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Privacy Policies

PedIM Healthcare Website Privacy

Thank you for visiting the PedIM Healthcare website. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used on this website.

The Information We Collect - You may express an opinion; contact us online to ask for information on our services or to sign up for the newsletter. The types of personally identifiable information that may be collected at these pages include: name, email address and telephone number.

How We Use the Information - We may use the information you provide about yourself to respond to your inquiries. We may use the non-personally identifiable information that we collect to improve the design and content of our site and to enable us to enhance your internet experience. We also may use this information in the aggregate to analyze site usage. Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Notice. Inadvertent disclosures may result, for example, when third parties misrepresent their identities in asking the site for access to personally identifiable information about themselves for purposes of correcting possible factual errors in the data.

Privacy Options - PedIM Healthcare™ may, on occasion, combine information we receive Online with outside records to enhance our ability to market to you those products that may be of interest to you. If you prefer not to receive online marketing information from this web site, please contact us via the email or phone number provided below. Finally, PedIM Healthcare™ will not use or transfer personally identifiable information provided to us in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you with an opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.

Collection of Information by Third-Party Sites and Sponsors - The Web site may contain links to other sites whose information practices may be different than ours. Visitors should consult the other sites’ privacy notices, as we have no control over information that is submitted to, or collected by, these third parties.

Cookies - Although we don’t use "cookies" to personally identify you, we may use cookies to understand site usage and to improve the content and offerings on our sites. Cookies are text files that may be placed in your computer’s browser to store your preferences. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your email address or other personally identifiable information.

Our Commitment to Security - We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.

How to Contact Us - If you have any questions or concerns about PedIM Healthcare Online Policy for this site, please contact us via email, phone, fax or at the following address: 1990 N Prospect Avenue Lecanto, FL 34461 Phone (352) 527-6888 Fax (352) 527-8818 info@pedimhealthcare.com

PedIM Healthcare™ Notice of Privacy Practices

Pediatric & Internal Medicine Specialists, P.A.
1990 N. Prospect Avenue Lecanto, FL 34461
352-527-6888 P
352-527-8818 F
Dr. Dacelin St.Martin, M.D., F.A.A.P. & Lilia Shammas, MD

* THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU MAY GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.*
Our staff will not use or disclose your medical information unless it is necessary to perform their jobs. In other words, access to your medical information will be based on a need to know. When you medical or payment information is disclosed, only the necessary amount of medical or other information needed to accomplish the recipient’s lawful purpose will be disclosed. Additionally, while using or disclosing your confidential information, we will take every reasonable step to prevent such information from being inadvertently disclosed. Finally, we will follow both state and federal laws related to the use and disclosure of super-confidential information such as HIV/AIDS, alcohol/substance abuse and mental health records.

AUTHORIZATIONS AND CONSENTS:
We will not use or disclose you medical information for any other purpose, other than treatment, payment or health care operations without your written authorization. Once given, you may revoke your authorization in writing at anytime. To request a revocation of authorization form you may contact the office’s privacy contact, or office manager. Additionally, at the time of your first office visit you will be asked to sign a general consent/records release. This consent is required under Florida law in order for our office to submit claims and other information needed to receive payment for services rendered to you or your family.
YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION: You may ask us to restrict certain uses and disclosures of your medical information. We are not required to agree to your request, but if we do, we will honor it. You have the right to receive communications from us in a confidential manner. Generally, you may inspect and copy your medical information. This right is subject to certain specific exceptions, and you may be charged a reasonable fee for any copies of your records. You may as us to amend your medical information. We may deny your request for certain specific reasons. If we deny your request we will provide you with a written explanation of the denial and information regarding further rights you may have at that point. You have the right to receive the accounting of the disclosures of your medical information made by PedIM Healthcare during the last six years (following April 14, 2003), except for disclosures for treatment, payment or healthcare operations, disclosures which you authorized and certain other specific disclosures types. If you received this notice electronically, you may request a paper copy of this Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information. You have the right to complain to us and/or to the United States Department of Health and Human Services if you believe that we have violated your privacy rights. If you choose to file a complaint, you will not be retaliated against in any way. To complain to us, please inquire at the registration desk, (you will be directed to our privacy officer. To file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services you must submit your complaint, in writing, within 180 days of the alleged violations to:
Region I.V. office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 404-562-7886 Voicemail
Atlanta Federal Center, Suite 3B70 404-562-7881 Fax
61 Forsyth Street, S.W. 404-331-2867 TDD
Atlanta, GA 30303-8909
If you would like further information regarding your rights of regarding the uses and disclosures of your medical information, you may contact any of our registration staff.

THIS NOTICE IS EFFECTIVE AS OF APRIL 14, 2003 REVISION OF NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES. We reserve the right to change the terms of the notice, making any revision applicable to all the protected health information we maintain. If we revise the terms of this notice, we will post a revised notice at PedIM Healthcare and will make paper copies of the revised Notice of Privacy Practices available upon request.
PedIM Healthcare is dedicated to protecting your medical information. We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information and provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to protected health information. PedIM Healthcare is required by law to abide by the terms of this notice.

HOW YOUR MEDICAL INFORMATION WILL BE USED AND DISCLOSED:
The following describes how PedIM Healthcare may use your protected health information for treatment, payment or health care operations.

TREATMENT:
PedIM Healthcare may use health information about you to provide you with health care treatment or services. PedIM Healthcare™ may disclose health information about you to doctors, nurses or other essential personnel who are involved in your care. For example, our office may disclose health information about you to a specialist who has been asked to provide a consultation regarding your care.

PAYMENTS:
PedIM Healthcare™ may use and disclose health information about you to receive payment for services provided to you. For example, our office may disclose certain information on our health insurance provider in order to receive payment for services provided to you. Under Florida law we must obtain your written consent in order to submit claims for services provided to you. While we do not condition treatment on your sign in of our general consent form, failure to sign may force us to decline you as a new patient or discontinue you as an active patient.

HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS:
PedIM Healthcare™ may use and disclose health information about you for operational purposes related to our office. These uses and disclosures are necessary to run our office and make sure that all of our patients receive quality care. For example, PedIM Healthcare may use your protected health information in our peer review activities. Such activities are confidential and are designed to assist our office in maintaining a high standard of medical care. We may also use and or disclose you information in accordance with federal and state laws for the following purposes:

APPOINTMENT REMINDERS:
We may contact you to provide appointment reminders.

TREATMENT INFORMATIONS:
We may contact you with information about treatment alternative or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you.

FUND RAISING:
We may contact you to raise funds for PedIM Healthcare.

DISCLOSURE TO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
We may disclose medical information when required by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as part of an investigation or determination of our compliance with relevant laws.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
Unless you object, we may disclose your medical information in immediate family members, or other relatives or close personal friends as authorized by you, when the medical information is directly relevant to that person’s involvement with you care.

NOTIFICATION:
Unless you object, we may use or disclose your medical information to notify a family member, a personal representative or another person responsible for your care of your of your location, general condition or death.

DISASTER RELIEF:
We may disclose your medical information to a public or private entity, such as the American Red Cross, for the purpose of coordinating with that entity to assist in disaster relief efforts.

HEALTH OVERSIGHT ACTIVITIES:
We my disclose your medical information to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law, including audits, investigations, inspections, licensure or disciplinary actions, administrative and/or legal proceedings.

ABUSE OR NEGLECT:
We may disclose your medical information when it concerns abuse, neglect or violence to you in accordance with federal and state law.

JUDICIAL AND ADMINSTRATRIVE PROCEEDINGS:
We may disclose your medical information in the course of certain judicial or administrative proceedings and as required by law

LAW ENFORCEMENT:
We may disclose your medical information for certain law enforcement purposes as required by law.

SPECIALIZED GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS:
We may disclose your medical information as required by law for certain specialized government functions, including: certain military and veterans activities; national security and intelligence activities; protective services for the President and others; and correctional institution and law enforcement custodial situations.

CORONERS, MEDICAL EXAMINERS AND FUNERAL DIRECTORS:
We may disclose you medical information to a coroner, medical examiner or funeral director.

ORGAN DONATION:
If you are an organ donor, we may disclose you medical information to an organ donation and procurement organization.

RESEARCH:
We may use or disclose you medical information for certain research purposed if an Institutional Review Board or a privacy board has altered or waived individual authorization, the review is preparatory to research or the research is on only decedent’s information.

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES:
We may use or disclose you medical information for public health activities , including the reporting of disease, injury, vital events and the conduct of public health surveillance, investigation and/or intervention.

PUBLIC SAFETY:
We may use or disclose you medical information to prevent or lessen a serious threat to the health or safety of another person or to the public.

WORKERS COMPENSATION:
We may disclose you medical information as authorized by laws relating to workers compensation or similar programs.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATES:
We may disclose your health information to a business associate with whom we contract to provide services on our behalf. To protect your health information, we require our business associates to appropriately safe guard the health information of our patients.


About PedIM Healthcare

Pediatric and Internal Medicine Specialists, PA (PedIM Healthcare™) is the first private medical office of its kind in Citrus County. We are proud to provide our patients with access to top-quality Pediatric, Women's and Adult Internal Medicine care all under one roof. Our state-of-the-art facility was built to help make a difference in the lives of the residents of Citrus County who have had this need for a long time...


Lecanto (Main) Office
(352) 527-6888
Homosassa Office
(352) 628-7270

Fax: (352) 527-8818