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.
Miracle-Ear (referred to in this Notice as “we” and through similar words such as “us,” “our,” etc.) is committed to protecting your health information. This Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”) describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (“PHI”) to carry out treatment, payment, and health care operations and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. This Notice also describes your rights and our duties with respect to your protected health information. You have a right to receive a paper copy of this Notice.
PHI for purposes of this Notice, is generally any information that identifies you and is created, received, maintained, or transmitted by us in the course of providing health care items or services to you.
We are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended (“HIPAA”) and other applicable laws to maintain the privacy of PHI, to provide notice of our legal duties and privacy practices, and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured PHI.
We are required to abide by the Notice currently in effect. We reserve the right to change this Notice and make the new Notice apply to PHI we already have as well as any information we receive in the future. A revised Notice will be posted at our facilities and on customer service websites. This Notice applies to providers and facilities Network that are owned/operated by Miracle-Ear.
The following describes ways we may use or disclose your PHI that do not require your written authorization (except as otherwise noted).
Other Situations. 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. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Examples of such sharing include, but are not limited to:
The use or disclosure of your PHI for marketing purposes or sale of your PHI is prohibited unless you have given us prior written authorization. “Marketing” does not include face-to-face communications or promotional gifts of nominal value. Other uses and disclosures of your PHI not covered by this Notice or by the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written authorization.
You may revoke your authorization at any time by submitting a written revocation. However, any disclosure we made in reliance on your authorization before you revoked it will not be affected by the revocation.
Questions or complaints:
If you have a question, complaint, or you free we have violated your rights, you may contact our Privacy Officer at:
Attn: Compliance Department
150 South 5th Street, Suite 2300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated or you disagree with a decision about any of your rights, you may contact us or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to file a complaint. For more information go to www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints.
You will not be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
Changes to the Terms of this Notice
This Notice is effective as of February 17, 2021. We may 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 our web site.