Pisgah Family Health

PISGAH FAMILY

HEALTH NEWS

March 2010

OFFICE NEWS

MEDICAL NEWS

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OFFICE NEWS

New Billing Services

Pisgah Family Health has contracted with a new company to handle our billing and collections. All bills dated after February 1, 2010 will have a new appearance and new name. Along with this change, we will be updating our fees.

For billing questions, patients can call toll free (866)557-2612 or Email nccustomerservice@med-edge.com In the office, Julie will still be handling billing questions.

New billing statements will reflect:
Pisgah Family Health, Gary Curran, MD
C/O Raleigh Durham Medical Group PA
PO Box 650249
Dallas, TX 75265-0249

Pisgah Family Health Referral Process

Quite often Dr. Curran will refer patients to outside specialists or arrange for patients to have further testing such as xrays, colonoscopys, mammograms, etc. The staff of Pisgah Family Health will fax the orders and your insurance information to the office where you are being referred. That outside office should contact you within 3 to 5 days to arrange for your appointment. If you have not had an appointment made within 7 days, please contact Pisgah Family Health so we can assure that the referral has been made.

Office Hours

Our normal office hours are 9-5 Monday through Thursday, and 9-12 on Friday.   When the office is closed, emergency care is available at the Urgent Care Centers, and at Mission/Saint Joseph hospitals ER.  Our answering service can be reached after hours at 251-4873.   Telephone calls are handled by Dr. Curran’s call partners.

  • We will be closed February 12 through 20, for vacation.
  • We will be closed Friday April 2, for Good Friday.
  • We will be closed May 1 through 9 for vacation.
  • We will be closed Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day.

Office Reminders

Now is the time to schedule your annual physical. During the summer months we are less busy, and more able to make time for routine care and physical exams. Please remember to schedule these extensive visits well in advance. You will avoid waiting, and avoid contact with sick patients by having your physical during these months.

If you are scheduling a DOT, sport, camp, school or work physical, there is always paperwork to complete. Prior to your exam, be sure your paperwork is entirely completed, leaving only the physician portion blank.

Vaccinations are generally required to begin Kindergarten and College. If vaccinations are required, be sure to bring your vaccination records with you.

Thank you for referring your family and friends to Pisgah Family Health!


Medical News

Medicine Recall from McNeil Pharmaceuticals

McNeil has recalled more than 500 lots of its over-the-counter medications -- including Benadryl, Rolaids, variations of Motrin and Children's Motrin, and variations of Tylenol and Children's Tylenol -- because of chemical contamination.

A complete list of affected products and lot numbers can be found at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/.

McNeil said in a Jan. 15 news release that it has received consumer complaints of moldy, musty or mildew-like odor that, in some cases, was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events, including nausea, stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhea.

The manufacturer said the products contain trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole, a degradant of 2,4,6-tribromophenol, which is a pesticide and flame retardant used to treat wooden pallets. The company's action follows a voluntary recall in December of Tylenol Arthritis Relief caplets based on the same complaint.

Although McNeil said reported adverse events have not been serious, the FDA leveled harsh criticism at McNeil and its parent company Johnson & Johnson in a warning letter dated Jan. 15.

The FDA said in the letter that an inspection of a McNeil facility in Puerto Rico completed Jan. 8 identified "significant violations of the current good manufacturing practice regulations for finished pharmaceuticals." The agency added that McNeil failed to submit alert reports after becoming aware of problems.

The manufacturer was cited for "failure to thoroughly investigate any unexplained discrepancy or the failure of a batch or any of its components to meet any of its specifications whether or not the batch has already been distributed."

"In addition," said the agency, "(McNeil) failed to extend the investigation to other batches of the same product and other products that might have been associated with the discrepancy as required."

The FDA also criticized parent company Johnson & Johnson for not taking appropriate action to resolve problems at McNeil.

The agency urged McNeil to promptly correct the violations cited in its letter and warned that failure to do so could result in legal action without further notice, including seizure. McNeil has 15 working days from its receipt of the letter to notify the FDA in writing of the specific steps it has taken to correct violations.

Source: American Academy of Family Practice News.
see also http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/
Contact McNeil Pharmaceuticals at 888-222-6036.

Haiti Relief

On January 12, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 7.3 devastated Haiti. The American Red Cross is working with its partners in the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, including the Haitian Red Cross, and other partners to assist those affected by this disaster. The relief effort will continue for many months.

Your gift to the American Red Cross will support emergency relief and recovery efforts to help those people affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Assistance provided by the American Red Cross may include deploying personnel, sending relief supplies, and providing financial resources.

A $10 donation made through mobile giving would provide a first aid kit equipped with enough ointment and bandages for a Red Cross responder to treat 15-20 injured earthquake survivors.

Alternatively, $10 can provide a family with two water cans to store clean drinking water, basic first aid supplies or a blanket appropriate to the climate.

Text: "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. or

Mail: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or

Online: http://www.redcrosswnc.org

Red Cross

The following sites are collection points for Hearts With Hands Haiti Relief:

  • Hearts With Hands Warehouse - Sandhill Road, Asheville
  • Brown's Pottery - Hendersonville Road, Asheville
  • Center Court - Biltmore Square Mall, Asheville
  • Western North Carolina Area Dollar Tree Stores
  • K-Mart, Hendersonville, Rd., Asheville
  • Enon Baptist Church, Marshall
  • Health Adventure, Downtown Asheville

Hearts with Hands

Healthcare Debate

As congress enters its final push for health care legislation, be sure your voice is heard. Talk over the issues with your family, friends, and your doctor. Let your representatives in Washington know what you think.

The internet is awash in opinions about healthcare reform. However, getting real facts is quite a bit more difficult. Here are a few sites that may help you study the issues.

http://patients.about.com/od/healthcarereform/a/HCreformfacts.htm

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1687&catid=156&&Itemid=55

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=570661

http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-faq

http://organizedwisdom.com/Pros_and_Cons_of_Universal_Health_Care

Contact your NC Senators, and Representative at:

Health Links

For local health events, check out these links:

A few of the most-trusted health information links:

  • WebMD.com A web service with health advice on hundreds of topics.
  • FamilyDoctor.org Patient-oriented information from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • CDC.gov The Center for Disease Control features credible information on almost every health topic.

About our Newsletter

Dr. Curran and the staff at Pisgah Family Health are proud to publish the Pisgah Family Health News to our patients.  Our goal is to provide regularly updated information about the office and current medical topics.  We plan to publish a new issue each quarter with breaking news.  The newsletters will also be archived on our website, http://www.pisgahfamilyhealth.com/

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