Cold sores and herpes are two common skin conditions caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small, fluid-filled blisters that typically appear around the lips or mouth. Herpes, on the other hand, can cause sores anywhere on the body. While cold sores are usually harmless and go away on their own, herpes can pose serious health risks.
Cold sores are highly contagious and spread through direct contact, such as kissing or sharing utensils. Herpes, meanwhile, can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, kissing, and sexual intercourse. Both cold sores and herpes are incurable, but treatments are available to help manage symptoms. Over-the-counter medications, such as antiviral creams and ointments, can help reduce the duration and frequency of outbreaks. In some cases, prescription medications may be necessary to control the virus.
It's important to practice good hygiene and wear protective clothing when dealing with either cold sores or herpes. It's also essential to seek medical attention if you experience any signs or symptoms of either condition.
Acne is most common in teenagers and young adults, but can affect people of all ages. Symptoms range from blackheads to inflamed pimples or large, red, and tender bumps.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most types of acne through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your acne and make specific treatment suggestions.
Depending on the type and severity of your acne, we may recommend topical medications. Some patients respond better to or would benefit from the use of oral medications.
Not all acne is the same, and all individuals are unique which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will allow us to personalize and tailor your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Actinic keratoses, pre-cancerous spots, are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by years of sun exposure. Our dermatology providers may be able to diagnose your actinic keratoses through teleconference.
Actinic keratoses usually affect older adults. They are most common on the face, ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp, and neck. The rough, red, scaly skin patches can enlarge slowly over time and often times have no other signs or symptoms.
During your consultation we will evaluate your actinic keratoses and make treatment suggestions, which may include prescription or compounded topical medications or a referral to a local clinic.
Not all actinic keratoses are the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Athlete's foot is a superficial fungal skin infection that usually begins between the toes. It commonly occurs across people of all ages and races but is slightly more common in males. Symptoms include a scaly, red rash on the feet that can cause itching. People with athlete's foot can have inflamed, moist and raw skin between their toes.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most athlete’s foot rashes through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your condition and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your athlete’s foot, we may recommend topical antifungal medications, oral antifungal medications, or other treatment options.
Not all athlete’s foot is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition associated with dry skin which leads to intense itching and rashes. It is most common in infants and children but can persist into adulthood. There is no cure for eczema, and intermittent flare-ups are common. Over the years there have been many treatments developed to target eczema, as it can be very uncomfortable and frustrating.
Our dermatology providers will diagnose and treat most eczema cases through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your eczema and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your eczema, we may recommend lifestyle changes, topical medications (steroidal and non-steroidal), light therapy, laser therapy, oral medications, injectable medications, or some combination of these options.
Not all eczema is the same, and everyone is unique, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Hair loss can affect anything from your scalp or your entire body, and it can be temporary and reversible or permanent. Some forms of hair loss are hereditary, like male-pattern baldness. Other forms of hair loss can occur from stress, illness, hormones or autoimmune issues.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most hair loss cases through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your hair loss situation and make treatment suggestions.
During your consultation we will evaluate your hair loss and make treatment suggestions, which may include a prescription, topical medications, or a referral to a local clinic.
Not all hair loss is the same and can be very overwhelming, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Herpes is a virus causing contagious sores, most often around the mouth or on the genitals. The most common types of herpes infections are cold sores and genital herpes. Cold sores indicate an infection with the herpes simplex virus around the border of the lips. Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection marked by genital pain and sores.
Our dermatology providers may be able to help diagnose and treat herpes through a telemedicine appointment. Additional testing may be needed to confirm diagnosis.
While there is no cure for herpes, topical medicines and antiviral medication can help treat symptoms and outbreaks.
Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that is not related to heat or exercise. It can be localized to certain areas, such as just the hands and feet, or generalized over the entire body. This excessive, heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment. You don’t have to suffer, as there are effective treatments available.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most excessive sweating conditions through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your condition and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your hyperhidrosis and the underlying cause, we may recommend prescription topicals, or oral medications.
Not all hyperhidrosis is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common condition that causes small, white to red acne-like bumps on the skin. This condition develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block hair follicles resulting in KP. These bumps are often found on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. The condition may not be serious but can cause embarrassment.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of keratosis pilaris through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your keratosis pilaris and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your keratosis pilaris, we may recommend topical medicines to improve the appearance. In some cases, an anti-inflammatory or steroid may be utilized short-term.
Not all keratosis pilaris is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Melasma is a skin condition characterized by dark (hyperpigmented) patches or freckle-like spots, most commonly on the face. The cause of melasma is unknown, however, sun exposure, certain medications and hormonal causes such as pregnancy or the use of birth control pills can lead to melasma. The condition is more common in women and in individuals with a darker skin type, however anyone can be affected.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of melasma through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your melasma and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your melasma, we may recommend certain sunscreens, compounded or prescription topical medications or chemical peels.
Not all melasma is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Molluscum is a viral skin infection that produces small, flesh colored, painless bumps.
It spreads through contact with an infected person or contaminated objects and is very common among children. In adults, molluscum are more likely to be contracted via sexual contact.
Molluscum are generally painless, but the small bumps might itch. Though the bumps may disappear on their own, many people prefer to treat them to induce resolution quickly and prevent spread.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of molluscum through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your lesions and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your molluscom, we may recommend topical therapies. Some patients may require physical removal, in which case we will refer you to a local specialist.
Not all molluscum are the same, and each individual is different, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment program. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Perioral dermatitis is a localized, acne-like rash. Your skin may be red, dry and flaky with small red bumps. Perioral dermatitis can look like acne and is often mistaken for it. Perioral dermatitis is most commonly seen around the mouth but can also affect the skin around the nose, cheeks, and eyes.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of perioral dermatitis through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your concern and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your perioral dermatitis, we may recommend and prescribe topical medications and/or oral antibiotics.
Not all perioral dermatitis is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Poison Ivy Rash is a type of contact dermatitis that appears after exposure to oil found on the leaves/stems/roots of the poison ivy plant. It causes a reaction on the skin that often presents as intensely itchy red bumps and blisters. Rashes can appear 48 hours or more after exposure and can spread over the body. The rash can be extremely uncomfortable and make sleeping difficult.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of contact dermatitis due to plants through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your rash and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your rash, we may recommend topical medications, oral medications such as steroids or antihistamines and oral antibiotics if secondary infection is suspected.
Not all cases of poison ivy are the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that causes thickened, red, scaly patches and plaques on the skin. The areas most commonly affected include the knees, elbows, trunk and scalp. Psoriasis affects about 2-3% of the population and can develop at any age. It can run in families and be triggered by certain medications, infections or stress. There is no cure for psoriasis and flare ups can negatively affect quality of life. Thankfully there are several treatment options available for psoriasis that have proven very effective in managing the disease.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of psoriasis through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your psoriasis and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your psoriasis, in addition to lifestyle modifications we may recommend and prescribe certain topical medications, oral medications, light or laser therapies, or biologic (injectable) medications.
Not all psoriasis is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Rashes are a temporary outbreak of red, bumpy, scaly, or itchy patches of skin, possibly with blisters or welts. Common causes of skin rashes may include underlying inflammation or skin disease. Some skin rashes may be caused by environmental factors including hot and humid weather, excess sun exposure, or scratchy clothes that don't fit.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat many skin rashes through a telemedicine appointment.
Minor rashes may be self treated by avoiding harsh soaps and detergents, perfumed soaps or lotions, and known allergy triggers may help soothe irritated skin. Some patients may find using an over-the-counter antihistamine or steroid cream may also help. It's important to consult a medical professional if the rash is persistent, spreads quickly, or starts to cover a large area of your body.
Ringworm, or tinea corporis, is a superficial fungal infection on the skin. It can be found in people of all ages and races and is passed via direct contact with other infected individuals, animals, contaminated objects or soil. Ringworm often appears as red, circular patches with raised, scaly borders and sometimes an area of central clearing. The areas may itch.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of ringworm through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your areas of concern and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your case of ringworm, we may recommend topical and/or oral antifungals.
Not all cases of ringworm are the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Rosacea is a common, chronic inflammatory condition on the face. Sometimes referred to as adult acne, rosacea affects mostly adults that are fair skinned. There may also be a family history of rosacea. There is no cure for rosacea, and there are several known triggers for flares such as sun exposure, temperature extremes and emotional stress. There are different types of rosacea and symptoms range from redness and flushing of the face to pimple-like bumps, skin thickening or eye issues.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of rosacea through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your rosacea and make treatment suggestions.
During your consultation we will evaluate your rosacea and make treatment suggestions, which may include a prescription, topical medications, or a referral to a local clinic.
Not all rosacea is the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Seborrheic dermatitis (sometimes referred to as “dandruff”) is a common, chronic condition that presents as scaling, flaking and redness on the scalp and other areas of the face and trunk. Seborrheic dermatitis can also be itchy and bothersome. The condition tends to come and go, and stress and changes in the weather are often triggers. Although there is no cure, seborrheic dermatitis can be managed and controlled.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of seborrheic dermatitis through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your issue and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your seborrheic dermatitis, we may recommend topical medications to control inflammation or itching or medicated shampoos.
Not all cases of seborrheic dermatitis are the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Herpes Zoster, or Shingles, is a painful rash caused by re-activation of the same virus that causes chickenpox – the Varicella-Zoster virus. The rash is often preceded by pain, itching or burning on a specific location of the skin. The rash itself often appears as painful, red bumps and blisters. Usually shingles is unilateral, meaning that it only appears on one side of the body. Most people fully recover from their case of shingles, however sometimes the pain associated with the condition can linger.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of shingles through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your shingles and make treatment suggestions. If possible, it is best to diagnose shingles quickly as most treatments tend to work best if they are started right away.
Depending on the severity of your shingles outbreak, we may recommend oral antiviral medications, oral steroids, pain relief medications (non-opioid) or topical medications.
Not all cases of shingles are the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Tinea Versicolor is a common rash caused by a superficial yeast infection. It often looks like tan, pink, brown or white spots that appear mostly on the upper body. The rash usually becomes more obvious after a person has gotten a little bit of a tan, as the areas affected by the yeast do not tan normally. The rash is usually asymptomatic. Tinea Versicolor can happen to people of all ages and races and recurrences from time to time are common.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most cases of tinea versicolor through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your rash and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity of your tinea versicolor, we may recommend topical medications or washes or oral antifungal medications.
Not all cases of tinea versicolor are the same, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Warts, or verruca, are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are several different types of HPV and as a result, warts may commonly appear on multiple areas of the body and have various presentations. For example, common warts look like flesh-colored or pink bumps, plantar warts are callous-like areas on the feet and genital warts are found in the genital area. Warts are transferred by human contact and the virus usually enters small breaks in the skin. They can affect people of any age.
Our dermatology providers can diagnose and treat most warts through teleconference. During your consultation we will evaluate your warts and make treatment suggestions.
Depending on the severity, type and location of your warts, we may recommend prescription topical medications or compounds or referral to a local provider if physical destruction of the warts is warranted.
Not all warts are the same, and they can be difficult to treat, which is why a one-on-one consultation with your provider will determine your treatment regimen. Book an appointment here or call us to schedule your online appointment.
Our accomplished dermatology providers have seen thousands of patients over the years. We understand that each patient and case is unique. That's why we individualize all of our treatment plans for each patient. Our dermatology providers will create a tailored treatment plan built on evidence-based medicine and the current standard of care.
We're a team of dermatology professionals and experts dedicated to our patients. Built upon a solid foundation of dermatology training, we've come together from many different backgrounds and experiences with a common goal: Deliver outstanding dermatology care.
Our providers have decades of combined experience in dermatology, and have
seen and treated thousands of patients (just like you) through both
in-person and telemed visits.
When we started providing telemed services it was out of necessity to continue treating our patients during the pandemic. We’ve since found that many of our patients prefer the convenience, care, and time savings that telemed provides.
Education: University of Texas, UNTHSC in Fort Worth, University Hospitals Case Western Reserve
Experience: 10+ years
Bio: Dr. Blakely Richardson is a Texas native, board-certified dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and the medical director/physician owner of Westgate Skin & Cancer. Her Austin based practice offers comprehensive medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology care to patients of all ages.
Dr. Richardson completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin, her medical degree at UNTHSC in Fort Worth, and her Dermatology residency at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland she served as the Chief Dermatology Resident of Veterans Affairs, received the dermatology resident research award, and was published in JAMA Dermatology for her research in melanoma.
Dr. Richardson has built her practice and reputation by remaining patient focused first and foremost and treating all individuals with respect and dignity. She is committed to giving back to the greater Austin community in which she lovingly calls home. She actively attends volunteer events, works with local non-profits, and remains engaged in research and professional education. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with her family and competitively riding horses.
Education: University of Texas, UNTHSC in Fort Worth, University Hospitals Case Western Reserve
Experience: 10+ years
Bio: Dr. Sital Patel is a Texas native, board-certified dermatologist, and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She provides comprehensive medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology care at Westgate Skin and Cancer based out of Austin, TX.
Dr. Patel completed her undergraduate at the University of Texas in Austin, her medical degree at UNTHSC in Fort Worth, and her dermatology residency at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland she served as the Chief Dermatology Resident at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve.
Dr. Patel prides herself on providing honest, patient-focused care. She remains committed to her patients and the larger dermatology and medical community by engaging in professional development and education.
When Dr. Patel is not seeing patients for their dermatology needs, you can find her spending time with her family and traveling.
Education: University of Georgia, Medical College of Georgia
Experience: 10+ years
Bio: Vanessa Yawn is a certified Physician Assistant from Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Business Management in 2010. She went on to earn her Master of Physician Assistant Studies, graduating with top honors, in 2012 from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University). Her graduate, evidence-based research feature was published in the December 2012 issue of the ADVANCE for NPs and PAs magazine publication.
Vanessa remains committed to her patients and the larger dermatology and medical community engaging in professional development and continuing education. She believes that it is imperative to never stop learning and growing.
Vanessa lives with her husband, son, daughter and 2 dogs. She is an avid traveler and has been to over 30 countries and counting. She enjoys immersing herself in cultural experiences through her travels and most importantly, trying any and all kinds of food. She loves spending time with her family and friends outdoors, watching college football and seeking out adventure.
Education: University of Cincinnati, University of Nebraska
Experience: 20+ years
Bio: Lindsay Weber is a certified Physician Assistant from Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She went on to earn her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska in 2003.
Prior to attending PA school, Lindsay gained experience in the healthcare field by working in an emergency department, assisted living facilities and as an office manager for an Obstetrics and Gynecology practice. She found her true calling when she took her first job in dermatology and general surgery at the Cleveland Clinic upon graduation. She practiced for over 13 years at the Cleveland Clinic before to relocating to Austin in 2016.
Lindsay has a passion for providing patient-focused care and helping patients to look and feel their best. She is committed to giving back to the greater community through participation in annual volunteer skin cancer screenings and dedicating her time and talent to medical mission trips to Honduras and Peru.
In Austin, Lindsay lives with her partner, her 2 children, and 3 dogs. She is an avid yogi and tennis player.
Dermatology Link is in-network with most major insurance carriers and insurance plans. In-Network and
Out-of-Network insurance plans are detailed below. Patients with a HMO insurance plan will need a referral from their Primary Care Provider (PCP) to hold an appointment. Dermatologist are considered specialist physicians. For questions about insurance coverage, please inquire through our web chat.
In addition to accepting most insurance, Dermatology Link accepts self-pay patients for $99.00 per visit.
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)
Dermatology Link is in network with FirstHealth. FirstHealth is a national network owned by Aetna that works with 3rd party insurance carriers meaning insurance plans can vary. Look for the Blue Heart FirstHealth logo on your Insurance Card.
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Dermatology Link is in network with Multiplan. Multiplan is a national network that works with 3rd party insurance carriers meaning insurance plans can vary. Look for the Green Multiplan logo on your Insurance Card.
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Dermatology Link is in network with Three Rivers Provider Network (TRPN). TRPN is a national network that works with 3rd party insurance carriers meaning insurance plans can vary. Look for the TRPN logo on your Insurance Card.
Tricare is the U.S. military's health care program and functions as government-managed health insurance.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest)
TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest) is honored to be a third party administrator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
UHOne, previously Golden Rule, is a United HealthCare company. UHOne plans can vary. Dermatology Link is in network with all plans that show a “Choice Network” or “Choice Plus Network” logo on the insurance card. If your UHOne insurance card has a different logo or network, please see the full list of accepted UnitedHealthcare network plans listed under UnitedHealthcare.
UMR is a United HealthCare company. UMR plans can vary. Dermatology Link is in network with all plans that show a “Choice Network” or “Choice Plus Network” logo on the insurance card. If your UMR insurance card has a different logo or network, please see the full list of accepted UnitedHealthcare network plans listed under UnitedHealthcare.
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We provide the same professional care that you would receive in our clinic. Thanks to our telemed service we can see you from anywhere. This helps you to be seen and treated faster and saves you time and money.
Dermatology Link accepts most major insurance. See a list of insurance providers we work with. Have a specific question about your insurance? Give us a call at (512) 815-2559.
We accept patients who prefer to self pay.
An internet-connected device, like a laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Our service works on all major platforms.
Our leading telemedicine platform is secured with the latest encryption and data protection software. We maintain strict patient privacy standards in all of our systems.
If medication is prescribed, we can send over a prescription to your local pharmacy within the same business day.
Acne, psoriasis, rosacea, hair loss can all be treated remotely. More serious conditions like abnormal moles, hives, or lice require an in-office visit.
If you have a condition that requires an in-office visit, we can provide a referral to a local provider in your area.
Before you can be seen we'll need to gather a little information about you. All of this information can be submitted and collected online.
Our system works natively with your devices web browser. No additional software is required.
Yes, all of our treatment plans our personalized for our patients. It's important to note if you're pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding so our providers can offer you the best treatment options.
Don't hesitate to call us. Our patient coordinators are available from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. (737) 258-7495
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YOUR DATA PROTECTION RIGHTS UNDER THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. We will take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.
If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.
You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).
SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT COOKIES AND WEB BEACONS
"Cookies" are tiny pieces of information stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are also used to customize content based on your browser. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you want to disable cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to turn off cookies. Please remember, however, that cookies may be required to allow you to use certain features of our site.
Flash Cookies - third party cookies that use an Adobe Flash Media Player local shared object (LSO) - may be used along with other third-party cookies for purposes of crediting any purchase you may make on this site to one of our joint venture partners that may have referred you to us. These cookies will be used for purposes of crediting sales to the referring joint venture marketing partner. Flash cookies are not the same as "browser cookies". The Adobe Flash Media Player is software that enables users to view content on their computers. Flash cookies are also accompanied by a browser cookie. If you delete the browser cookie, the Flash cookie may automatically create (or re-spawn) a replacement for the browser cookie.
Web Beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs or clear gifs) are used to assist in delivering cookies, and they allow us to count users who have visited pages of our site. We may include Web Beacons in promotional e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.
Locally Stored Objects – we may employ locally stored objects ("LSOs") and other client-side storage tracking technologies in certain situations where they help to provide a better user experience, such as to remember settings, preferences and usage similar to browser cookies, or in order to target or help our Partners target ads, analyze ad performance, or perform user, website or market analytics. For LSOs utilized by Adobe Flash you can access Flash management tools from Adobe's website: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html. In addition, some, but not all browsers, provide the ability to remove LSOs, sometimes within cookie and privacy settings.
Please be aware that the links above may become updated and that Dermatology Link has no obligation to maintain said links and only provides the links as a convenience to users of its website.
We may participate with our marketing partners for purposes of providing personalized ads based on your interests. This activity is performed by collecting Usage Data and by using cookies and other tracking and data collection methodologies discussed above to transfer information to our marketing partners which manage advertising activities.
AdWords (Google) - We may participate in AdWords program which is a personalized ad service provided by Google Inc. that connects the activity of this site with the AdWords advertising network and the DoubleClick cookie. Information collected: cookie and Usage Data. For the opt-out, visit https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en
Google Analytics for Display Advertising (Google) - We may participate in any and all of the following Google Analytics Advertising Features provided by Google: Google Analytics, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration, and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. These features use first party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) for connecting the tracking activity performed by Google Analytics and its cookies with the AdWords advertising network and the DoubleClick cookie (a third-party cookie). Information collected: cookie and Usage Data, including audience data such as age, gender, and interests. For the opt-out, visit https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en You may opt-out of the Google Analytics service with the Google's Browser Add-on that's available https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
For information in general about Google's personalized ad campaigns, and specifically about information regarding DoubleClick cookies and how to control and manage Google's advertising cookies for these campaigns, visit http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/
For information regarding how Google uses data when you use Google's partners' sites or apps, visit https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites
Custom Audience (Facebook). We may participate in Facebook.com's Custom Audience program which enables us to display personalized ads to persons on our email lists when they visit Facebook.com. We provide Personal Data such as your email address and phone number to Facebook to enable Facebook to determine if you are a registered account holder with Facebook. You may opt-out of participation in our Facebook Custom Audience by sending an email, from the email address you are opting out of, to the email address provided in our contact information below. For your opt-out to be effective, you must: (i) place the following text in the subject line of the email - "Opting Out of Facebook.com Website Custom Audience Ads", and (ii) in the body of the email, include your name and email address. We will forward your name and email address to Facebook.com with a request to delete you from all of our Facebook Custom Audience Ads.
Tailored Audiences/Conversion Tracking Programs (Twitter). We may participate in Twitter.com's Tailored Audiences/Conversion Tracking Programs which enable us to display personalized ads. You may opt-out of participation in these programs by visiting https://help.twitter.com/en/safety-and-security/privacy-controls-for-tailored-ads.
Other Personalized and Behavioral Advertising services. We may participate in additional retargeting and behavioral advertising services that will be similar to the services described above including, but not limited to Bind, TikTok, Pinterist, and Instagram.
Managing Personalized Ads. You can control the placement of cookies and other data collection methodologies for purposes of opting out.
Managing Cookies Via Your Browser. You should note that although most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, you may be able to change your browser settings to cause your browser to refuse first party or third-party cookies or to indicate when a third-party cookie is being sent. However, disabling or limiting cookies may cause certain features of this website to not function properly or optimally. Check your browser's "Help" files or other similar resources to learn more about handling cookies on your browser.
Managing Flash Cookies. Flash cookies, also called local shared objects (LSOs), function similarly to standard cookies except that they are often larger and are downloaded to a computer or mobile device by the Adobe Flash Player. In some cases, these Flash cookies can be managed through browser settings. Adobe also provides a means of controlling Flash cookies on its Flash Player: Setting Manager page.
Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA). DAA member advertising associations have developed an industry self-regulatory program to give consumers a better understanding of and greater control over ads that are customized based on their online behavior across different websites. To make choices about interest-based ads from participating third parties, please visit DAA Consumer Opt-Out page: https://youradchoices.com/control.
Opting Out with Ad Choices for Mobile Devices. When using mobile applications you may receive personalized in-application advertisements. Depending on your device, you may be able to reset your mobile device's advertising identifier at any time by accessing the privacy settings on your mobile device. In addition, each operating system (iOS for Apple phones, Android for Android devices and Windows for Microsoft devices) provides its own instructions on how to prevent the delivery of personalized in-application advertisements. You may review the support materials and/or the privacy settings for the respective operating systems in order to opt-out of these advertisements. For any other devices and/or operating systems, please visit the privacy settings for the applicable device or contact (or review the applicable privacy web page of) the applicable platform operator.
We may participate with third party analytics partners to monitor and analyze Web traffic and to keep track of user behavior on this site.
DO NOT TRACK REQUESTS
Some Web browsers incorporate a "Do Not Track" feature that signals to websites that you visit that you do not want to have your online activity tracked. Each browser communicates "Do Not Track" signals to websites differently, making it unworkable to honor each and every request correctly. In order to alleviate any communication error between browsers and website, we do not respond to "Do Not Track" signals at this time. As the technology and communication between browser and website improves, we will reevaluate the ability to honor "Do Not Track" signals and may make changes to our policy.
We will implement reasonable and appropriate security procedures consistent with prevailing industry standards to protect data from unauthorized access by physical and electronic intrusion. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or method of data storage can be guaranteed 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your Personal Data by following generally accepted industry standards, we cannot ensure or warrant the absolute security of any information you transmit to us or archive at this site.
UPDATING PERSONAL DATA
Upon request, we will permit you to request or make changes or updates to your Personal Data for legitimate purposes. We request identification prior to approving such requests. We reserve the right to decline any requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require unreasonable time or effort of our technical or administrative personnel, or undermine the privacy rights of others. We reserve the right to permit you to access your Personal Data in any account you establish with this site for purposes of making your own changes or updates, and in such case, instructions for making such changes or updates will be provided where necessary.
CONTACT DERMATOLOGY LINK
Your California Privacy Rights. Under California Law SB 27, California residents have the right to receive, once a year, information about third parties with whom we have shared information about you or your family for their marketing purposes during the previous calendar year, and a description of the categories of personal information shared. To make such a request, please send an email to the email address provided in our contact information below and include the phrase "California Privacy Request" in the subject line, the domain name of the website you are inquiring about, along with your name, address and email address. We will respond to you within thirty days of receiving such a request.
Web site: dermatologylink.com
1. User's Acknowledgment and Acceptance of Terms
2. Description of Services
We make various information available on this site including, but not limited to, medical, dermatology matters, skin conditions, and prescriptions. Additionally, the site offers medical services for registered users (which are subject to the Medical Billing Policy. You are solely responsible for providing, at your own expense, all equipment necessary to use the services, including a computer and modem; and your own Internet access (including payment of telephone service fees associated with such access).
You understand and agree that temporary interruptions of the services available through this site may occur as normal events. You further understand and agree that we have has no control over third party networks you may access in the course of the use of this site, and therefore, delays and disruption of other network transmissions are completely beyond our control.
You understand and agree that the services available on this site are provided "AS IS" and that we assume no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.
3. Registration Data and Privacy
In order to access some of the services on this site, you will require a separate account and password that can be obtained by completing our online registration form, which requests certain information and data ("Registration Data") and maintaining and updating your Registration Data as required. By registering, you agree that all information provided in the Registration Data is true and accurate and that you will maintain and update this information as required in order to keep it current, complete and accurate.
4. Payment of Fees
If you request a service on this site that requires payment of a fee, you agree to pay all fees associated with such service. For all charges for services on this site, we will bill your credit card. Anticipated charges are billed in advance of service. You agree to provide us with accurate and complete billing information, including valid credit card information, your name, address and telephone number, and to provide us with any changes in such information within sixty (60) days of the change.
If, for any reason, your credit card company refuses to pay the amount billed for the service, you agree that we may, at our option, suspend or terminate your subscription to the service and require you to pay the overdue amount by other means acceptable to us. We may charge a fee for reinstatement of suspended or terminated accounts. Specific details are available in the patient financial policies provided after an appointment is made.
In the event legal action is necessary to collect on balances due, you agree to reimburse us for all expenses incurred to recover sums due, including attorney fees and other legal expenses.
5. Conduct on Site
Your use of the site is subject to all applicable laws and regulations, including Netiquette, and you are solely responsible for the contents of your communications through the site. By posting information in or otherwise using any communications service contained on the site, you agree that you will not upload, share, post, or otherwise distribute or facilitate distribution of any content -- including text, communications, software, images, sounds, data, or other information -- that:
(a) Is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortious, contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual acts (including but not limited to sexual language of a violent or threatening nature directed at another individual or group of individuals), or otherwise violates our rules or policies;
(b) Victimizes, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
(c) Infringes on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other proprietary right of any party;
(d) Constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, junk or bulk e-mail (also known as "spamming"), chain letters, any other form of unauthorized solicitation, or any form of lottery or gambling;
(e) Contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of any third party; or
(f) Impersonates any person or entity, including any of our employees or representatives.
We neither endorse nor assume any liability for the contents of any material uploaded or submitted by third party users of the site.
In addition, you may not use your account to breach security of another account or attempt to gain unauthorized access to another network or server. Not all areas of the site may be available to you or other authorized users of the site. You shall not interfere with anyone else's use and enjoyment of the site or other similar services. Users who violate systems or network security may incur criminal or civil liability.
You agree that we may at any time, and at our sole discretion, terminate your account without prior notice to you for violating any of the above provisions. In addition, you acknowledge that we will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security at other sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in investigating suspected criminal violations.
6. Third Party Sites and Information
This site may link you to other sites on the Internet or otherwise include references to information, documents, software, materials and/or services provided by other parties. These sites may contain information or material that some people may find inappropriate or offensive. These other sites and parties are not under our control, and you acknowledge that we are not responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, decency, or any other aspect of the content of such sites, nor are we responsible for errors or omissions in any references to other parties or their products and services. The inclusion of such a link or reference is provided merely as a convenience and does not imply endorsement of, or association with, the site or party by us, or any warranty of any kind, either express or implied.
7. Intellectual Property Information
Copyright (c) 2022 Westgate Skin & Cancer, PLLC All Rights Reserved.
Neither we or our Affiliates warrant or represent that your use of materials displayed on, or obtained through, this site will not infringe the rights of third parties. See "Use of Your Materials" below for a description of the procedures to be followed in the event that any party believes that content posted on this site infringes on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other proprietary right of any party.
8. User's Materials
Please do not submit confidential or proprietary information to us unless we have mutually agreed in writing otherwise. We are also unable to accept your unsolicited ideas or proposals, so please do not submit them to us in any circumstance.
We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask you to do the same. If you or any user of this site believes its copyright, trademark or other property rights have been infringed by a posting on this site, you or the user should send notification to our Designated Agent (as identified below) immediately. To be effective, the notification must include:
(a) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed'
(b) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
(c) Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as address, telephone number and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
(d) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be subject to infringing activity and that is to be removed and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the materials;
(e) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, agent, or the law; and
(f) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringing.
Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Sec. 512(c), our Designated Agent for Notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as indicated below. Service of repeat infringers of copyright or of users about whom repeat claims of copyright infringement are received will be terminated.
Designated Agent for Claimed Infringement:
COO for Westgate Skin & Cancer, PLLC
2559 Western Trails Blvd #301
Austin, Texas 78745
You acknowledge and agree that upon receipt of a notice of a claim of copyright infringement, we may immediately remove the identified materials from our site without liability to you or any other party and that the claims of the complaining party and the party that originally posted the materials will be referred to the United States Copyright Office for adjudication as provided in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
9. Disclaimer of Warranties
ALL MATERIALS AND SERVICES ON THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR THE WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (a) THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (b) THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (c) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR MATERIALS WILL BE EFFECTIVE, ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, OR (d) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR INFORMATION PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE SITE FROM US OR OUR AFFILIATES WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS OR BE FREE FROM MISTAKES, ERRORS OR DEFECTS.
THIS SITE COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL OR OTHER MISTAKES, INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. WE MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE MATERIALS AND SERVICES AT THIS SITE, INCLUDING THE PRICES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF ANY PRODUCTS LISTED HEREIN, AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. THE MATERIALS OR SERVICES AT THIS SITE MAY BE OUT OF DATE, AND WE MAKE NO COMMITMENT TO UPDATE SUCH MATERIALS OR SERVICES.
THE USE OF THE SERVICES OR THE DOWNLOADING OR OTHER ACQUISITION OF ANY MATERIALS THROUGH THIS SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND WITH YOUR AGREEMENT THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM SUCH ACTIVITIES.
Through your use of the site, you may have the opportunities to engage in commercial transactions with other users and vendors. You acknowledge that all transactions relating to any merchandise or services offered by any party, including, but not limited to the purchase terms, payment terms, warranties, guarantees, maintenance and delivery terms relating to such transactions, are agreed to solely between the seller or purchaser of such merchandise and services and you. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY REGARDING ANY TRANSACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS SITE TO A 3RD PARTY, AND YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT SUCH TRANSACTIONS ARE CONDUCTED ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. ANY WARRANTY THAT IS PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, MATERIALS, OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THIS SITE FROM A THIRD PARTY IS PROVIDED SOLELY BY SUCH THIRD PARTY, AND NOT BY US OR ANY OTHER OF OUR AFFILIATES.
Content available through this site often represents the opinions and judgments of an information provider, site user, or other person or entity not connected with Westgate Skin & Cancer, PLLC. We do not endorse, nor are we responsible for the accuracy or reliability of, any opinion, advice, or statement made by anyone other than an authorized Westgate Skin & Cancer, PLLC spokesperson speaking in his/her official capacity.
SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
10. Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE OR OUR AFFILIATES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THOSE RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THIS SITE OR OF ANY WEB SITE REFERENCED OR LINKED TO FROM THIS SITE.
FURTHER, WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR THIRD PARTY GOODS AND SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH THIS SITE OR FOR ASSISTANCE IN CONDUCTING COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS THROUGH THIS SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE PROCESSING OF ORDERS.
SOME JURISDICTIONS PROHIBIT THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Upon a request by us, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us and our Affiliates harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorney's fees, that arise from your use or misuse of this site. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will cooperate with us in asserting any available defenses.
12. Participation in Promotions
From time to time, this site may include advertisements offered by third parties. You may enter into correspondence with or participate in promotions of the advertisers showing their products on this site. Any such correspondence or promotions, including the delivery of and the payment for goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such correspondence or promotions, are solely between you and the advertiser. We assume no liability, obligation or responsibility for any part of any such correspondence or promotion.
13. E-mail Services
We may make e-mail services available to users of our site, either directly or through a third-party provider.
We may employ automated monitoring devices or techniques to protect our users from mass unsolicited mailings (also known as "spam") and/or other types of electronic communications that we deem inconsistent with our business purposes. However, such devices or techniques are not perfect, and we will not be responsible for any legitimate communication that is blocked, or for any unsolicited communication that is not blocked.
Mailboxes may have a limited storage capacity. If you exceed the maximum permitted storage space, we may employ automated devices that delete or block e-mail messages that exceed the limit. We will not be responsible for such deleted or blocked messages.
14. Use of Site and Storage of Material
The accounts of our users operate on shared resources. Excessive use or abuse of these shared network resources by one user may have a negative impact on all other users. Misuse of network resources in a manner that impairs network performance, including excessive consumption of CPU time, memory, disk space, and session time, is prohibited and may result in termination of your account or limitation of your activities.
This site is not designed or intended to be used as a disaster recovery facility or as an emergency data storage facility. Although we take reasonable precautions to preserve and protect the material you upload to the site, you should not rely on the site as your only storage facility. You should preserve backup copies of any digital data, information or other materials that you have uploaded. You agree not to hold us for any damage to, any deletion of or any failure to store your files, data or Registration Data.
15. Security and Password
You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account and for any and all statements made and acts or omissions that occur through the use of your password and account, including any mail sent and any charges incurred. Therefore, you must take steps to ensure that others do not gain access to your password and account. Our personnel will never ask you for your password. You may not transfer or share your account with anyone, and we reserve the right to immediately terminate your account in the event of any unauthorized transfer or sharing thereof.
16. Export Controls
Software available on or through this site is subject to United States Export Controls. No software from this site may be downloaded or exported (a) into (or to a resident of) Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or any other country which the United States has embargoed goods; or (b) anyone on the United States Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals or the United States Commerce Department's Table of Deny Orders. By downloading or using the software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.
17. International Use
Although this site may be accessible worldwide, we make no representation that materials on this site are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States, and accessing them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws. Any offer for any product, service, and/or information made in connection with this site is void where prohibited.
18. Termination of Use
19. Governing Law
This site (excluding any linked sites) is controlled by us from our offices within the State of Texas, United States of America. It can be accessed from all 50 states, as well as from other countries around the world. As each of these places has laws that may differ from those of Texas, by accessing this site both of us agree that the statutes and laws of the State of Texas , without regard to the conflicts of laws principles thereof and the United Nations Convention on the International Sales of Goods, will apply to all matters relating to the use of this site and the purchase of products and services available through this site. Each of us agrees and hereby submits to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the Superior Court of Travis County and the United States District Court for Western Texas with respect to such matters.
All notices to a party shall be in writing and shall be made either via e-mail or conventional mail. Notices to us must be sent to the attention of Customer Service at info@ dermatologylink.com, if by e-mail, or at Westgate Skin & Cancer, PLLC, 2559 Western Trails Blvd #301, Austin, Texas 78745 if by conventional mail. Notices to you may be sent either to the e-mail address supplied for your account or to the address supplied by you as part of your Registration Data. In addition, we may broadcast notices or messages through the site to inform you of changes to the site or other matters of importance, and such broadcasts shall constitute notice to you.
21. Entire Agreement
You agree not to sell, resell, reproduce, duplicate, copy or use for any commercial purposes any portion of this site, or use of or access to this site.
In addition to any excuse provided by applicable law, we shall be excused from liability for non-delivery or delay in delivery of products and services available through our site arising from any event beyond our reasonable control, whether or not foreseeable by either party, including but not limited to, labor disturbance, war, fire, accident, adverse weather, inability to secure transportation, governmental act or regulation, and other causes or events beyond our reasonable control, whether or not similar to those which are enumerated above.
23. Contact Information
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.
This Notice of Privacy Practices tells you about the ways we may use and disclose your protected health information (“medical information”) and your rights and our obligations regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information. This Notice applies to Westgate Skin & Cancer, PLLC dba Dermatology Link, herein known as “the Practice” including its providers and employees.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your medical information, to the extent required by state and federal law, give you this notice explaining our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to medical information about you, notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured medical information under federal law; and follow the terms of the version of this Notice that is currently in effect.
HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU.
The following categories describe the different reasons that we typically use and disclose medical information. These categories are intended to be general descriptions only, and not a list of every instance in which we may use or disclose your medical information. Please understand that for these categories, the law generally does not require us to get your authorization in order for us to use or disclose your medical information.
For Treatment: We may use and disclose medical information about you to provide you with health care treatment and related services, including coordinating and managing your health care. We may disclose medical information about you to physicians, nurses, other health care providers and personnel who are providing or involved in providing health care to you (both within and outside of the practice). For example, should your care require referral to or treatment by another physician of a specialty outside of the Practice, we may provide that physician with your medical information in order to aid the physician in his or her treatment of you.
For Payment: We may use and disclose medical information about you so that we or may bill and collect from you, an insurance company, or a third party for the health care services we provide. This may also include the disclosure of medical information to obtain prior authorization for treatment and procedures from your insurance plan. For example, we may send a claim for payment to your insurance company, and that claim may have a code on it that describes the services that have been rendered to you. If, however, you pay for an item or service in full, out of pocket and request that we not disclose to your health plan the medical information solely relating to that item or service, as described more fully below in this Notice, we will follow that restriction on disclosure unless otherwise required by law.
For Healthcare Operations: We may use and disclose medical information about you for our health care operations. These uses and disclosures are necessary to operate and manage our practice and to promote quality care. For example, we may need to use or disclose your medical information in order to assess the quality of care you receive or to conduct certain cost management, business management, administrative, or quality improvement activities or to provide information to our insurance carriers.
Quality Assurance: We may need to use or disclose your medical information for our internal processes to assess and facilitate the provision of quality care to our patients.
Utilization Review: We may need to use or disclose your medical information to perform a review of the services we provide in order to evaluate whether that the appropriate level of services is received, depending on condition and diagnosis.
Credentialing and Peer Review: We may need to use or disclose your medical information in order for us to review the credentials, qualifications and actions of our health care providers.
Treatment Alternatives: We may use and disclose medical information to tell you about or recommend possible treatment options or alternatives that we believe may be of interest to you.
Appointment Reminders and Health Related Benefits and Services: We may use and disclose medical information, in order to contact you (including, for example, contacting you by phone and leaving a message on an answering machine) to provide appointment reminders and other information. We may use and disclose medical information to tell you about health-related benefits or services that we believe may be of interest to you.
Business Associates: There are some services that may be provided to or on behalf of our Practice through contracts with business associates. When these services are contracted, we may disclose your medical information to our business associate so that they can perform the job we have asked them to do. To protect your medical information, however, we require the business associate to appropriately safeguard your information. The following entities are identified as Business Associates by the Practice. This list may change from time to time without notice. Organizations that are listed below are required to safeguard and protect patient health information under federal HIPAA law and privacy guidelines.
Active: Organizations that actively manage, interact, and or hold patient health information.
Inactive: Organizations that managed, interacted, and or held patient health information in the past. These organizations no longer exist or the Practice no longer works with them.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care: We may disclose medical information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your health care, as well as to someone who helps pay for your care, but we will do so only as allowed by state or federal law (with an opportunity for you to agree or object when required under the law), or in accordance with your prior authorization.
Required by Law: We will disclose medical information about you when required to do so by federal, state, or local law or regulations.
To Avert an Imminent Threat of Injury to Health or Safety: We may use and disclose medical information about you when necessary to prevent or decrease a serious and imminent threat of injury to your physical, mental or emotional health or safety or the physical safety of another person. Such disclosure would only be to medical or law enforcement personnel.
Organ and Tissue Donation: If you are an organ donor, we may use and disclose medical information to organizations that handle organ procurement or organ, eye or tissue transplantation or to an organ donation bank as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation.
Research: We may use or disclose your medical information for research purposes in certain situations. Texas law permits us to disclose your medical information without your written authorization to qualified personnel for research, but the personnel may not directly or indirectly identify a patient in any report of the research or otherwise disclose identity in any manner. Additionally, a special approval process will be used for research purposes, when required by state or federal law. For example, we may use or disclose your information to an Institutional Review Board or other authorized privacy board to obtain a waiver of authorization under HIPAA. Additionally, we may use or disclose your medical information for research purposes if your authorization has been obtained when required by law, or if the information we provide to researchers is “de-identified.”
Military and Veterans: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may use and disclose medical information about you as required by the appropriate military authorities.
Workers’ Compensation: We may disclose medical information about you for your workers' compensation or similar program. These programs provide benefits for work-related injuries. For example, if you have injuries that resulted from your employment, workers’ compensation insurance or a state workers’ compensation program may be responsible for payment for your care, in which case we might be required to provide information to the insurer or program.
Public Health Risks: We may disclose medical information about you to public health authorities for public health activities. As a general rule, we are required by law to disclose certain types of information to public health authorities, such as the Texas Department of State Health Services. The types of information generally include information used:
Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose medical information to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. These oversight activities include audits, civil, administrative, or criminal investigations and proceedings, inspections, licensure and disciplinary actions, and other activities necessary for the government to monitor the health care system, certain governmental benefit programs, certain entities subject to government regulations which relate to health information, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Legal Matters: If you are involved in a lawsuit or a legal dispute, we may disclose medical information about you in response to a court or administrative order, subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process. In addition to lawsuits, there may be other legal proceedings for which we may be required or authorized to use or disclose your medical information, such as investigations of health care providers, competency hearings on individuals, or claims over the payment of fees for medical services.
Law Enforcement, National Security and Intelligence Activities: In certain circumstances, we may disclose your medical information if we are asked to do so by law enforcement officials, or if we are required by law to do so. We may disclose your medical information to law enforcement personnel, if necessary to prevent or decrease a serious and imminent threat of injury to your physical, mental or emotional health or safety or the physical safety of another person. We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.
Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Home Directors: We may disclose your medical information to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also release medical information about our patients to funeral home directors as necessary to carry out their duties.
Inmates: If you are an inmate of a correctional institution or under custody of a law enforcement official, we may disclose medical information about you to the health care personnel of a correctional institution as necessary for the institution to provide you with health care treatment.
Marketing of Related Health Services: We may use or disclose your medical information to send you treatment or healthcare operations communications concerning treatment alternatives or other health-related products or services. We may provide such communications to you in instances where we receive financial remuneration from a third party in exchange for making the communication only with your specific authorization unless the communication: (i) is made face-to-face by the Practice to you, (ii) consists of a promotional gift of nominal value provided by the Practice, or (iii) is otherwise permitted by law. If the marketing communication involves financial remuneration and an authorization is required, the authorization must state that such remuneration is involved. Additionally, if we use or disclose information to send a written marketing communication (as defined by Texas law) through the mail, the communication must be sent in an envelope showing only the name and addresses of sender and recipient and must (i) state the name and toll-free number of the entity sending the market communication; and (ii) explain the recipient’s right to have the recipient’s name removed from the sender’s mailing list.
Fundraising: We may use or disclose certain limited amounts of your medical information to send you fundraising materials. You have a right to opt out of receiving such fundraising communications. Any such fundraising materials sent to you will have clear and conspicuous instructions on how you may opt out of receiving such communications in the future.
Electronic Disclosures of Medical Information: Under Texas law, we are required to provide notice to you if your medical information is subject to electronic disclosure. This Notice serves as general notice that we may disclose your medical information electronically for treatment, payment, or health care operations or as otherwise authorized or required by state or federal law.
OTHER USES OF MEDICAL INFORMATION.
Authorizations: There are times we may need or want to use or disclose your medical information for reasons other than those listed above, but to do so we will need your prior authorization. Other than expressly provided herein, any other uses or disclosures of your medical information will require your specific written authorization.
Psychotherapy Notes, Marketing and Sale of Medical Information: Most uses and disclosures of “psychotherapy notes,” uses and disclosures of medical information for marketing purposes, and disclosures that constitute a “sale of medical information” under HIPAA require your authorization.
Right to Revoke Authorization: If you provide us with written authorization to use or disclose your medical information for such other purposes, you may revoke that authorization in writing at any time. If you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your medical information for the reasons covered by your written authorization. You understand that we are unable to take back any uses or disclosures we have already made in reliance upon your authorization, and that we are required to retain our records of the care that we provided to you.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU: Federal and state laws provide you with certain rights regarding the medical information we have about you. The following is a summary of those rights.
Right to Inspect and Copy: Under most circumstances, you have the right to inspect and/or copy your medical information that we have in our possession, which generally includes your medical and billing records. To inspect or copy your medical information, you must submit your request to do so in writing to the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address listed below.
If you request a copy of your information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, or certain supplies associated with your request. The fee we may charge will be the amount allowed by state law.
If your requested medical information is maintained in an electronic format (e.g., as part of an electronic medical record, electronic billing record, or other group of records maintained by the Practice that is used to make decisions about you) and you request an electronic copy of this information, then we will provide you with the requested medical information in the electronic form and format requested, if it is readily producible in that form and format. If it is not readily producible in the requested electronic form and format, we will provide access in a readable electronic form and format as agreed to by the Practice and you.
In certain very limited circumstances allowed by law, we may deny your request to review or copy your medical information. We will give you any such denial in writing. If you are denied access to medical information, you may request that the denial be reviewed. Another licensed health care professional chosen by the Practice will review your request and the denial. The person conducting the review will not be the person who denied your request. We will abide by the outcome of the review.
Right to Amend: If you feel the medical information we have about you 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 the Practice. To request an amendment, your request must be in writing and submitted to the HIPAA Officer at the address listed below. In your request, you must provide a reason as to why you want this amendment. If we accept your request, we will notify you of that in writing.
We may deny your request for an amendment if it is not in writing or does not include a reason to support the request. In addition, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that (i) was not created by us (unless you provide a reasonable basis for asserting that the person or organization that created the information is no longer available to act on the requested amendment), (ii) is not part of the information kept by the Practice, (iii) is not part of the information which you would be permitted to inspect and copy, or (iv) is accurate and complete. If we deny your request, we will notify you of that denial in writing.
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures: You have the right to request an "accounting of disclosures" of your medical information. This is a list of the disclosures we have made for up to six years prior to the date of your request of your medical information, but does not include disclosures for Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations (as described earlier in this Notice) or disclosures made pursuant to your specific authorization (as described earlier this Notice), or certain other disclosures.
If we make disclosures through an electronic health records (EHR) system, you may have an additional right to an accounting of disclosures for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations. Please contact the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address set forth in below for more information regarding whether we have implemented an EHR and the effective date, if any, of any additional right to an accounting of disclosures made through an EHR for the purposes of Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations.
To request a list of accounting, you must submit your request in writing to the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address set forth below.
Your request must state a time period, which may not be longer than six years (or longer than three years for Treatment, Payment, and Health Care Operations disclosures made through an EHR, if applicable) and may not include dates before August 1, 2014. Your request should indicate in what form you want the list (for example, on paper or electronically). We will charge a reasonable fee associated to the fulfillment of your request. For extended lists, we will charge you a fee that commensurate with the level of effort to fulfill your request. We will notify you of the cost involved and you may choose to withdraw or modify your request at that time before any costs are incurred.
Right to Request Restrictions: You have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we use or disclose about you for treatment, payment, or health care operations. You also have the right to request a restriction or limitation on the medical information we disclose about you to someone who is involved in your care or the payment for your care, like a family member or friend.
Except as specifically described below in this Notice, we are not required to agree to your request for a restriction or limitation. If we do agree, we will comply with your request unless the information is needed to provide emergency treatment. In addition, there are certain situations where we won’t be able to agree to your request, such as when we are required by law to use or disclose your medical information. To request restrictions, you must make your request in writing to the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address listed in this Notice below. In your request, you must specifically tell us what information you want to limit, whether you want us to limit our use, disclosure, or both, and to whom you want the limits to apply.
As stated above, in most instances we do not have to agree to your request for restrictions on disclosures that are otherwise allowed. However, if you pay or another person (other than a health plan) pays on your behalf for an item or service in full, out of pocket, and you request that we not disclose the medical information relating solely to that item or service to a health plan for the purposes of payment or health care operations, then we will be obligated to abide by that request for restriction unless the disclosure is otherwise required by law. You should be aware that such restrictions may have unintended consequences, particularly if other providers need to know that information (such as a pharmacy filling a prescription). It will be your obligation to notify any such other providers of this restriction. Additionally, such a restriction may impact your health plan’s decision to pay for related care that you may not want to pay for out of pocket (and which would not be subject to the restriction).
Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we only contact you at home, not at work or, conversely, only at work and not at home. To request such confidential communications, you must make your request in writing to the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address listed below.
We will not ask the reason for your request, and we will use our best efforts to accommodate all reasonable requests, but there are some requests with which we will not be able comply. Your request must specify how and where you wish to be contacted.
Right to Privacy from Other Patients and or Social Media: You have the right to personal privacy from patients that choose to participate with social media. Use of personal recording and or photography devices by patients is forbidden at the Practice. The use of recording and or photography devices by patients and or in conjunction with social media puts patients’ privacy at risk and may lead to a breach of their confidentiality rights. The practice does not consent to the use of patient or 3rd party recording devices or being photographed under any circumstances unless written approval is attained in advance explicitly waiving this policy.
Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice: You have the right to a paper copy of this Notice. You may ask us to give you a copy of this Notice at any time. To obtain a copy of this Notice, you must make your request in writing to the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address set forth below.
Right to Breach Notification: In certain instances, we may be obligated to notify you (and potentially other parties) if we become aware that your medical information has been improperly disclosed or otherwise subject to a “breach” as defined in and/or required by HIPAA and applicable state law.
CHANGES TO THIS NOTICE.
We reserve the right to change this Notice at any time, along with our privacy policies and practices. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well, as any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current notice, along with an announcement that changes have been made, as applicable, in our office. When changes have been made to the Notice, you may obtain a revised copy by sending a letter to the Practice’s HIPAA Officer at the address listed below or by asking the office receptionist for a current copy of the Notice.
If you believe that your privacy rights as described in this Notice have been violated, you may file a complaint with the Practice at the following address or phone number:
Westgate Skin & Cancer, dba Dermatology Link
Attn: HIPAA Officer
2559 Western Trails Blvd. Ste 301
Austin, TX 78745
To file a complaint, you may either call or send a written letter. The Practice will not retaliate against any individual who files a complaint. You may also file a complaint with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.