Park Ridge Lab Privacy Statement
Park Ridge Lab Inc and all of Dr Speron's Corporations are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal and health information. At Park Ridge Lab, we understand that health is a very personal, private subject, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible visiting our web site and using our services. Park Ridge Lab takes this responsibility very seriously.
Park Ridge Lab
Attention: Data Privacy
950 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 102
Park Ridge, IL 60068
What Personal Information We Collect
Park Ridge Lab will collect information that identifies you ("personal information") online only when you voluntarily provide it to us through our site. For example, when you choose to register on our site, we may ask you to provide some personal information, such as your first and last name, mailing address, telephone number and/or e-mail address. We also may collect information that will allow you to establish a username and password. In addition, we may collect information that you voluntarily provide to us through responses to questionnaires, such as customer satisfaction surveys.
How We Use Personal Information We Collect Online
A) Internal Uses
We may use your personal information within Park Ridge Lab (1) to provide you with the services and products you request, (2) to assist with your questions about our services, billing, payment methods or use of our web site, (3) to process or collect payments made in connection with our services to you, and (4) to evaluate our services and products and to conduct customer surveys.
We also may use your information within Park Ridge Lab Inc and all of Dr Speron's Corporations, to send you information that may be of interest to you. This may also include registering you for Dr Speron's free monthly ezine newsletter.
When you register online for one of our services, you may be given the option of receiving periodic informational/promotional mail or email from Park Ridge Lab Inc and all of Dr Speron's Corporations. You choose whether or not to receive correspondence when you provide this information or by changing your preferences within your registration profile at any time.
B) Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties
We will not give, sell, rent, loan or otherwise disclose any personal information to any third party, unless (1) you have authorized us to do so, (2) we are legally required to do so, for example, in response to a subpoena, court order or other legal process, and/or (3) it is necessary to do so in order to protect and defend the rights or property of this web site. For example, with your consent, we may disclose your personal information to a third-party vendor that we engage to mail your test results to you. We contractually require such third-party vendors and contractors to comply with strict standards regarding security and confidentiality. This includes communication and correspondence with Quest Diagnostics.
We also may share aggregate, non-personal information about web site usage with unaffiliated third parties. This aggregate information does not contain any personal information about our users.
Collection, Use and Disclosure of Non-personal Information
How We Protect Information Online
It is our policy to protect your account information against unauthorized access or release. We use the services of VeriSign and ICSA.net to verify and assist in our security measures. All the information you provide to us is handled through a Secure Socket Layer ("SSL"). SSL is a leading Web technology that encrypts your account information. Please exercise caution when sending sensitive information via e-mail, as e-mail messages do not have the security features that are built into our website.
In addition, we have procedures that limit Park Ridge Labs' employees and contractors' access to personal information. Only those employees and contractors with a business reason to know have access to such information. We educate our employees about the importance of confidentiality and customer privacy through standard operating procedures, mandatory training programs, and internal policies on data privacy and corporate integrity. We take appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce employee privacy responsibilities.
Links to Other Sites
By using our web site, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of information as described in this policy.
Notice Of Privacy Practice
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.
Park Ridge Lab Inc and all of Dr Speron's Corporations (collectively called "Park Ridge Lab" in this Notice) are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal and health information. Park Ridge Lab is the Chicagoland's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services. At Park Ridge Lab, we are committed to protecting the confidentiality of individuals' laboratory test results and other patient protected health information (PHI) that we collect or create as part of our diagnostic testing activities.
We urge you to read this Notice of Privacy Practices carefully so that you will understand both our commitment to the privacy of your PHI, and how you can participate in that commitment. Should you have any questions about this Notice or our privacy practices, please call us at U.S. Facilities, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at:
Park Ridge Lab
Attention: Data Privacy
950 N Northwest Hwy, Ste 102
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge Lab and its employees are committed to obtaining, maintaining, using and disclosing patient protected health information (PHI) in a manner that protects patient privacy. We will only use or disclose the minimum amount of your PHI we consider necessary to perform a job or complete an activity. This Notice applies to all PHI that we maintain. Your doctor may have different notices regarding his/her use and disclosure of your PHI created in his/her office.
Park Ridge Lab is required by law to provide you with this Notice of Privacy Practices with respect to PHI, to maintain the privacy of PHI, to state the uses and disclosures of PHI that Park Ridge Lab may make, and to list the rights of individuals and our legal duties with respect to their PHI. Your PHI at Park Ridge Lab includes personal and medical information (such as your name, address, date of birth, test ordered, etc.) that we obtain from you, your physician, health plan, or other sources. Your PHI also includes the laboratory testing results that we create. An example of PHI is as follows: Jane Smith, Date of Birth: 2/15/68, resides at 123 Main Street, Anytown, NJ, cholesterol result of 215 mg/dL.
Park Ridge Lab is required to abide by the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices currently in effect. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice of Privacy Practices and to make the provisions of the new Notice of Privacy Practices effective for all PHI that we maintain. The current Notice will be displayed on our website and a copy is available upon request.
How we may use and disclose your Protected Health Information
Your PHI will be used or disclosed for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations purposes and for other purposes permitted or required by law. Not every use or disclosure is listed; however, all of the ways we use or disclose your PHI will fall into one of the categories listed below.
If we wanted to use or disclose your PHI for other purposes, we would have to obtain your written authorization. For example, patient authorization is often required by state law for each release of HIV test results, except if the results are being released to public health officials as required by law. You have the right to revoke your authorization at any time, except if we have already made a disclosure based on that authorization. We do not need your authorization or permission to use or disclose your PHI for the following purposes:
As a health care provider that provides laboratory testing for ordering physicians, Park Ridge Lab uses your PHI as part of our testing process and discloses your PHI to physicians and other authorized health care professionals who need access to your laboratory results to treat you. In addition to your treating physician, we may provide a specialist consulting physician with information about your results to further validate the results before release to your physician. Occasionally, we may contact you to arrange for a redraw of your specimens.
We will use your PHI in our billing departments and disclose your PHI to insurance companies, third party administrators, hospitals, physicians, and health plans for payment purposes, or to third parties to assist us in creating bills, claim forms, or getting paid for our services. For example, we may send your name, date of service, test performed, diagnosis code, and other information to a health plan so that the plan will pay us for the services we provided. In some cases, we may have to contact you to obtain billing information or for other billing purposes. When required, we may use an outside collection agency to obtain payment. If you are a dependent of an individual, or otherwise receive your health insurance coverage based on a third party (such as a parent, spouse, domestic partner or a former spouse) subscribing to a health insurance policy, we may also send this information, for payment purposes, to the individual identified as the subscriber to the health insurance which covers you.
For Healthcare Operations
We may use or disclose your PHI in the course of activities necessary to support our health care operations, such as performing quality checks on our testing, for teaching purposes, or for developing normal reference ranges for tests that we perform.
Disclosures to Business Associates
Park Ridge Lab may disclose your PHI to other companies or individuals who need your PHI in order to provide specific services to us. These other entities, known as "business associates," must comply with the terms of a contract designed to ensure that they will maintain the privacy and security of the PHI we provide to them or which they create on our behalf. Our business associates must only use your PHI for designated treatment, payment, or health care operations purposes that they perform on our behalf. For example, we may disclose your PHI to temporary employees or to the College of American Pathologists (CAP) or other private accrediting organizations that inspect and certify the quality of our laboratories. This includes communication and correspondence with Quest Diagnostics.
As Permitted or Required by Law
We may use or disclose your PHI for various public policy purposes that are authorized or required by federal or state law. For example, we are required to disclose your PHI to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") upon request. We must provide you with copies of your PHI at your request, except where restricted or prohibited by state law. We will provide the information regarding your specific state to you upon request.
We may disclose your PHI when reporting communicable disease results to public health departments as required by law, for example, gonorrhea. We may disclose your PHI for FDA reporting purposes.
When the appropriate conditions apply, we may use or disclose PHI to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety
We may use or disclose your PHI when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or that of another person or the general public. Any use or disclosure for this purpose would only be made to someone able to help prevent the threat. For example, we may disclose your PHI in an investigation regarding a physician's license.
We may disclose your PHI in connection with governmental oversight, licensure, auditing, and other purposes. For example, governmental agencies periodically review our records to ensure that Park Ridge Lab is complying with the rules of various regulatory and licensing agencies. HHS and State Health Departments are examples of agencies that oversee aspects of Park Ridge Labs' operations. Other agencies may audit our billing and laboratory records to verify that the health care was provided as claimed or that we were paid correctly.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings
We may disclose your PHI as required to comply with court orders, discovery requests or other legal process in the course of a judicial or administrative proceeding.
We may also disclose PHI for law enforcement purposes. For example, we may be required to release PHI as required by law or in compliance with a court order, judicial subpoena, court-ordered warrant, grand jury subpoena, administrative request, investigative demand or similar legal process, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to obtain an order of protection for the requested information. We may release PHI for other law enforcement purposes, such as to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person.
Specialized Government Functions
We may disclose your PHI for military and veterans activities, national security or intelligence purposes, or to correctional institutions, or to law enforcement officials having custody of an inmate.
We may disclose your PHI as necessary to comply with requirements of workers' compensation or similar programs that provide benefits for work-related injuries or illness without regard to fault. For example, workers compensation programs may require that we provide the results of laboratory testing as part of the case file.
Note Regarding State Law
For all of the above purposes, in cases where state law is more restrictive than federal law, we are required to follow the more restrictive state law. For example, some states require physician authorization to release laboratory test results to patients, and other states prohibit a laboratory from releasing test results directly to a patient.
We may contact you for specific reasons
Although we do not do so today, we may want to contact you in the future regarding health-related products or services that may be of interest to you.
Your rights concerning privacy and confidentiality
You or your authorized or designated personal representative have the right to inspect and copy your PHI. Park Ridge Lab will deny access to certain information for specific reasons, for example, where state law prohibits such patient access. If your request is denied, you may request that the denial be reviewed.
You have the right to request amendments to your PHI (but we are not required to make the requested amendments).
You have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your PHI that were made by Park Ridge Lab for a period of up to six years prior to the date of your written request, but not including any disclosures made prior to April 14, 2003, when the Privacy Rule went into effect. Under the law, this accounting does not include disclosures made for purposes of treatment, payment, health care operations, or certain other excluded purposes, but includes other types of disclosures, including disclosures for public health reporting or in response to a court order.
You have the right to ask us if we will agree to restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your PHI, but we are not required to agree to your request, with the following exception. Effective for services provided to you after February 16, 2010, you have the right to ask us to restrict the disclosure of PHI to your health plan for a service we provide to you where you have directly paid us (out of pocket, in full) for that service, in which case we are required to honor your request.
You have the right to request that we send your PHI to an alternate address, but we are not required to agree to your request.
Notice of Privacy Practices
You have the right to request a paper copy of this Notice.
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you have the right to register a complaint with Park Ridge Lab or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Park Ridge Lab will not retaliate against any individual for filing a complaint. You may file a complaint by calling us at U.S. Facilities, or by writing to us at the address located at the beginning of this Notice.
How to exercise your rights
Write to us with your specific written request and be sure to include sufficient information for us to identify all of your records. You may also contact us at U.S. Facilities to request an access form. Park Ridge Lab will consider your request and provide you a response within a reasonable timeframe. Should we deny your request, you have the right to ask for the denial to be reviewed by another healthcare professional designated by Park Ridge Lab. For additional details, or for instructions regarding how to exercise these rights, call us at U.S. Facilities.
You may request a copy of this Notice in electronic and/or paper form by calling U.S. Facilities.
How to contact us
If you have questions or concerns regarding the privacy or confidentiality of your PHI, or you wish to register a complaint, please write us at the address located at the beginning of this notice or contact U.S. Facilities, or email@example.com.
Our online privacy notice, which describes our online privacy practices, may be viewed at the following address: http://www.parkridgelab.com/index-7.html.
Park Ridge Lab reserves the right to amend this Notice of Privacy Practices, at any time, to reflect changes in our privacy practices, and these changes will apply retroactively, unless otherwise stated. Any such changes will be applicable to and effective for all Protected Health Information (PHI) that we maintain including PHI we created or received prior to the effective date of the Notice revision.