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Medicare Chronic Care Management Program
If you have Medicare as your medical insurance and you have two or more ongoing medical problems that require consistent treatment, you are eligible to become part of the new Medicare Chronic Care Management Program.
This is a program where a medical team, led by your primary care provider, will discuss with you the treatment and stabilization of your ongoing medical problems on a monthly basis. The great part of the program is that you don't even have to come into the office. Medicare allows our team to call, Skype or face time you on a monthly basis to review your medical problems with you from the comfort of your home. This is all part of Medicare's desire to keep you healthy and out of the hospital through preventative care. Please be advised that Medicare has assigned an $8.00 co-pay to this visit type.
We can discuss anything that has to do with your ongoing medical problems such as review, change or renew your medications and as needed, discuss test results and recommend different types of treatments.
We believe that this is going to be a tremendous program which will bring many benefits to help keep your medical problems stable, thereby enabling you to enjoy your life to the fullest.
The only time that you will have to come into the office is for an initial visit to sign up for the program. This program should make your regularly scheduled office visits much more efficient with less time in the office, and it may even eliminate some visits.
Please call our office for information about this exciting new program.
What's new in our practice? You may have heard the term Ongoing Care Plan. We are slowing implementing this new program and protocol to our patients. Simply put, the Ongoing Care Plan is a plan or road map of care for the year, for the patient with chronic medical problems, such as Hypertension and Diabetes.
During your initial visit for the year, the patient with medical problems that require multiple visits, testing and specialty visits during the upcoming year would meet with their clinician and develop a written plan for types and frequencies of visits and tests with projected dates for all. They would also establish when specialty visits would be required.
As a result, not only would the patient take part in the planning of theircare, they would also get a copy of the plan so that they could have it readily available for review and consultation. Records of visits, select testing and specialty visits would be available for the patient to view on the patient portal.
So before the end of the year try and schedule with your clinician a meeting to set up your own personal Ongoing Care Plan.
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NOTICE: Ebola Virus
LONG ISLAND MEDICAL CARE'S policy regarding the Ebola Virus
YOU SHOULD NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE:
1. If you are sick with symptoms suggestive of Ebola Virus Disease and you have traveled to Western Africa.
2. If you are sick with symptoms suggestive of Ebola Virus Disease and you have had definite exposure to someone who has traveled to Western Africa.
For further instructions, you should call the Department of Health to report your symptoms or exposure immediately at 631-854-0333 Monday through Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM. (after hours and holiday DOH # 631-852-4820)
Ebola Virus Disease symptoms can include but are not limited to:
- muscle aches
- severe headache
- abdominal pain
- unexplained bruising or bleeding
Arnold D. Panzer, M.D.
Attention LIMC patients:
Inquire today about making a Preventative Care appointment with us! Most insurance plans cover this yearly service, which allows you a comprehensive consultation with your clinician to go over your family health history, your lifestyle, various health screenings and counseling and help you develop an Ongoing Care plan if needed. Based on your insurance, some services may be subject to deductibles, co-insurances and co-pays, but many are not. The goal is to KEEP you healthy and fit, preventing illnesses.
Let 2015 be the year you take charge of your health and be proactive! Ask LIMC how we can help you today.
Important reminder to our patients regarding LIMC office policies:
*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*
2015 Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Insurance Changes
As most of you know by now, this upcoming year will cause many changes to your current insurance plans and there will be new types of plans accessible to our patients with various levels of coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As of now, the major carriers as well as LIMC do not have all the answers as to exactly what to expect in the New Year. What we do know is that deductibles, co-insurances and co-pays will be changing.
To ensure that LIMC can continue providing our patients with the best medical care possible, we ask that everyone cooperate with our NEW office policies:
We will require a signed Credit Card Authorization/Prepayment form from ALL patients.
The Credit Card Authorization portion will retain your card information in a secure HIPAA compliant database being used only if approved by your insurance carrier's EOB for any additional balance due from you to LIMC.
The Prepayment portion of this form will be used at the time of the office visit prior to seeing a clinician on all verified plans that show a deductible. We will charge between $60.00 and $200.00 for the visit up front, depending on the level of your visit, which gets put towards your deductible. We will refund any amount due to you as per the insurance EOB, generally within 30-60 days.
If we are unable to verify your insurance at the time of service for any reason, and you wish to receive medical treatment, we require the Prepayment form and will charge between $100.00 and $200.00 up front depending on the level of this visit. Upon verification of your benefits, you will be refunded any amount that may be due to you within 30-60 days.
If you have a 2015 Medicare deductible that has not been met, we reserve the right to collect a certain amount up front. LIMC will be collecting $100.00 at the time of service from all Medicare patients with an unmet deductible.
If your plan makes you responsible to pay a co-pay at your office visit, please understand that we are required by contract and law to collect it up front. We are NOT allowed to waive co-pays or make exceptions.
If you have an outstanding balance with our office, we will need to collect that before your visit with your clinician.
All patients, especially those with new insurance coverage, must provide front desk staff with their current active insurance card and valid photo ID with an address on it in order to be seen.
Please be sure to visit our website for office policies, forms and to join
our Patient Portal community! www.limcpc.com
We thank all of our patients in advance for their cooperation through
this transition period. We look forward to another successful year of
keeping you all healthy, being proactive in your healthcare and
providing you with the medical care you need.
**Did you know about Long Island Medical Care Services, PC Patient Portal??
Our Patient Portal is a modern way to keep track of your health records,
medications and to communicate with your clinician all online. We
highly recommend all of our patients sign up to be a part of our
developing Web Portal community. The Patient Portal encourages the
active participation of YOU in your own healthcare.
Please provide reception with your updated email address when signing in for
a visit. Also, if you have any questions about the Portal or how to
sign up please ask.
You can also get started online by visiting our website directly at
www.limcpc.com to sign up.
**For our patients with Smartphones, iPhones and iPads:
Our Patient Portal has created a FREE mobile application called healow
which allows 24/7 access to your Portal account from your device.
(look up in the app store)
You can also add the accounts of family members to make access easy and
communication with our office efficient. Sign up today.
We want to connect with you!!
Long Island Medical Care is pleased to inform our patients that you now have easy access to Wi-Fi from all mobile devices, tablets and laptops within our office free of charge. It should appear as "LIMC Guest" in your settings. It is a safe and secure network. Get work done, shop online or communicate with friends on the net while you wait to see your clinician.
We also thank everyone for their continued patience as we wrap up the office renovations. We have undergone many changes in the last few weeks with more to come. If you havent already, come into LIMC and see what's new. We look forward to having our patients comfortable in an updated facility while receiving medical treatment.
Please be patient as we renovate our office. The office will remain open during the construction.
Also, we are upgrading our X-Ray equipment. We apologize that X-Ray is not in operation during this upgrade. We hope to back up and running in less than one month. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
May 15, 2013
Intra-articular and Trigger Point Injections
We are now offering Intra-articular and Trigger Point Injections. If you experience muscular pain, knee, shoulder, and/or wrist pain please call for an appointment with Sam Fassnacht R.P.A.-C for evaluation.
What are Intra-articular and Trigger Point Injections? An intra-articular injection involves injecting medication into a joint space, usually to reduce inflammation and therefore pain. Pain is sometimes caused by wear and tear in joints. By injecting a small amount of local anesthetic with or without steoids, it is often possible to reduce pain and inflammation.
Trigger point injections (TPI) are used to treat extremely painful and tender areas of muscle. Normal muscle contracts and relaxes when it is active. A trigger pain is a discrete knot or tight, ropy band of muscle that forms when muscles fail to relax. The knot can often be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched, A small needle is inserted into the trigger point and a local anesthetic or anti-inflammatory is injected. The insertion of the needles inactivates the trigger point and alleviates pain. Additional treatment may be neeeded to achieve sustained relief.
May 15, 2013
Communicating with your clinician.
Instead of the telephone, we are now emphasizing the use of our patient portal as the primary means of communication between you and our office.
Please scroll down to review information about our secure, HIPAA compliant patient portal.
Welcome to Long Island Medical Care
Our primary goal is to meet your health care needs
We respect your time and your discomfort
The staff follows policies, they do not make policies
Please be courteous and respectful to our staff
Insurance must be verified before your visit
All copays are collected before your visit
All balances must be paid before your visit
Certain circumstances will require a hold payment or credit card imprint
If you wish to express your opinion, please contact Dr. Panzer at email@example.com
Thank you for choosing our office for your healthcare needs!
Arnold D. Panzer, M.D.
Please be aware of our new office policy as a result of ever-changing insurance practices:
Insurance companies are changing copays, co-insurance and deductible amounts to different and often greater amounts.
Patients are sometimes under the impression that the physician is making more money because the patient is paying a higher amount, co-insurance or deductible, but the insurance company is approving the same or lesser amounts to be paid to the doctor resulting in the patient paying a greater percentage of the approved amount.
It has become increasingly more difficult for our office to collect the outstanding balances.
Therefore, in an effort to collect balances due and reduce our billing expenses, we now ask that you leave us a copy of your credit card imprint prior to being seen by the clinician. We will charge your credit card only for the balance due from any approved service by your insurance carrier, to include additional copay, co-insurance or deductible amount applied.
Services NOT covered by your carrier will NOT be charged to you or your credit card without your approval.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING!
DON'T Waste TIME in the OFFICE!!
PreRegister for your Appointment / Walk-in Visit From Home!
Submit your Insurance and Personal Information
from our Web site and Patient Portal
Ask our receptionists or follow instructions
on our web site,from side bar link Before Your Visit from Office Policy link on title bar
after following" Which patient are you?"
Take advantage of our Patient Portal!
What are the advantages of the Patient Portal?
- Easier and more convenient communication with our office and clinician
- Access your test results
- Build your own Personal Health Record
- By using the Patient Portal and the Patient Forms links on our web site you can provide us with all the necessary information to be seen as a patient, saving much of your valuable time in our office!!
- The Patient Portal is encrypted and HIPAA compliant, unlike email, which is not.
While in our office ask our receptionists to sign you up for the Patient Portal .
To give all our patients the best possible care, please respect the time we allow for each appointment.
If you need to cancel your appointment we ask that you cancel at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time. You must notify our office within 24 hours of your appointment or you will be charged $25.00. This policy also applies to not showing up for your scheduled appointment.
If you must do this after hours please call 631-587-6060 ext 333 and leave your name, date and time of appointment and reason for cancellation.