NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
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.
The Lactation Network, LLC. (“TLN”) is committed to protecting the confidentiality of our patients’ health information. This Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”) describes how we may use and disclose your health information and your rights concerning your health information. This Notice is provided to you pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations (“HIPAA”). The Lactation Network and its workforce members who are involved in providing and coordinating your health care are all bound by the terms of this Notice.
USES AND DISCLOSURES WITHOUT YOUR AUTHORIZATION
Except where prohibited by other laws that require special privacy protections, we may use and disclose your health information without your prior authorization as follows:
Except where prohibited by other laws that require special privacy protections, we may use and disclose your health information without your prior authorization as follows:
Treatment: We will use and disclose your health information to provide, coordinate and/or manage your treatment and any related services. For example, a pharmacist may use or disclose your health information to dispense prescription medications to you. We may also use or disclose your health information to obtain durable medical equipment for you (e.g., breast pumps and accessories). We can also use and disclose your health information with other providers involved in your care, or to contact you to remind you about an upcoming appointment.
Payment: Your health information will be used or disclosed, as needed, to obtain payment for the health care items and services we deliver to you. For example, we may bill your health plan for the cost of prescription medications or durable medical equipment we provide to you. The information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you, as well as the prescription medications you are taking or medical supplies you are using. We may also contact your health plan to determine whether it will authorize payment for your prescription or our services, or to determine the amount of your co-payment or co-insurance.
Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose your health information in order to carry out our general business activities or certain business activities of other involved providers. These activities include, but are not limited to, training and education; quality assessment/ improvement activities; risk management; claims management; legal consultation; physician and employee review activities; licensing; regulatory surveys; and other business planning activities. For example, we may use your health information to monitor the quality of the care we are providing to you.
Family and Friends: Unless you express an objection, we may disclose your health information to a family member or friend who is involved in your medical care or to someone who helps pay for your care. We may also use or disclose your health information to notify (or assist in notifying) a family member, legally authorized representative or other person responsible for your care of your location, general condition or death.
Business Associates: We enter into contracts with third-parties known as business associates. These business associates provide services to us or perform functions on our behalf, e.g., accountants, consultants and attorneys. We may disclose your health information to our business associates once they have agreed in writing to safeguard your health information. Business associates are also required by law to protect the privacy of your health information.
Required By Law: We may use or disclose your health information to the extent the use or disclosure is required by law. Any such use or disclosure will be made in compliance with the law and will be limited to what is required under the law.
Public Health Activities: We may use your health information for public health activities such as reporting births, deaths, communicable diseases, injuries, or disabilities; ensuring the safety of drugs and medical devices; and for work place surveillance or work-related illness or injury.
Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose your health information to a health oversight agency for activities such as audits; civil, administrative or criminal investigations, proceedings or actions; inspections; licensure or disciplinary actions; or other activities necessary for appropriate oversight as authorized by law.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA): We may disclose your health information to a person or company subject to the FDA to report adverse events, product defects or problems or biologic product deviations; to track FDA-regulated products; to enable product recalls; to make repairs or replacements; to conduct post-marketing surveillance information or for other purposes related to the quality, safety or effectiveness of a product or activity regulated by the FDA.
Law Enforcement: We may disclose your health information to law enforcement in limited circumstances, such as to identify or locate suspects, fugitives, witnesses or victims of a crime, to report deaths from a crime, to report crime on our premises or in emergency treatment situations.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings: We may disclose information about you in response to an order of a court or administrative tribunal as expressly authorized by such order. We may also disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request or other lawful process not accompanied by an order of a court or administrative tribunal, under certain circumstances as permitted by law.
To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety: We may use or disclose your health information when necessary to prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of the public or another person. We may also disclose information about you if it is necessary for law enforcement authorities to identify or apprehend an individual.
Disaster Relief Efforts: We may use or disclose your health information to an authorized public or private entity to assist in disaster relief efforts. You may have the opportunity to object unless it would impede our ability to respond to emergency circumstances.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors: We may disclose health information consistent with applicable law to coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors to assist them in carrying out their duties.
Organ and Tissue Donation: We may disclose health information consistent with applicable law to organizations that handle organ, eye or tissue donation or transplantation.
Research: Under certain circumstances, we may also use and disclose information about you for research purposes. All research projects are subject to a special approval process through an appropriate committee.
Fundraising: We may use certain information to contact you as part of our fundraising efforts. If you receive such a communication from us, you will be provided an opportunity to opt-out of receiving such communications in the future.
Workers’ Compensation: We may disclose your health information as authorized to comply with workers’ compensation laws and other similar programs established by law.
Military, Veterans, National Security and Other Government Purposes: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your health information as required by military command authorities or to the Department of Veterans Affairs. We may also disclose your health information to authorized federal officials for intelligence and national security purposes.
Correctional Institutions: If you are or become an inmate of a correctional institution or are in the custody of a law enforcement official, we may disclose to the institution or law enforcement official information necessary for the provision of health services to you, your health and safety, the health and safety of other individuals and law enforcement on the premises of the institution and the administration and maintenance of the safety, security and good order of the institution.
Victims of Abuse, Neglect or Domestic Violence: We may disclose your health information to a government authority, such as a social service or protective services agency, if we reasonably believe you are a victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES REQUIRE YOUR AUTHORIZATION
If we wish to use or disclose your health information for a purpose not discussed in this Notice, we will seek your authorization. Specific examples of uses and disclosures of health information requiring your authorization include: (i) most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes (private notes of a mental health professional kept separately from a medical record); (ii) most uses and disclosures of your health information for marketing purposes; and (iii) disclosures of your health information that constitute the sale of your health information. You may revoke your authorization at any time in writing, except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance on your authorization.
YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS
Inspect and/or obtain a copy of your health information. You have the right to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your health information maintained in a designated record set. If we maintain your health information electronically, you may obtain an electronic copy of the information or ask us to send it to a person or organization that you identify. To request to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your health information, you must submit a written request to our Privacy Officer. If you request a copy (paper or electronic) of your health information, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee.
Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your health information. You have the right to ask us not to use or disclose any part of your health information for purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operations. While we will consider your request, we are only required to agree to restrict a disclosure to your health plan for purposes of payment or healthcare operations (but not for treatment) if the information applies solely to a healthcare item or service for which we have been paid out of pocket in full. If we do agree to a restriction, we will not use or disclose your health information in violation of that restriction unless it is needed to provide emergency treatment. To request a restriction, you must submit a written request to our Privacy Officer. We will not agree to restrictions on health information uses or disclosures that are legally required or necessary to administer our business.
Request confidential communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at work or by mail. To request confidential communication of your health information, you must submit a written request to our Privacy Officer stating how or when you would like to be contacted. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. We will not require you to provide an explanation for your request.
Request an amendment to your health information. If you believe that any information in your medical record is incorrect, or if you believe important information is missing, you may request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information. To request such an amendment, you must submit a written request to our Privacy Officer.
Request an accounting of certain disclosures. You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made of your health information. To request an accounting, you must submit a written request to our Privacy Officer. The first accounting you request within a 12 month period will be provided free of charge. We may charge you for any additional requests in that same 12 month period.
Obtain a paper copy of this Notice. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice upon request, even if you agreed to accept this Notice electronically. To obtain a paper copy of this Notice, contact our Privacy Officer.
We are required to (i) maintain the privacy of your health information as required by law; (ii) provide you with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information; (iii) abide by the terms of such notice; and (iv) notify you following a breach of your health information that is not secured in accordance with certain security standards.
We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and to make the provisions of the new Notice effective for all health information that we maintain. If we change the terms of this Notice, the revised Notice will be made available upon request, posted to our website and posted at our delivery sites. Copies of the current Notice may be obtained by contacting our Privacy Officer or by visiting our website at: https://lactationnetwork.com/
We will not use or share your information if state law prohibits it. Many states have laws that are stricter than the federal privacy regulations we describe in this Notice. If a state law applies to us and is stricter or places limits on the ways we can use or share your health information, we will follow the state law. For instance, some states may provider greater protections for genetic testing information, HIV/AIDS information, mental health and developmental disabilities records, and alcohol or drug abuse records. The way that state and federal laws interact is complicated. If you would like to know more about applicable state laws, please ask our Privacy Officer.
QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OR COMPLAINTS
If you have any questions or want more information about this Notice or how to exercise your health information rights, you may contact our Privacy Officer by telephone at 708-482-4000 or via e-mail at email@example.com
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our Privacy Officer or with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, 200 Independence Ave. S.W., Room 509F HHH Bldg., Washington DC 20201 (OCRComplaint@hhs.gov). We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
The Lactation Network
Last updated: October 5, 2020
You may choose whether or not to provide or disclose Personal Data in connection with your use of our Site. If you choose not to provide the Personal Data we request, you may still visit and use parts of our Site, but may be unable to access or use certain features, options, programs, and services. Our Site may contain links to third-party websites and services that are not owned or controlled by The Lactation Network. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of third party websites, services and advertisements, and you visit them at your own risk.
- Personal Data Collected.
3.1. Personal Data You Provide To Us On Our Site.
- a) Types of Personal Data. We and our service providers collect the Personal Data set forth below in order to provide our Site to you, or because we are legally required to do so. If you do not provide the Personal Data we request, we may not be able to provide you with our Site. The Personal Data we and our service providers collect includes but is not limited to:
- Your name;
- Email address;
- Date of birth;
- Communications you send to us.
- b) When Personal Data is Collected. You may be required to provide us with certain information that may constitute Personal Data in the following ways:
- Contact Information
In addition, if you choose, you may participate in The Lactation Network e-mail list server by subscribing within our Site or by contacting The Lactation Network staff directly. You may unsubscribe from these e-mail list servers by following the unsubscribe instructions found within the list email.
- Information Collected through Various Forms
We and our service providers may collect Personal Data in a variety of ways, including: (i) through use of our Site, e.g., when you sign up for a newsletter or make a purchase; (ii) offline, such as when you attend one of our conventions or contact customer service; or (iii) from other sources, such as public databases, joint marketing partners, social media platforms (including from people with whom you are friends or otherwise connected) and from other third parties. In addition, if you elect to connect your social media account to our Site, certain Personal Data from your social media account will be shared with us, which may include Personal Data that is part of your profile or your friends’ profiles.
- Personal Data You Disclose Relating to Others
- SOCIAL MEDIA
We have worked with certain third-party social media providers to offer you their social networking services through our Services. For example, you can use third-party social networking services, including but not limited to Facebook, Google+, and others to share information about your experience on our Site with your friends and followers on those social networking services. These social networking services may be able to collect information about you, including your activity on our Site. These third-party social networking services also may notify your friends, both on our Site and on the social networking services themselves, that you are a user of our Site or about your use of our Site, in accordance with applicable law and their own privacy policies. If you choose to access or make use of third-party social networking services, we may receive information about you that you have made available to those social networking services, including information about your contacts on those social networking services.
3.2. Personal Data You Provide To Third Parties On Our Site. Please note that we use certain third party service providers on our Site to enhance your experience or deliver certain services. These providers may collect Personal Data about you in performing their services and/or functions on our Site.
- a) Log Files On Our Site. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol (“IP”) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, clicked pages and any other information your browser may send to us.
The following sets out how we may use different categories of cookies and your options for managing cookie settings:
|Type of Cookies||Description||Managing Settings|
|Performance cookies||These cookies collect information about how you use our Site, including which pages you go to most often and if they receive error messages from certain pages. These cookies do not collect information that individually identifies you. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous. It is only used to improve how our Site functions and performs.From time-to-time, we may engage third parties to track and analyze usage and volume statistical information from individuals who visit our Site. We may also utilize Flash cookies for these purposes.||To learn how to opt out of performance cookies using your browser settings click here.To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here.|
|Functionality cookies||Functionality cookies allow our Site to remember information you have entered or choices you make (such as your username, language, or your region) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies also enable you to optimize your use of our Site after logging in. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customize.We may use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences or display content based upon what you view on our Site to personalize your visit.||To learn how to opt out of functionality cookies using your browser settings click here.To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here.|
c) Other Tracking Technologies. When you visit our Site, we may collect your IP address for certain purposes such as, for example, to monitor the regions from which you navigate our Site. We may also use web beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about your usage of our Site and interaction with emails from us. Web beacons are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you viewed a particular site tied to the web beacon. For example, we may place web beacons in marketing emails that notify us when you click on a link in the email that directs you to our Site. We may use web beacons to operate and improve our Site and email communications.
- d) Analytics Software Tools. We use HubSpot on our Site to help us analyze the traffic on our Site. For more information on HubSpot’s processing of Personal Data, please see https://legal.hubspot.com/privacy-policy. To learn more about how you can manage your HubSpot cookies, please see https://legal.hubspot.com/cookie-policy.
- The Purposes For Which We Use Personal Data.
If you submit or we collect Personal Data through our Site, then such Personal Data may be used in the following ways: (i) to provide, analyze, administer, and improve our Site and services, (ii) to contact you in connection with our Site and certain services, notifications, events, programs or offerings that you may have registered for, (iii) to send you updates and promotional materials that you have registered for, (iv) to identify and authenticate your access to the parts of our Site and services that you are authorized to access; (v) for recruiting and human resources administration purposes, and (vi) to protect our rights and/or our property and to ensure the technical functionality and security of our Site.
- How We Disclose Personal Data.
We do not sell, lease, rent or otherwise disclose the Personal Data collected from our Site to third parties unless otherwise stated below or with your consent.
- Retention of Personal Data.
We reserve the right to retain any Personal Data as long as the Personal Data are needed to: (i) fulfill the purposes that are described in Section 4 (The Purposes For Which We Use Personal Data), and (ii) comply with applicable law.
- Your Rights.
7.1 Personal Data. If you have an account on our Site, to the extent we are legally required, we provide access to—and the ability to edit or delete—certain categories of Personal Data through the account.
If you would like to access, amend, erase, export (i.e., data portability), or object to or restrict the processing of Personal Data collected via our Site, you may submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at:
The Lactation Network
1621 W Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
We will promptly review all such requests in accordance with applicable laws.
Depending on where you live, you may have a right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority or other regulatory agency if you believe that we have violated any of the rights concerning Personal Data about you. We encourage you to first reach out to us at email@example.com so we have an opportunity to address your concerns directly before you do so.
7.2. Opting-Out of Promotional Emails. You may choose not to receive future promotional or advertising emails from us by selecting an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each email that you receive from us, or by responding to the emails directly and requesting removal if such a link is not available. Additionally, you may send a request specifying your communications preferences to firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers cannot opt out of receiving transactional emails related to their account with us or our services. Please note that even if you opt out of receiving the foregoing emails, we may still send you a response to any “Contact Us” request as well as administrative, maintenance and operational emails (for example, in connection with a password reset request).
- Personal Data Transferred from Outside the U.S.
- Data Security.
The security of Personal Data is important to us. We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the Personal Data submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
- Children’s Privacy.
Our Site is not intended for children under the age of 18. Accordingly, we do not intend to collect Personal Data from anyone we know to be under 18 years of age.
- How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals.
The Lactation Network does not track Site users over time and across third party websites to provide targeted advertising. Accordingly, we do not currently respond or take any action with respect to web browser “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that provide consumers the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of Personal Data about an individual consumer’s online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services.
- Notice of Privacy Practices.
Our Notice of Privacy Practices details the way in which medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
- Your California Privacy Rights.
If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information regarding the disclosure of Personal Data about you by The Lactation Network to third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to email@example.com or write to us:
The Lactation Network
1621 W Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
- Contacting Us.
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