Optimize Your Health.
At Wellness MD, we use an integrated medicine approach to manage and prevent adult chronic diseases as well as treating acute medical issues in adult, adolescent and pediatric patients. We partner with our patients not only to seek comprehensive answers for their health concerns, but also to develop a plan for wellness aimed at improving their quality of life.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Stevens has chosen to be in charge of how much time he spends with each patient. For the best care and best value, Wellness MD does not process health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. This allows Dr. Stevens to spend ample time with each patient in order to get to know you and your health goals without insurance constraints. We can supply you with forms to submit to your insurance carrier for out of network reimbursement (Medicare and Medicaid typically will not reimburse for our services).
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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we are currently offering only Telemedicine physician visits which are available to both New and Established patients . Please click on our Schedule an Appointment link and read "What we do and do not treat" through Telemedicine visits before booking your appointment.
Adult in-office medical conditions that we treat and services we provide:
Acute upper respiratory infections (sinuses, nose and throat). Ear infections. Eye infections. Sore throat including rapid strep tests. Allergies affecting the sinuses and respiratory tract. Lower respiratory infections (excluding COVID-19 infections and testing) such as bronchitis and flu with rapid influenza testing. Esophageal reflux. Diarrhea. Nausea and vomiting. Urinary tract infections. Skin rashes. Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. Hypertension. Smoking cessation. Diabetes. Hypothyroidism. Wellness Physicals. Referrals for out of office Lab Work and Imaging Studies. Specialist referrals. Other conditions may be treated on a case by case basis. We do not treat chronic pain conditions. We do not treat substance use disorders.
PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE
Adolescent and Pediatric (age 2 and older) in-office medical conditions we treat and services we provide:
Acute upper respiratory infections (sinuses, nose and throat). Ear infections. Eye infections. Sore throat including rapid strep tests. Allergies affecting the sinuses and respiratory tract. Lower respiratory infections (excluding COVID-19 infections and testing) such as bronchitis and flu with rapid influenza testing. Diarrhea. Nausea and vomiting. Urinary tract infections. Skin rashes. Sports Physicals. School Physicals. Referrals for out of office Lab work and Imaging Studies. Specialist referrals. Other conditions may be treated on case by case basis.
Many common adult, adolescent and pediatric medical problems can be treated through the convenience of our Telemedicine physician visits. Click on the link below to learn more about WellnessMD's Telemedicine services.
Rather than a disease-centered model, integrative medicine focuses on the whole patient, considering all aspects of an individual’s genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors to promote optimal performance of the body and its organs. Both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors will be addressed during treatment. Instead of treating symptoms, integrative medicine seeks to reveal the underlying causes of disease.
The latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques are used to identify imbalances that require correction in order to build health and vitality. Unlike traditional treatments, integrative medicine not only serves patients with current health conditions, but also yields significant benefits in optimizing one’s long term health. A blend of botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, exercise programs, and stress-management techniques can be utilized.
Integrative medicine is an innovative and individualized approach, combining the best of both conventional and alternative medicine for assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic disease. All aspects of your well-being, will be addressed including your lifestyle, diet, stressors, and the mind-body-spirit connection.
At Wellness MD, we believe that nutrition is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat disease. Therapeutic nutrition is a treatment approach that combines clinical indicators from a physical exam and lab findings to develop a protocol that uses food as medicine. It emphasizes the patient’s unique bio-individual makeup, with the understanding that not everyone thrives on the same diet. Through a combination of healing foods and lifestyle changes, our patients can move toward achieving optimal whole body wellness.
We emphasize the importance of a balanced diet rooted in whole foods. We also believe clean eating should be fun and enjoyable. Among our services in this area, patients enjoy one-on-one nutritional consultations, customized nutrition and wellness lessons, guided grocery shopping, and more.
Many conventional weight loss programs focus on calorie restriction and medication supported appetite suppression. Although these methods can work for short periods, in the long term, they rarely lead to sustainable weight loss or maintaining an optimal Body Mass Index. Rather than using the “starvation” and medication method, Dr. Stevens focuses on proper hydration, whole foods, safe and effective exercise, lifestyle modification and stress management as a means to get light and lean. We do not prescribe medications for appetite suppression and our goal is to educate patients not only on healthy approaches to weight loss, but also on maintaining a healthy weight for life.
ADVANCED DIAGNOSTICS & TESTING
Dr. Stevens creates personalized wellness programs that include ordering advanced testing and analysis. We have a professional relationship with LabCorp. LabCorp will file insurance for you if you are insured. LabCorp is not affiliated with Wellness MD and your doctor's visit will not be filed for insurance.
Advanced testing provides key diagnostic and treatment information to help reveal the cause of illness. Since accurate treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis, which requires full understanding of the underlying condition, we use your first visit to complete a thorough patient interview and exam.
We use a combination of traditional and functional testing to get the necessary information. Tests may use blood, urine, or stool. Some of the tests commonly ordered by Dr. Stevens are:
Cardiovascular evaluation including lipid measurements to evaluate risk of cardiovascular disease
Metabolic evaluation (insulin sensitivity, diabetes monitoring, carbohydrate intolerance, thyroid function)
Food and allergy sensitivity testing
Meet Dr. Stevens
Dr. Stevens grew up in south Alabama and attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1983 and then completed his residency in Family Practice at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in 1988.
Dr. Stevens interests are Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric medicine with emphasis on preventive care and wellness medical therapies.
HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES – Effective Date 1.23.20
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
Purpose of this Notice:
This notice tells you about how we use and disclose your medical information. It tells you about your rights and our responsibilities to protect the privacy of your medical information. It also tells you how to complain to us, or the government, if you believe that we have violated any of your rights or any of our responsibilities. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of your medical information. We are also required to notify you following a breach of your unsecured medical information, such as when your medical information has been used, disclosed, or accessed in violation of this notice and Federal law. We must provide you with a copy of this notice and get your written acknowledgment of its receipt. We must follow the terms of this notice that are currently in effect. We reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and will notify you of any changes. A copy of the revised notice will be available upon request or at our location or on our website. Changes to this notice will apply to medical information we already have about you, as well as any new information. This notice will be given to you on the date that you first receive medical products or treatment. In an emergency, we will give you the notice as soon as possible after the emergency treatment has been given.
How We Use or Disclose Your Medical Information
For Treatment - We will use medical information about you to provide you with treatment and services. We may share this information with members of our health care staff or with others involved in your care such as doctors, nurses, or health care facilities. For example, a nurse who is providing your care will report any changes in your condition to your doctor. We may also disclose your health information to a member of your family or other person who is involved in your care.
For Payment - We may use or disclose your medical information to bill and collect payment for the services we provided to you.
Health Care Operations - We may use or disclose your medical information for operational purposes. For example, we may use your medical information to evaluate our services, including the performance of our staff in caring for you. We may also use this information to learn how to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the health care services that we provide to you. Your name and address may be used to send out patient satisfaction surveys.
We may contact you either by telephone or by mail at your home or your office to remind you of an appointment that you have with us or any other matter related to the health care services we provide or payment for your health care services. We may leave messages for you. If you want us to contact you in a certain way or at a certain location, see the “**Right to Receive Confidential Communications” in this notice.
Business Associates -There are some services that are provided for us by our business associates such as accountants, consultants, and attorneys. Whenever we share information with our business associates, we will have a written contract with them that requires that they protect the privacy of your medical information.
Other Use and Disclosures of Your Medical Information
Treatment Alternatives - We may use and disclose medical information about you to contact you about other health care treatment that is available to you. If you do not want to receive these communications, please notify us in writing.
Health Related Benefits and Services - We may use and disclose medical information about you to contact you about other health care benefits or services that may interest you. If you do not want to receive these communications, please notify us in writing.
Individuals Involved in Your Care - We may disclose medical information about you to a family member, other relative, close friend, or any other person identified by you if they are involved in your care or payments related to your care. We may also use or disclose medical information about you to notify those persons of your location, general condition, or death. If there is a family member, other relative, or close friend to whom you do not want us to disclose medical information about you, please notify us in writing.
Use or Disclosures that are Required or Permitted by Law
Disaster Relief - We may use or disclose medical information about you to assist in disaster relief efforts. This will be done to notify family members or others of your location, general condition, or death in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
Required by Law; Death - We may use or disclose medical information about you when we are required to do so by law. We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Communicable Diseases - We may disclose your medical information to a person who may have been exposed to an infectious disease or who is at risk of spreading the disease or condition.
Public Health Activities - We may disclose medical information about you for public health activities to prevent or control disease, helping with product recalls, reporting adverse reactions to medications, preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
Victims of Abuse, Neglect, or Domestic Violence - We may disclose medical information about you to a government agency if we believe you are the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
Health Oversight Activities - We may disclose medical information about you to a health oversight agency.
Organ Procurement Organizations - If you are an organ donor, we may disclose health information to organ procurement organizations or other entities engaged in the procurement, banking, or transplantation of organs for the purpose of tissue donation and transplant.
Legal Activities - We may disclose medical information about you in response to a court proceeding. We may also disclose medical information about you in response to a subpoena or other legal process.
Disclosures for Law Enforcement Purposes - We may disclose information about you to law enforcement officials for law enforcement purposes: • As required by law; in response to a court order or other legal proceeding; to identify or locate a suspect, fugitive, material witness, or missing person; when information is requested about an actual or suspected victim of a crime; to report a death as a result of possible criminal conduct; about crimes that occur on our premises; to report a crime in emergency circumstances.
Workers’ Compensation - We may disclose medical information about you to comply with workers’ compensation laws that provide benefits for work-related injuries or illnesses.
Public Health or Safety - We may use or disclose medical information about you if we believe it is necessary to prevent a threat to the health or safety of a person or the general public.
Military - If you are a member of the Armed Forces, we may use and disclose medical information about you to your military command.
National Security and Intelligence; Security Clearance - We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials for national security and intelligence activities. We may use medical information about you for a required security clearance.
Inmates - We may disclose medical information about you to a correctional institution or law enforcement official who has custody of you.
Uses or Disclosures That Require Your Authorization
Other uses and disclosures will be made only with your written authorization. You may cancel such authorization at any time by notifying us in writing of your desire to cancel it. If you cancel an authorization, it will not have any effect on information that we have already disclosed. Examples of uses or disclosures that require your written authorization include the following: (1) most uses and disclosures of psychotherapy notes; (2) uses and disclosures for marketing purposes; (3) uses and disclosures that constitute the sale of your medical information.
The information contained in your health or medical record is the physical property of WellnessMD, LLC. The information in it belongs to you. You have the following rights:
Rights to Request Restrictions - You have the right to ask us not to use or disclose your medical information for a particular reason related to treatment, payment, or our operations. You may ask that family members or other individuals not be informed of specific medical information. That request must be provided to us in writing. We do not have to agree to your request, unless the restriction relates to disclosure of your medical information relating to a specific item or service to your health plan for payment or health care operations, and you have already paid out-ofpocket, in full, for the specific item or service. If we agree to your request, we must keep the agreement, except in the case of a medical emergency. Either you or WellnessMD can stop a restriction at any time. If you are not able to tell us your preferences, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
**Right to Receive Confidential Communications - You have the right to ask that we communicate with you in a certain manner or at a certain place. If you want to request confidential communications, the request must be made in writing. We must agree to your request if it is reasonable.
Right to Inspect and Copy Your Medical Information - You have the right to request to inspect and obtain a copy of your medical information. You must submit your request in writing. If you request a copy of the information or if you request that we provide you with a summary of the information, we may charge a fee for the costs of copying, summarizing, and/or mailing it to you. If we agree to your request, we will tell you. We may deny your request under certain limited circumstances. If your request is denied, we will let you know in writing and you may be able to request a review of our denial.
Right to Request Amendments to Your Medical Information - You have the right to request that we correct your medical information. If you believe that any medical information in your record is incorrect or that important information is missing, you must submit your request for an amendment in writing to WellnessMD. We do not have to agree to your request. If we deny your request, we will tell you why. You have the right to submit a statement disagreeing with our decision. We may deny your request if we determine that the information was not created by us, is not part of the medical information that we maintain, is in records that you are not allowed to inspect and copy, or is already accurate or complete
Right to an Accounting of Disclosures of Health Information - You have the right to find out what disclosures of your medical information have been made. The list of disclosures is called an accounting. The accounting may be for up to six (6) years prior to the date on which you request the accounting, but cannot include disclosures before January 24, 2020. We are not required to include disclosures for treatment, payment, or health care operations or certain other exceptions. Request for an accounting of disclosures must be submitted in writing. You are entitled to one free accounting in any twelve (12) month period. We may charge you for the costs of providing additional accountings. If there will be a charge, we will notify you in advance.
Right to Obtain a Copy of the Notice - You have the right to request and get a paper copy of this notice and any revisions we make to the notice at any time.
Right to Complaint - You have the right to complain to us and to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services if you believe we have violated your privacy rights. There is no risk in filing a complaint.
To file a complaint with us or to ask for more information, please contact us by mail: WellnessMD, LLC 3613 6th Ave S Birmingham AL 35222
Attn: Privacy Compliance. To file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696- 6775, or visiting complaints/.
For more information see: understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.