PAP SMEAR: TEST LOOKS FOR PRESENCE OF PRECANCEROUS CELLS

A Pap smear is a procedure that screens for cervical cancer. Most women should start getting Pap smears at age 21 years and every three years after. It should be a part of your annual physical exam. The test looks for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus or womb. During the procedure, cells from the cervix are scraped away. It is not painful and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You may bleed a little after the test is completed.

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WHAT IS A MEDICARE WELLNESS EXAM?

A Medicare Wellness Exam is a preventative screening visit your provider wants you to have once a year. This visit is free and is separate from your annual physical exam (if your plan covers annual physicals). Traditional Medicare does not pay for a physical – it only covers a Wellness Exam.  What is a Wellness Exam? The visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since your last visit). It is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health....

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ORAL HERPES

Oral herpes is an infection caused by a specific type of the herpes simplex virus. This condition, also called HSV-1 or sometimes cold sores or fever blisters, creates painful sores on your lips, gums and tongue, as well as the roof of your mouth and sometimes the inside of your cheeks. It may even affect your nose and chin. Symptoms of oral herpes include swelling in the lymph nodes, fever, tiredness and aching muscles. While the initial infection with oral herpes occurs most often in children ages 1-2 years, ….

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FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PATIENT CENTERED CARE

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced in November that Family Practice Associates of Lexington, PSC has received NCQA Recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home. FPA was commended for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long- term, collaborative relationships.


The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Association and other associations that focus on health and wellness. NCQA standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient- centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.


“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “This recognition shows Family Practice Associates of Lexington has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time.”


Family Practice Associates has been recognized as a

Patient-Centered Medical Home since 2012 and is proud to once again achieve this honor. Its team of providers and staff have dedicated time, energy and resources to adopting evidence-based standards that provide better access and improved communications in order to achieve the highest level of top-quality care.


“Our practice continually strives to put our patients at the center of everything we do. We are always investing in resources and changing processes that will deliver more effective care to our patients,” said Dr. Joseph Gerhardstein, President of Family Practice Associates of Lexington.


“The entire team at FPA is committed to helping patients meet their health goals and address barriers that may keep patients from achieving their highest level of care,” said Shannon Riddell, CMA, Population Health Manager. “Our top priority is to help each of our patients stay healthier longer.”


NCQA is a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations.

It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in healthcare. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make informed healthcare choices. To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.


Family Practice Associates of Lexington has served the Lexington community for over 37 years. With 22 primary care providers, including practitioners of family practice, internal medicine and pediatrics, FPA provides high-quality healthcare in a friendly and compassionate environment for children and adults of all ages. FPA currently has two locations, one in the Hamburg area and the other at Brannon Crossing. The providers and staff of FPA are proud to be recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home and are continually striving to improve the health and outcomes of their patients and look forward to serving you and your family.