APP-NEA exists to improve your healthcare experience, and we hope you’ll make great use of our service. These terms explain your rights and responsibilities when using APP-NEA. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective Date: May 23, 2015
About the site
You acknowledge that although some Content may be provided by individuals in the medical profession, the provision of such Content does not create a medical professional/patient relationship, and does not constitute an opinion, medical advice, or diagnosis or treatment, but is provided to assist you with locating appropriate medical care from a doctor, dentist or other healthcare specialist, professional or provider (collectively, “Healthcare Provider”). “Content” means content, text, data, graphics, images, photographs, video, audio, information, suggestions, guidance, and other materials provided, made available or otherwise found through the Services and/or Site, including without limitation Content provided in direct response to your questions or postings.
We make no guarantees, representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to professional qualifications, expertise, quality of work, price or cost information, insurance coverage or benefit information, or other content through the services. in no event shall we be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on any such content. furthermore, we do not in any way endorse or recommend any individual listed or accessible through the services.
We do not provide medical advice
The Content that you obtain or receive from APP-NEA, and its employees, contractors, partners, sponsors, advertisers, licensors or otherwise through the Services is for informational, scheduling and payment purposes only. All medically related information, including but not limited to information shared via APP-NEA Answers, the APP-NEA blog, official APP-NEA social channels, APP-NEA emails and text messages, and APP-NEA advertising, comes from independent healthcare professionals and organizations and is for information purposes only.
The content, whether such content is provided by or through the use of the services or through any other communications from app-nea, is not intended as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical advice from a qualified healthcare provider because of something you may have read on the site. do not use the services for emergency medical needs. if you experience a medical emergency, immediately call a health care professional and 911. your use of the content is solely at your own risk. nothing stated or posted on the site or available through any services is intended to be, and must not be taken to be, the practice of medicine, dentistry, nursing, or other professional health care advice, or the provision of medical care.
We do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, Healthcare Providers, procedures, opinions, or other information that may appear through the Services. If you rely on any Content provided through the Services, you do so solely at your own risk.
No doctor patient relationship
No licensed medical professional/patient relationship is created by using the content, whether such content is provided by or through the use of the services or through any other communications from app-nea including, but not limited to, the “find a doctor” feature, app-nea answers”, app-nea blog, official app-nea social channels, app-nea emails or text messages links to other sites or any assistance we may provide to help you find an appropriate healthcare provider in any field.
We have no control over, and cannot guarantee the availability of any Healthcare Provider at any particular time. We will not be liable for cancelled or otherwise unfulfilled appointments, or any injury resulting therefrom, or for any other injury resulting or arising from or related to the use of the Site or Services whatsoever.
You are strongly advised to perform your own investigation prior to selecting a Healthcare Provider by making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing or certification authorities to verify listed credentials and education, and to further verify information about a particular Healthcare Provider by confirming with the Healthcare Provider’s office, your current Healthcare Providers, the medical association(s) relevant to the Healthcare Provider’s specialty and your state medical board(s).
Authorization and acknowledgement
In connection with using the Site and the Services to locate and schedule appointments with Healthcare Providers, you understand that:
You are ultimately responsible for choosing your own healthcare provider.
APP-NEA uses reasonable efforts to ensure that Healthcare Providers only participate in the Services if they hold all active licenses required by law to practice the specialties of the services offered by them, and are not excluded from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. APP-NEA may exclude Healthcare Providers who, in APP-NEA’s discretion, have engaged in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct.
Healthcare Providers listed through the Services with whom you may book appointments enter into contracts with us, and may pay us a fee in order to be marketed through the Services. We will provide you with lists and/or profile previews of Healthcare Providers who may be suitable to provide the healthcare services you seek based on information that you provide to us (such as insurance information, geographical location, and healthcare specialty). In an effort to aid in the discovery of Healthcare Providers and enable the maximum choice and diversity of Healthcare Providers participating in the Services, these lists and/or profile previews may also be based on other criteria (including, for example, Healthcare Provider availability, past selections by and/or ratings of Healthcare Providers by you or by other APP-NEA users, and past experience of APP-NEA users with Healthcare Providers); but APP-NEA (a) does not recommend or endorse any Healthcare Providers, (b) does not make any representations or warranties with respect to these Healthcare Providers or the quality of the healthcare services they may provide, and (c) does not receive any additional fees from Healthcare Providers for featuring them (i.e., higher or better placement on lists) through the Services (subject to the Sponsored Results as described below). Note, however, to the extent that you use the Services as provided by your employer, APP-NEA may provide lists and/or profile previews based also on criteria determined by your employer and your employer’s agents or advisors.
We may show you sponsored results on the Site, including at the top of search results (“Sponsored Results”). APP-NEA receives additional fees from Healthcare Providers or healthcare organizations for providing Sponsored Results. Sponsored Results shown through the Services are not, and should not be considered, an endorsement or recommendation by APP-NEA of the Healthcare Provider or healthcare organizations.
Services and content as informational and educational
We make the Services available as a service to consumers and Healthcare Providers for the purposes of providing an informational and educational resource. We may, but have no obligation to, have Content posted through the Services reviewed by our editorial personnel. It is important to note, however, that the timeliness, accuracy, and completeness of any or all of the Content is not guaranteed. Neither the authors, the editorial personnel, nor any other party involved in the preparation or publication of this work can guarantee that the Content contained herein is accurate or complete, and they will not be responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from the use of such Content.
You are encouraged to independently confirm the Content contained herein with other sources and to seek the advice of a qualified Healthcare Provider.
Healthcare Provider Content
Healthcare Provider and practice Content is intended for general reference purposes only. Healthcare Provider Content is both provided by the Healthcare Provider and/or office staff, and collected from multiple other data sources that may not be confirmed by the Healthcare Provider. Such Content often changes frequently and may become out of date, incomplete or inaccurate. Neither the Site nor APP-NEA provides any advice or qualification certification about any particular Healthcare Provider. You are encouraged to independently verify such Content.
The procedures, products, services and devices discussed and/or marketed through the Services are not applicable to all individuals, patients or all clinical situations. Any products, services or devices represented through the Services by advertisers, sponsors, and other participants of the Services, either paid or unpaid, are presented for your awareness and do not necessarily imply, and we make no claims as to, safety or appropriateness for any particular individual or prediction of effectiveness, outcome or success.
The insurance and insurance related Content (including, without limitation, insurance coverage and benefit Content) is intended for general reference purposes and for your convenience only (“Insurance Content”). Such Insurance Content is based on Personal Information (as defined below) you provide to us as well as Healthcare Provider Content. The Insurance Content is provided either directly by the insurance provider you identify or via a third-party clearinghouse. Insurance Content often changes frequently and may become out of date, incomplete or inaccurate. In order to improve (but not guarantee) the accuracy of the Insurance Content, you acknowledge and agree that you will (a) provide accurate and complete insurance-related Personal Information, and (b) verify and update your insurance-related Personal Information (including, without limitation, verifying such Personal Information obtained by automated means from an insurance card you provide); APP-NEA will not be responsible for your failure to comply with subparts (a) or (b) hereof, nor for any inaccurate, incomplete or outdated Insurance Content, regardless of the reason.
As part of the registration process, you will provide an e-mail address and create a password. These are your credentials for accessing the Services that are only available to members ("Credentials"). You should keep your Credentials private and not share your Credentials with anyone else. You must immediately notify us if your password has been stolen or compromised by sending an email to email@example.com.
Your personal information
Your responsibilities generally
Even though the Services are provided free of charge, usual, customary and any other charges for any medical or related services rendered by Healthcare Providers will apply and will be entirely your responsibility. You must resolve any dispute between you or any Healthcare Provider arising from any transaction hereunder directly with the Healthcare Provider.
You are responsible for all use of the Services and for all use of your Credentials, including use by others to whom you have given your Credentials. You may only use the Site and the Services for lawful, non-commercial purposes. You may not use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair our servers or networks, or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site or the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any of the Services, user accounts, or computer systems or networks, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not accumulate or index, directly or indirectly, any Content or portion of the Site and/or Services (including, without limitation, Healthcare Provider or practice information, appointment availability, price information, and Insurance Content) for any purpose whatsoever.
You are also responsible for reviewing and complying with the terms set forth in our Acceptable Use Policy.
Responsibilities of healthcare providers
Regardless of whether you are a member or whether you schedule or intend to schedule appointments (including appointments for Designated Provider Services, as defined in the Additional Terms) through the Services, if you are a Healthcare Provider or other person or entity in the healthcare or medical industries, you acknowledge and agree that:
(A)You will not use the Services to view, access or otherwise use, directly or indirectly, price, availability, or other Content for any purpose other than your own personal use as a patient or prospective patient.
(B)You will not use the Services to establish, attempt to establish, or enforce, directly or indirectly, any agreement or coordination of the prices charged for any product or service; the kinds, frequencies or amounts of any product or service offered; or the customer or customer categories for any product or service, or otherwise engage or attempt to engage in price fixing, output restriction, or customer or market allocation.
(C)You will not use the Services, directly or indirectly, to engage in any anti-competitive, deceptive or unfair practices, or otherwise violate applicable antitrust, competition or consumer protection laws, or regulations.
Changes to the services; new services; additional terms
Changes to the services
We may from time to time add new services to the Services, substitute a new service for one of the existing Services, or discontinue or suspend one of the existing Services. Information about the new services will be included through the Services, and the use of new services will be governed by this Agreement. You agree that APP-NEA will not be liable to you or any third party for any suspension or discontinuation of any of the Services or portion thereof.
Certain of the Services may have additional terms (including without limitation policies, guidelines, and rules) that will further govern your use of that particular Service, and supplement this Agreement. If you choose to register for, access or use any such Services, you may be presented with such additional terms. You may also find such additional terms in the Additional Terms. By using those Services, you agree to comply with any such additional terms, which are incorporated by reference into this Agreement.
Links to other sites
The Services may include links to other websites, including links provided as automated search results. Some of these websites may contain materials that are objectionable, unlawful, or inaccurate. These links are provided for your convenience only and we do not endorse these sites or the products and services they provide. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible or liable for the content or accuracy of these other websites.
>CONTENT YOU POST OR SUBMIT
You will have the opportunity to submit feedback regarding your experiences with Healthcare Providers featured through the Services, to submit inquiries concerning possible medical needs and to participate in the other interactive and community features of the Site (collectively “Posted Information”). It is important that you act responsibly when providing Posted Information. All Posted Information must comply with our Acceptable Use Policy.
APP-NEA reserves the right to investigate and at our discretion take appropriate legal action against anyone who violates this provision or the Acceptable Use Policy, including without limitation, removing any offending communication from the Services and terminating the membership of such violators or blocking your use of the Services.
By posting Posted Information through the Services, you agree to and hereby do grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to APP-NEA and its contractors an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, fully sublicensable, fully paid up, worldwide license to use, copy, publicly perform, digitally perform, publicly display, and distribute such Posted Information and to adapt, edit, translate, prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such Posted Information. This license is non-exclusive, except you agree that APP-NEA shall have the exclusive right to practice this license to the extent of combining your Posted Information with the Posted Information of other APP-NEA users for purposes of constructing or populating a searchable database of reviews and information related to the healthcare industry.
Your use of content
All of the Content is owned by us or our licensors and is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret laws, other proprietary rights, and international treaties. You acknowledge that the Services and any underlying technology or software used in connection with the Services contain APP-NEA’s proprietary information. We give you permission to use the aforementioned content for personal, non-commercial purposes only and do not transfer any intellectual property rights to you by virtue of permitting your use of the Services. You may print, download, and store information from the Site for your own convenience, but you may not copy, distribute, republish (except as permitted in this paragraph), sell, or exploit any of the content, or exploit the Site or Services in whole or in part, for any commercial gain or purpose whatsoever. Except as expressly and unambiguously provided herein, neither APP-NEA nor its suppliers grant you any express or implied rights, and all rights in the Site and the Services not expressly granted by APP-NEA to you are retained by APP-NEA.
Disclaimer of warranties
We have no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that we have no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding: which users gain access to the Site and/or the Services; what content you access via the Site and/or the Services; what effects the content on the Site and/or the Services may have on you; how you may interpret or use the content on the Site and/or the Services; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the content on the Site and/or the Services. You release us from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired content through the Site and/or the Services. The Site and/or the Services may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. We make no representations concerning any content contained in or accessed through the Site and/or the Services, and we will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Site and/or the Services. We make no representations or warranties regarding suggestions or recommendations of services or products offered or purchased through the Site and/or the Services. WE PROVIDE THE SITE AND THE SERVICES “AS IS”, “WITH ALL FAULTS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” WE MAKE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES ABOUT THE SERVICES. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ALL STATUTORY WARRANTIES, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES AND THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTIES THAT THE SERVICES ARE MERCHANTABLE, OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, ACCURATE, FIT FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NEED, OR NON-INFRINGING. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICES WILL BE EFFECTIVE, RELIABLE OR ACCURATE OR WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS. WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES (EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THIRD-PARTY NETWORKS) AT TIMES OR LOCATIONS OF YOUR CHOOSING. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS OR COMPLETENESS OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY USERS OF THE SERVICES OR ANY OTHER DATA OR INFORMATION PROVIDED OR RECEIVED THROUGH THE SERVICES. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN, APP-NEA MAKES NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS, SOFTWARE AND FUNCTIONS MADE ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THE SERVICES OR ANY OTHER SECURITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSMISSION OF SENSITIVE INFORMATION. APP-NEA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE, BUG-FREE OR FREE FROM DEFECTS, THAT LOSS OF DATA WILL NOT OCCUR, OR THAT THE SERVICES, SOFTWARE OR SITE ARE FREE OF COMPUTER VIRUSES, CONTAMINANTS OR OTHER HARMFUL ITEMS.
General limitation of liability
Your sole and exclusive remedy for any dispute with us is the cancellation of your registration. in no event shall our total cumulative liability to you for any and all claims relating to or arising out of your use of the services or the site, regardless of the form of action, exceed the greater of: (a) the total amount of fees, if any, that you paid to register for the site or the services, or (b) $100; except that, for any and all claims relating to or arising out of your use of the transaction processing services (as defined in the additional terms), in no event shall our cumulative liability thereof regardless of the form of action exceed the total amount of transaction processing fees (as described in the additional terms), if any, remitted to and retained by app-nea for providing transaction processing services for appointments made by you in the six (6) months prior to the event giving rise to the applicable claim.
In no event shall we be liable to you (or to any third party claiming under or through you) for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages arising from your use of, or inability to use, the site and/or the services. these exclusions apply to any claims for lost profits, lost data, loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, any other commercial damages or losses, or medical malpractice or negligence of healthcare providers utilized through use of the service, even if we knew or should have known of the possibility of such damages. because some states or jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or the limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states or jurisdictions, our liability shall be limited in accordance herein to the maximum extent permitted by law.
If you are a california resident, you waive your rights with respect to california civil code section 1542, which says "a general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor".
Please review our Acceptable Use Policy for our copyright dispute policy.
Limitation of claims
No action arising under or in connection with this Agreement, regardless of the form, may be brought by you more than one (1) year after the cause of action arose; actions brought thereafter are forever barred.
Choice of law
This Agreement shall be deemed to have been entered into and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York as applied to contracts made and to be performed entirely within New York, without giving effect to the state’s conflicts of law statute. YOU AGREE THAT ALL DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND US (WHETHER OR NOT SUCH DISPUTE INVOLVES A THIRD PARTY) WITH REGARD TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH US, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DISPUTES RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES, AND/OR RIGHTS OF PRIVACY AND/OR PUBLICITY, WILL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION UNDER THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION'S RULES FOR ARBITRATION OF CONSUMER-RELATED DISPUTES AND YOU AND WE HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY. Neither you nor we will participate in a class action or class-wide arbitration for any claims covered by this Agreement to arbitrate. YOU ARE WAIVING THE ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE AS A CLASS REPRESENTATIVE OR CLASS MEMBER ON ANY CLASS CLAIM YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST US INCLUDING ANY RIGHT TO CLASS ARBITRATION OR ANY CONSOLIDATION OF INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATIONS. You also agree not to participate in claims brought in a private attorney general or representative capacity, or consolidated claims involving another person's account, if we are a party to the proceeding. This dispute resolution provision will be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act and not by any state law concerning arbitration. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having competent jurisdiction. Any provision of applicable law notwithstanding, the arbitrator will not have authority to award damages, remedies or awards that conflict with these Terms of Service.
The headings of the sections of this Agreement are for convenience only, do not form a part hereof, and in no way limit, define, describe, modify, interpret or construe the meaning, scope or intent of this Agreement or any terms or conditions therein.
We may assign this contract at any time, including without limitation to any parent, subsidiary, or any affiliated company, or as part of the sale to, merger with, or other transfer of our company to another entity. You may not assign, transfer or sublicense this Agreement to anyone else and any attempt to do so in violation of this section shall be null and void.