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Welcome Alison Massey!

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FPCA is growing in so many ways! Not only do we provide primary care medicine, but we offer so many other options for you and your family. One addition to our ancillary services is nutrition and diabetic management. We are proud to welcome Alison Massey, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She has over a decade of experience in helping individuals make sustainable changes to improve their health. Alison received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University and continued to achieve her Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Delaware….

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Healthy Holidays?

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Let’s all face it, the holidays are not always the best time to start a healthy nutrition plan. There are studies all over showing anywhere from 2 pounds, to even 10 pounds of added weight gain all because of Aunt Betty’s delicious, homemade, flaky-crust apple pie! Well, maybe not just the pie. From unhealthy carbs and fat, to doctoring up the veggies with cream sauces and fried toppings, it’s really hard to escape the cravings your taste buds yell out for during the holiday months. Instead of giving you healthy recipes, per say, we’ve found a great blog about making…

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Understanding Insurance Deductibles

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“Doc, I am so stressed out! My head is spinning, my neck aches and my bank account is hurting too!” “What seems to be the cause?”, asked the perplexed physician. With his head hung low, his hand upon his forehead, the overwhelmed patient replies, “I just don’t understand my health insurance anymore.” Can you relate? Even being on the other side, the administrative side, we feel your pain. Understanding the, what seems to be, thousands of insurances and plans out there is causing headaches all around! There’s health insurance, life insurance, home and auto insurance, workers compensation insurance, pet insurance…pet…

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How Safe is the Patient Portal?

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Do you ever feel like you’re entering into the Twilight Zone when you log into your patient portal? In the era of identity theft, ever-changing health information laws and confidentiality, It seems like touching the ENTER key is a risk of life or death! Well, we have GREAT news for you! Right before you enter your information at the login page, scroll to the bottom and click on FAQ. This is an amazing resource for all of your privacy questions, and even how to fix your password, update/edit information, and more. (Please note: some features are practice specific, such as…

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Diabetes Awareness Month

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Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, we thought it would be important to share the alarming numbers with our followers. Did you know, according to US News and World Report, 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with Diabetes? That’s a whopping 9.4% of our population! Studies all over have been done to try and figure out what is causing this rising epidemic and the conclusions seem to be similar. Set aside family history, the increasing numbers of obesity in our nation are directly related with the increase of diabetic patients. Each year, another 1.5 million Americans are newly diagnosed and these…

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We are a Toys for Tots Donation Center!

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FPCA has once again partnered with Toys for Tots to collect toys for those in need.  Please visit any FPCA location for a donation box!

FPCA announces provider changes at our Spring Ridge office!

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We’re sorry to say we’re losing two providers at our Spring Ridge office. Kelly Llewellyn, CRNPO, is moving on to Frederick Memorial Hospital. Kelly will be greatly missed, but we applaud her in her career advancement. Beth Arnone, CRNP, and her husband have decided to join the Peace Corp! While her last day at the Spring Office was a few weeks ago, some delays in her first posting (in Peru) with the Peace Corp have provided her the opportunity to continue with FPCA at our Walk-In Clinic located at 610 Solarex Court. We’re very fortunate to have two equally outstanding…

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FPCA Still Participates with Major Insurances

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We have learned that letters have been sent by various insurers (CareFirst, United Healthcare, Cigna, and possibly others) that have caused confusion about our participation with their provider networks.  The letters discuss FPCA’s change in Provider Identification Number, and wording in the letters seem to imply that we are no longer participating with their plan(s).   Please be assured that FPCA continues to participate with all of these insurance plans and there was never a gap in our relationship with any of these insurance companies.   In February FPCA partnered with Privia Medical Group to help provide better care for you.  As a result of this partnership, our provider number…

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Sports Physicals

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Frederick County high schools require student athletes to have a yearly sports physical between April 1st and the first day of the sports season.