THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU. IT ALSO DESCRIBES HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Theranostix, Inc., (“THX”) is committed to protecting your “protected health information” (“PHI”). PHI includes laboratory test orders and results as well as our invoices.
THX is required by law to maintain the confidentiality of your PHI. We are also required to provide you with this Notice of our obligations and privacy practices upon request. We are posting this Notice to our website and will make a hard copy available to you upon request. The Notice describes our legal duties, privacy practices and your patient rights as set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ACT of 1996 (“HIPAA”). In addition to abiding by the practices set forth in this Notice, we are required to notify affected individuals in the event of a breach involving unsecured PHI. PHI is stored electronically.
How We May Use or Disclose Your Health Information
We may use your PHI for treatment, payment or healthcare operations purposes and for other purposes permitted or required by law. Not every use or disclosure is listed in this Notice, but all of our uses or disclosures of your health information will fall into one of these categories. We need your written authorization to use or disclose your health information for any other purposes.
Unless you have signed an authorization for us to do so, we will not use or disclose your PHI for marketing purposes or sell your PHI. You may revoke any authorization that you sign at any time. If you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your health information for the reasons stated in your authorization except to the extent we have already taken action based on your authorization.
The law permits us to use and disclose your health information for the following purposes:
THX provides laboratory testing services for physicians and other healthcare professionals and we use your PHI in our testing process. We may disclose your PHI to authorized healthcare professionals who order tests or need to review the results of your tests for purposes of treatment.
We may use and disclose your PHI for purposes of billing and payment. For example, we may disclose your PHI to health plans or other payers in order to determine whether you are actually enrolled with the payer or eligible for certain benefits or to obtain payment for our services. If you are insured under another person’s health insurance policy (i.e. a spouse, parent or former spouse), we may also send invoices to the subscriber whose policy covers your health services.
We may use your PHI for activities necessary to appropriately provide our healthcare operations, such as performing internal audits, quality checks on our testing or developing reference ranges for our tests.
We may provide your PHI to vendors that need the information to provide services to us. These other entities are required to maintain the privacy and security of PHI. For example, we may provide PHI to companies that assist us with billing of our services. When we do so, we seek to provide the minimum PHI necessary.
As Required by Law
We may use and disclose your PHI as required by law.
Law Enforcement Activities and Legal Proceedings
We may use and disclose your PHI as necessary, to prevent or minimize a significant threat to your health and safety or that of another person. We may also provide PHI to law enforcement officials for example, in response to a warrant, investigative demand or similar legal process, or for officials to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person. We may also disclose PHI to appropriate agencies if we reasonably believe an individual to be a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
We may disclose your PHI as required to comply with a court or administrative order. We may disclose PHI in response.