Medicare and Your Private Medical InformationPosted by Medicare Made Clear
Medicare is required by law to protect your personal medical information. However, under certain circumstances, Medicare is also allowed to disclose your personal medical information for purposes other than to pay or process your medical claim. They may disclose your information:
- to you or the person you have designated to act on your behalf;
- to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; and
- when required by law.
Medicare can also disclose your information to process payment of your medical claims for health care services received, to collect your premiums, and to prepare your Medicare Summary Notice.
Under limited circumstances, Medicare can also disclose your personal medical information for other reasons, such as to help investigate and report disease outbreaks, assist in fraud investigations, and comply with court orders.
Medicare is not allowed to use or disclose your personal medical information for purposes other than what is outlined in the Notice of Privacy Practices for Original Medical, unless you have given written permission. You may revoke your written permission at any time.
Click here to learn more about your privacy rights as a Medicare beneficiary.
Source: Notice of Privacy Practices for Original Medicare, the Official U.S. Site for Medicare, Medicare.gov, October 16, 2015
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