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MARCH - MAY 2016


 

NEW PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER

Cartersville Pediatrics is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Claire Ashley, CPNP to the provider staff effective January 2016. Ms. Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2011. She then went on to Emory University School of Nursing where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014 and a Master of Science of Nursing in 2015. She is board certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Appointments are now being accepted for Ms. Ashley.

   

HOLIDAYS

Easter

    Friday March 25 – close at noon
    Saturday March 26 – closed

Memorial Day

    Saturday May 28 – closed
    Monday May 30 – closed

COLLEGE HEALTH FORMS AND SHOT RECORDS

Many patients when they get into their teenage years do not make appointments for their annual health examinations and therefore either get behind on their immunizations or get them elsewhere (health department, drugstore clinic, grocery store clinic, Urgent Care, another doctor). If these shots obtained elsewhere are not entered into the Georgia Immunization Registry (GRITS), we have no way of accessing them. Frequently these patients have not been seen in the office for 2-5 years or longer. When it comes time to fill out college entrance forms, we are unable to comply due to incomplete information. If the shot record is incomplete and shots need to be given, he/she will need a health check examination. We do not give immunizations to patients not seen a least once a year for annual exams. If your college bound child finds themselves in this predicament please do not wait until the last minute to try to rectify the situation. Better yet, always have your child get an annual examination once a year.

   

ANNUAL WELLNESS PHYSICALS

Start thinking about scheduling you child’s annual physical during the summer break (May – August). These appointments fill up rapidly so don’t procrastinate.

   

ADHD RECHECK EXAMINATIONS

A reminder that ADHD medicine rechecks are due every 3-4 months. In order for your child to be able to continue on medication, you must have these rechecks done as required by your health care provider.

   

MEASLES (red measles; hard measles; 10 day measles)

Due to the anti-vaccination propaganda that has been rampant in the media over the past 10-15 years, routine vaccination (MMR) against this measles had decreased and therefore measles is on the rise in this country. Any link between MMR and autism has been thoroughly disproven by numerous scientific studies. This is not a benign illness and there are 2-3 deaths per 1000 cases in children. All children NEED to be vaccinated at 12 months old and 4 years old.

If you do not agree with this recommendation then please consider finding another medical practice for your child that will go along with your wishes, since for the protection of our patients whose parents choose for them to be vaccinated, we can no longer accommodate this anti-vaccination position.

   

PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS

All patients that have been diagnosed with any type of chronic medical condition (ADHD, asthma, heart disease, etc.) are now required to have an annual wellness examination in order for Cartersville Pediatrics to continue to prescribe medication for these problems.

   

INSURANCE COMPANY REQUIREMENTS

Due to new requirements put forth by insurance companies for certain medical conditions, additional office visits may be required during the year.

Due to the increased number of screening forms and tests that are now required by the federal government, state government and insurance companies, there will be increased paperwork that will need to be completed before a health check examination. Please arrive early for your health check appointment so the forms can be completed before the doctor or nurse practitioner sees your child.