The Carencia Community Collaboration is a partnership of independent entities to improve the flow of referral, access, and outcomes of behavioral healthcare between agencies.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) defines an Organized Health Care Arrangement (“OHCA”) to include, among other arrangements, an organized system of health care in which more than one covered entity participates and in which the participating covered entities hold themselves out to the public as participating in a joint arrangement and participate in certain joint activities as specified in the Privacy Regulations.
The covered entities included in the list below, each independent of the other, have agreed to collaborate voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their patients.
As part of the Carencia Community Collaboration, the covered entities plan to participate in certain joint activities, including quality assessment and improvement activities, where the sharing of protected health information (“PHI”) on patients in the designated population may be necessary to achieve the goals of the Carencia Community Collaboration. Additionally, and when appropriate, PHI will be shared to improve the quality, coordination, and outcomes of treatment and healthcare operations.
For the purposes of the Privacy Regulations, the covered entities qualify as an OHCA and wish to declare themselves as such for the purposes of the Carencia Community Collaboration and to enable the sharing of PHI for joint activities of the Carencia Community Collaboration. Additionally, unless the participants choose to provide individual notice, this serves as a joint notice of our public declaration.
For more information see Carencia’s Privacy Practices Policy