Ravalli Family Medicine is pleased to introduce a new service to our patients. Chronic care management gives our clients, struggling with chronic conditions, the ability to receive additional help. Patients who qualify for this service are those signed up with Medicare Part B, and who also suffer from two or more chronic conditions expected to last more than twelve months. This service will be of little cost to our patients as Medicare covers the payment for this service. Medicare does require a monthly co-pay, but supplemental insurance may cover either part or all of that cost. Patients who receive chronic care management experience less emergency room visits, fewer hospitalizations and less pharmaceutical complications.
When beginning chronic care management, our patients will schedule a visit with their provider at Ravalli Family Medicine. Each provider will have the patient sign an agreement, stating they would be interested in receiving chronic care management services. Their provider will then discuss the creation and implementation of what is called a care plan. This care plan is personalized to fit each patient’s needs. It will include a patient’s health goals and steps in order to achieve them. Once the personalized care plan has been created, the patient will meet with our chronic care management coordinator monthly in order to assist in reaching each patients goals. Our patients will still continue to have their routine visits with their preferred provider, this service is designed to be additional help to the care each patient already receives from their provider.
The care plan created with a patient’s provider can range from additional help with medication management to assistance in coordinating referrals from the patient’s provider to other specialists. In addition to the creation of a care plan, each patient will have a personalized care team. This team is made up of those who are part of each individual’s health goals. This means that each individual’s care team will be made up of their provider, chronic care manager, and any others ranging from their physical therapist to their pharmacy.
Each patient’s care plan has the ability to be revised if an individual’s health goals have changed. Our patients will work with their provider to make any modifications to their care plan throughout the life of their chronic care management.
Any additional questions regarding our new service can be directed towards any member of our staff at Ravalli Family Medicine. We look forward to providing needed support in managing chronic conditions effectively.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, Ravalli Family Medicine will be transitioning to a new online patient portal. This will give our patients easier access to their own medical charts as well as a simple way to communicate with their provider – without playing phone tag.
We strongly encourage you to register yourself for this new service. This is the future of primary care: a way for you to take control of your care by viewing your own chart and communicating easily and effectively with your provider. When you register, it makes it easier for us to provide you with personal, efficient care.
You came to Ravalli Family Medicine for your routine check-up. We ran some tests, told you everything looked good, and you thought that was the end. Then you received a medical bill from a facility you’ve never been to! What’s going on?
When we run tests, they are often sent to outside sources for processing. Sometimes we bill you directly for these tests, but often we will allow the other facility to bill you for the services they’ve rendered. Because we’ve put the billing in their hands, when you call us with questions about your outside bill, we usually don’t have the answers. If you receive a bill from any of the following entities and you have questions or concerns, please call them directly.
2019 has brought one of the largest outbreaks of measles in the U.S. since it was declared eliminated from this country in 2000. Since Jan. 1, there have been 555 confirmed cases of measles in 20 different states (data as of April 11), and those numbers are rising quickly. Although there have been no confirmed cases of measles in the state of Montana in many years, it is always best to be prepared. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about measles to keep yourself and your family safe.
The “dog days of summer” are certainly upon us again and incidence of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are rising. It is important to know the difference between these two heat related illnesses and how to prevent and treat them in the field before one gets to a medical facility.
Most women are accustomed to being screened for breast cancer with mammography and cervical cancer with pap smear testing. But, many women forget that they are at risk of diseases that have nothing to do with their gender, such as heart disease.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. People set up the new exercise equipment they got for Christmas or dust off their running shoes and get back to the gym. Diets come and go while we try to find the easy solution to weight loss. This time of year, it is helpful to look not just at exercise and food, but also at alcohol consumption.
Here at Ravalli Family Medicine, we encourage our patients to become educated about their health. That starts with signing up for internet-based access to your medical records. All patients with an email address can sign up for this service.
The internet is also full of resources to assist in becoming and staying healthy. A few of the websites that we encourage our patients to utilize include:
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