Specific written authorization is not required for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations as defined below:
1.1 Treatment: Refers to the provision, coordination or management of mental health, medical care and any treatment plan processes. Those involved in treating an individual may use your information to plan your course of treatment, consult with other health care professionals or their staff including health care students concerning services needed or provided to you.
1.2 Payment: Payment refers to the activities undertaken by a health care provider/plan to obtain or seek reimbursement for health care services which may involve disclosures to insurance companies or to third party billers for assistance in obtaining payment.
1.3 Health Care Operations: Health care operations refers to activities undertaken by an entity that may include access to information for management and administrative purposes, quality assurance, medical and/or legal reviews, audits, compliance, business planning, accreditation or credentialing activities.