What should I expect on my first visit?
Our office strives to make your first visit and excellent one. We want to make sure that you have an outstanding experience.
Dr. Walters examines your feet and listens carefully to your concerns. He will develop a treatment plan so you can be on your way to having your foot and ankle problems resolved.
The Doctors philosophy is to use conservative treatment methods if possible and only do surgery when absolutely necessary. He performs minimally invasive surgery where possible.
You will see the many compliments and reviews other patients have left for us. Please read over them at your convenience. Let us know how we can best serve you.
You may download our office forms in advance of your first visit and bring them with you completed. Just download them here.
What information can be found in my health record?
Your health record is created any time you see a health professional such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, or psychiatrist. You could find the following in your health record:
- Your medical history and your family’s medical history
- Labs and x-rays
- Medications prescribed
- Alcohol use and sexual activity
- Details about your lifestyle (smoking, exercise, recreational drug use, high-risk sports, stress levels)
- Doctor/nurse notes
- Results of operations and proceduresGenetic testing
- Research participation
- Any Information you provide on applications for disability, life or accidental insurance with private insurers or government programs
- Driver’s License
- Social Security Number
- Financial information such as credit cards and payment info
Who has access to my health records?
Many more people than you would ever want, including people outside the health care industry.
- Insurance companies
- Government agencies especially if you receive Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, SSI, Workers Comp or any local, state or federal assistance
- Banks, Financial Institutions
- If you are involved in a court case, your health records can be subpoenaed and available to the public
- Drug companies
- Data miners
- Transcribers in and outside the U.S.
- Many health websites collect information about you
Can my personal health information be disclosed?
Yes. Your health information can be used and disclosed without any notice to you or without your informed consent at the time of treatment.
The Amended HIPAA Privacy Rule states only that you must receive a Privacy Notice telling you how your personal health information will be used and disclosed. Section 164.520(c) (2) (i) (A).
Privacy Notices are often mistaken for consent forms, but they are simply notices telling you what will happen to your medical records.