Evidence Based Medicine

Clinical experience, best scientific evidence and patient values are three components of Evidence Based Medicine. Lakeside Pediatrics has integrated these valuable elements into the practice.

Our training and professional experience enable us to provide the highest level of knowledge in clinical decision making. Utilizing the best current medical practices, we strive to achieve effective and efficient patient care.

Financial Policy

We realize healthcare expenses seem to come many times without warning. We are here to help you.

If you have health insurance coverage we will submit claims on your behalf, however we must emphasize that as medical providers, our relationship is with you, not your insurance company. We rely on you when it comes to your insurance benefits and we are obligated to following your insurance policy requirements as they are stated in your policy with your insurer.

For your convenience we have attached our financial policy here so please review the document and if you have any questions please call our offices so we can assist you.

Temporary financial problems or issues with your insurer may affect timely payment of your account. If such problems do arise, we urge you to contact us promptly for assistance in the management of your account. If you have any questions about the above information, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Again we are here to help you.

Vaccine Policy

  • We firmly believe in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
  • We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers and that you can perform as parents or caregivers.

 

The recommended vaccines and the schedule by which they are given represent the cumulative results of years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

Stated simply, optimal preventative child health care includes the timely use of these childhood immunizations.

Read more about our Vaccine Policy here.

Appointments

Most types of office visits are by appointment only. Should your child experience a severe illness for which you feel immediate medical attention is necessary, it is best to call our office first. In some instances the level of care needed by your child may exceed what we can provide in our office, and we will need to refer you to the Pediatric Emergency Department at Lakeland Regional Health. If you feel your child is suffering a sudden life threatening illness you should call 911.

Every effort will be made to schedule appointments with the physician or nurse practitioner of your choice, at the location you would prefer.

If you have a preference please let the receptionist know this when you call to schedule the appointment. In the event of an urgent medical problem, or if the preferred physician or nurse practitioner is out of the office, an alternate provider will be suggested. If you anticipate that a particular problem will require extra time to evaluate, please let us know when you make the appointment. (Common examples of this would be behavioral problems, chronic headaches, or abdominal pain.)

Once scheduled, our automated check-in and reminder system will send you an email and text message link to complete your check in prior to your arrival at our offices. The link will also contain some but not all of the required paperwork. Completing this process at your convenience ahead of time will help you get your child into their exam more quickly.

We realize that for unexpected reasons you may be unable to keep an appointment. We simply request the courtesy of a phone call to cancel the appointment at least one hour in advance since unkept appointments prevent us from efficiently providing care to our patients.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Individuals shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, sexual preference, national origin, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local laws.

Acts of discrimination and/or harassment based on any of those factors are totally inconsistent with our philosophy of doing business and will not be tolerated at any time.

New Patient Orientation

If you are new to our practice, please review our New Patient Orientation guide before your visit.

Florida Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Please click here to view the Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

Notice of Privacy Practices

Please click here to view the Notice of Privacy Practices.