New computer system
May 18, 2013
Beginning Monday, 5/20, we will be operating on a new computer system. Please arrive a few minutes early for your first appointment on or after 5/20. We will need to verify all you data to ensure the data transferred correctly. Please bring you insurance card so we can scan into the system.
After the summer rush for back to school physical, sometime in September we will begin the conversion from paper charts to electronic medical records.
Please be patience with us during our learning curves. These transitions will enable us to server you more efficiently once it is complete.
We will also have a patient portal for you to utilize beginning sometime in October or November. You will have some expanded ways to communicate with us at that time. We will keep you posted as these changes occur.
Thank you for allowing us to care for your family!
Jan 15, 2013
Effective immediately, if your charges will be applied to a deductible, we will collect 50% of your billed charges at the time of service, this may not completely cover the amount you owed after applied to deductible but should cover most of it. This will only apply to sick visits, almost all well visits are now covered by insurance companies at 100%. If you still have a plan with a copay, only your copay will be collected at the time of service.
Strong For Life Camp Registration
Jan 15, 2013
2013 Camp Strong4Life Registration is Now Open
Registration for 2013 Camp Strong4Life is now open and can be accessed here. Camper week is slated for
July 7-12, and the first pre-camp family weekend is set for March 22, so please encourage your patients to register early. Camp costs $350, with payment plans and some need-based scholarships available.
Camp Strong4Life will be hosting a free information session and camp registration event on Feb. 9, from 9-11 a.m. at Sparkles Family Fun Center in Kennesaw. Families will learn more about camp, meet the staff and get moving! Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Feb. 6. See choa.org/CampStrong4Life for more info.
As you know, Camp Strong4Life is designed to instill healthy habits for life through health education, nutrition, physical fitness, and an integrated camp experience for children and their families. For more information about camp, or to see dates for upcoming family weekends, camper week and reunion weekends, visit choa.org/CampStrong4Life or email CampStrong4Life@choa.org.
Office Hour Changes
Dec 7, 2012
Beginning 1/2/13 we will change our lunch hour from noon - 1 to 12:30pm - 1:30pm. We hope this will enable more of you to get morning appointments so you can pick up your children from school.
Sep 6, 2012
We now have flu vaccine, both injectible and mist, available. We will have flu clinics avaible on select days, early morning, limited Saturdays. Monday 9/17 will we have 2 of our clinical staff available all day, some additional mornings and afternoons that week in addition to other dates. Please call to schedule your child for their flu vaccine. All children 6 months and older should receive. If your child is under 9 years of age and has never had a flu vaccine they will require two doses 30 days apart.
Jul 30, 2012
Please join us in welcoming our newest provider Craig Shapiro, MD, FAAP. He graduated from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY in 2006, completed his internship and residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in 2009. He just completed his fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Emory University last month. He resides in the Atlanta area with his wife and newborn daughter. Dr. Shapiro will being taking new pediatrics patients and infectious disease consults on August 20th. He will be seeing patients Monday 7:30am – 5:30pm, Thursday 7:30am – 6:00pm and Friday 10am – 4:30pm. See his profile under About Us.
As of September 1, Dr. Balcarek’s day off will be Friday instead of Wednesday. Her late night will move to Wednesday instead of Thursday.
Dr. Long is seeing patients 7:30am - 5:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and 7:30am - 6pm on Thursdays.
Our Flu vaccine should be arriving sometime in the month of August. Please watch our webpage and Facebook page for updates.
Back to School Physicals
May 18, 2012
Yes, school is just now ending for the summer but.... your children will need their annual physicals for sports and camps. Rising 6th graders (11 years or older) will need immunizations. Children with ADD and ADHD will need physicals and/or medication rechecks prior to going back to school. If you child will be enrolling in a new school they will need new forms, etc. We always have a rush in July and August, beat the rush schedule your child's appointment today.
We are now scheduling appointments through October. Prior to scheduling check with your insurance company to see what the requirements are for annual well exams. Most plans now pay annual wellness exams at 100% so there are no co-pays or deductibles to pay. Check with your plan or your employer regarding your wellness benefits. You may call the billing department for assistance as well (option 5 on phone system).