We are now offering the flu vaccine at all of our office locations! Please make sure you call Mount Vernon Internal Medicine at 703-780-2800 to set up your appointment to receive the vaccine so you are covered during the Flu Season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October as it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body.
Be aware of common flu symptoms including fever, cough, headache, muscle aches, tiredness or sore throat. Influenza is spread to others when an ill person coughs and sneezes. Remember to wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing, sneezing, or using tissues. If you have influenza stay home from work or school, get plenty of rest, and drink fluids.
If you suspect that someone in your family has influenza, contact your health care provider for advice and possible treatment. For more information and details from the CDC click on the following link : https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2017.pdf
Dear valued Patients,
The new year is here and insurance companies will begin to charge a deductible fee. The amount of your deductible will be verified by our staff and they will notify you before or at the time of your visit.
In order to offset the deductible and ease the burden of a higher bill to our patients, we will be collecting $50.00 at the time of each visit until the deductible is met. This amount will be deducted from the total and the leftover amount will be billed to the patient. Each insurance will have different thresholds when it comes to deductible, they range from the Medicare $183.00 all the way to over $2,000.00.
To clarify this, your provider will not receive reimbursement for the services provided until your deductible is met. The payment during that time will be the patient’s responsibility. This amount is in addition to the premiums the patient pays each month to the insurance companies. After the deductible is met, your standard insurance rates will apply along with any copays or coinsurances your insurance plan requires.
If you have any questions or need to arrange a different payment plan due to financial hardship, please feel free to contact us directly and we will work with you to make suitable arrangements. We thank you for trusting us with your care and greatly appreciate your compliance with your payment policy.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
Did you know most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors and no history of the disease in their families?
- Each year in the United States, more than 200,000 women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease.
- Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. Less than 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
- Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 10% of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger than 45 years of age.
What can you do to help detect breast cancer?
- Monthly self breast exams: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam is a website that has a short video to remind you how to complete a self breast exam.
- Complete yearly mammograms: some women as young as 40 can have yearly mammograms. Please shceudle an appointment with one of our providers if you have questions on when you need to start receving yearly screening mammograms.
****Please contact our office to schedule an appointment or request an order for a routine screening mammogram. Please note that most facilities will have you complete a questionaire prior to rendering services for your mammogram. Some answers on this questionaire may change the need of your mammogram from a screening to a diagnostic. Please note a diagnostic mammogram could apply to your deductible and is not considered a routine screening. *******
While you may be stocking up on hand sanitizer and avoiding crowded events, if you have not received your seasonal flu vaccine, then you have not taken the most important step to protect yourself from the flu.
An annual flu vaccine is the first step in preventing the flu. It is recommended by the CDC that, everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes 2 weeks for protection from a flu vaccine to develop in the body.
Flu FACTS vs. Flu FICTION
FICTION: The flu vaccine gives you the flu...........FACT: The adult flu vaccine does not contain a live flu virus so it is impossible to acquire the flu from it.
FICTION: The flu vaccine does not work.........FACT: The flu vaccine is the single most effective protection against the flu.
FICTION: I am fit and healthy, I don't need the flu vaccine........FACT: Being healthy does not prevent you from getting the flu, and you could be spreading the virus without any symptoms.
Mount Vernon Internal Medicine will be offering the annual flu vaccine beginning in October. These vaccines can be administered during a lab appointment or a regular provider appointment for all of our patients. We will also be sending out campaign calls, portal messages and emails providing you with important information about the flu vaccine. Schedule your appointment today and help be a Flu Fighter!!!
Attention valued patients of Mount Vernon Internal Medicine
In an effort to provide you with prompt, accurate, and extraordinary care we need your help.
We are overwhelmed with the number of refill requests we are getting from our patients and pharmacies. You may have noted this with longer wait times to call our office. This is taking away staff time from other duties that are crucial to patient care.
We would like to encourage you to bring your medications with you to every visit. If you are unable to bring your medications, please bring a list of your medications. This will ensure your records are kept up to date, we reduce medication errors and we can see if you require any refills with your medication bottles. Please note any prescription refills that are requested outside of an office visit will only be filled with a 30 day supply, at the clinician’s discretion. We are respectfully asking that you make an appointment when refills are due. The practice reserves the right to charge a $10 fee for all prescriptions requested and filled outside of an office visit. Be aware that you should allow more than 24 hours for a called in prescription. Prescriptions will not be refilled on weekends, holidays or after hours. In order to avoid the need of this charge please make sure you ask for your medication refills during your office visit. Please note that Mount Vernon Internal Medicine will not refill lost or stolen controlled substances.
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