Cinch® Notice of Privacy Practices

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.


PAML and its partners are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your health information as part of Cinch®

We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information (commonly called PHI or health information), including PHI in electronic format. We are also required to notify you of our legal duties and privacy practices regarding your health information and abide by the practices of this Notice, unless more stringent laws or regulations apply. This Notice applies to all PAML facilities, services and programs that provide laboratory services to you, including PAML’s Cinch® program.

Application of this Notice

The information privacy practices described in this Notice will be followed by:

  • Any healthcare professional who provides services to you at any of our locations
  • All workforce members such as employees, students, and other persons under our direct control whether or not they are paid by us

This Notice provides detailed information about how we may use and disclose your health information with or without authorization as well as more information about your specific rights with respect to your health information.

Uses and disclosures of your health information that we may make without

To contact you: Your information may be used to contact you to provide test results, inform you about other health-related services or financial issues.

Treatment: Your information may be shared with any healthcare provider who is providing you with health care services and whom you have given authorization to release your information.

Payment: In order to obtain payment for your health care services, we may have to provide your health information to the party responsible for paying.

Health care operations: Your health information may be used in order to support our business activities and to assure that quality health care services are being provided. Some of these activities include quality assessments, peer or employee review, training of medical personnel, licensure and accreditation, data aggregation and audits by regulatory agencies. We may share your PHI with third parties who perform services such as transcription or billing. In those cases, we have written agreements with the third parties that they will not use or disclose your health information except if permitted by law.

We may share your PHI with third parties who perform services such as transcription or billing. In those cases, we have written agreements with the third parties that they will not use or disclose your health information except if permitted by law.

Other uses and disclosures that we may make without your authorization

There are a number of ways that your health information may be used or disclosed without your authorization. Generally, these uses and disclosures are either required by law or for public health and safety purposes.

When required by law: We may use or disclose your health information when required by law. If this happens, we will comply with the law and will only disclose the information necessary.

Public health: We may disclose your health information to a public health authority for public health activities. Public health activities include preventing or controlling disease, injury, disability, and responding to reports of abuse, neglect or domestic violence. We may disclose your health information to a person or agency required to report adverse events, product defects or problems, biologic product deviations, or for product recalls, repairs or replacements. Any disclosures of this nature will be made consistent with state and federal law.

Health oversight: We may disclose your health information to health oversight agencies for oversight activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, and inspections. Health oversight agencies include government agencies that oversee the Health care system, government benefit programs, government regulatory programs and civil rights.

Legal proceedings: We may use or disclose your health information in response to a court or administrative order in an administrative or judicial proceeding, or in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other legal process.

Law enforcement: We may use or disclose your health information for law enforcement purposes. Examples include (1) responding to legal processes; (2) providing limited information to identify or locate a suspect; (3) providing information about crime victims; (4) reporting a crime which occurred on our premises; and (5) for medical emergencies, reporting where it appears likely a crime occurred.

Preventing a serious threat: We may use or disclose your health information if we believe in good faith that the use or disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health and safety of a person or of the public. Disclosure may only be made to a person reasonably able to prevent or lessen the threat.

Military activity and national security: We may disclose the health information of Armed Forces personnel: (1) for activities deemed necessary by appropriate military command authorities; or (2) to a foreign military authority if you are a member of that foreign military service. We may also disclose your health information to authorized federal officials to conduct national security and intelligence activities, including the provision of protective services to the President or others legally authorized to receive information.

Uses and disclosures of your health information that we may make with your authorization

Certain uses and disclosures of your health information, including marketing or sale of health information will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke an authorization in writing at any time, except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance on the authorization.

Uses and disclosures not otherwise described in this Notice will be made only with your written authorization. Federal and state laws may place additional limitations on the disclosure of your health information for drug or alcohol abuse treatment programs, sexually transmitted diseases, or mental health treatment programs. When required by law, we will obtain your authorization before releasing this type of information.

Your Rights

Right to request restrictions: You have the right to ask us to place restrictions on the way we use or disclose your health information for treatment, payment or health care operations. We will consider your request but are not required to agree to the restriction (except as described below). If we agree to a restriction, we will not use or disclose your health information in violation of that restriction unless it is needed for an emergency. If a restriction is no longer feasible, we will notify you.

Confidential communications: We will accommodate reasonable requests to communicate with you about your health information by different methods or alternative locations.

Breach notification: You have the right to receive notification of breaches of your health information as required by law.

Access to your health information: You have the right to receive a copy of your health information that we maintain.

Amendment of your health information: You have the right to ask us to amend any of your health information. You need to request this amendment in writing and submit it to PAML’s Privacy Officer. We may deny your request in certain situations, such as when we determine your information is accurate and complete. Any denials will be in writing. You have the right to appeal our denial by filing a written statement of disagreement.

Accounting of certain disclosures: You have a right to a listing of the disclosures we make of your health information, except for those disclosures made for treatment, payment, or health care operations, or those disclosures made pursuant to your authorization. The type of disclosures typically contained in a listing would be disclosures made for mandatory public health purposes, law enforcement, legal proceedings, or for other required reporting such as birth and death certificates.

Exercising your rights: To exercise any of the above rights or if you need to share your health information with someone for purposes other than those listed here, contact the appropriate department.

Questions and complaints

If you have questions or are concerned that any of your privacy rights have been violated, please contact our Privacy Officer:

PAML Privacy Officer
509-755-8799
1-800-541-7891 ext. 8799

You also have the right to complain to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The following link will inform you how to do this:

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html

You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.

Web Site

We have a Web site that provides information about us. For your benefit, this Notice is on the Web site at this address: www.gocinch.com.

Changes to Notice of Privacy Practices

We reserve the right to change the terms of our Notice at any time. New Notice provisions will be effective for all protected health information that we maintain. You may view a copy of our most current Notice on our website at www.paml.com, or request a current copy from the privacy officer at any time.

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