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QueensCare Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home

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This summer, QueensCare Health Centers (QHC) earned the distinction of being renewed by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  We are proud of the transformation and commitment of the QueensCare team to adopt the care model, but what does this mean to you, a QHC patient?

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  • Care Built for You – “Patient-Centered” probably gave it away, but this care model focuses on teaming up with you to reach your health goals and improving access to care. We also care about your satisfaction and want you to have the right care at the right time.
  • Team-Based Approach – you have your primary care provider and we want to build a partnership with you and your whole team of health educators, care coordinators, specialty doctors, and others to personalize your care to keep you healthy and to better manage any chronic conditions.
  • Focus on Quality and Prevention –Oftentimes, the best medicine is preventive medicine. We want you to be proactive when it comes to your health, so we recommend preventive screenings based on your age, lifestyle, or other factors. Preventing disease saves you money and can help to keep you healthy and happy for years to come.

 

Research shows that the PCMH care model improves patient care, reduces costs, and is associated with happier patients.  We are proud to build upon the vision and values of QueensCare Health Centers to reduce disparities and improve the health of our communities.

Source: National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). (n.d.). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from http://www.ncqa.org/programs/recognition/practices/patient-centered-medical-home-pcmh/why-pcmh/pcmh-benefits/benefits-to-clinicians-practices-patients


Make time for your medications this holiday season!

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Make time for your medications this holiday season!

 

As the holidays apprGirl Holding Christmas Giftoach, we think about celebrating with loved ones, enjoying delicious food, traveling, and shopping. It’s easy to forget to take our medications during the hectic hustle and bustle of the season.

There can be serious consequences for people with chronic diseases (ex: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, and high cholesterol) who miss taking their medications. Every year, emergency rooms experience a high spike in heart attacks, deaths, and worsening heart failure around the holidays. Many are from people eating too much and binging on alcohol. However, missing medications can put you at a higher risk for needing to go to the hospital.

So, what can we do to help us remember to take our medications and have a safe, enjoyable holiday?

General Tips

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  • Make a list of all of your medications
  • Create a calendar or schedule to help you remember when to take which medicine
  • Use a pill box to organize daily pills
  • Use a smart phone app to help remind you when its time to take your medication:
    • Dosecast – Medication Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • Drugs.com Medication Guide (free): Android
    • MedCoach Medication Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • Med Helper Pill Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • MediSafe Meds & Pill Reminder (free): Android, iOS
    • Pill Monitor Free (free): iOS
    • Pill Reminder AnyTimer (free): Android
    • Pill Reminder by Drugs.com (free): iOS
    • PocketNurse – Pill Reminder (free): Android
    • RXmindMe Prescription (free): iOS

 

Forgot to take your medications?

Generally, you can take it as soon as you remember, but if you are due for today’s dose, DO NOT double up to make up for yesterday’s missed dose. If you are not sure, call your doctor or ask a pharmacist.

Traveling

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  • Plan ahead and ask for an early refill from your pharmacy if needed
  • Medication bottles should have pharmacy labels on them with your name and other important details
  • If you’re going on a plane, pack your medications in a separate, clear bag to expedite the screening process

 

Diabetic medication and related supplies:
  • Insulin vials, insulin pens, lancets, an unlimited number of unused syringes, glucagon emergency kits, sharps disposal container, etc. are allowed at the checkpoint
  • Liquids and gels greater than 3.4 ounces are allowed as well, but must be removed from the carry-on luggage and declared to TSA
  • Insulin should never be placed in a checked baggage since it could be affected by temperature and pressures

 

Traveling with young children or babies:
  • Be prepared before they get sick and bring commonly needed medications like Acetaminophen(Tylenol) for fever or diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for cold or allergy symptoms
  • For medication safety, ask for child-proof bottles from your pharmacy and place your medications out of sight and out of reach from children

 

Alcohol & Medications

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  • Best to avoid alcohol, especially if you are taking antibiotics, cholesterol medications, antidepressants, sedatives, or warfarin
  • If you must drink – moderation is key! Limit yourself to 1-2 drinks per day

 

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Medicare offers health coverage to people age 65 and older, people with permanent disabilities, and people with specific illnesses.

Who can get it?

  • Individuals 65 years and older
  • Individuals under 65 years who have received Social Security/Railroad Retirement disability benefits for 24 months
  • Individuals under 65 years who have disabilities, permanent kidney-failure or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)


How much does it cost?

  • Part A (Hospital Coverage):
    • Premiums vary depending on work history and when you enroll
    • Annual benefit period deductible, no limit to number of benefit periods
    • Coinsurance fees apply on the 61st day and vary depending on the number of days in the hospital thereafter
    • Late enrollment and skilled nursing facility fees
  • Part B (Doctor Visits):
    • Monthly premium based on modified adjusted gross income
    • Deductible – per year, Coinsurance – 20% of Medicare approved charge per service
  • Part D (Prescription Drug Program):
    • Premiums and deductibles vary depending on which plan you choose.
    • Programs available for low-income people on Medicare to pay for premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance


What is required?

Citizenship or legal permanent residence (5 years or more)


What is covered?

Part A (Hospital Coverage):
Hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, nursing home care, hospice care, home health services, etc.
Part B (Doctor Visits):
Most outpatient services (lab tests, routine physicals, dental or eye exams, surgeries, and doctor visits), ambulance services, durable medical equipment (DME), mental health, etc.
Part D (Prescription Drug Program):
Medicare Health plans are available, (which may have a premium), to cover medicines


Where do I go for care?

  • LA County DHS hospitals and clinics
  • Any provider who accepts Medicare


Where do I apply?

  • Any Social Security Administration office


For more information, click here or call (800) 772-1213 or (800) 633-4227. You may also visit any Social Security Administration office.



Source: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/coverageoptions/medicare/


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