Protected Personal Information is any and all information created or received by the company that identifies or can readily be associated with the identity of an individual, whether oral or recorded in any form or medium, that directly relates to the:
- Past, present, or future physical, mental, or behavioral health or condition of an individual
- Past, present, or future genetic information of the individual or their dependent, or relative of either
- Past, present, or future payment for the provision of healthcare to an individual
- Provision of healthcare to an individual
- Past, present, or future finances of an individual, including, without limitation, an individual's name, address, telephone number, Social Security Number, subscriber number, or wage information
We're committed to maintaining the confidentiality of individuals' protected personal health and financial information (collectively referred to as “protected personal information” or PPI). Premera collects, uses, and discloses PPI solely for routine business functions or as required or permitted by law or regulation. We strictly prohibit the unauthorized disclosure of PPI by our associates and business associates, unless we have first obtained the member's written authorization.
We understand that you value standards of confidentiality as a healthcare professional. As a contracted physician or provider, you're required to maintain the confidentiality of all PPI concerning any current or former patients (our members). In addition, you're also bound to observe certain state and federal privacy laws. At a minimum, each clinic should have each staff member sign a confidentiality statement upon employment in which the employee acknowledges the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of PPI. This is a Premera office site standard used in our credentialing and recredentialing process.