Novation Diagnostics | 8980 Kirby Drive | Houston, Texas | 77054 | Tel: 832.265.2735
8980 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77054
(832) 962 8121
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES STATEMENT
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.
NOVATION DIAGNOSTICS PRIVACY PRACTICES
Novation Diagnostics (also referred to as The Laboratory) is committed to protecting the confidentiality of your medical and health information ("Protected Health
Information") as described in this Notice and to maintaining the privacy of your Protected Health Information as required by law. We have provided this Notice to
you to describe our privacy practices relating to Protected Health Information, including how we may use your Protected Health Information within Novation
Diagnostics and how under certain circumstances we may disclose it to others outside . This Notice also describes the rights you have concerning your own
Protected Health Information. Please review it carefully. If you have questions about any part of this Privacy Notice or if you want more information about the
privacy practices of Novation Diagnostics, please contact the Privacy Officer whose contact information is listed at the end of this Notice.
USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION PERMITTED OR REQUIRED BY LAW
The law permits us to use your Protected Health Information for treating you, billing for services related to your treatment, and for operating our laboratory, all of
which are explained below. Certain types of Protected Health Information have additional protection under state or federal law. For example, information about
genetic testing and mental health treatment or condition may have added protections. For disclosure of those types of information, The Laboratory is required to get
your authorization as described below before disclosing it to others.
YOUR PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED ONLY FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
For Treatment: We may use your Protected Health Information to provide you with medical treatment and other services. We may also disclose your Protected
Health Information to others who need information to treat you, including, but not limited to, doctors, physician assistants, nurses, medical and nursing students,
technicians, therapists, emergency service and medical transportation providers, medical equipment providers, and others involved in your care. For example, we
will allow your physician to have access to your laboratory results to assist in your treatment and for follow-up care.
For Payment: We may use and disclose your Protected Health Information to get paid for the medical services and supplies we provide to you. For example, your
health plan or health insurance company may ask to see parts of your medical record before they will pay us for your treatment.
For Health Care Operations: We may use and disclose your Protected Health Information for health care operations, which include internal education,
administration, planning, and other various activities that improve the quality of care we provide to patients. We may disclose Protected Health Information to
outside companies to support administrative functions such as data analysis, accounting or legal services, but we will only do so after they have signed an
To Family Members and Others Involved in Your Care: We may disclose your Protected Health Information, unless prohibited by applicable federal or state law, to a
family member, other relative, a close personal friend, or any other person identified by you who is involved in your medical care, or to someone who helps to pay
for your care. If you do not want us to disclose your Protected Health Information to family members or others, please contact SML's Privacy Officer.
As Required by Law: Federal, state, or local laws sometimes require us to disclose Protected Health Information. For instance, we are required to report child
abuse. We also are required to give information to the State Workers' Compensation Program for work-related injuries.
To Law Enforcement Officials: We may disclose Protected Health Information to law enforcement officials as required by law or in compliance with a search
warrant, subpoena, or court order. We also may disclose Protected Health Information to law enforcement officials in certain circumstances, including, but not
limited to the following: (i) to help in identifying or locating a person, (ii) to prosecute a violent crime, (iii) to report a death that may have resulted from criminal
conduct, (iv) to report criminal conduct at The Laboratory, and (v) to give certain information in domestic violence cases.
For Judicial Proceedings: We may disclose your Protected Health Information to a third party if we are ordered to do so by a court or if we receive a subpoena or a
For Public Health Activities or Public Safety: We may also use and disclose certain Protected Health Information for public health purposes such as preventing or
lessening a serious and/or imminent threat to an individual's or the public's health or safety. We may also report information to your employer as required under
laws addressing work-related illness and injuries or workplace medical surveillance. For instance, a positive communicable disease test result may be reported to
the Texas Department of Health. We also may need to report patient problems with medications or medical products to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
For Military, Veterans, National Security, and Other Government Purposes: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your Protected Health
Information as required by military command authorities or to the Department of Veterans Affairs. We may also disclose Protected Health Information to federal
officials for intelligence and national security purposes, or for Presidential Protective Services.
For Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose Protected Health Information to a government agency that oversees The Laboratory or its personnel, such as the
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
To Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors: We may disclose Protected Health Information concerning deceased patients to coroners, medical
examiners, and funeral directors to assist them in carrying out their duties.
For Organ and Tissue Donation: We may disclose Protected Health Information to organizations that facilitate organ, eye or tissue donation, or transplantation.
USES AND DISCLOSURES WITH YOUR AUTHORIZATION
Novation Diagnostics cannot use your Protected Health Information for anything other than the reasons mentioned above, without your written and signed
Authorization form. The Authorization form is a written document signed by you giving us permission to use or disclose your Protected Health Information for the
purposes you specifically set forth in the Authorization. You may revoke the Authorization, at any time, by delivering a written statement to The Laboratory Privacy
Officer. If you revoke your Authorization, Novation Diagnostics will no longer use or disclose your Protected Health Information as permitted by your Authorization.
However, your revocation of Authorization will not reverse the use or disclosure of your Protected Health Information made while your Authorization was in effect or
the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information as required or permitted by law (see above).
YOUR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
To Request Your Protected Health Information: In most cases, you have the right to look at or get copies of your Protected Health Information. However, federal law,
specifically federal regulations governing laboratories, and state law provide that The Laboratory cannot report test results directly to a patient. You must make the
written request for such Protected Health Information to either your healthcare provider or to Novation Diagnostics. In either case, The Laboratory will coordinate
such disclosure with your healthcare provider by forwarding your Protected Health Information to your healthcare provider, who will in turn provide you the
information. We may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or other supplies associated with your request, but we will let you know the cost of the fee in
To Request Amendment of Protected Health Information You Believe Is Erroneous or Incomplete: If you examine your Protected Health Information and believe that
some of the information is wrong or incomplete, you may ask us to amend your record. We will comply with your request unless we are not the originator of the
information or we believe that the information you request to be amended is accurate and complete or special circumstances apply. To ask us to amend your
Protected Health Information, write to The Laboratory's Privacy Officer.
To Receive an Accounting of Disclosures of Your Protected Health Information: You have the right to request a list of certain disclosures we make of your Protected
Health Information. If you would like to receive such a list, write to The Laboratory’s Privacy Officer. Your request must state a time period desired for the
accounting, which time period must be within six years prior to the date of your request, and may not include dates before April 14, 2019. We will provide the first list
to you free of charge, but we may charge you for any additional lists you request during the same twelve (12) month period. We will tell you in advance what this list
will cost, at which time you may withdraw or modify your request.
To Request Restrictions on How The Laboratory Will Use or Disclose Your Protected Health Information for Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations: You
have the right to request us not to use or disclose your Protected Health Information to treat you, to seek payment for care, or to operate our laboratory. We will
consider your requests carefully, but we are not required to agree to your requested restriction. If you want to request a restriction, submit your request in writing to
The Privacy Officer and describe your request in detail. The Privacy Officer will reply within 30 days of receiving your request.
To Request Special Communications: You have the right to ask us to communicate your Protected Health Information by alternative means of communication or at
alternative locations. For example, you can ask us not to call your home, but to communicate with you only by mail. To make such a request, write to The Privacy
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE
From time to time, we may change our practices concerning how we use or disclose Protected Health Information, or how we will implement patient rights
concerning such information. We reserve the right to change this Notice and to make the provisions in our new Notice effective for all Protected Health Information
we maintain. If we change these practices, we will publish a revised Notice.
QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, OR COMPLAINTS
If you have any questions about this Notice, or have further questions about how Novation Diagnostics may use and disclose your Protected Health Information,
please contact the Privacy Officer as set forth below. We also welcome your feedback regarding any problems or concerns you have with your privacy rights or how
Novation Diagnostics uses or discloses your Protected Health Information. If you have a concern, please contact:
The Privacy Officer
William G McLucas
Houston, Texas 77054
(832) 962 8121
If for some reason Novation Diagnostics cannot resolve your concern or complaint, you may also file a complaint with the federal government. We will not penalize
or retaliate against you in any way for filing a complaint.
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