Because Your Health Does Not Recognize a “lock-down”

We’re Here for You!!

All of us at Northland Family Care recognize that these are unprecedented times in our nation.  We also recognize that health care needs continue, no matter what else is going on in the world.  And we are still here for you! 

Social Distancing – Check-in Procedures to Keep You as Safe as Possible:

We have begun having patients “check in” from the parking lot!  When you get to our office, give us a call and let us know you are here.  As soon as we have an exam room ready for you, we’ll call you back and have you come in.  Stop at the front desk very briefly (we have streamlined some processes there) and go straight to your room!  No need to sit in the waiting room!

Traditional Office Visits:

We still welcome you to the office!  If you are due for your follow-up appointment, or if you have a new concern, give us a call at 816-781-4740.  We have several same-day appointments available each day.

NEW!!  Telehealth Visits:

To help you and your family stay safe, we now offer telehealth visits.  A telehealth visit, sometimes called a virtual visit, is done by using a smartphone, tablet or computer with a camera.  We will send you an email with a link to click on.  Once you and your provider are both online, you will see the provider’s face and they will see you.  You can then discuss any health concerns you may have. 

Here is a partial list of conditions that can be treated through telehealth:

  • Medicare Wellness Visit
  • Cold or cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Skin Conditions
  • Visit for Medication Refills
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Depression

Call us at 816-781-4740 to schedule your telehealth visit!

(This service is covered by Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Kansas City, and many Cigna and United Health Care plans.  Please check with your insurance to verify coverage.)

Revised Hours:
Beginning March 25, 2020 our office will close at 5 pm weekdays.  We will continue to be open on Saturdays from 9 am until noon.

We cannot treat COVID-19 at our office.  Special protective equipment, testing availability and a separate clinic area are all required to do so safely.  We do not have these resources.  If you are in doubt or have concerns, please call our office (816-781-4740).

Many recent studies suggest that 15-20% of all health outcomes are directly related to a person’s social situation.  Another study suggests that up to 60% of people experience some impact on their health based on their social situation.  The health care industry refers to these social factors as Social Determinants of Health. 
 
So, what exactly is a social determinant of health?  These are factors not directly related to your health that can nevertheless have an impact on a person’s health.  They include housing issues, transportation, finances, and other factors that can impact a person’s ability to access basic medical needs. For example, someone with transportation issues may have difficulty getting to doctor appointments, testing, or they may have trouble getting to the pharmacy to fill prescriptions in a timely manner.  It’s easy to see how lapses in medication can have an adverse effect on one’s health.  Financial hardship can make accessing even the most basic needs difficult, not only medications, but basic needs such as food, adequate clothing and adequate shelter. 
 

Kieri L. Olmstead, MS

It is that time of year again when your favorite radio station has been hijacked and the stores are bursting with red and green glitter. There are big fat men with beards and red suits all over the place and everyone seems to be in a frenzy of shopping, party planning and traveling. This time of year brings so much joy for a lot of people around the world. This is also the time of year that I start to come to work in comfy clothes, I settle into my chair and steel my heart for the outpouring of tears, pain, loneliness and heartache that will walk into my office.

You see, this time of year, for many, doesn’t mean warm holiday get-togethers with the family, presents under a brightly lit tree or a basket of freshly baked goodies by the menorah. This time of year, quite frequently, means cold, lonely living rooms, less food in the cupboard, painful memories, uncomfortable get-togethers with people who are supposed to be family but are abusers or harmful people in their lives. This time of year means less sunlight, which also means vitamin deficiencies that lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it means increased risk of the flu, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It means more bills and less income. Quite frankly, this time of year, for so many, equals STRESS.

You may have seen notices in our office informing you about our participation in a program called Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC Plus). We thought it would be good to explain this program and what impact this has on you as one of our patients.

The medical industry is undergoing changes in reimbursement to provide improved quality of care while controlling cost. For many years, the model for paying health care providers was fee-for-service, where the provider was paid when the patient was seen. While there is still an element of this, there is a shift toward what is referred to as value-based reimbursement. Under this model, providers are reimbursed on the quality of care that is provided. This measures quality parameters such as how well our diabetic patients are controlled, how many of our patients have gotten colon cancer screening or mammograms, and how well we do at keeping our patients out of the hospital, just to name a few.

by Dr. Daniel Roney

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but it is hard to imagine that there are very many who are not aware of it. Almost everyone has either direct experience with breast cancer, or somebody close to them has been affected. Over the course of their lives, one out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Those who have either a mother or sister with breast cancer are at even higher risk.

Now for the good news. Improvements are being made in the available treatments for breast cancer. As a result, survival rates give us reason for optimism. The chances of surviving 5 years after diagnosis of invasive breast cancer is 90%. The average 10-year survival is 83%. If the cancer is confined to the breast, 5-year survival is 99%.