For each visitor to our Web pages, our Web server automatically recognizes the visitor's domain name and email address, whenever possible. We collect the email addresses of those who communicate with us via email. We also collect information on what pages visitors’ access or visit and information volunteered by the visitor such as registration and survey information.
The information collected is used to:
Improve the content of our Web for your future visits.
Customize the content and/or layout of our pages for each individual visitor.
Notify visitors about updates to our Web Site (if you have asked to be notified.)
Notify visitors of new products and services.
We will NEVER sell or exchange your personal information (name, email, address, mailing address, etc.) to anyone.
We will NEVER release your personal information to any other party without your express permission except for the sole purpose of data verification and supplementation. When we do use such services, the confidentiality of your personal information will be maintained at all times.
You always have an option to decide whether you wish to continue receiving our communications and promotions.
We maintain a strong commitment to your privacy within our company and utilize security techniques that safeguard your information.
A cookie is a way for Web Sites to recognize whether or not you have visited the Site before. It is a piece of data given to a browser by a Web server so the browser will hand it back to the server on subsequent visits.
Although there has been some debate over the privacy implications of cookies, they do not read your hard drive nor can they be used to reveal anything about you that you have not already explicitly revealed.
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 Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") is a federal program that requires that all medical records and other individually identifiable health information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, are kept properly confidential. This Act gives you, the patient, significant new rights to understand and control how your health information is used. "HIPAA” provides penalties for covered entities that misuse personal health information.
As required by "HIPAA", we have prepared this explanation of how we are required to maintain the privacy of your health information and how we may use and disclose your health information.
We may use and disclose your medical records only for each of the following purposes: treatment, payment and health care operations.
Treatment means providing, coordinating, or managing health care and related services by one or more health care providers. An example of this would include teeth cleaning services.
Payment means such activities as obtaining reimbursement for services, confirming coverage, billing or collection activities, and utilization review. An example of this would be sending a bill for your visit to your insurance company for payment.
Health care operations include the business aspects of running our practice, such as conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, auditing functions, cost-management analysis, and customer service. An example would be an internal quality assessment review.
We may also create and distribute de-identified health information by removing all references to individually identifiable information.
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
Any other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization. You may revoke such authorization in writing and we are required to honor and abide by that written request, except to the extent that we have already taken actions relying on your authorization.
You have the following rights with respect to your protected health information, which you can exercise by presenting a written request to the Privacy Officer:
The right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information, including those related to disclosures to family members, other relatives, close personal friends, or any other person identified by you. We are, however, not required to agree to a requested restriction. If we do agree to a restriction, we must abide by it unless you agree in writing to remove it.
The right to reasonable requests to receive confidential communications of protected health information from us by alternative means or at alternative locations.
The right to inspect and copy your protected health information.
The right to amend your protected health information.
The right to receive an accounting of disclosures of protected health information.
Electronic access to protected health information (PHI)
If you request an electronic copy of your PHI (for example, via e-mail or CD) we must provide it in that manner.
If you request that we transmit the records via e-mail and we are unable to e-mail it securely (encrypted), you will need to sign a statement that says you understand the risk and you provide us permission to e-mail the file anyway.
If you request that we transmit the medical record to a third party, we will need your written permission prior to transmitting.
A reasonable fee can be charged for copies of medical records in any format.
Restricting information disclosure to a health plan
You can now request a restriction on disclosure of PHI to a health plan if you pay out of pocket in full for a service. We must agree to such a request unless we are required by law to bill that health plan.
If the service you do not want disclosed is bundled with something else, we will discuss this with you.