Last Updated on July 1, 2015.
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WE MAKE NO GUARANTEES, REPRESENTATIONS, OR WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERTISE, AND QUALITY OF WORK OR OTHER INFORMATION HEREIN. FURTHERMORE, WE DO NOT IN ANY WAY ENDORSE ANY INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED HEREIN. IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN BY YOU IN RELIANCE ON SUCH INFORMATION.
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- YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR CHOOSING YOUR OWN PROVIDER.
- Veritas Health selects Providers to be listed on the Site pursuant to a contractual agreement with the Providers.
- In addition to a contractual agreement, Providers must pay a fee to Veritas Health in order to appear on the Site.
- Veritas Health, will provide you with lists and/or profile previews of Providers who may be suitable to deliver the health care that you are seeking based on information that you provide to Veritas Health (such as insurance information, proximity to your geographical location, and specialty of the Provider). In an effort to aid in the discovery of Providers and enable the maximum choice and diversity of Providers who participate in the Services, these lists and/or profile previews may also be based on other criteria (including, for example, Provider availability, past selections by and/or ratings of Providers by you or by other Veritas Health. users, and past experience of Veritas Health users with Providers); but Veritas Health (i) does not recommend or endorse any Providers, (ii) does not make any representations or warranties with respect to these Providers or the quality of the healthcare services they may provide, and (iii) does not receive any additional fees from Providers for featuring them through the Services.
- Veritas Health uses reasonable efforts to ensure that Providers only participate in the Services if they hold active medical licenses and all certifications necessary to practice any specialty of the services offered by them to patients, and who remain qualified to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Veritas Health may also exclude Providers who, in Veritas Health's discretion, have engaged in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct.
- What Does "Verified by Spine-health" Mean?
- Veritas Health uses reasonable efforts to ensure that Providers only participate in the Services if they hold active medical licenses and all certifications necessary to practice any specialty of the services offered by them to patients.
- Veritas Health reserves the right to exclude Providers who, in Veritas Health’s discretion, have engaged in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct.
- Veritas Health verifies the following:
- The Spine Professional's name and contact information.
- The Spine Professional's license is active in his/her practicing state.
- The Spine Professional's license is free and clear of any restrictions which would prevent him/her from practicing.
- Specialty Spine Professionals licenses are checked and verified by a recognized affiliate of ABMS or the appropriate Chiropractic Regulatory Board. ABMS is a primary source of board certification for board certified physicians.
- PRACTITIONER INFORMATION: Provider and practice information found on Veritas Health is intended for general reference purposes only. Provider information found on Veritas Health websites is both self-reported, by the Provider and/or office staff, and collected from multiple other data sources that may not be confirmed by the Provider. Such information changes frequently and may become out of date or inaccurate. Neither the Site nor Veritas Health provides any advice or qualification certification about any particular Provider. Our relationship with Providers in a particular area is based on criteria we establish. You are encouraged to independently verify any such information.
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- You are encouraged to independently confirm the Information contained herein with other sources and to seek the advice of a qualified physician.
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