AUGUST 13, 2014
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE OFFICE IS CLOSED AT THIS TIME DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. WE ARE PLANNING A DELAYED OPENING AS WEATHER PERMITS. PLEASE CHECK FOR UPDATES PERIODICALLY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
HOW THE CHANGES IN PRIMARY CARE ARE AFFECTING THE PATIENT AND DOCTOR AND HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL.
ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 AT 8:00PM,
PLEASE JOIN DR. PANZER FOR A TALK TO GET AN OVERVIEW OF THE TREMENDOUS CHANGES PRIMARY CARE HAS EXPERIENCED IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW AND WHAT CHANGES RE COMING. ARE THEY GOOD OR BAD? NO MATTER WHAT, THERE ARE CERTAIN KEY POINTS THAT DR. PANZER WILL DISCUSS TO HELP PUT THE PATIENT IN AN ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION TO ENDURE AND SUCCEED IN ACHIEVING THEIR HEALTH CARE GOALS.
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THIS TALK BY PHONE 631-587-6060 OR BY
E-MAIL TO ADPANZERMD@LIMCPC.COM
SPACE IS LIMITED. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
PLEASE NOTE: The office will operate on summer hours beginning on June 1st and will resume regular hours on September 8, 2014. Our new hours will be as follows: Monday - Thursday 8:30AM-6:45PM, Friday 8:30AM- 5:45PM, Saturday 8:30AM-2:45PM and Sunday 8:30AM-12:45PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. As always we will continue to deliver the same quality of care to our valued patients.
Attention LIMC patients:
Inquire today about making a Preventative Care appointment with us! Most insurance plans cover this yearly service, which allows you a comprehensive consultation with your clinician to go over your family health history, your lifestyle, various health screenings and counseling and help you develop an Ongoing Care plan if needed. Based on your insurance, some services may be subject to deductibles, co-insurances and co-pays, but many are not. The goal is to KEEP you healthy and fit, preventing illnesses.
Let 2014 be the year you take charge of your health and be proactive! Ask LIMC how we can help you today.
Important reminder to our patients regarding LIMC office policies:
*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY*
2014 Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Insurance Changes
As most of you know by now, this upcoming year will cause many changes to your current insurance plans and there will be new types of plans accessible to our patients with various levels of coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As of now, the major carriers as well as LIMC do not have all the answers as to exactly what to expect in the New Year. What we do know is that deductibles, co-insurances and co-pays will be changing.
To ensure that LIMC can continue providing our patients with the best medical care possible, we ask that everyone cooperate with our NEW office policies:
We will require a signed Credit Card Authorization/Prepayment form from ALL patients.
The Credit Card Authorization portion will retain your card information in a secure HIPAA compliant database being used only if approved by your insurance carrier's EOB for any additional balance due from you to LIMC.
The Prepayment portion of this form will be used at the time of the office visit prior to seeing a clinician on all verified plans that show a deductible. We will charge between $60.00 and $200.00 for the visit up front, depending on the level of your visit, which gets put towards your deductible. We will refund any amount due to you as per the insurance EOB, generally within 30-60 days.
If we are unable to verify your insurance at the time of service for any reason, and you wish to receive medical treatment, we require the Prepayment form and will charge between $100.00 and $200.00 up front depending on the level of this visit. Upon verification of your benefits, you will be refunded any amount that may be due to you within 30-60 days.
If you have a 2014 Medicare deductible that has not been met, we reserve the right to collect a certain amount up front. LIMC will be collecting $100.00 at the time of service from all Medicare patients with an unmet deductible.
If your plan makes you responsible to pay a co-pay at your office visit, please understand that we are required by contract and law to collect it up front. We are NOT allowed to waive co-pays or make exceptions.
If you have an outstanding balance with our office, we will need to collect that before your visit with your clinician.
All patients, especially those with new insurance coverage, must provide front desk staff with their current active insurance card and valid photo ID with an address on it in order to be seen.
Please be sure to visit our website for office policies, forms and to join
our Patient Portal community! www.limcpc.com
We thank all of our patients in advance for their cooperation through
this transition period. We look forward to another successful year of
keeping you all healthy, being proactive in your healthcare and
providing you with the medical care you need.
Important Notice to All of Our Patients:The deadline is approaching for people who want to buy health coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace so they can have coverage starting on 1/1/2014.
December 23, 2013 is the deadline for people who want to enroll in a health insurance plan in the marketplace for coverage to begin on January 1, 2014.
People can still enroll in a plan until the end of March, 2014 but coverage will start on or after February 1, 2014.
Please visit the website https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/ for more information or to enroll in a plan. Check to see if there is a dedicated representative in your area that can assist you with signing up and answer detailed questions about the plans.
LIMC will be participating with most of the new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, including Fidelis Care, Health Republic of New York, Oscar, Empire Blue Cross, United Health Care "Compass" and Medicaid. Unforunately, we will not be accepting the NSLIJ exclusive plans, or the new Emblem plan called "Select Care". We are in the process now of participating with Affinity and Healthfirst.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at 631-587-6060, or message us through the Patient Portal. We look forward to continuing medical treatment for all of our established patients and meeting new faces in the New Year.
LIMC is happy to announce we are now accepting the NYS Medicaid Insurance Plan. We have already been accepting the Medicaid HMO's such as Americhoice, UHC Community Plan and HIP Healthcare Partners. Our practice is currently working on participating with more plans in the new year to better serve our patients.
Feel free to contact the office if you have any further questions or would like to make an appointment!
**Did you know about Long Island Medical Care Services, PC Patient Portal??
Our Patient Portal is a modern way to keep track of your health records,
medications and to communicate with your clinician all online. We
highly recommend all of our patients sign up to be a part of our
developing Web Portal community. The Patient Portal encourages the
active participation of YOU in your own healthcare.
Please provide reception with your updated email address when signing in for
a visit. Also, if you have any questions about the Portal or how to
sign up please ask.
You can also get started online by visiting our website directly at
www.limcpc.com to sign up.
**For our patients with Smartphones, iPhones and iPads:
Our Patient Portal has created a FREE mobile application called healow
which allows 24/7 access to your Portal account from your device.
(look up in the app store)
You can also add the accounts of family members to make access easy and
communication with our office efficient. Sign up today.
We want to connect with you!!
Long Island Medical Care is pleased to inform our patients that you now have easy access to Wi-Fi from all mobile devices, tablets and laptops within our office free of charge. It should appear as "LIMC Guest" in your settings. It is a safe and secure network. Get work done, shop online or communicate with friends on the net while you wait to see your clinician.
We also thank everyone for their continued patience as we wrap up the office renovations. We have undergone many changes in the last few weeks with more to come. If you havent already, come into LIMC and see what's new. We look forward to having our patients comfortable in an updated facility while receiving medical treatment.
LIMC is proud to announce we have completed the renovations to our X-Ray room as of 10/25/2013!
We once again have a fully functional, modern X-Ray machine in the office and thank you all for your patience during these last few months as we upgraded. Feel free to contact the office for further information or questions about X-Ray, hours and availability. Much of our office is still under construction, but we are open daily to see our patients.
As always, we have appointments and walk-ins daily to accomodate your medical needs.
Please be patient as we renovate our office. The office will remain open during the construction.
Also, we are upgrading our X-Ray equipment. We apologize that X-Ray is not in operation during this upgrade. We hope to back up and running in less than one month. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
May 15, 2013
Intra-articular and Trigger Point Injections
We are now offering Intra-articular and Trigger Point Injections. If you experience muscular pain, knee, shoulder, and/or wrist pain please call for an appointment with Sam Fassnacht R.P.A.-C for evaluation.
What are Intra-articular and Trigger Point Injections? An intra-articular injection involves injecting medication into a joint space, usually to reduce inflammation and therefore pain. Pain is sometimes caused by wear and tear in joints. By injecting a small amount of local anesthetic with or without steoids, it is often possible to reduce pain and inflammation.
Trigger point injections (TPI) are used to treat extremely painful and tender areas of muscle. Normal muscle contracts and relaxes when it is active. A trigger pain is a discrete knot or tight, ropy band of muscle that forms when muscles fail to relax. The knot can often be felt under the skin and may twitch involuntarily when touched, A small needle is inserted into the trigger point and a local anesthetic or anti-inflammatory is injected. The insertion of the needles inactivates the trigger point and alleviates pain. Additional treatment may be neeeded to achieve sustained relief.
May 15, 2013
Communicating with your clinician.
Instead of the telephone, we are now emphasizing the use of our patient portal as the primary means of communication between you and our office.
Please scroll down to review information about our secure, HIPAA compliant patient portal.
***Due to the inclement weather today, Tuesday January 21, the office will close at 6PM and will re-open on a delayed schedule Wednesday January 22, 2014.
If you need to be seen, please call the office first at 631 587-6060 to check on the status. We apologize for any inconvenience.***
Please check for updated information as the weather progresses.
If you have a medical emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Welcome to Long Island Medical Care
Our primary goal is to meet your health care needs
We respect your time and your discomfort
The staff follows policies, they do not make policies
Please be courteous and respectful to our staff
Insurance must be verified before your visit
All copays are collected before your visit
All balances must be paid before your visit
Certain circumstances will require a hold payment or credit card imprint
If you wish to express your opinion, please contact Dr. Panzer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for choosing our office for your healthcare needs!
Arnold D. Panzer, M.D.
Please be aware of our new office policy as a result of ever-changing insurance practices:
Insurance companies are changing copays, co-insurance and deductible amounts to different and often greater amounts.
Patients are sometimes under the impression that the physician is making more money because the patient is paying a higher amount, co-insurance or deductible, but the insurance company is approving the same or lesser amounts to be paid to the doctor resulting in the patient paying a greater percentage of the approved amount.
It has become increasingly more difficult for our office to collect the outstanding balances.
Therefore, in an effort to collect balances due and reduce our billing expenses, we now ask that you leave us a copy of your credit card imprint prior to being seen by the clinician. We will charge your credit card only for the balance due from any approved service by your insurance carrier, to include additional copay, co-insurance or deductible amount applied.
Services NOT covered by your carrier will NOT be charged to you or your credit card without your approval.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING!
DON'T Waste TIME in the OFFICE!!
PreRegister for your Appointment / Walk-in Visit From Home!
Submit your Insurance and Personal Information
from our Web site and Patient Portal
Ask our receptionists or follow instructions
on our web site,from side bar link Before Your Visit from Office Policy link on title bar
after following" Which patient are you?"
Take advantage of our Patient Portal!
What are the advantages of the Patient Portal?
- Easier and more convenient communication with our office and clinician
- Access your test results
- Build your own Personal Health Record
- By using the Patient Portal and the Patient Forms links on our web site you can provide us with all the necessary information to be seen as a patient, saving much of your valuable time in our office!!
- The Patient Portal is encrypted and HIPAA compliant, unlike email, which is not.
While in our office ask our receptionists to sign you up for the Patient Portal .
To give all our patients the best possible care, please respect the time we allow for each appointment.
If you need to cancel your appointment we ask that you cancel at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time. You must notify our office within 24 hours of your appointment or you will be charged $25.00. This policy also applies to not showing up for your scheduled appointment.
If you must do this after hours please call 631-587-6060 ext 333 and leave your name, date and time of appointment and reason for cancellation.