The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) describes how covered entities can use and disclose your personal health data. CureLauncher is a HIPAA covered entity, which means we protect all of your personal data from disclosure and you are in control of what we do or do not disclose. This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
We have a legal duty to protect health information about you
We do not require or encourage you to share health information with CureLauncher. However, in the case we receive it, we are required by law to protect the privacy and confidentiality of health information about you. We call this "protected health information," or "PHI" for short. We are required to explain how we may use PHI about you and when we can give out PHI to others. You have rights regarding PHI about you as described in this Notice. We are required to follow the procedures in this Notice. This notice took effect June 1, 2013 and will remain in effect until we replace or modify it. We have the right to change our privacy practices and to make new Notice provisions effective for all PHI that we maintain by posting the revised notice at our location, making copies of the revised notice available upon request, and posting the revised notice on our website.
How we use or disclose protected health information
We must use and disclose your health information to provide information:
- To you or someone who has the legal right to act for you (your personal representative).
- We have the right to use and disclose health information to operate our business, and for your treatment by your health care providers. For example, we may use your health information:
- To locate and recommend a clinical trial for your consideration. We may use and disclose PHI about you to coordinate or manage your health care and related services. For example, we may use and disclose PHI about you when you need to provide some lab work, an x-ray, or other health care services to the medical experts running a clinical trial. In addition, we may use and disclose PHI about you when referring you to a clinical trial site
- To obtain payment for services. We may use and give your medical information to others to bill and collect payment for the clinical trial services provided to you.
- For health care operations. We may use and disclose PHI in performing business activities that allow us to improve the quality of care we provide and reduce health care costs. Examples include: reviewing and improving the quality, efficiency and cost of information that we provide to you and our other patients; reviewing and evaluating the skills, qualifications, and performance of clinical trial sites taking care of you
3. We may use or disclose PHI without your permission in the following limited circumstances:
- When required by law. For example, when a disclosure is required by federal, state or local law or other judicial or administrative proceeding. For example, we may disclose PHI about you in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal.When necessary for public health activities. For example, we may disclose PHI about you if you have been exposed to a communicable disease or may otherwise be at risk of contracting or spreading a disease or condition.
- For reporting of victims of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
- For health oversight activities. For example, we may disclose PHI about you to a state or federal health oversight agency which is authorized by law to oversee our operations.
- For judicial and administrative proceedings. For law enforcement purposes. For example, we may disclose PHI about you in order to comply with laws that require the reporting of certain types of wounds or other physical injuries.
- When the use and/or disclosure relates to someone who has died. For example, we may disclose PHI about you to a coroner or medical examiner as necessary to carry out their duties.
- To manage or coordinate your health care. This may include telling you about treatments, services, products and/or other health care providers.
- To our business associates: From time to time we engage third parties to provide various services for us. Whenever an arrangement with such a third party involves the use or disclosure of your PHI, we will have a written contract with that third party designed to protect the privacy of your PHI. For example, we may share your information with business associates who administer our database software.
More stringent law
Highly Confidential Information. Federal and applicable state laws may require special privacy protections for highly confidential information about you. "Highly confidential information" may include confidential information under Federal and State law governing alcohol and drug abuse information as well as state laws that often protect information such as that dealing with HIV/AIDS.
You have the right to object to certain uses and disclosures of PHI and, unless you object, we may use or disclose PHI in the following circumstances
We may share with a family member, relative, friend or other person identified by you, PHI directly related to that person's involvement in your care or payment for your care. We may share with a family member, personal representative or other person responsible for your care PHI necessary to notify such individuals of your location, general condition or death.
Any other use or disclosure of PHI about you requires your written authorization
Under any circumstances other than those listed above, we will ask for your written authorization before we use or disclose PHI about you. If you sign a written authorization allowing us to disclose PHI about you in a specific situation, you can later cancel your authorization in writing. If you cancel your authorization in writing, we will not disclose PHI about you after we receive your cancellation, except for disclosures which were being processed before we received your cancellation.
You may instruct us, and give your written authorization, to disclose your PHI to another party for any purpose. We require your authorization to be on our standard form. To obtain the form, call a Relationship Manager at 1-800-488-6632.
You have the following rights. To exercise these rights, you must make a written request on our standard form. To obtain the form, call 1-248-712-0358.
- Access: With certain exceptions, you have the right to look at or receive a copy of your PHI contained in the group of records that are used by or for us to make decisions about you and case or medical management notes. We reserve the right to charge a reasonable cost-based fee for copying and postage. If you request an alternative format, such as a summary, we may charge a cost-based fee for preparing the summary. If we deny your request for access, we will tell you the basis for our decision and whether you have a right to further review.
- Disclosure Accounting: You have the right to an accounting of certain disclosures of your PHI, such as disclosures required by law. This accounting requirement applies to disclosures we make beginning on and after June 1, 2013. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a fee covering the cost of responding to these additional requests.
- Restriction Requests: You have the right to request that we place restrictions on the way we use or disclose your PHI for treatment or health care operations. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions; but if we do, we will abide by them unless we notify you that we are terminating our agreement.
- Amendment: You have the right to request that we amend your PHI in the set of records we described above under Access. If we deny your request, we will provide you a written explanation. If you disagree, you may have a statement of your disagreement placed in our records. If we accept your request to amend the information, we will make reasonable efforts to inform others, including individuals you name, of the amendment.
Questions and Complaints
If you want more information about our privacy practices, or a written copy of this notice, please contact us at:
CureLauncher, 40701 Woodward Ave Suite 102, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or you believe that we have inappropriately used or disclosed your PHI, call us at 248-712-0358.
You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with their address to file your complaint upon request. We support your right to protect the privacy of your PHI. We will not take action against you if you file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.