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An Increase In Group Visits, An Increase In Success - 5/11/17
With APCM now offering more group visits than ever, we've had excellent turnouts for a variety of issues. Whether it's recent group visits with Kristin David, Psy. D., our always popular diabetes group visits with nurse care manager Pam LeBlanc and Dr. Steinmetz, or our medication management visits with Dr. Kerzer and pharmacist Tara Higgins, we'd love to have you come check one out if you feel it would be helpful to you. We've received incredibly positive feedback in recent months for all of our group visits. Thank you to everybody who has attended our group visits!
Another Successful Group Diabetes Visit on 5/31/16
At this group visit, Dr. Gregory Steinmetz and Pamela Leblanc, Nurse Care Manager, talked about how emotions, eating, and Diabetes are related. Patients talked about meal planning and navigating the market. We also had Kristin David, Psychologist, introduce herself to the group and explain how she can help patients with Diabetes who may be struggling with meeting their healthcare goals. Dr. David is available for appointments at our office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Send a patient portal message to schedule an appointment with Dr. David or Pam, or speak to our office staff.
Thank You For the Feedback on our Group COPD Visit
Patients learned the proper use of inhalers and found the visit informative and worthwhile. We looking forward to seeing you at future group COPD visits.
Our Group COPD Visit Was A Success!
On March 30th, we had our Group COPD Visit. Thanks to Dr. Martin Kerzer, Tara Higgins, Pharmacist, Donna Marie Hober, Respiratory Care Specialist, Pamela Leblanc, Nurse Care Manager, the Medical Assistants, and of course the patients for making it a success! Topics discussed included proper technique of using inhalers, how smoking and second hand smoke affects COPD, and the cost of medications. Patients interacted and were able to ask questions. We look forward to future COPD visits.
Meditation: could it replace opioids for pain relief?
Written by Marie Ellis
The US is currently in what has been described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an opioid epidemic. Now, a new study investigates alternative forms of pain relief and concludes that mindfulness meditation is an effective way to reduce pain. Read the full article here.....
R.I. Primary Care Pilot Program Seeks to Remove Behavioral Health Stigma, Treat More Patients In Need
13 Rhode Island Practices to Provide Universal Behavioral Health Screening and Treatment in Primary Care Setting
At Associates in Primary Care Medicine in Warwick, before entering CTC's pilot program, the mid-sized private practice recognized a need for some patients to receive behavioral health services. They welcomed a psychologist to their office for a half-day every couple of weeks to do intake referrals, and patients would then follow-up off-site. Now, through CTC's pilot program, a psychologist is at Associates in Primary Care Medicine three half-days each week. As a member of the care team, the psychologist sees about eight patients each day, makes notes directly into patient electronic medical records, and even offers same-day visits. Click Here To Read the Full Article....
Breatheasy (Smoking Cessation Program)
The Miriam Hospital is looking for adult smokers to participate in an eight-week smoking cessation research program. Specialists in smoking cessation will work with qualified participants to help them quit smoking successfully.
Participants will complete a group-based, eight-week quit smoking program combined with either a health and wellness program or a yoga program. You may be eligible if you are:
18 years or older
Not currently practicing yoga or mindfulness-based therapy
Not currently pregnant
Smoke at least five or more cigarettes per day, or more
For more information, call 401-793-8223 or email email@example.com.
Participants will be paid for their time.
BLUE DISTINCTION TOTAL CARE
APCM has received the Blue Distinction Total Care (BDTC) designation. BDTC is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association national designation program that recognizes doctors and hospitals for their efforts in coordinating total patient care. The program incorporates patient-centered and data-driven practices to better coordinate care and improve quality and safety, as well as affordability of care.