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.
Purpose of This Notice
We understand that information about your health is personal. We are committed to protecting the privacy of your health information. This Notice tells you about the ways we may use and disclose Protected Health Information, or PHI, about you. This Notice will also describe our obligations and your rights regarding the use and disclosure of your PHI.
We are required by the law to:
“HIPAA” means the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended.
“Privacy Rule” refers to the privacy regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to HIPAA, codified at 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164.
“Protected Health Information” or “PHI,” generally, is information (i) about your physical or mental health or condition, health care provided to you, or the payment of health care provided to you, whether past, present, or future; (ii) that is created, received, transmitted or maintained by us; and (iii) that identifies you or could be used to identify you.
“vRad” for purposes of this notice means: (1) certain radiology practices under management of Virtual Radiologic Corporation (VRC) and that are HIPAA Covered Entity Health Care Providers; (3) certain other radiology practices under management of Virtual Radiologic Corporation which are not currently Covered Entities; and (4) VRC. When a vRad-affiliated entity is not required to comply with HIPAA, then the entity has voluntarily chosen to seek to comply with the requirement to the extent reasonable and appropriate in its sole discretion.
The terms “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to vRad Subject Entities and its workforce members and the terms “you” and “your” refer to individuals whose PHI we use or disclose as permitted and required by law and as described in this Notice.
Effective Date of this Notice
This notice is effective February 14, 2013 and governs our privacy practices on and after that date. The effective date of any change to this Notice will be located in the upper right hand corner of the document.
Changes to Privacy Practices and this Notice
We can change our privacy practices and this Notice at any time. Any change will apply to PHI we already have and to PHI we receive or generate after the change. At your request, we will give you an updated Notice. We will also post the most current Notice at our website.
For Questions, Additional Information Regarding Privacy Practices and Complaints, please contact:
Karen Scott, Privacy Officer
Virtual Radiologic Corporation
11995 Singletree Lane, #500
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint in writing with the privacy officer at the address listed above or with the United States Department of Health and Human Services. We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
Your Rights Regarding Your Protected Health Information
You have the following rights regarding your PHI.
We will disclose PHI to you in accordance with your right to access your PHI or to receive an accounting of disclosures of your PHI as specified in this Notice. We will also disclose PHI to the Department of Health and Human Services when required by that department to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Rule.
Common Reasons for Our Use and Disclosure of Your Protected Health Information
Common reasons for use and disclosure include:
Note that we work with organizations or individuals that perform certain functions on our behalf or provide services to us that involve the use or disclosure of PHI. Our contracts with our business associates include the promises to protect PHI required by the Privacy Rule.
Less Common Reasons for Our Use or Disclosure of PHI
Uncommon Reasons for Our Use and Disclosure of PHI
Uses and Disclosures with Your Written Permission
PHI Will Not Be Used or Disclosed for Other Purposes Without Your Written Permission. We will obtain your written permission (called “Authorization” under the Privacy Rule) before using or disclosing your PHI for purposes other than those provided in this Notice (or as otherwise permitted or required by law). Types of uses and disclosures that require your written permission include marketing our services to you or selling your PHI.
You May Revoke Your Permission. You may revoke your permission at any time but must do so in writing. Upon receipt of the written revocation, we will stop using or disclosing PHI in accordance with the written permission, except to the extent we have already acted in reliance on your written permission.
(Website visitors may also want to view our Notice of Non-Discrimination.)