HIPAA: Notice of Privacy Practices
Effective May 2018 | Last updated: 15 Oct 2018
|Overview||THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.|
|Background||The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) requires us to protect and maintain the privacy of our patient’s identifiable health information. The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s health care system. We are dedicated and committed to implementing appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of Protected Health Information.|
The purpose of this information is to:
We are required by law to:
|Notice Revisions||We reserve the right to amend, change, eliminate provisions, or revise the terms or add new terms of this notice, and to make the revised terms effective for all Protected Health Information that it maintains. If we revise this notice, we will make the revised notice available on our website or you can request a paper copy of this notice.|
A person or entity that uses Protected Health Information to perform a service. These services include, but are not limited to:
Activities related to our operations, including but not limited to:
|Payment||Collection of payment for our services|
Protected Health Information
Information we create and obtain relating to a patient’s past, present or future health or condition. It also includes payment and billing for health care to a patient. Protected Health Information includes, but is not limited to:
|Treatment||The provision, coordination or management of patient health and related services.|
How We Use And Disclose Information About You
We will only use and disclose your Protected Health Information without your authorization when necessary for:
Disclosure to Our Business Associates
|We will only disclose your Protected Health Information to Business Associates who have agreed in writing to maintain the privacy of Protected Health Information as required by law.|
Use or Disclosure Requiring Authorization
We will not use or disclose your Protected Health Information for purposes other than those described in this notice. If it becomes necessary to disclose any of your Protected Health Information for other reasons, we will request your written authorization. As permitted by law, we may contact you to obtain your authorization for any sale of Protected Health Information, or to use or disclose your Protected Health Information for marketing.
We cannot, and will not, require you to waive the right to file a complaint with the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) as a condition of receiving services from the laboratory.
|Revoking Authorization||If you provide written authorization, you may revoke it at any time in writing, except to the extent that we have relied upon the authorization prior to its being revoked.|
Use or Disclosure Required or Permitted by Law
We may use or disclose your Protected Health Information to the extent that the law requires the use or disclosure:
Use and Disclosure Examples
Disclosure Requiring Opportunity to Object:
|We may disclose your Protected Health Information to a family member, friend, or other person involved in your care or payment if the information is relevant to their involvement and you have agreed or had an opportunity to object.|
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Review Your Protected Health Information
You have a right to inspect and obtain a copy of your Protected Health Information.
Important: If you feel your Protected Health Information is incomplete or incorrect, you have the right to request that it be amended.
Request to Restrict Your Protected Health Information
You can request restrictions on the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information. We are not required to agree to a requested restriction.
Example: If a restriction request prevents us from providing service to you or from performing payment related functions, we will not be able to agree to the request.
When necessary, we may seek to contact you by calling you at your home or by sending mailings containing your Protected Health Information to your home. If you feel that such communications could compromise your safety, you may request in writing an alternate communication method and/or location.
Important: At times, we may require that a request contain a statement that disclosure of part or all of the information to which the request pertains could endanger the individual, and we may, within the the extent of applicable laws, request payment for this service.
Accounting of Disclosures
If a disclosure of your Protected Health Information was made for a reason other than health testing, payment or healthcare operations, you have a right to receive an accounting of the disclosure. However, a disclosure made to you will not require an accounting.
|Receive a Copy||You can view and print a copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices through our website, or you may request a paper copy.|
|Complaints||If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, you may submit a complaint to us or to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services at any time. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint. You may file a complaint with us through our website or through the details provided below under Contact Us.|
|Nondiscrimination Statement||We comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, age, or disability.|
If you have questions about your privacy rights or concerns about violation of your privacy rights, you may contact us at:
4640 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 270D
Portland, OR 97239