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Privacy Policy

Bayer & Fahl Dentistry DDS, SC (“Bayer & Fahl” “We” “Us”) is committed to protecting your privacy and providing website visitors with the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Bayer & Fahl Dentistry Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Bayer & Fahl Dentistry website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement, as well as our Terms of Use.

 

Collection of your Personal Information

Bayer & Fahl Dentistry does not use our website to collect personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Bayer & Fahl Dentistry does collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Bayer & Fahl Dentistry for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Bayer & Fahl Dentistry Web site.

Third Party Sites
Bayer & Fahl Dentistry links to third-party websites and we encourage you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Bayer & Fahl Dentistry so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Bayer & Fahl Dentistry is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Bayer & Fahl Dentistry Web site.

 

Our Legal Duty

Bayer & Fahl Dentistry (“we,” “our,” “us”), like all other medical and dental practices, is required by applicable federal and state laws to maintain the privacy of your health information. We are also required to give you this notice about our privacy practices, our legal duties, and your rights concerning your health information. We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law. We reserve the right to make the changes in our privacy practices and the new terms of our notice effective for all health information that we maintain, including health information we created or received before we made the changes. Before we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we will change this notice and make the new notice available upon request. You may request a copy of our notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this notice, please contact us according to the means outlined in this notice.

 

Patient Rights

Access: You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request that we provide copies in a format other than photocopies. We will use the format you request unless we cannot practicably do so. We may charge a fee for producing dental records and X-rays as allowed by law.

Disclosure Accounting:  You have the right to receive a list of instances in which we or our business associates disclosed your health information for purposes other than treatment, payment, healthcare operations and certain other activities for the last 6 years, but not before April 14, 2003. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to these additional requests.

Restriction:  You have the right to request that we place additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your health information. We are not required to agree to these additional restrictions, but if we do, we will abide by our agreement (except in an emergency). When you pay in full outside of your insurance plan for services you may request that we restrict this information and not disclose it to your healthcare plan or insurer.

Breach Notification:  We will provide you with notification of a breach of unsecured PHI as required by law.

Alternative Communication:  You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or to alternative locations. This request must be in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation of how payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request.

 

Disclosure and Uses of Health Information

We use and disclose your health information for treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.

Treatment: We may use or disclose your health information to a physician/dentist, dental auxiliaries, students and other healthcare providers providing treatment to you.

Payment: We may use and disclose your health information to obtain payment for services we provide to you.

Healthcare Operations:  We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. Healthcare operations include quality assessment and improvement activities, reviewing the competence or qualifications of healthcare professionals, evaluating practitioner and provider performances, conducting training programs, accreditation, certification, licensing or credentialing activities.

Your Authorization: In addition to our use of your health information for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, you may give us written authorization to use your health information or to disclose it to anyone for any purpose. If you give us an authorization, you may revoke it in writing at any time. Your revocation will not affect any use or disclosures permitted by your authorization while it was in effect. Unless you give us a written authorization, we cannot use or disclose your health information for any reason except those described in this notice.

Family and Friends: We must disclose your health information to you, as described in the Patient Rights section of this notice. We may disclose your health information to a family member, friend or other person to the extent necessary to help with your healthcare or with payment for your healthcare, but only if you agree that we may do so.

Persons Involved in Care: We may use or disclose health information to notify, or assist in the notification of (including identifying or locating) a family member, your personal representative or another person responsible for your care, of your location, your general condition, or death. If you are present, then prior to use or disclosure of your health information, we will provide you with an opportunity to object to such uses or disclosures. In the event of your incapacity or emergency circumstances, we will disclose health information based on a determination using our professional judgment disclosing only health information that is directly relevant to the person’s involvement in your healthcare. We will also use our professional judgment and our experience with common practice to make reasonable inferences of your best interest in allowing a person to pick up prescriptions, dental supplies, X-rays, or other similar forms of health information.

Required by Law: We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.

Abuse or Neglect: We may disclose your health information to appropriate authorities if we reasonably believe that you are a possible victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, or the possible victim of other crimes. We may disclose your health information to the extent necessary to avert a serious threat to your health or safety, or the health or safety of others.

Appointment Reminders:  We may use or disclose your health information to provide you with appointment reminders (such as voicemail messages, postcards, or letters).

 

Use of Cookies

The Bayer & Fahl Dentistry Web site use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Bayer & Fahl Dentistry pages, a cookie helps Bayer & Fahl Dentistry to recall specific information on subsequent visits.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Bayer & Fahl Dentistry services or Web sites you visit.

 

Changes to this Statement

Bayer & Fahl Dentistry will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Bayer & Fahl Dentistry encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Bayer & Fahl Dentistry is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Bayer & Fahl Dentistry welcomes your comments regarding this Privacy Policy. If you believe that Bayer & Fahl Dentistry has not adhered to this Privacy Policy, please contact us. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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