Thank you for visiting Chesapeake Skin Solutions.  We want you to know that your privacy is important to us.  Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, and we strive to ensure your experience with Chesapeake Skin Solutions is one that you will want to repeat and share with your friends.  Part of our commitment to you is to respect and protect the privacy of the personal information you provide to us.  By accessing and using Chesapeake Skin Solutions' web site, you consent to the terms of this privacy policy.  The information below is designed to inform you of what information we collect, why we collect such information, and how we secure and use the information we collect. 

When you submit your personal information to us, you are giving us your consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy.  We are always available to discuss your questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices.  If you would like to speak to a customer service team member, please contact us using one of the methods listed on the Contact Us page of our Web site.  Please address your questions or concerns to the Customer Service department. Chesapeake Skin Solutions will occasionally update this Privacy Policy.  We encourage you to check the date of our Privacy Policy each time you visit our Web site for any updates or changes. 

The Health Insurance Portability and 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 Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your Protected Health Information (PHI) to carry out treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law.  It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information.  "Protected health information" is information about you, including demographic information,that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services.

Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
Your Protected Health Information may be used and disclosed by your provider, our office staff and others outside of our office that are involved in your care and treatment for the purpose of providing health care services to you, to pay your health care bills, to support the operation of the practice, and any other use required by law. 

Treatment: We will use and disclose your Protected Health Information to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services.  This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party.  For example, your protected health information may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the health care professional has the necessary information to diagnose or treat you. 

Payment: Your protected health information will be used, as needed, to obtain payment for health care services.

Healthcare Operations: We may use or disclose, as-needed, your protected health information in order to support the business activities of your provider’s practice.  These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment activities, employee review activities, and conducting or arranging for other business activities.  We may also call you by your first name in the waiting room when your provider is ready to see you.  We may use or disclose your protected health information, as necessary, to contact you to remind you of your appointment.  We may call your home and leave a message (either on an answering machine or with the person answering the phone) to remind you of an upcoming appointment, the need to schedule a new appointment or to call our office.  If you would prefer that we call or contact you at another telephone number or location, please let us know. 

We may use or disclose your protected health information in the following situations without your authorization.  These situations include: as Required By Law: Communicable Diseases, Health Oversight, Abuse or Neglect, Food and Drug Administration requirements, Legal Proceedings, Law Enforcement, Coroners, Funeral Directors, and Organ Donation, Research, Criminal Activity, Military Activity and National Security, Workers’ Compensation, Inmates, Required Uses and Disclosures: Under the law, we must make disclosures to you and when required by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine our compliance with the requirements of HIPAA.  Other permitted and required uses and disclosures will be made only with your consent, authorization or opportunity to object unless required by law. 

You may revoke this authorization, at any time, in writing, except to the extent that your provider’s practice has taken an action in reliance on the use or disclosure indicated in the authorization.           
Your Rights 
The Following is a statement of your rights with respect to your protected health information. 
You have the right to inspect and copy your protected health information. Under federal law, however, you may not inspect or copy the following records: information compiled in reasonable anticipation of, or use in, a civil, criminal, or administrative action or proceeding, and protected health information that is subject to law that prohibits access to protected health information. 

You have the right to request a restriction of your health information. This means you may ask us not to use or disclose any part of your protected health information for the purposes of treatment, payment or healthcare operations.  You may also request that any part of your protected health information not be disclosed to family members or friends who may be involved in your care or for notification purposes described in this Notice of Privacy Practices.  Your request must state the specific restriction and to whom you want the restriction to apply.  We are not required to agree to a restriction you may request. If our medical director believes it is in your best interest to permit use and disclosure of your protected health information, your protected health information will not be restricted. You then have the right to use another Healthcare Professional. 

You have the right to request to receive confidential communications from us by alternative means or at an alternative location. You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from us, upon request.

You have the right to receive an accounting of certain disclosures we have made, if any, of your protected health/personal information. We reserve the right to change the terms of this Notice and will inform you of changes. You then have the right to object or withdraw as provided in this Notice.

Chesapeake Skin Solutions has provided the information on this web site with the intention of its use for educational purposes only.  The information contained herein is not a guarantee for accuracy or completeness and Chesapeake Skin Solutions claims no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Nothing on this web site is intended to offer medical advice, and the information on this site should not be considered a substitute for a medical consultation with a medical practitioner.  Chesapeake Skin Solutions and all of its members, managers and team members will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages arising from or relating to your use of the web site or the information contained therein.  All product or service names are the property of their respective owners. 

This notice was published and becomes effective on/or before April 14, 2003.