Privacy Practices

Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA)

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 AND COMPLETELY.

This Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA) is issued by, and applied to, Brevitest Technologies, Inc., d/b/a Brevitest Laboratories, and its affiliates (collectively, “Brevitest” or “we” or “us”).  The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) provides federal protections for personal health information that identifies you.  This information is called “protected health information” (PHI).  HIPAA gives you an array of rights with respect to PHI, while at the same time permitting the use and disclosure by Brevitest of PHI needed for your care, for invoicing and payment, for proper administration and management of Brevitest, and for other important purposes. 

Duties of Brevitest.  Brevitest is required by law to maintain the privacy of your PHI, and to provide you with a copy of this Notice and its privacy practices on request.  The remainder of this Notice describes our duties and privacy practices (in this regard, see also our Privacy Policy, https://brevitest.com/privacy-policy/) and your patient rights under HIPAA.  We are required to follow the provisions of this Notice and to notify affected individuals in the event of a breach involving PHI that is unsecured.  PHI is stored both electronically and in paper form, and PHI is subject to both electronic and non-electronic disclosure.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures of PHI by Brevitest.  The following listed categories are the permitted purpose for which we may use or disclose you PHI.  While not all uses or disclosures are listed below, the permitted uses or disclosures fall into one of these categories.  We need your authorization to use or disclose your PHI for any purpose that does not fall into one of these categories.  We will not sell or use or disclose your PHI for marketing purposes unless you have authorized Brevitest to do so in writing. You may revoke an authorization and, if so, we will no longer use or disclose your PHI for such purposes unless we have already relied on your authorization in making a use or disclosure.  Here are the categories, with explanations for each one:

            Treatment.  Brevitest may use and disclose PHI for treatment purposes, including disclosure to physicians and other healthcare professional, and we may use your PHI in our diagnostic testing platform. We may disclose your PHI to healthcare professionals who seek test results with your authorization or for other appropriate reasons. 

            Payment.  Brevitest may use and disclose PHI for preparing and issue invoices for our testing service and seeking and processing payment.  We may have to disclose your PHI to third-parties who provide management and administrative services to Brevitest.  We may have to disclose your PHI to health plans or others to confirm that you are eligible for health benefits or to address payment for our services for you. Or you may be insured under a relative’s plan and we need to disclose PHI in sending invoices and the like.

            Healthcare Operations.  Brevitest may use and disclose your PHI in assisting with running our business, i.e., with our healthcare operations, like reviewing the quality of our testing services, internal reviews and audits, arranging for legal services, and refining our testing protocols.

            Appointment Reminders.  Brevitest may access and disclose your PHI to send appointment reminders or to authorized family members.

            Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care.  Brevitest may disclose certain PHI to a family member, or other person authorized in your healthcare or payment for your healthcare, if you have so authorized, or you have not objected, or in our professional judgment you would not object.

            Business Associates.  Brevitest may provide your PHI to other entities or individuals that need it to provide services to us related to our testing services.   These are called “business associates” and are required to maintain the privacy and security of your PHI.  Examples are business associates used to help administer and manage Brevitest or to conduct billing to you or your health plan.  

            Law Enforcement Activities and Legal Proceedings.  Brevitest may use and disclose you PHI if necessary to prevent or mitigate a serious threat to your health or safety or that of another person.  Under certain circumstances, we also may be required to disclose your PHI to law enforcement officials, or to comply with a court or administrative order, or in response to under certain circumstances.  We may also have to disclose your PHI to respond adequately to a subpoena, discovery request or other legal process, but will do so only after efforts have been made to inform you of the legal request or to obtain an order protecting the confidentiality of your PHI.  

           Research.   When permitted by law, Brevitest may use and disclose your PHI for purposed of research and when those with authority have plans to ensure the privacy of your PHI and it is determined your authorization is not required. 

 

           As Required by Law. Brevitest may use and disclose your PHI as required by law, like a requirement to report results from certain tests to a state agency.

 

           Miscellaneous Uses and Disclosure:  Here is a list of other potential uses and disclosures of your PHI, under certain circumstances:

  1. Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors
  2. Organ and Tissue Donation Organizations
  3. Social Service Agencies
  4. The federal Food and Drug Administration
  5. Other Health Oversight Agencies
  6. Social Service Agencies
  7. Public Health Authorities
  8. Correction Institutions
  9. Workers Compensation personnel
  10. Military Command Authorities
  11. National Security and Intelligence Organizations
  12. Those involved in disaster relief efforts, to notify family or friend about your location, status, and conditions.

Note:  Your PHI may also be used and disclosed by Brevitest in incidental ways during the course of us performing our services, like calling your name in the waiting room at a testing center or in a communication with a health care provider.  We are permitted to do so as long as we take reasonable steps to minimize these types of uses and disclosures, and have appropriate measures in place to protect them.

Differences in State Law.  For all the circumstances listed above, when state law is more restrictive than federal law (e.g., HIPAA), we are required to follow the more restrictive state law.

Your Rights as a Patient Regarding PHI.  The following lists your rights regarding PHI:

            Receive Copy of this Notice.  You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice upon request.

            Receive Test Information. You have the right to access your PHI that Brevitest has created.  You may receive your diagnostic test results that Brevitest created online or on your smartphone using our mobile app, or obtain a form to request a copy of your results by visiting our website at www.brevitest-results.com.  You may also contact Brevitest through the contract information listed below in the Complaints/Questions section. If your request for test information is denied you may request that the denial be reviewed.

            List of Disclosures. You have the right to receive a list of certain disclosures of your PHI made by Brevitest in the past six (6) years from the date of your request in writing to Brevitest.  Under the law, this does not include disclosures made for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations.

            Confidential Communications. You also have the right to request that we send your health information by alternative means or to an alternative address, and we will accommodate reasonable requests.

            Request Restrictions. You may ask Brevitest to agree to restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of your PHI.  We are not required to agree to your request, except for requests to limit disclosures to your health plan for purposes of payment or healthcare operations when you have paid us for the item or service covered by the request out-of-pocket and in full and when the uses or disclosures are not required by law.

            Amend Health Information. You may request amendments (i.e., revisions) to your PHI by making a written request.  But we may deny the request in some cases, such as if we determine the PHI is accurate.  If we deny your request to change your PHI, we will provide you with an explanation in writing of the reason(s) we have denied your request and inform you about further actions you may take. 

How to Exercise Your Rights. Be advised that if you wish to exercise your rights under this Notice in any way, you may write or email us with your specific request through the contact information listed below in the Complaints/Questions section, including requesting a form to complete to obtain a copy of your test results.  Brevitest will consider your request and provide a response.

Complaints/Questions.  If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you have the right to file a complaint with us.  You also have the right to file a complaint with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights.  Brevitest will take no steps to retaliate against any individual for filing a complaint.

To file a complaint with us, or if you have any questions or comments about the materials covered in this Notice, send an email, write, or otherwise contact us at:

Brevitest Technologies, Inc.

3900 Essex, Ste. 575

Houston, Texas 77027

713-966-5844

brevitest_info@brevitest.com

Revising this Notice.  Brevitest may revise the terms of this Notice to reflect changes in our privacy practices, and to make the new terms applicable to all your PHI in our possession, including PHI created or received prior to the effective date of the Notice revision.  Our Notice is always displayed on our website, and a copy is available upon request.

This Notice was last updated on September 16, 2021