Posts made in April 2018

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The Growing Pains Of Health Care Reform

Five years after Congress signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, Journalsmallthe sweeping health care reform measure has impacted the local medical system in a number of ways.

The stated goal of the reform, dubbed Obamacare, is to provide more Americans with access to affordable, quality health insurance and reduce the growth in health care spending.

Accountable care organizations, physician consolidation, hospital revenues and insurance rates all factor into the ever-changing health industry playing field.

David L. Hill, a physician with KidzCare Pediatrics’ Leland office, said he has seen mixed results as elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are implemented.

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Pediatric clinic opens in St. Pauls

Practice now has 12 NC locations

ST. PAULS — KidzCare Pediatrics, a medical practice with offices across the state, has opened its latest clinic in St. Pauls.

Dr. Ashok Jain, the physician who oversees the practice, said there was a need for a pediatric clinic in St. Pauls. Jain operates 11 other pediatric clinics, in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Franklin, Hope Mills, Lillington, Sanford and Spring Lake.

“When I opened my first clinic in Hope Mills in 2003, we had people coming from here, Lumberton and Pembroke and as far away as Bladen County,” Jain said. “Our biggest focus is access to care. People who don’t have access to good primary providers end up in the emergency room and end up with higher costs.”

Treating an ear infection at KidzCare would typically run about $75, and at an urgent care center, about $250.

“If you end up going to an emergency room for the same thing, it will cost you about $1,500,” Jain said.

The clinic, which opened on April 10, has six examination rooms, two triage areas and four employees. Doctors at KidzCare Pediatrics are either board certified or board eligible in pediatrics.

“The community has been so receptive,” said Michelle Harris, who serves as office manager. “Everyone that comes in talks about the need for a practice like this. The lengths that these parents were driving with sick children was very surprising. Now we are just around the corner.”

The clinic treats children from birth to age 18 with asthma, complex and chronic illness, ADHD, ADD, ODD, conduct disorder and special needs. KidzCare Pediatrics also provides routine child care, immunizations and annual physicals for sports and schools.

“Really any child and any need, we will meet it,” Harris said.

According to Jain, KidzCare patients have electronic access to their medical records and information. Jain said the clinic also provides same-day access to care.

“If a child is sick, they need to be seen today,” he said.

Jain has worked in pediatrics since 1993 and has served as chief resident in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and as a Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology at Northwestern University-Children’s Memorial Hospital.

Before opening his first pediatric practice, Hope Mills Pediatrics, Jain provided health care services to under-served children in Indiana and North Carolina.

“We plan to be in St. Pauls forever,” he said. “I started my Hope Mills practice with five patients and last year our clinics treated about 68,000 patients. All we had to do was plant the seed.”

KidzCare Pediatrics, located at 216A E. Broad St., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and can be reached at 910-241-3136.

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Do Bullied Kids Blame Docs for Lack of Counseling?

WASHINGTON — Healthcare providers were listed as a main barrier to mental health services by bullied youths, according to researchers here. Among 440 middle and high school students in Cumberland County, N.C., who took part in focus groups, 29% indicated they had experienced prior bullying, and among cited barriers to seeking help, healthcare providers received a high ranking because of a failure to offer

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Cape Fear Voices – Pediatric care at crossroads

Members of the N.C. General Assembly are expected to vote next week on a framework for Medicaid reform. Children make up the majority of our Medicaid recipients, even though they account for well under half of Medicaid expenditures. Whether or not your family receives Medicaid, you need only look to the past month to know that the decisions our legislators make will will have

Certificate of Recognition awarded to KidzCare Pediatrics by NCQA-PCMH

WASHINGTON — Healthcare providers were listed as a main barrier to mental health services by bullied youths, according to researchers here. Among 440 middle and high school students in Cumberland County, N.C., who took part in focus groups, 29% indicated they had experienced prior bullying, and among cited barriers to seeking help, healthcare providers received a high ranking because of a failure to offer