Starting April 15, 2022, Annapolis Internal Medicine will no longer be participating with most United Healthcare or UHC Medicare Advantage plans. If Medicare is primary and you have a standard UHC secondary insurance, we will continue to accept the Medicare plan. For more information about this, please click on Patient Information, FAQ, and then the Out-of-Network or Uninsured tab. If you would like to know our fees for service, please click on Patient Information followed by Billing and Insurance.
As of 12/18/2021, the CDC estimates the Omicron COVID strain is responsible for 73% of positive cases. COVID vaccines and getting your booster as soon as you are eligible remain the best protection against Omicron. Your AIM providers have adopted the Primary Care Triple Plan proposed by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).
Action Steps include:
o Therapeutics: oral antivirals
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.
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COVID Testing at Luminis Health
Beginning Friday, December 31, 2021 at 9 a.m., the Maryland Department of Health, with the help of the National Guard, will open a public COVID-19 testing site in the medical tent outside of the Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center south pavilion. Many thanks to Governor Hogan, the Maryland Department of Health, and the National Guard for their partnership and action.
The testing site will run 7 days per week, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., including New Year’s Day, until further notice. The site will be walk-ups only, no scheduling or appointments, no physician order required, and will consist of PCR lab tests, which take 24-48 hours for results.
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.
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.
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.