Author: Annapolis Internal Medicine

Clinical Trial For Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Annapolis Internal Medicine is excited to announce a new clinical trial for patients with Type 2 diabetes. People recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for developing pancreatic cancer.
Bluestar Genomics is studying a new blood test to identify pancreatic cancer in people with recently
diagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

You may be a candidate for this research study if the following apply:

  • You are 50 years of age or older
  • You’ve recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within 6 months

If you’re interested in participating in this clinical trial, contact Annapolis Internal Medicine today for more information. Check out the link below for more details on the trial.

Clinical Trial Details

COVID Updates

We continue to stock the Moderna vaccine for primary vaccines and boosters.  Appointments are available for testing at the AIM Clinic.  Patients meeting the criteria will be prescribed the oral antivirals.

Please note-MDH has advised that there are limited supplies of oral antivirals.  These treatments will be reserved for the particularly vulnerable and the moderately to severely immunocompromised.

 

Not sure if you should be tested? Click on the link to be redirected to the CDC Corona Virus Self-Checker.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/coronavirus-self-checker.html

 

Get free at-home COVID-19 tests! 

https://www.covidtests.gov/

 

Was your at-home COVID test positive? 

Please report your positive test results either through the mobile app associated with your at-home test, or through https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/testing/if-you-test-positive/#report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annapolis Internal Medicine Participates in the MDPCP Program

Our practice is participating in the Maryland Primary Care Program (MDPCP), a state-wide initiative to improve primary care.

Giving Practices Extra Support to Help you Receive Better Care

Through MDPCP, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will give our practice additional resources to help us better manage your care. We hope to provide you the highest quality patient-centered care.

Additional Information for Traditional Medicare (Part A & Part B) Beneficiaries 

To help us provide you with the best care, Medicare will start sharing some of your personal health information with us and the State Designated Health Information Exchange (CRISP), to share with other health professionals providing care to you. This will provide us with a more complete picture of your health and allow us to better coordinate your care.

Your Medicare benefits ARE NOT changing. Enhanced services covered by this program will not require additional cost-sharing for you. You still have the right to use or visit any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare at any time. Your doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice which doctors or hospital(s) you visit.

Data Sharing Opt Out

If you want Medicare to stop sharing this personal health information, please contact 1-800-MEDICARE. A Health Information Exchange, or HIE, is a way of sharing your health information among participating doctors’ offices, hospitals, and care coordinators.

Medicare’s Preventive Services Overview

Preventive care is care you receive to prevent illness, detect medical conditions, and keep you healthy. Medicare Part B covers many preventive services, such as screenings, vaccines, and counseling. If you meet the eligibility requirements and guidelines for a preventive service, you must be allowed to receive the service. This is true for Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans. If you have recently enrolled in Medicare, meaning 12 months or less, please visit https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-covered-services/preventive-services/welcome-to-medicare-preventive-visit to learn more about your Welcome to Medicare preventive exam.  If you have had Medicare for more than a year, please visit https://www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/medicare-covered-services/preventive-services/annual-wellness-visit to learn about Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit and what to expect during your visit.

What is Health Care?

Is there is a difference between medical care and health care? There is.

Medical care is what physicians and other clinicians do every day with you in offices, labs, surgery centers, and hospitals. Titrating blood pressure meds. Checking blood sugar. Adding this medication on and stopping that medication. Heart bypass surgery. X-rays. MRI’s. All that constitutes medical care. In America, we do a lot of it and we are the best. Hands down. However, medical care probably constitutes only 10% – 20% of health outcomes.

Health care is a much broader idea of which medical care is only a subset and constitutes the remaining 80-90% of health outcomes. It incorporates other elements such as Social Determinants (the circumstances under which you are born, live, play, socialize, work and die), genetics, behaviors such as eating, smoking, exercise and drinking, and a myriad of other factors. All these issues may seem out of place in the context of a Primary Care practice but they matter more for health outcomes. And in this overall picture when considering infant mortality, the rates of chronic disease, mortality for certain demographic sections, and access to health insurance, the US does not do as well compared to other countries. True, the USA is much larger and much more diverse than other countries to which we are often compared, such as the Nordic countries or Canada but this just illustrates the challenge before us as a nation.

So how is Primary Care to engage with the rest of this Health Care paradigm?

First, we need to continue to do well what we have been doing well. We will continue to focus on making sure that the tests and procedures we recommend for you and the medications we prescribe to you are necessary and valuable for your overall medical care. We will continue to coordinate care among specialists and other players in your medical care. We will continue to try and improve access to high-quality medical care. All this we have to keep doing well and even continue to improve.

Second, we need to engage on a broader front. We need to help to connect you with resources or organizations that can help you with financial constraints. We need to continue efforts to improve counseling about smoking, alcohol use, physical activity, and nutrition. We need to develop and implement strategies to better help you if you have issues with substance abuse and mental health. The need is great.

Primary Care has a front line role in health care, not just medical care, and we will always be seeking ways to help you improve your health.

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