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It’s Busy Around Here

Influenza and Respiratory Viruses are Full Swing We want to first say THANK YOU to all of you who have waited patiently in the office to see your provider over the last couple of months. We are definitely seeing a lot of sick kids out there! This time of year can be a challenge for everyone and we understand that wait times are often worse during the viral season. Please know that we are doing the best we can to move efficiently through patients while giving each child and parent the time that they need to feel confident with managing their child’s illness at home. Spring is coming, and we’re all looking forward to these respiratory illnesses slowing down a bit! In the meantime, here are a few updates on influenza around the country: Influenza is being reported as “widespread” in Puerto Rico and 48 US states…..and yes, that includes Texas. Of reported cases involving a hospital admission, 95% were flu A (H1N1) which is currently the predominant strain. Another strain of flu A (H3N2) is on the rise and may cause kids to be sicker than we’ve seen with the H1N1 strain. It’s not too late to get the vaccine! There are estimations that we may see flu for quite a bit longer this year. Things have really just picked up over the last month. We have used all of our vaccine but you can still call the Health Department and get the flu vaccine for this year. We recommend it (especially for those kids under 2 or those who have asthma or other chronic medical conditions).

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***IMPORTANT Notice about AMERIGROUP Texas***

If your child is currently insured with Amerigroup Medicaid this important notice is for you.  First things first: WE ARE COMMITTED TO CONTINUE TO SERVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS YOUR PEDIATRIC PROVIDER. Here are the details regarding the upcoming changes with Amerigroup: Effective March 1, 2019, Hendrick Medical Center, Hendrick Physician Practices, and Hendrick affiliates including our practice will no longer be a provider with Amerigroup Texas. We are recommending that if you wish to continue on as our patient, please call 1-800-964-2777 and choose option 2, then option 3, then option 1. If your child is currently covered under Amerigroup Texas: Request to change your plan to FirstCare STAR or Superior STAR These changes will take 30-45 days to complete so please make this change ASAP If you have any questions about these changes please feel free to call our bookkeeping department at 325-677-7471. We know this is an inconvenience and sincerely apologize.

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Infant Ibuprofen Recall

See the following link for information regarding a recent recall on Infant Ibuprofen. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tris-pharma-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-of-infants-ibuprofen-concentrated-oral-suspension-usp-nsaid-50-mg-per-1-25-ml-due-to-potential-higher-concentrations-of-ibuprofen-300760721.html An important point of clarification is that our Health Statements given out at check-ups give doses for CHILDREN’S acetaminophen (tylenol) and ibuprofen (motrin, advil, etc). Children’s acetaminophen and infant’s acetaminophen are THE SAME. However, ibuprofen still has a more concentrated form of the medicine which is the infants. It often makes life easier JUST TO BUY “CHILDREN’S.” If you have dosing questions on these medicines you can refer to the “Resources” link on our website where we have dosing charts.   Regards, Pediatric Associates

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Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays to everyone. Here are the times and locations that we’ll be working to serve you this holiday season.    

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Flu Clinics

Flu vaccine is arriving and our flu clinic dates are set. Please see the schedule below and give us a call to schedule your child to come in. Slots for these Saturday clinics are limited so we need to know that you’re coming. Call us to schedule. All will be held at the HICKORY STREET OFFICE from 8-12.   October 6th – State insurance vaccine ONLY October 13th: Private insurance vaccine ONLY October 20th: All insurances November 3rd: Private insurance vaccine ONLY November 10th: State insurance vaccine ONLY November 17th: All insurances December 1st: All insurances December 8th: All insurances   For self-pay patients: you will be scheduled on a day that state insurance vaccine is being given.  

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Upcoming Closing

Our Buffalo Gap Rd. office will be closed on Friday 09/07/18 for the AFTERNOON ONLY. We will see patients in the morning at the Buffalo Gap Rd. office and all day at the Hickory St. office. Please call 325-677-2801 if you have any questions.    

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Closed for Labor Day

We will be closed during regular office hours for Labor Day. As always, we remain available for urgent needs through our after hours line, 1-866-701-4921, and will see patients if necessary. Have a happy and safe Labor Day! We will be opened again as usual on Tuesday morning.

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*****UPDATE – HENDRICK AND SUPERIOR REACH AGREEMENT*****

We are happy to relay that as of August 2, following ongoing negotiations between Hendrick Medical Center and Superior Health, the possible termination of their relationship HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Hendrick will continue to see and provide services to patients with Superior MCO or Superior CHIP. This means that THERE IS NO LONGER A NEED to change to an alternate medicaid plan in order to maintain our provider-patient relationship with you and the service we are able to provide will not be hindered by the need to seek alternative options for imaging or labs. IT WILL BE BUSINESS AS USUAL. While we understand that this has been a headache for those of you who were proactive and have already started the process to switch (believe us, we understand the headache!), we are pleased that Hendrick and Superior were able to come to an agreement.  Many patients are covered by Superior and Superior is the only insurance provider for foster families in our area. We remain committed to you, our patients, and are thankful that this is behind us at this point.  If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to call us at 325-677-2801. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your children!  

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