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Notice to Website Viewers:

This web site is provided for information and education purposes only. No doctor/patient relationship is established by your use of this site. No diagnosis or treatment is being provided. The information contained here should be used in consultation with a doctor of your choice. No guarantees or warranties are made regarding any of the information contained within this web site. This web site is not intended to offer specific medical, dental or surgical advice to anyone. Further, this web site and Winston Smiles (Drs. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker & Taylor, DDS) take no responsibility for web sites hyper-linked to this site and such hyperlinking does not imply any relationships or endorsements of the linked sites.

Privacy Policy for http://www.winstonsmiles.com

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us. At http://www.winstonsmiles.com, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information that is received and collected by http://www.winstonsmiles.com and how it is used.

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.

At Winston Smiles, 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

Treatment:

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.

Payment:

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 our 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 our 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.  

Individual Rights

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.

Complaints

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 us at your convenience.  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.

Personal Information

By entering your full name, email address, and phone number, you are providing personal information that will be used by Winston Smiles Drs. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker & Taylor, DDS for the sole purpose of returning your request to be contacted by us. We will only use this information to contact you in order to assist you in scheduling an appointment to be seen by Dr. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker, or Taylor, and/or to answer any questions you may have indicated in the comments section. Our intention is to only use your personal information to return your request for contact regarding a dental appointment, and/or a dental related question.

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Log Files

Like many other Web sites, http://www.winstonsmiles.com makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Accessibility

We strive to make the Winston Smiles website universally accessible and we are continuously working to improve the accessibility of content on our website. Below, you’ll find a few recommendations to help make your browsing experience more accessible:

If you have trouble seeing web pages, the US Social Security Administration offers these tips for optimizing your computer and browser to improve your online experience.

If you are looking for mouse and keyboard alternatives, speech recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking may help you navigate web pages and online services. This software allows the user to move focus around a web page or application screen through voice controls.

If you are deaf and or hard of hearing, there are several accessibility features available to you:

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning provides a transcript for the audio track of a video presentation that is synchronized with the video and audio tracks. Captions are generally visually displayed over the video, which benefits people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and anyone who cannot hear the audio due to noisy environments. Most of our video content includes captions. Learn how to turn captioning on and off in YouTube.

Volume Controls

Your computer, tablet, or mobile device has volume control features. Each video and audio service has its own additional volume controls. Try adjusting both your device’s volume controls and your media players’ volume controls to optimize your listening experience.

If the recommendations above do not meet your needs, please contact us at Winston Smiles Phone Number (336) 765-1881 for assistance.