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Privacy Policy

Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics and its affiliates (“we” “us”) take your privacy seriously and we want you to know how we collect, use, share, and protect your information. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, store, and use information obtained about you in connection with the website located at bodybyravi.com (“Website”). Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Website. By accessing or using this Website, you agree to this Privacy Policy.

This policy may change from time to time. All changes are effective immediately when we post them, and apply to all access to and use of the Website thereafter. Your continued use of this Website after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates. If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy, please submit a thorough description of the issue through the Contact section of our Website.

  1. Information We May Collect from You. The information we collect on or through our Website may include information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses) if you contact us. As you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain General Information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including details of your visits to our Website, traffic data, location data, logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website. It may also include information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type. We also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or other online services (behavioral tracking). We may maintain or associate information we collect automatically with Personal Information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Website and to deliver a better and more personalized service. Information that may be collected and technologies that may be used are as follows:
  2. Cookies” are small data files that are stored on the hard drive of the computer you use to view a website. Every computer that accesses our Website is assigned a different cookie by us. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Website.
  3. Flash Cookies” are local stored objects (or flash cookies) collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from and on our Website. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies. Certain features of our Website may use Flash Cookies.
  4. General Information” is information we obtain from your connection and interaction with this Website and your use of other websites using Cookies. General Information does not identify you personally. For instance, we don’t identify your name from your Internet browser address, but we use it to compile statistics about visitors to our Website and preferences of our visitors. General Information we collect when you visit our Website includes, the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the Internet protocol address of the computer you are using, the browser software you are using, the operating system you are using, the date and time that you access our Website, the specific pages you visit at our Website, the number of visits you make to our Website, the number of visits to specific pages you make at our Website and products or Websites viewed at our Website. General Information may also include geo-targeting information about your location at the time of use of the Website, JavaScript that uses third-party services to store data about activities and transactions, and offline website data, including both local and remote storage of activities.
  5. Personal Information” is information through which you can be personally identified. Through the Website, we only collect Personal Information that you voluntarily provide to us, which may include your name, address, email address, telephone number, or other personally identifiable information you submit to us, which may also include Protected Health Information.
  6. Protected Health Information” is information that individually identifies you and that we create or get from you or from another health care provider, health plan, your employer, or a health care clearinghouse and that relates to (1) your past, present, or future physical or mental health or conditions, (2) the provision of health care to you, or (3) the past, present, or future payment for your health care.
  7. Third-party Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies. Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Website are served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers and application providers. These third parties may use Cookies or other tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use our Website. The information they collect may be associated with your Personal Information or they may collect information, including Personal Information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content. We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.
  8. What We Do with Your Information.
  9. We use the General Information we collect from you to generate aggregate statistics about visitors to our Website. This data can then be used to tailor this Website’s content and advertising to deliver a better experience for our visitors. We may further share such aggregate information about our visitors with advertisers, business partners, sponsors and other third parties. With respect to our use of General Information, you are not able to opt out of such use.
  10. We may use your Personal Information to contact you to confirm setting up an appointment with us and to discuss other or related matters. In the future, we may also use your Personal Information to contact you from time to time about goods and services we offer. If, at any time, you would no longer like to receive such communications by email, please use the unsubscribe link associated with such emails. The use, storage, maintenance, and disclosure of your Protected Health Information, however, will be subject to our Notice of Privacy Practices (“Privacy Notice”). To the extent this Privacy Policy conflicts with our Privacy Notice with respect to your Protected Health Information, our Privacy Notice will control.
  11. Sharing of Personal Information with Third Parties.
  12. Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, we will not disclose any Personal Information we gather from you on our Website to any third parties, subject to the Privacy Notice.
  13. We may also release your Personal Information to third parties for the following legal reasons: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; (2) to protect and defend us, our subsidiaries and affiliates, and all of their officers, directors, employees, attorneys, agents, contractors and partners, in connection with any legal action, claim, or dispute; (3) to prevent imminent physical harm, such as a physical threat to you or others; and (4) in the event that we find that your actions on our Website violate any laws, our Terms of Use, or any of our usage guidelines for specific products or Websites. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personal Information to a third party, we will attempt to notify you unless doing so will violate the law or a court order.
  14. How We Keep Your Information Secure. We safeguard the security of the data we receive from you with physical, electronic and managerial procedures. At the same time, we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. However, despite our efforts to protect your Personal Information and Protected Health Information, there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet will be intercepted. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the absolute security of our database, nor can we guarantee that information that you provide will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.
  15. Keeping Kids Safe. THE WEBSITE IS INTENDED FOR USE BY INDIVIDUALS 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. THE WEBSITE IS NOT DIRECTED FOR USE BY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 13. If you are under age 13, your parent(s) or guardian must agree to let you use this Website, and must agree to this privacy policy. We are committed to protecting children’s privacy on the Internet and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13.
  16. Third Party Websites. Please be aware that our Website may have links to third-party websites that may collect Personal Information about you. When you click on one of these third-party links, you are entering another website for which we have no responsibility. This Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices or policies of such third-party websites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of all such websites since their privacy policies may be materially different than our Privacy Policy.
  17. California Privacy Rights. California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of our Website who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write us or call us based on the contact information and address found on the Website.
  18. Effective Date and Changes. This Privacy Policy is effective as of March 6, 2017. We reserve the right to modify the terms of this Privacy Policy at any time and in our sole discretion, without notice. When the Privacy Policy is changed, modified, and/or amended, the revised Privacy Policy will be posted on our Website.

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES

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.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) is a federal statute that requires that all protected health information used or disclosed by Ravi Somayazula, D.O. (“Practice”) in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, are kept confidential. Protected health information is information about you, including demographic information, that may identify you and that relates to your past, present or future physical or mental health or condition and related health care services (“PHI”).

As required by HIPAA, this Notice of Privacy Practices (“Notice”) describes how the Practice is required to maintain the privacy of your PHI and how it may use and disclose PHI. It also describes your rights to access and control your PHI.

Use and Disclosures of PHI

Your PHI is subject to use or disclosure by the Practice’s physicians, office staff, employees or other third parties that are involved in your care and treatment, including electronic disclosures. It is the Practice’s responsibility to ensure that all uses or disclosures are made in accordance with HIPAA and as further detailed below in this Notice and as further detailed below in this Notice.

NO AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED

Required Disclosures: The Practice is required to disclose PHI to you directly when requested in accordance with your rights described below or the Department of Health and Human Services when investigating or determining the Practice’s compliance with HIPAA.

Treatment: The Practice will use and disclose your PHI to provide, coordinate, or manage your health care and any related services. This includes the coordination or management of your health care with a third party, consultation between physicians relating to your care, or your referral for health care to another physician. For example, your PHI may be provided to a physician to whom you have been referred to ensure that the physician has the necessary information to provide you the proper care or to a pharmacy to fill a prescription.

Payment: The Practice will use and disclose your PHI, as needed, as it relates to payment for your health care services. This may include obtaining reimbursement information for the health care services you are receiving, confirming coverage or co-pay amounts under your health plan, billing and collecting from you, an insurance company, or a third party for your health care services, or obtaining precertification or preauthorization for specific health care services. For example, the Practice may send a claim for payment to your insurance company and that claim may contain PHI such as a code describing your diagnosis or medical treatment.

Health care Operations: The Practice will use and disclose your PHI, as needed, in order to support the business operations of the Practice. These activities include, but are not limited to, quality assessment and improvement activities, auditing functions, cost-management analysis, or training. For example, the Practice may use or disclose your PHI during an audit of its billing practice or HIPAA compliance. The Practice may use a sign-in sheet at the registration desk where you will be asked to sign your name and may also call you by name in the waiting room when your physician is ready to see you. The Practice may also contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. The Practice may also contact you for the Practice’s fundraising purposes which you will have the opportunity to opt-out.

Family Members & Friends: The Practice may disclose relevant PHI with family members or friends involved in your health care or payment for your health care, if you tell us that we can do so, if you do not object to sharing of the information, or if, using our professional judgment we believe that you do not object.

Business Associates: The Practice will use and disclose your PHI, as needed, to business associates. There are some services provided in the Practice through contracts with business associates (i.e., the Practice may disclose PHI to a company who bills insurance companies on the Practice’s behalf to enable that company to assist in obtaining payment for the healthcare services provided). To protect your PHI the Practice will require its business associates to appropriately safeguard the information.

Other Uses or Disclosures: The Practice may also disclose your PHI for the following additional purposes without your authorization: when required by law (statute, law enforcement, judicial or administrative order); for public health activities (to public health or legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, disability, child abuse or neglect, etc., as required by law); when there is a belief you are a victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence; for health oversight activities (to public agencies or legal authorities charged with overseeing the health care system, government programs in which health information is necessary to determine eligibility or compliance, or to enforce civil rights); for judicial or administrative proceedings (pursuant to court order or subpoena if assurances are received); for law enforcement purposes; to funeral directors, coroners, or organ procurement organizations; for research; if there is a belief of a serious threat to health and safety; for certain essential government functions (national security, military, etc.); to comply with workers’ compensation; and as part of a limited data set pursuant to a data use agreement for research, public health or health care operations.

AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED

Any uses or disclosures outside the scope described above will be made only with your written authorization. Most uses or disclosures of psychotherapy notes, and of PHI for marketing purposes and the sale of PHI require an authorization. You may revoke such authorization in writing at any time and the Practice is required to honor and abide by that revocation, except to the extent that it has already taken actions relying on your authorization.

Your Rights for PHI

You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this Notice.

You have the right to make reasonable requests to receive confidential communications of your PHI from the Practice by alternative means or at alternative locations.

You have the right to request restrictions on uses and disclosures of PHI for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, or disclosures to family members, other relatives, close personal friends, or any other person identified by you. Generally, the Practice is not legally required to agree to a requested restriction. However, if the request is made to restrict disclosure to a health plan for purposes of carrying out Payment or Health Care Operations and the PHI pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you have paid out of pocket in full, the Practice is legally required to agree to the requested restriction.

You have the right to read or obtain a copy of your PHI or choose to get a summary of your PHI in lieu of a copy. There are some reasons why the Practice may deny such a request which will be delivered to you in writing stating the reason. If a summary or a copy of your PHI is provide, you may have to pay a reasonable fee.

You have the right to request the Practice to amend or correct your PHI to the extent legally and ethically permissible. If the Practice denies the request, it will do so in writing and you will have the ability to file a statement of disagreement.

You have the right to receive an accounting of the disclosures of PHI by the Practice in the last six years but it will not include certain disclosures including those made for treatment, payment, healthcare operations or where you specifically authorized a use or disclosure.

You may exercise any of the rights described above by contacting the Practice and requesting to speak with the Privacy Officer.

Complaints

You have recourse if you feel that the privacy of your PHI has been violated. If you feel there has been a violation, you have the right to file a complaint by submitting your complaint in writing by mail to the address above or by fax at the number above. You may also contact the Practice directly by telephone. For all complaints, please ask for or direct attention to the Privacy Officer. There will be no retaliation for filing a complaint.

You may also file a complaint with or contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights at: Office of Civil Rights, DHHS, Region VI – Dallas by mail at 1301 Young Street, Suite 1169, Dallas, Texas 75202, by telephone at (214) 767-4056 or (214) 767-8940 (TDD), or by facsimile at (214) 767-0432.

Effective Date

The Practice is required by law to maintain the privacy of your PHI, to provide you with notice of its legal duties and privacy practices with respect to PHI, and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured PHI. This Notice is effective as of March 6, 2017. The Practice reserves the right to change the terms of this Notice and to make any such changes or amendments effective for all PHI that it maintains. The Practice will periodically post from time to time, and you may request a written copy of, any updated versions of this Notice.

 

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Dr. Ravi Somayazula practices the full spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery while focusing on cosmetic breast and body surgeries as well as non-surgical procedures. He strives to make every patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. Once you meet Dr. Ravi Somayazula, you will soon understand that his bedside manner is unparalleled, and he will invoke your utmost confidence in his care. He specializes in Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, and miraDry®, Botox®, and dermal fillers.

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