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National Poison Prevention Week

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When you hear the words poison control, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most of us, it’s the green poison YUCK face! Many people in the ‘older’ generation will remember seeing these fluorescent stickers handed out at school awareness functions, carried home and given to mom and dad to put on the Comet cleaner, and everything else under the (unlocked, no child safety clip) kitchen sink! Thankfully, we have evolved as a nation into more preventative measures that don’t end with just a warning sticker. National Poison Prevention Week was established by Congress in 1961. The goal was…

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Physical Therapy Services

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Physical Therapy is a widely sought-after service, and a quickly growing industry. The goal of this service is to work strategically one-on-one with someone who specializes in developing and implementing a plan to increase mobility, reduce pain, restore physical function and prevent an irreversible disability.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there, making patients feel as though PT is only for motor vehicle accident recovery, or work and sports related injuries. Our Physical Therapy services work in many different areas from easing the ache of arthritis, pain in areas such as the back and neck, shoulder and elbow, knee,…

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New Medicare Cards

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Over the years, Medicare has always issued beneficiary identification cards using patient’s social security numbers. With the increasing number of identity theft cases, fraud and growing concerns, they have decided to issue a new, unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). If you are in the Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania and Virginia region, you are in the first phase of the mailings. Subscribers will receive new Medicare cards in the mail, between April 2018 and June 2018. According to CMS, you do not need to do anything to request a new card, they will be issued to all beneficiaries….

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Heart Disease Awareness

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February is Heart Disease Awareness Month. Did you know heart disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women? An alarming 1 million lives are taken annually in the United States. The incredible thing you might not know, is heart disease is one of the MOST preventable health problems of all! Let’s get down to the heart of the issue. Heart disease is a very wide term for many variations of heart disorders. If your heart isn’t beating to a drum correctly, this can be referred to as arrhythmia. There are many associated names and acronyms…

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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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