Anchorage Bariatrics Privacy Policy

Last Updated on 07/23/2018. This privacy policy is effective immediately.

Introduction

At Anchorage Bariatrics (the “Company” or “We”), we respect your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.

This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit this website (our “Website”) and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information.

This policy applies to information we collect:

  • On this Website.
  • In e-mail, text and other electronic messages between you and this Website.
  • Through mobile and desktop applications you download from this Website, which provide dedicated non-browser-based interaction between you and this Website.
  • When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those applications or advertising include links to this policy.

It does not apply to information collected by:

  • us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by Company or any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries); or
  • any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from or on the Website.

Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Website. By accessing or using this Website, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time. Your continued use of this Website after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

Children Under the Age of 13

Our Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to or on the Website. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on this Website or on or through any of its features/register on the Website, make any purchases through the Website, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Website or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use. If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us via our contact us link.

Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It

We collect several types of information from and about users of our Website, including information:

  • by which you may be personally identified, such as name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number or ANY OTHER INFORMATION THE WEBSITE COLLECTS THAT IS DEFINED AS PERSONAL OR PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION UNDER AN APPLICABLE LAW (“personal information”);
  • that is about you but individually does not identify you, and/or
  • about your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Website and usage details.

We collect this information:

  • Directly from you when you provide it to us.
  • Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses and information collected through cookies, web beacons and other tracking technologies.
  • From third parties, for example, our business partners.

Information You Provide to Us.

The information we collect on or through our Website may include:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Website, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Website.
  • Records and copies of your correspondence (including e-mail addresses), if you contact us.
  • Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.
  • Details of transactions you carry out through our Website and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Website.
  • Your search queries on the Website.

You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Website, or transmitted to other users of the Website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. Although we limit access to certain pages/you may set certain privacy settings for such information by logging into your account profile, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, we cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.

Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies.

As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including:

  • Details of your visits to our Website, including traffic data, location data, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website.
  • Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type.

We also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking). The information we collect automatically is statistical data and does not include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including by enabling us to:

  • Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
  • Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Website according to your individual interests.
  • Speed up your searches.
  • Recognize you when you return to our Website.

The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include:

  • Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our Website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Website.
  • Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Website may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies.
  • Web Beacons. Pages of our the Website may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs. pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an e-mail and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).

We do not collect personal Information automatically, but we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or you provide to us.

Third-party Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies.

Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Website are served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers and application providers. These third parties may use cookies alone or in conjunction with web beacons or other tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use our website. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

How We Use Your Information

We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:

  • To present our Website and its contents to you.
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us.
  • To provide you with information about our services
  • To provide you with notices about your account/subscription, including expiration and renewal notices.
  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
  • To notify you about changes to our Website or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features on our Website.
  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
  • To fulfill any purpose for which you provide it.
  • For any other purpose with your consent.

We may use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria.

Disclosure of Your Information

We may disclose aggregated information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction.

We may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide as described in this privacy policy:

  • To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  • To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Company’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by the Company about our Website users is among the assets transferred.
  • To third parties to market their products or services to you if you have consented to these disclosures. We contractually require these third parties to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it. For example, if you give us an e-mail address to use the “e-mail a friend” feature of our Website, we will transmit the contents of that e-mail and your e-mail address to the recipients.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  • With your consent.

We may also disclose your personal information:

  • To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
  • To enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements, including for billing and collection purposes.
  • If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of the Company, our customers or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Choices About How We Use and Disclose Your Information

We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:

  • Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe’s website. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.
  • We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) on the NAI’s website.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

You may send us an e-mail via our contact link to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.

If you delete your User Contributions from the Website, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Website users. Proper access and use of information provided on the Website, including User Contributions, is governed by our terms of use.

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of our Website that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us via the Contact Us link.

Data Security

We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure

The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Website.

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

It is our policy to post any changes we make to our privacy policy on this page. If we make material changes to how we treat our users’ personal information, we will notify you by e-mail to the e-mail address specified in your account and/or through a notice on the Website home page. The date the privacy policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date active and deliverable e-mail address for you, and for periodically visiting our Website and this privacy policy to check for any changes.

Contact Information

To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy and our privacy practices, contact via our Contact Us link.


Patient Notice of Privacy Practices – HIPAA

As Required by the Privacy Regulations Created as a Result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996-
(HIPAA) Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act), and associated regulations and
amendments.

This notice describes how health information about you may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this
information.

Please review this notice carefully

If you have any questions about this notice or if you need more information, please contact:
Anchorage Bariatrics
Attn: Practice Manager
3909 Arctic Blvd Ste 101
Anchorage AK 99503
Phone: 907-644-THIN Fax: 907-644-8448

About This Notice

We understand that health information about you is personal and we are committed to protecting your information. We create a
record of the care and services you receive at Anchorage Bariatrics. We need this record to provide care (treatment), for payment of
care provided, for health care operations, and to comply with certain legal requirements. This notice will tell you about the ways in
which we may use and disclose health information about you. It also describes your rights and certain obligations we have regarding
the use and disclosure of health information. We are required by law to follow the terms of this notice that is currently in effect.

What Is Protected Health Information? (“PHI”)

PHI is information that individually identifies you. We create a record that contains, or get from you or from another health care
provider, health plan, your employer, or a health care clearinghouse information that relates to:

  • Your past, present, or future physical or mental health or conditions,
  • The provision of health care to you, or
  • The past, present, or future payment for your health care.

How We May Use and Disclose Your PHI

We may use and disclose your PHI in the following circumstances:

  • Treatment. We may use or disclose your PHI to give you medical treatment or services and to manage and coordinate your
    medical care. For example, your PHI may be provided to a physician or other health care provider (e.g., a specialist or laboratory) to
    whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician or other health care provider has the necessary information to diagnose
    or treat you or provide you with a service.
  • Payment. We may use and disclose your PHI so that we can bill for the treatment and services you receive from us and can
    collect payment from you, a health plan, or a third party. This use and disclosure may include certain activities that your health
    insurance plan may undertake before it approves or pays for the health care services we recommend for you, such as making a
    determination of eligibility or coverage for insurance benefits, reviewing services provided to you for medical necessity, and
    undertaking utilization review activities. For example, we may need to give your health plan information about your treatment in
    order for your health plan to agree to pay for that treatment.
  • Health Care Operations. We may use and disclose PHI for our health care operations. For example, we may use your PHI to
    internally review the quality of the treatment and services you receive and to evaluate the performance of our team members in
    caring for you. We also may disclose information to physicians, nurses, medical technicians, medical students, and other authorized
    personnel for educational and learning purposes.
  • Appointment Reminders/Treatment Alternatives/Health-Related Benefits and Services. We may use and disclose PHI to
    contact you to remind you that you have an appointment for medical care, or to contact you to tell you about possible treatment
    options or alternatives or health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.
  • Minors. We may disclose the PHI of minor children to their parents or guardians unless such disclosure is otherwise prohibited by
    law.
  • Research. We may use and disclose your PHI for research purposes, but we will only do that if the research has been specially
    approved by an authorized institutional review board or a privacy board that has reviewed the research proposal and has set up
    protocols to ensure the privacy of your PHI. Even without that special approval, we may permit researchers to look at PHI to help
    them prepare for research, for example, to allow them to identify patients who may be included in their research project, as long as
    they do not remove, or take a copy of, any PHI. We may disclose PHI to be used in collaborative research initiatives amongst Anchorage Bariatrics providers. We may use and disclose a limited data set that does not contain specific readily identifiable information about you for research. However, we will only disclose the limited data set if we enter into a data use agreement with the recipient who must agree to (1) use the data set only for the purposes for which it was provided, (2) ensure the confidentiality and security of the data, and (3) not identify the information or use it to contact any individual.
  • As Required by Law. We will disclose PHI about you when required to do so by international, federal, state, or local law.
  • To Avert a Serious Threat to Health or Safety. We may use and disclose PHI when necessary to prevent a serious threat to
    your health or safety or to the health or safety of others. We will only disclose the information to someone who may be able to help
    prevent the threat.
  • Business Associates. We may disclose PHI to our business associates who perform functions on our behalf or provide us with
    services if the PHI is necessary for those functions or services. For example, we may use another company to do our billing, or to
    provide transcription or consulting services for us. All of our business associates are obligated, under contract with us, to protect the
    privacy and ensure the security of your PHI.
  • Organ and Tissue Donation. If you are an organ or tissue donor, we may use or disclose your PHI to organizations that handle
    organ procurement or transplantation – such as an organ donation bank – as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and
    transplantation.
  • Military and Veterans. If you are a member of the armed forces, we may disclose PHI as required by military command
    authorities. We also may disclose PHI to the appropriate foreign military authority if you are a member of a foreign military.
  • Workers’ Compensation. We may use or disclose PHI for workers’ compensation or similar programs that provide benefits for
    work-related injuries or illness.
  • Public Health Risks. We may disclose PHI for public health activities. This includes disclosures to: (1) a person subject to the
    jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for purposes related to the quality, safety or effectiveness of an FDA regulated
    product or activity; (2) prevent or control disease, injury or disability; (3) report births and deaths; (4) report child abuse or
    neglect; (5) report reactions to medications or problems with products; (6) notify people of recalls of products they may be using;
    and (7) a person who may have been exposed to a disease or may be at risk for contracting or spreading a disease or condition.
  • Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence. We may disclose PHI to the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has
    been the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence and the patient agrees or we are required or authorized by law to make that
    disclosure.
  • Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight
    activities include, for example, audits, investigations, inspections, licensure, and similar activities that are necessary for the
    government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
  • Data Breach Notification Purposes. We may use or disclose your PHI to provide legally required notices of unauthorized access
    to or disclosure of your health information.
  • Lawsuits and Disputes. If you are involved in a lawsuit or a dispute, we may disclose PHI in response to a court or administrative
    order. We also may disclose PHI in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other legal process from someone else involved
    in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made to tell you about the request or to get an order protecting the information
    requested. We may also use or disclose your PHI to defend ourselves in the event of a lawsuit.
  • Law Enforcement. We may disclose PHI, so long as applicable legal requirements are met, for law enforcement purposes.
  • Military Activity and National Security. If you are involved with military, national security or intelligence activities or if you are in
    law enforcement custody, we may disclose your PHI to authorized officials so they may carry out their legal duties under the law.
  • Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors. We may disclose PHI to a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director
    so that they can carry out their duties.
  • Inmates. If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under the custody of a law enforcement official, we may disclose PHI
    to the correctional institution or law enforcement official if the disclosure is necessary (1) for the institution to provide you with health
    care; (2) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of others; or (3) the safety and security of the correctional
    institution.

Uses and Disclosures That Require Us to Give You an Opportunity to Object and Opt Out

  • Individuals Involved in Your Care. Unless you object in writing, we may disclose to a member of your family, a relative, a close
    friend or any other person you identify, your PHI that directly relates to that person’s involvement in your health care. If you are
    unable to agree or object to such a disclosure, we may disclose such information as necessary if we determine that it is in your best
    interest based on our professional judgment.
  • Payment for Your Care. Unless you object in writing, you can exercise your rights under HIPAA that your healthcare provider not
    disclose information about services received when you pay in full out of pocket for the service and refuse to file a claim with your
    health plan.
  • Disaster Relief. We may disclose your PHI to disaster relief organizations that seek your PHI to coordinate your care, or notify family and friends of your location or condition in a disaster. We will provide you with an opportunity to agree or object to such a disclosure whenever we practicably can do so.
  • Fundraising Activities. We may use or disclose your PHI, as necessary, in order to contact you for fundraising activities. You
    have the right to opt out of receiving fundraising communications.

Your Written Authorization is Required for Other Uses and Disclosures

The following uses and disclosures of your PHI will be made only with your written authorization:

  • Most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes;
  • Uses and disclosures of PHI for marketing purposes; and
  • Disclosures that constitute a sale of your PHI.

Other uses and disclosures of PHI not covered by this Notice or the laws that apply to us will be made only with your written
authorization. If you do give us an authorization, you may revoke it at any time by submitting a written revocation to our Privacy
Officer and we will no longer disclose PHI under the authorization. But disclosure that we made in reliance on your authorization
before you revoked it will not be affected by the revocation.

Your Rights Regarding Your PHI

You have the following rights, subject to certain limitations, regarding your PHI:

  • Inspect and Copy. You have the right to inspect, receive, and copy PHI that may be used to make decisions about your care or
    payment for your care. We have up to 30 days to make your PHI available to you and we may charge you a reasonable fee for the
    costs of copying, mailing or other supplies associated with your request. You can only direct us in writing to submit your PHI to a
    third party not covered in this notice. We may not charge you a fee if you need the information for a claim for benefits under the
    Social Security Act or any other state or federal needs-based benefit program. We may deny your request in certain limited
    circumstances. If we do deny your request, you have the right to have the denial reviewed by a licensed healthcare professional
    who was not directly involved in the denial of your request, and we will comply with the outcome of the review.
  • Summary or Explanation. We can also provide you with a summary of your PHI, rather than the entire record, or we can provide
    you with an explanation of the PHI which has been provided to you, so long as you agree to this alternative form and pay the
    associated fees.
  • Electronic Copy of Electronic Medical Records. If your PHI is maintained in an electronic format (known as an electronic
    medical record or an electronic health record), you have the right to request that an electronic copy of your record be given to you or
    transmitted to another individual or entity. If the PHI is not readily producible in the form or format you request your record will be
    provided in a readable hard copy form.
  • Receive Notice of a Breach. You have the right to be notified upon a breach of any of your unsecured PHI.
  • Request Amendments. If you feel that the PHI we have is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information.
    You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for us. A request for amendment must be
    made in writing to the Privacy Officer at the address provided at the beginning of this Notice and it must tell us the reason for your
    request. In certain cases, we may deny your request for an amendment. If we deny your request for an amendment, you have the
    right to file a statement of disagreement with us and we may prepare a rebuttal to your statement and will provide you with a copy of
    any such rebuttal.
  • Accounting of Disclosures. You have the right to ask for an “accounting of disclosures,” which is a list of the disclosures we
    made of your PHI. To request this list or accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to the Privacy Officer.
    The first accounting of disclosures you request within any 12- month period will be free. For additional requests within the same
    period, we may charge you for the reasonable costs of providing the list. We will tell you what the costs are, and you may choose to
    withdraw or modify your request before the costs are incurred.
  • Request Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the PHI we use or disclose about you for
    treatment, payment, or health care operations. We are not required by federal regulation to agree to your request. If we do agree
    with your request, we will comply unless the information is needed to provide emergency treatment. To request restrictions, you
    must make your request in writing to the Privacy Officer. Your request must state the specific restriction requested, whether you
    want to limit our use and/or disclosure; and to whom you want the restriction to apply.
  • Request Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that we communicate with you only in certain ways to
    preserve your privacy. For example, you may request that we contact you by mail at a specific address or call you only at your work
    number. You must make any such request in writing and you must specify how or where we are to contact you.
  • Paper Copy of This Notice. You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice
    electronically. You may obtain a copy of this Notice by request at Anchorage Bariatrics.
  • Changes to This Notice. We reserve the right to change this Notice. We reserve the right to make the changed Notice effective
    for PHI we already have as well as for any PHI we create or receive in the future. A copy of our current Notice is posted in our office
    and on our website.
  • Complaints. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Anchorage Bariatrics, at the
    address listed at the beginning of this Notice or with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To file a
    complaint with the Secretary, mail it to: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, 200 Independence Ave.,
    S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201. Call (202) 619-0257 (or toll free (877) 696-6775 or go to the website of the Office for Civil Rights,
    www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/, for more information. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
    Notice Effective 9/23/2013

Please submit all requests in writing to Anchorage Bariatrics at 3909 Arctic Blvd Set 101 Anchorage, AK 99503. There may be a
charge for transferring medical records.

If you have any questions regarding this notice or the HIPAA privacy policies please contact our Practice Manager at 907-644-8446.
3909 Arctic Blvd., Ste 101 ~ Anchorage, AK. 99503 ~ Telephone 907.644.8446 ~ Fax 907.644.8448