A patient-centered medical home is a nice conglomeration of words, but what does it mean for you, the patient?
“Patient-centered is the important part of this phrase,” said Gerald Suchomski, MD, who serves as the quality medical director at Memorial Physician Services. “It means we’ve turned the focus of healthcare delivery from the doctors to the patient.”
According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, a patient-centered medical home highlights those primary care providers who have demonstrated that they can coordinate care among all doctors and health care providers on behalf of their patients. Other specific patient-centered medical home criteria include: Read the rest of this entry »
It’s common to hear the term “flu” this time of year. October marks the beginning of flu season, and vaccines are now available at your doctor’s office as well as retailers around town. But as you take steps to protect your family this season, learn the difference between the often confused stomach flu and seasonal flu.
Both the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and seasonal flu (influenza) are caused by a virus. Peak months for influenza are usually October through March, but you can catch the stomach flu any time of the year. While they share some symptoms like fatigue, muscle aches and fever, they are completely different illnesses.
Avinash Viswanathan, MD, a physician at Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill who is often referred to as “Dr. Avi,”outlines the differences between the two: Read the rest of this entry »
Our lives have been transformed by electronic technology – smart phones, tablets and a multitude of web-enabled devices have impacted our daily lives and the way we communicate. Because of this advancement, a greater and seamless flow of healthcare information is now possible through the development of Electronic Health Records, or EHRs.
EHRs encompass and leverage the digital process and can transform the way care is delivered. Yet, many people are unfamiliar with EHRs and the associated benefits.
David Graham, MD, senior vice president and chief information officer with Memorial Health System notes that the Springfield community has become a leader in the adoption of EHRs. For his patients, Dr. Graham defines EHRs as “simply taking the paper version of your medical chart or record and creating a more complete electronic version.” Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes, we all need someone to talk to. Be it a best friend, a spouse, your Twitter followers, we all want to be heard.
But, there are times we need more than a friendly shoulder—or a few retweets. And that’s where a new collaboration between Memorial Physician Services and Memorial Counseling Associates comes in.
Four Memorial Physicians Services locations have embedded behavioral health specialists with Memorial Counseling Associates in their respective facilities. These locations include the Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, as well as in Jacksonville, Lincoln and Petersburg. The hope is that all Memorial Physician Services facilities will eventually provide this same service.
“In the past, when we’ve had to refer a patient to a behavioral health specialist, we’ve had some difficulty getting them seen in a timely fashion,” says Christopher Rivera, MD, family medicine specialist at Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln. “This new system really eliminates that wait.” Read the rest of this entry »
All ready to get away for vacation? Let’s see what you’ve packed.
Beach towels? √
Medical records? … Wait, what?
Many people make sure to take along their prescriptions and other medications when they get away from the daily grind for a week or more. Some even take their medical insurance cards and a list of important phone numbers, such as their physician’s office.
But how can you take your medical records with you? Read the rest of this entry »
Have you been here before?
Your doctor’s explains a troubling test result while you sit on the exam room table, its wide swatch of paper crinkling beneath you. You listen intently to his words, but you have no clue what he’s saying.
It’s like trying to read your iTunes agreement, but you can’t make heads or tails of it so you sigh and click the “I accept” button.
Well, we consider you a partner in your medical care at Memorial. Our “It’s OK to Ask” campaign encourages you to talk to their physicians, nurses and other caregivers about the care you’re receiving. We know it’s intimidating for many people to ask a physician to explain some medical jargon that they don’t understand, but we want you to. Read the rest of this entry »
More than 1,000 people from Jacksonville and the surrounding communities turned out for the open house for the new medical office building on the campus of Passavant Area Hospital.
Scheduled for its first day of operation on June 3, the new building will be the home to Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville and the Jacksonville offices of Springfield Clinic, combining their respective medical practices – and more than 50 doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and affiliated ancillary services – into one convenient location. Read the rest of this entry »
Eating out seems like the easiest choice for a family meal after a busy day at work, but getting your kids to help in the kitchen is a great way to make it seem like less work, said Virginia Dolan, MD, a pediatrician with Koke Mill Medical Associates, part of Memorial Physician Services.
But how do you get them involved?
Though popping a meal in the microwave might seem like the easiest option, it’s not always the best one, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Pre-prepared, microwavable or heat-and-serve entrees are often higher in sodium, fat and calories than freshly prepared meals.
Here are some tips from the academy: Read the rest of this entry »
Effective for the 2013-14 school year, all Illinois students entering sixth through 12th grades must have proof of receiving the Tdap booster in an effort to better protect young people from whooping cough, also known as pertussis.
“Whooping cough is a particularly serious respiratory bacterial disease that spreads very, very easily between people and it’s especially dangerous in younger children,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician with Koke Mill Medical Associates. “We are seeing an increasing number of cases in the United States and especially in Illinois.” Read the rest of this entry »
If it struck you as unusual that longtime television journalist Barbara Walters had fallen ill with chickenpox — at age 83 — that’s because it is. Contracting chickenpox as an adult is “not common at all,” says Chad Johnston, MD, who practices internal medicine at Memorial Physician Services’ Capital Healthcare Medical Associates.
“In Walters’ case, she had not been exposed to chickenpox before and had not had the vaccine,” Dr. Johnston said. “That constitutes a very small part of our society, because around 90 percent to 95 percent of adults have immunity to chickenpox.” Read the rest of this entry »