b'BIOPLUS SPECIALTY PHARMACY PATIENT GUIDEBOOKUses and Disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Healthcare OperationsWe use and disclose your health information to carry out your treatment; to obtain payment for your treatment; and to conduct healthcare operations. For example:For treatment, we use your health information to plan, coordinate, and provide your care. We disclose your health information for treatment purposes to physicians and other healthcare professionals outside our agency who are involved in your care.For payment, we use your health information to prepare documentation required by yourinsurance company or HMO or by Medicare or Medicaid. We disclose that part of yourhealth information that these organizations require to pay us.For healthcare operations, we use or disclose your health information, for example, toimprove the quality of our services, to plan better ways of treating patients, and to evaluatestaff performance.Other Uses and Disclosure that Do Not Require your AuthorizationWhere we are required or permitted to do so, we may use and disclose your health information in the following circumstances without your written authorization. Informing family, friends, and others identified by you who are involved in your care, unless you object.Assistance in disaster relief efforts, unless you object.Federal government investigation, when required by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with Federal regulations. Federal, state, or local law requirements.Public health activities, for example to report communicable diseases or death; or for matters involving the Food and Drug Administration.Reporting of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.Health oversight activities by a health oversight agency.(A health oversight agency is an organization authorized by the government to oversee eligibility and compliance and to enforce civil rights laws).Judicial or administrative proceedings, for example responding to a court order or subpoena.Law enforcement purposes, for example to report certain types of wounds or other physical injuries or to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person.Use by coroners, medical examiners, or funeral directors.Facilitating organ, eye, or tissue donation.Research, provided that controls are enforced.18 The BioPlus Family of Pharmacies'