Home.  This means services provided to you are directed by your PCP and are comprehensive, accessible, continuous, and organized to meet your needs.  As a patient, you are the most important member of your health care team.  Your BMWC health care team will provide you with the resources and support that you need to achieve your health goals.

Our 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 THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.

We may use and disclose your personal health information:

  • For treatment activities, both at BMC and to referring doctors
  • To bill for your services 
  • To conduct our day-to-day business and service operations
  • BMC participates in the Idaho Health Data Exchange where other health care providers involved in your care may access your health information.
  • To give appointment reminders via phone and mail
  • To provide interpretation services, if needed
  • To inform you of helpful health-related services and treatment alternatives provided that we do not receive payment for these communications
  • To keep friends, family members or personal representatives who are involved in your care or payment for your care informed, as long as you have agreed to this disclosure.
  • To funding agencies as required by law and who support your care such as Indian Health Service, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Purchased and Referred Care, Veterans Administration, etc.
  • To avert a serious threat to health or safety
  • For worker’s compensation claims
  • For public health protection interventions as required by law
  • As required for lawsuits and legal disputes
  • To law enforcement as required by law
  • To coroners, health examiners and funeral directors
  • To national security, intelligence agencies, and protective services as required by law
  • To certain specialized government functions, e.g. military, prisons, etc.
  • Other uses and disclosures not included in our Notice of Privacy Practices will be made only with your written authorization

Your Rights

  • You have a right to be informed of our privacy practices, and to request a copy of the complete Notice of Privacy Practices handout
  • To inspect and copy your personal health information.  You have the right to request an electronic or paper copy of your health information records 
  • To request amendment of your health information records
  • To receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information
  • To request restrictions on the uses or disclosures of your health information
  • To receive confidential communications by alternative means or at alternative locations
  • To receive notification if there is an unauthorized disclosure of your protected health information
  • To choose someone to act for you
  • To choose to opt out of having your health information shared with the Idaho Health Data Exchange
  • To file a complaint without threat of retaliation if you believe your privacy rights have been violated.  For assistance, please contact the Quality Improvement Coordinator at (208) 686-1931 ext.219.

This Health Center participates in the Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE)

The IHDE allows medical professionals to have access to vital patient information at the point of care. Information shared through the IHDE is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If you wish to not have your medical information available through the IHDE, you may request and submit an IHDE opt-out form.

Click here to opt out or back in