The privacy of your personal information is important to us. Please read and review this privacy policy for more information.

Visitors are allowed to browse our site without entering any personal information or having any personal information recorded. The option to enter your name, e-mail address, phone number or any other personal information on our online form is voluntary to help us communicate with you. Enter this information only if you would like additional information about our practice or you are interested in scheduling an appointment. The information entered will be used by our practice solely to track and follow up with your requests and will NOT be sold to any third party. If you would like to opt-out of further communication with our office after being contacted by e-mail or phone, simply let us know, and we will comply immediately.

The ENT Institute’s website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of those web sites.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this privacy policy, please contact us.

Notice of Privacy Practices



As a health care provider, Milton Hall Surgical Associates, LLC d/b/a Ear, Nose and Throat Institute (“ENT Institute”) is regulated by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  ENT Institute is therefore required to maintain the privacy of any protected health information (“PHI”), to provide individuals with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI, to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured PHI, and to abide by the terms described in this Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”).

PHI is individually-identifiable health or demographic information that is created or received by ENT Institute that identifies an individual and relates to:

Although generally ENT Institute can only share PHI with a patient’s authorization, there are occasions when ENT Institute may and must share PHI without patient authorization. There are also occasions when patients have the opportunity to object to the sharing of their PHI.  This Notice summarizes these circumstances and also provides information about the minimum necessary standard and your rights as a patient at ENT Institute.

Uses and Disclosures of PHI That Are Permitted Without Patient Authorization

To The Individual – ENT Institute may disclose PHI to the individual who is the subject of the information.

Treatment, Payment and Health Care Operations – ENT Institute may use or disclose PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations, described in more detail below, without obtaining written authorization from you.

Uses and Disclosures with Opportunity to Agree or Object – Informal permission may be obtained by asking you or by circumstances that clearly give you the opportunity to agree, acquiesce, or object. If you are incapacitated, in an emergency situation, or not available, ENT Institute generally may make such uses and disclosures, if in the exercise of their professional judgment, the use or disclosure is determined to be in your best interests.

Incidental Use and Disclosure – HIPAA does not require that every risk of an incidental use or disclosure of PHI be eliminated. A use or disclosure of this information that occurs as a result of, or as “incident to,” an otherwise permitted use or disclosure is permitted as long as the covered entity has adopted reasonable safeguards as required by the Privacy Rule, and the information being shared was limited to the “minimum necessary,” as required by the Privacy Rule.

Public Health Activities and Public Health Risks – ENT Institute may disclose PHI to government officials in charge of collecting information about births and deaths, preventing and controlling disease, reports of child abuse or neglect and of other victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, reactions to medications or product defects or problems, or to notify a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease or may be at risk of contracting or spreading a disease or condition.

For Health Oversight Activities – ENT Institute may disclose PHI to the government for oversight activities authorized by law, such as audits, investigations, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, and other proceedings, actions or activities necessary for monitoring the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.

Judicial and Administrative Proceedings – ENT Institute may disclose PHI in a judicial or administrative proceeding if the request for the information is through an order from a court or administrative tribunal. Such information may also be disclosed in response to a subpoena or other lawful process if certain assurances regarding notice to the individual or a protective order are provided.

Law Enforcement Purposes – ENT Institute may use or disclose PHI when required to do so by applicable law. ENT Institute also may disclose PHI to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person, when dealing with gunshot and other wounds, about criminal conduct, to report a crime, the location of the crime or victims, or the identity, description, or location of a person who committed a crime, or for other law enforcement purposes.

Decedents – ENT Institute may disclose PHI to coroners, medical examiners, and funeral directors for the purpose of identifying a decedent, determining a cause of death, or otherwise as necessary to enable these parties to carry out their duties consistent with applicable law.

Workers’ Compensation – ENT Institute may disclose PHI to comply with workers’ compensation or other similar laws. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses.

Fundraising Activities – Your PHI may be disclosed for fundraising purposes related to an ENT Institute foundation. Such disclosure may be limited to demographic information, dates of service, the departments in which you received care and the physicians who provided that care. The money raised in connection with these activities would be used to expand and support ENT Institute’s provision of health care and related services to the community. If you do not want to be contacted as part of these fundraising activities, please notify the ENT Institute Privacy Officer.

Appointment Reminders; Health-related Benefits and Services; Marketing – ENT Institute may use and disclose your PHI to contact you, by phone, letter, and/or answering machine, to remind you of an appointment at ENT Institute, or to inform you of treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you, such as disease management programs. ENT Institute may use and disclose your PHI to encourage you to purchase or use a product or service through a face-to-face communication or by giving you a promotional gift of nominal value.

Disclosures to You or for HIPAA Compliance Investigations – ENT Institute may disclose your PHI to you or to your personal representative, and is required to do so in certain circumstances described below in connection with your rights of access to your PHI and to an accounting of certain disclosures of your PHI. ENT Institute must disclose your PHI to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (the “Secretary”) when requested by the Secretary in order to investigate ENT Institute’s compliance with privacy regulations issued under HIPAA.

Uses and Disclosures of PHI For Which Authorization is Required

Other types of uses and disclosures of your PHI not described above, such as uses and disclosures of PHI for marketing purposes or for sale, or most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes, will be made only with your written authorization, which with some limitations you have the right to revoke in writing.

The Minimum Necessary Standard

HIPAA generally requires covered entities to take reasonable steps to limit the use or disclosure of, and requests for, PHI to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose.

The minimum necessary standard does not apply to the following:  


ENT Institute reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice and of its privacy policies, and to make the new terms applicable to all PHI it maintains. Before ENT Institute makes an important change to its privacy policies, it will promptly revise this Notice and post a new Notice throughout all facilities. We will also provide you with a revised notice at your first visit after the revision or electronically as permitted by applicable law.  ENT Institute is required to abide by the terms of the Notice that is currently in effect. You have the following rights regarding your PHI:

If you have any questions about this Notice or want to submit a written request, please contact:

 Leigh Anne Bearden, Compliance Officer

Direct Dial: 678-206-2262


You are also welcome to call ENT Institute’s compliance hotline number at 888-891-8921 regarding any compliance concerns.