Tick related diseases

There are new predictions about Lyme Disease this coming spring and summer. This is a more serious issue if you plan to travel, hike, camp or vacation farther north. Listen to a segment about the upcoming spring and summer and tick-borne Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne disease. Listen to this segment of Radiolab to learn about Alpha-gal. Can you imagine developing an allergy to meat? Read more about it here on wikipedia. The Lone Star tick is more common in the southern United States and means Alpha Gal has a higher probability than Lyme Disease.

Hurricane Matthew

The office will be closed Friday October 7th.

As of 12 noon today, Alachua County Emergency Operations Center has designated this as a Level-1 Activation. All state, county and municipal services are closed or canceled. The county has directed all residents to stay in their homes on Friday for safety reasons. North Florida Regional Medical Center will have fully functioning emergency services but they have started closing down elective and non-emergent services for Friday, October 7th.

The National Hurricane Center expects 100mph winds to reach the Orlando area by Friday at noon. Our area will likely get tropical storm force winds of at least 60mph for a sustained period of 6 or more hours. Be prepared to be without power for potentially three (3) days.

Unless there is some extreme event, Primary Care Physicians will open for business as usual on Monday morning, October 10th, at 8am. If power and utilities have not been restored and you have an appointment, come to the office anyways.  As with Hurricane Hermine, we worked without power or phones for several days. As with Hurricane Hermine, if Cox Communications are effected and we have no phone lines, we will not have any ability for patients to reach the physician taking after hours call for the weekend.

For the greater good, please try to avoid using our local emergency rooms for non-emergent issues. In these extreme emergencies, our office will try to do all we can to accommodate patients.

Be safe, everyone and we’ll see you after Matthew leaves.

NCQA’s Highest Recognition

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On February 28, 2014, our practice was notified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) that we had received the highest level of recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home. Our mission has always been to focus on the patients, creating an environment that facilitates and promotes their optimum health and wellness. The NCQA national program is aimed at getting all primary care offices to function more like medical homes. The goal is to improve the quality of care while managing the costs of delivering that care.

Level 3 is the highest level a practice can achieve and we are the ONLY medical practice in Alachua County to receive a Level 3 Recognition. It acknowledges our three physicians: Elizabeth Sanders, DO, Deena O’Toole, MD and Julia Harris, MD.

Primary Care Physicians of Gainesville decided to transition to a paperless office with a fully integrated electronic medical record 10 years ago. We were early adopters in our community. By investing in the electronic medical record (EHR), we lowered the operational costs for the business by reducing the amount of staff required to “chase charts”. We were able to redirect those savings into investing in the EHR upgrades and modules. This improved our electronic claims  and  communication with your insurance company. It has helped us clearly understand each patient’s benefits by creating an interface with each insurance carrier. The EHR has also allowed us to share confidential information in a protected way with our specialists and the hospitals. This expedites your information being received so that your care proceeds uninterrupted. The whole purpose is to optimize the patients’ experience and to provide them with the best care possible.

All of these things have allowed us to apply and be recognized by NCQA for our efforts and the high quality of our care. It also acknowledges the patients’ participation in their own care. Thank you for allowing us to be your physicians and for making Primary Care Physicians of Gainesville your Medical Home.