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This notice describes how GENETWORx and its affiliates  (“We,” “Us,” “Our”) may use and disclose medical information about you and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
How we use and share your health information may depend on the type of treatment you receive. Information relating to substance use treatment is protected by specific federal regulations in addition to HIPAA which are known as 42 CFR Part 2. These regulations protect the confidentiality of information relating to the identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any patient in a drug or alcohol treatment program. We do not disclose records relating to substance use treatment without your written consent, except in narrowly limited circumstances.
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you. This includes physicians, nurses, medical students, pharmacies, and other health care professionals involved in coordination of your care. We only will share information relating to treatment for substance use disorder with such other professionals with your written consent.
We can use and share your health information to run our operations, improve your care, and contact you when necessary. For example, we may use or share your information to evaluate the quality of services, for accreditation functions and for our operation and management purposes.
We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities. We only will share information to obtain payment for substance use disorder treatment with your written consent.
We may use and disclose PHI to send a reminder regarding an appointment with us, including text reminders and phone calls. We also may use and disclose PHI to tell you about health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. For example, we may contact you about new healthcare services and screenings.
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. These conditions include specific requirements for substance use treatment records when applicable. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
We may use or share your information for research purposes pursuant to a valid authorization from you or when an institutional review board or privacy board has waived the authorization requirement. Under certain circumstances, your information may also be disclosed without your authorization to researchers preparing to conduct a research project or for research on decedents or to researchers pursuant to a written data use agreement. We may to communicate with you directly regarding opportunities to participate in clinical studies and we may receive remuneration for sharing information with you about these opportunities.
We may participate in health information exchanges for the purpose of securely exchanging your health information for your treatment, payment, or health care operations or other purposes permitted or required under law. Any exchange of information through an HIE will conform to the above explanation of how we use and share your information.
We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we are complying with federal privacy law.
We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations. Authorization may be required for substance use treatment information.
We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
We can use or share health information about you:
We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena, subject to additional protections for substance use treatment information.
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on the web site.
Please direct any questions about the use or disclosure of your health information to Our Privacy Officer at the Email and phone numbers below.
Effective: April 22, 2022
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