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Holiday Closure

All of our clinics will be closed Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day. All clinics will reopen to regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30th.

We hope that everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Student Health Clinic Summer 2017

Attention all University of Idaho students! The Student Health Clinic has moved for the summer. We are now located at the QuickCare Clinic at 2500 W A Street. This is the walk-in clinic that is located up behind Walmart here in Moscow. You can either walk in to be seen or call to make an appointment. We will be here all summer and will plan to move back onto campus in August. Please call us for any questions at 882-2011. Have a great summer everyone!

Blue Cross Members

We have been recently contacted by many of our patients expressing concern that our providers at Moscow Family Medicine, now Catalyst Medical Group is no longer in network with Blue Cross of Idaho.  This is not the case and we intend to continue to provide your healthcare needs.  If you still have concerns or any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 208-882-2011.

 

We have been actively communicating with Blue Cross of Idaho and have been advised each of their members affected will be getting the following letter in the mail.

 

Dear Member:

You may have recently received a letter from Blue Cross of Idaho indicating Dr. xxxxxx is no longer a Blue Cross of Idaho contracting provider. That information is incorrect. Dr. xxxxxx remains a Blue Cross of Idaho contracting provider available to service you at his/her existing practice location.

When the Catalyst Medical Group formed, bringing together Moscow Family Medicine, Valley Medical Center and Lewiston Orthopedics, Blue Cross of Idaho erroneously terminated all of the associated practitioners in our system, rather than just moving them under a new corporate structure.  We realize this error has caused a hardship for Catalyst as members have started moving to other practices.  We sincerely apologize for our error and encourage you to keep or reestablish your care needs with Catalyst.  Their practitioners remain a strong business partner to Blue Cross of Idaho, delivering excellent healthcare to our members.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and frustration our miscommunication has caused both our members and practitioners.

Sincerely,

Blue Cross of Idaho
New Paperwork for New Year

When coming in for your appointments this new year, we will be asking you to fill out some new paperwork.

To save time at the check in counter, please print these out and have them filled out before your appointment. Please click the form below to be filled out:

ROI HIPAA Forms 2017_CMG

Also be sure to bring in a copy of all your insurance cards and a photo ID as we are needing to scan these into our system.

Also with the new year comes new copays and deductibles. Please be prepared to pay for this at check in before being seen by the provider.

To ensure that you will be checked in on time for your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

Exciting Updates!

To Our Valued Patients:

Last spring we announced the creation of an exciting new medical clinic known as Catalyst Medical Group. Moscow Family Medicine, Valley Medical Center and Lewiston Orthopaedic Associates have created a collaborative organization to bring all three entities together. Beginning January 1, 2017, the 28 local physician owners along with more than 40 other physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives, and 260 staff members will begin providing medical services as Catalyst Medical Group.

Although in the coming months you will see our new name and logo begin to show up, we have not changed our reason for being in business; to improve the quality of your life. The same providers, nurses and staff members continue to work to earn your trust and improve your life. Our clinic locations and hours have not changed.

There are a number of things we would like you to be aware of:

  • Effective January 1, 2017, all services we provide will be billed under the name Catalyst Medical Group, PLLC. This means you will receive billing information from Catalyst Medical Group for any and all services provided to you on and after January 1, 2017. If you received medical services from Moscow Family Medicine on or before December 31, 2016, you will be billed from Moscow Family Medicine.
  • If you have a current balance with Moscow Family Medicine and also receive medical services from Catalyst Medical Group, you may receive two separate billing statements.
  • Payments made to your previous Moscow Family Medicine account need to be separate from any new balances due Catalyst Medical Group.
  • Our secure patient portal will only show your Moscow Family Medicine account balances while we improve the portal and the secure information it provides. More information about an improved patient portal will be forthcoming.
  • If you have questions about your account(s) with either Moscow Family Medicine or Catalyst Medical Group, please call our business office at (208) 882-4611.

The physician-owners of Moscow Family Medicine thank you for the privilege of taking care of you and your family for more than 32 years and look forward to many more decades of service to you as Catalyst Medical Group.

We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

The song may have ended, but the melody plays on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words cannot express the severe grief we are experiencing at the loss of our friend and colleague, Terri Grzebielski. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry and the rest of his family along with the families of David Trail, Belinda Neibuhr and Michael Chin.

Most of the time, we do not get to decide what happens to us, but we do get to decide how we respond to what happens. During this difficult time, our focus will continue to be on taking care of each other and our community and honoring Terri’s life with our services to others.

In the coming days, we will cherish the thoughts, prayers, hugs and words of encouragement. We will heal and become a stronger community.

Jeff Geier, CEO

10 Tips to Build a Healthy Meal

With today being the first day of autumn, it seems that everyone’s schedules have gotten busier. All the children are back in school and that means back to after-school activities. While we may be rushing around from place to place, it is always good to remember to make your meal times count. Here are 10 tips to make sure that you are getting the most value of every meal you eat.

  1. Make half your plate veggies and fruits
  2. Add lean protein
  3. Include whole grains
  4. Don’t forget the dairy
  5. Avoid extra fat
  6. Take your time to eat
  7. Use smaller plates
  8. Take control of your food
  9. Try new foods
  10. Satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way

We hope that these are some useful tips to keep on you track during the busy time of year.

National UV Safety Month

July is national UV safety month. This is a great time to remind everyone to protect themselves from the sun while outside. UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer and can also cause damages to the eyes. In the United States, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer with more than 4 million new cases every year. While it is fun to play in the sun, be sure to follow some of the tips below to keep your family safe whiles doing so.

  • Before going outdoors, apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Be sure to reapply after swimming
  • Apply sunscreen about every 2 hours of being in the sun
  • Wear protective clothing like long sleeves and hats
  • Limit time spent in direct sun
  • The sun is usually the most intense from the hours of 10 A.M to 4 P.M
What do all these crazy insurance terms mean?

You may have received a bill from your recent visit and have some questions about what insurance is doing. There might be some verbiage on the statement that almost looks like a foreign language to you. Well, we are going to clear some of the confusion up for you. Listed below are some of the common terms that insurance companies are using.

Deductible: Amount of loss that the insured person pays before the insurance kicks in and pays

Copayment: A predetermined, flat fee an individual pays for health-care services, in addition to what insurance covers

Coinsurance: A percentage of each claim above the deductible paid by the policyholder. An example for a 20% healthcare plan would mean that the insured party would pay the deductible amount plus 20%

Coordination of Benefits: A system used in group health plans to eliminate duplication of benefits when you are covered under more than one insurance plan

Effective Date:  The date on which a policyholder’s coverage begins

Pre-existing Condition: A health problem that has been diagnosed, or for which you have been treated, before buying a health insurance plan

These are some of the common terms that are seen when processing the payments from the insurance companies. Hope this clears up the confusion that can come with understanding the statements coming from your insurance company.

Healthy Tips for Camping

Welcome to the camping season! We are sure that with the Fourth of July being at the end of this week, there will be many of you out there camping. Moscow Family Medicine would like to give you some tips to help you be safe and healthy during your summer camping trips.

Food Safety:

Be sure to prepare healthy and safe food. Make sure that food is stored in tight, waterproof containers. Also be sure to wash your hands often when preparing meals. Remember to separate raw foods from cooked foods and to cook everything to its proper temperature.

 

Skin Safety:

Don’t forget to pack the bug repellant spray. Apply the repellant every couple of hours to ensure complete protection. A good tip is to also apply the repellant to clothes for extra protection. Wearing long sleeve shirts and pants is another good way to help protect against the insects that are out there.

 

While you are protecting yourself from the insects, don’t forget about the sun. Packing sunscreen and applying it often is a great way to prevent harmful sun burns. It is a great idea to grab waterproof sunscreen if you are planning on playing in the water while out. Sunscreen should be applied every couple of hours for better protection.

 

Here is a quick packing list of some items that might be forgotten:

  • Insect repellant
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen
  • Wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses
  • Water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Sturdy shoes

 

Hope this help while packing for the weekend. Moscow Family Medicine would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Fourth of July!

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Location Contacts:

  • Main Street Office: 208.882.2011
  • Business Office: 208.882.4611
  • West Side Clinic: 208.882.2011
  • QuickCare Clinic: 208.882.0540
  • UI Student Health: 208.885.6693