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.
We understand that medical information about you and your health is personal “Protected Health Information” (“PHI”) and we are committed to protecting your medical information. PHI includes individually identifiable information about your past, present, or future health or condition, the provision of health care to you, or payment for such health care.
We use and disclose PHI about you for treatment, payment, and health care operations.
We may disclose PHI to your insurance provider, our dentist(s), and other dental care providers for treatment purposes. For example, your dentist may wish to provide a dental service to you but first seeks information from your insurance provider as to whether the service has been previously provided.
We disclose your PHI in order to fulfill our duty to check your coverage, determine your benefits, and secure payment for services provided to you. For example, we use your PHI in order to request process of your claims by your insurance provider.
Health Care Operations:
We disclose your PHI as a part of certain operations, such as quality improvement. For example, we may use your PHI to evaluate the quality of dental services that were performed.
We may be asked by the sponsor of your health plan to provide your PHI to the sponsor. If we are asked to do so, we intend to honor such requests unless we are prohibited by law.
We may use or disclose your PHI without your authorization for several other reasons. Subject to certain requirements, we may give out PHI without your authorization for public health purposes, auditing purposes, research studies, and emergencies. We provide PHI when otherwise required by law, such as for law enforcement in specific circumstances, or for judicial or administrative proceedings. In any other situation, we will ask for your written authorization before using or disclosing your PHI. If you choose to sign an authorization to allow disclosure of your PHI, you can later revoke that authorization to stop any future uses and disclosures (other than for treatment, payment, and health care operations).
We may change our policies at any time. Before we make a significant change in our policies, we will change our notice and send the new notice to you. You can also request a copy of our notice at any time.
In most cases, you have the right to view or get a copy of your PHI. You also have the right to receive a list of instances where we have disclosed your PHI without your written authorization for reasons other than treatment, payment, or health care operations. If you believe that information in your record is incorrect or if important information is missing, you have the right to request that we correct the existing information or add the missing information. You may request in writing that we not use or disclose your PHI for treatment, payment, and health care operations except when specifically authorized by you, when required by law, or in emergency circumstances. We will consider your request but are not legally required to accept it. You also have the right to receive confidential communications of PHI by alternative means or at alternative locations if you clearly state that disclosure of all or part of your PHI could endanger you.
If you are concerned that we have violated your privacy rights, or you disagree with a decision we have made about access to your records, you may contact the address listed below. You may also send a written complaint to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Customer Service can provide you with the appropriate address upon request.
Our Legal Duty
We are required by law to protect the privacy of your information, provide this notice about our information practices, and follow the information practices that are described in this notice. If you wish to inspect your records, receive a listing of disclosures, or correct or add to the information in your record, or if you have any questions, complaints, or concerns, please contact our office.
Like most website operators, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.’s visitors use its website. From time to time, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on sheehandental.com blogs/sites. F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.’s websites choose to interact with F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. in ways that require F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at sheehandental.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.. F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information
F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.’s behalf or to provide services available at F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd.’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd., third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. website and have supplied your email address, F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd., or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of F. Michael Sheehan, DDS, Ltd. may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.