Who we are
Our website address is: http://thenursedoc.com.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
Contact forms & Protected Health Information
Commitment to Your Privacy:
I am required by law to provide you with this notice that explains my privacy practices with regard to your medical information and how I may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI). In conducting business, I will create records regarding you and the treatment and services I provide to you. I am required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. I also am required by law to provide you with this notice of my legal duties and the privacy practices that I maintain in my practice concerning your PHI. By federal and state law, I must follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices that I have in effect at the time.
I realize that these laws are complicated, but I must provide you with the following important information:
- How I may use and disclose your PHI,
- Your privacy rights in your PHI,
- My obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your PHI.
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your PHI that are created and retained by my practice. I reserve the right to revise or amend this Notice of Privacy Practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all your records that my practice has created or maintained in the past, and for any of records that I may create or maintain in the future. You may request a copy of the most current Notice at any time.
If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact:
- Wesley D. Willis, 2113 Western Ave, Suite 6, Guilderland, New York
Uses and Disclosures of PHI:
The following categories describe the different ways in which I may use and disclose your PHI.
- Treatment. I may use and disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate, or manage your mental health treatment. I may also disclose your health information to other health care providers who may be treating you. For example, if a psychiatrist is treating you, I can disclose your PHI to your psychiatrist to coordinate your care. Additionally, we may disclose your PHI to others who may assist in your care, such as your spouse, children, or parents.
- Payment. I may use and disclose your PHI to bill and collect payment for the services I provide you. For example, I might send your PHI to your insurance company or health plan to get paid for the health care services that I have provided to you. I may also provide you PHI to my business associates, such as billing companies, claims processing companies, and others that process my health care claims.
- Health Care Operations. I may use and disclose your PHI to support and operate my practice. For example, I may use your PHI to review and evaluate your treatment and services or to evaluate my performance while caring for you. In addition, I may disclose your health information to third party business associates who perform billing, consulting, transcription, or other services for my practice.
- Appointment Reminders. I may use and disclose your PHI to contact you as a reminder about scheduled appointments or treatment.
- Treatment Alternatives. I may use and disclose your PHI to tell you about or recommend possible alternative treatments or options that may be of interest to you.
- Others Involved in Your Care. I may use and disclose your PHI to a family member, a relative, a close friend, or any other person you identify that is involved in your medical care or payment for care.
- As Required by Law. I may use and disclose your PHI when required to by federal, state, or local law.
Use and Disclosure of PHI in Special Circumstances:
The following describe unique scenarios in which I may use or disclose your PHI
- Public Health Risk. I may use and disclose your PHI to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of:
- Maintaining vital records, such as births and deaths,
- Reporting child abuse or neglect,
- Preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability,
- Notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease,
- Notifying a person regarding a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition,
- Reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices,
- Notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled,
- Notifying appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) regarding the potential abuse or neglect of an adult client (including domestic violence); however, I will only disclose this information if the client agrees or I am required or authorized by law to disclose this information,
- Notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury or illness or medical surveillance.
- Health Oversight Activities.My practice may disclose your PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
- Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. My practice may use and disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. I also may disclose your PHI in response to a discovery request, subpoena or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
- Law Enforcement. I may release PHI if asked to do so by a law enforcement official:
- Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement,
- Concerning a death we believe has resulted from criminal conduct,
- Regarding criminal conduct at our offices,
- In response to a warrant, summons, court order, subpoena or similar legal process,
- To identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive or missing person,
- In an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime, or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator).
- Military. My practice may disclose your PHI if you are a member of U.S. or foreign military forces (including veterans) and if required by the appropriate authorities.
- National Security. My practice may disclose your PHI to federal officials for intelligence and national security activities authorized by law. I also may disclose your PHI to federal officials in order to protect the president, other officials or foreign heads of state, or to conduct investigations.
- Inmates. My practice may disclose your PHI to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official. Disclosure for these purposes would be necessary: (a) for the institution to provide health care services to you, (b) for the safety and security of the institution, and/or © to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of other individuals.
- Workers’ Compensation. My practice may release your PHI for workers’ compensation and similar programs
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.