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Notice of Privacy Practices for the Original Medicare Plan
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.
By law, Medicare is required to protect the privacy of your personal medical information. Medicare is also required to give you this notice to tell you how Medicare may use and give out (“disclose”) your personal medical information held by Medicare.
Medicare must use and give out your personal medical information to provide information:
Medicare has the right to use and give out your personal medical information to pay for your health care and to operate the Medicare program. For example:
Medicare may use or give out your personal medical information for the following purposes under limited circumstances:
By law, Medicare must have your written permission (an “authorization”) to use or give out your personal medical information for any purpose that isn’t set out in this notice. You may take back (“revoke”) your written permission at any time, except if Medicare has already acted based on your permission.
By law, you have the right to:
You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get this information. Ask to speak to a Customer Service Representative about Medicare’s privacy notice. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
You may file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Visit www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa or contact the Office for Civil Rights at 1-866-627-7748. TTY users should call 1-800-537-7697.
By law, Medicare is required to follow the terms in this privacy notice. Medicare has the right to change the way your personal medical information is used and given out. If Medicare makes any changes to the way your personal medical information is used and given out, you will get a new notice by mail within 60 days of the change.
The Notice of Privacy Practices for the Original Medicare Plan became effective April 14, 2003.
How to Get Personal Information Over the Phone
For more information,please visit our Medicare Privacy Practices (HIPAA) FAQs.
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