NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
Effective Date: February 2, 2015
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.
Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories, LLC (BMGL) has specific duties regarding your medical information. We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting medical information about you.
This notice will tell you about the ways in which we may use and disclose medical information about you. We also describe your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.
We are required by law to:
- Maintain the privacy of your medical information and take reasonable steps to protect medical information that identifies you from unauthorized disclosure
- Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you
- Follow the terms of our notice that is currently in effect
- Notify you following a breach of your unsecured medical information
How BMGL May Use And Disclose Your Health Information
For Treatment: BMGL may provide medical test information about you to your personal physician. We may disclose medical information about you to the appropriate doctors, nurses and health care personnel whom you have authorized.
For Payment: BMGL may use and disclose medical information about you so that the treatment and services you receive may be billed to and payment may be collected from you, an insurance company, or a third party. For example, we may send a claim to an insurance company that identifies you and the procedures you received from us. Your diagnosis may also be disclosed.
For Health Care Operations: BMGL may use and disclose medical information about you for operational reasons.
These uses and disclosures are necessary for us to make sure that all of our patients receive quality care. For example, we may use medical information to assess the quality of our services and to evaluate the performance of our staff.
As Required By Law: BMGL will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law. Special situations that would fall under this category include but are not limited to:
- Public health risks
- Court orders, including lawsuits and disputes in which you are involved
- Law enforcement duties
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. Any disclosure, however, would only be to someone able to help prevent the threat.
Organ and Tissue Donation: If you are an organ donor, we may release medical information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Victims of Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to a government authority if we reasonably believe you are a victim of abuse or neglect. We will only disclose this type of information to the extent required by law, if you agree to the disclosure, or if the disclosure is allowed by law and we believe it is necessary to prevent serious harm to you or someone else or the law enforcement or public official that is to receive the report represents that it is necessary and will not be used against you. In such cases, we will promptly inform you that a report has been or will be made unless there is reason to believe that providing this information will place you in serious harm.
Government Functions: BMGL may disclose your health information to protect public officials as directed by law or as required by military command authorities.
Workers’ Compensation: BMGL may release medical information about you for workers’ compensation or similar programs.
Decedents: BMGL may release medical information to a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director as necessary to carry out their duties.
Health Oversight Activities: BMGL may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities may include audits, investigations, inspections, licensure and disciplinary actions.