Notice of Privacy Practices
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.
U.S. Laboratories (US Lab) uses health information about you for treatment, to obtain payment for treatment, for administrative purposes, and to evaluate the quality of care that you receive. Your health information is contained in a medical record that is the physical property of US Lab. This Notice of Privacy practices was prepared to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. State law, in certain circumstances, may be stricter than the Privacy Rule and will prevail in such circumstances. This Notice of Privacy Practices, as of the date referenced in the bottom corner of this Notice, supersedes any and all Notices previously in effect.
How U.S. Laboratories May Use or Disclose Your Health Information
For Treatment. U.S. Lab may use and disclose your health information to provide you with medical treatment or services. For example, information obtained by a health care provider, such as a phlebotomist, or other person providing health services to you, will record information in your record that is related to your treatment. This information is necessary for health care providers to determine what treatment you should receive. Health care providers will also record actions taken by them in the course of your treatment and note how you respond to the actions.
For Payment. U.S. Lab may use and disclose your health information to others for purposes of receiving payment for treatment and services that you receive. For example, a bill may be sent to you or a third-party payor, such as an insurance company or health plan. The information on the bill may contain information that identifies you, your diagnosis, and treatment or supplies used in the course of treatment.
For Health Care Operations. U.S. Lab may use and disclose health information about you for operational purposes. For example, your health information may be disclosed to members of the medical staff, risk or quality improvement personnel, and others to:
Required by law. U.S. Lab may use and disclose information about you as required by law. For example, US Lab may disclose information for the following purposes:
for judicial and administrative proceedings pursuant to legal authority;
to report information related to victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence; and
to assist law enforcement officials in their law enforcement duties.
Public Health. Your health information may be used or disclosed for public health activities such as assisting public health authorities or other legal authorities to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability, or for other health oversight activities.
U.S. Lab reserves the right to change its information practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information it maintains. Revised notices will be made available to you by an appropriate means. US Lab is required to abide by the terms of this Notice.
Last modified: 03/26/12