Front-line preventive and medical care for families and individuals
Your Family Medicine provider is your partner and advocate when it comes to maintaining optimal health, as well as your first point of contact in the health care system. Choosing the right one is important. Several URPG Family Medicine physicians accept patients as early as birth; all of our providers give excellent care and listen intently. They also diagnose and treat common health problems and refer patients to specialists when necessary.
You should see your Family Medicine provider once a year for a check-up and any time you have a health concern. In an ongoing relationship, your provider gets to know your lifestyle, your family and other factors that can affect your health and wellbeing.
We provide preventive care (physicals, screenings, and vaccines), treat minor injuries and acute illnesses, and help manage chronic medical conditions.
The Benefits of Having a Family Medicine Provider
A Family Medicine provider is a physician who is specifically trained in treating the entire person – physically, mentally and emotionally. Unlike other doctors who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, Family Medicine providers not only diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses, like the flu and high blood pressure, but they also provide routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent diseases from developing in the first place.
Some advantages of having an established Family Medicine provider include:
Someone to Watch Over You
- Helps you stay healthier because of regular checkups, immunizations and screenings.
- Gains valuable information from tracking a problem over time —and can make treatment decisions accordingly.
- Over the long term, knows your health history, your habits, and your personality, and can more easily recognize signs that indicate a potential change in your health.
One Point Person
- Manages and coordinates of all your health care needs
- Provides referrals to specialty physicians, when needed and keeps track of your care with them
Saves Time Down the Line
- Helps you get care more quickly should you get sick in the future—whether it’s a pesky sinus infection or something more serious, because they know your history and more about you
Prevent Future Illness
- Helps educate you about your health and helps prevent chronic illnesses through regular check-ups
Establishing a relationship with a Family Medicine provider is important to help keep you healthier as you age.
NCQA recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home
United Regional Physician Group (URPG) Primary Care has received Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and others.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) provide health care that focuses on the patient and the patient’s needs. PCMHs like URPG Primary Care get to know patients in long-term partnerships, rather than through hurried, sporadic visits. We make treatment decisions with you, based on your preferences, and help you become engaged in your own behaviors and health care.
What sets a PCMH apart from the rest? URPG Primary Care has implemented practices to keep you as healthy as possible. These practices include:
- Expanded access to your providers. This has been done by extending CarePlus walk-in clinic hours, providing virtual visits through MyChart, and providing same-day appointments as well as appointments outside of normal business hours (such as late hours, early hours and even Saturdays).
- Assigning Care Managers. Care Managers are available to patients with multiple chronic conditions who could use more attention and assistance.
- Shared decision making. For preventative exams, patients and providers can make determinations on an individualized plan.
- Enhanced aftercare assistance. Following an office, ER or hospital visit, we want to be certain you have the appropriate follow-up care (i.e., appointments, lab work and diagnostic results). Data Specialists make sure you are current on preventive screenings and schedule exams when necessary.