Fall is in the air! And as the weather turns chilly, it’s a good time to focus on your health before winter arrives. One way to do so is to get your annual flu vaccine! Schedule a nurse visit or ask during your regular provider visit about our flu vaccinations.
 
We’ll also help you focus on your wellness with our first, “Fall into Wellness” event – an evening open house and wellness fair on Nov. 2, showcasing all our offerings and featuring special pricing and prizes.
 
Also, this month, we focus on women’s health issues, including pelvic health and nutrition for decreasing risk of breast cancer.

Lastly, we want to let you know another differentiator of our practice that helps us provide you with exceptional care--our use of EPIC for our electronic health records system. Our practice is the only independent physician practice in the Greater Cincinnati area that has EPIC, and despite the substantial additional cost, we invested in it because we believe having access to complete medical records for our patients is critical for providing excellent comprehensive care. Read more about why this is important.
 
As always, we appreciate your trust in us as your healthcare providers. Hope to see you on Nov. 2 -- Read on to learn more!

In good health,

Lisa Larkin, MD, and Associates
FALL INTO WELLNESS

J oin us for a “Fall into Wellness” event featuring health therapies and services all geared toward improving your health and wellness. Learn about our offerings while traveling through our office and meeting our team. Take advantage of special pricing and enter to win fantastic prizes! (Read more...)
ON THE BLOG
It's Time to Treat Your Pelvic Floor Disorder

By Aparna Shah, MD
Board-Certified OB/Gyn & Female Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery
The Christ Hospital Physicians–Urogynecology
7759 University Dr., Suite G
West Chester, OH 45069

Nearly 30 percent of women will suffer from conditions caused by deterioration of muscles, connective tissues, bone structures and ligaments in the pelvis at some point in their lifetime. Together, these are collectively known as the "pelvic floor," and are critical to supporting organs such as the uterus and bladder. Yet as common as pelvic floor disorders are, many women do not seek treatment, suffering from needless discomfort and embarrassment. (R ead more... )
Post-partum “bulge” may be more than baby weight: What new moms need to know

By Stacey Hendricks, PT, DPT, WCS
 
Childbirth can wreak havoc on a woman’s body—just ask any new mom. But many women worry about that post-baby belly because they don’t like how they look. In reality, that bulge might be signaling a bigger issue—diastasis recti—a condition that requires help from a pelvic floor physical therapist. ( Read more...)
Body Wisdom: What could your body be telling you?

by Gretchen Fermann, MD
 
We make healthy lifestyle choices regarding diet and exercise, we don’t smoke, we practice safe sex, and we get a PAP smear as recommended. We should be pretty safe from getting a gynecologic cancer, right? Not really. Sadly, cancers of the female reproductive tract can happen to any woman.

Screening means a test to look for disease before there are symptoms. ( Read more...)
NUTRITION
Breast Cancer and Nutrition: How to Minimize Your Risk

By Jennifer Bain, MEd, LDN, RDN
 
With this October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are finding friendly reminders everywhere to remember self-exams, follow-up with our physicians, and schedule our yearly mammograms. But, there is more that we can do on a monthly, weekly, and even daily basis. It is true that no diet or lifestyle will guarantee prevention, but it may help minimize your risk. ( Read more...)
PRACTICE NEWS
Now is the time for Flu shots!
 
Many people mistakenly believe that if they are “young and healthy,” they don’t need the flu shot. While older adults and those with chronic conditions are always urged to get their annual flu shot, the CDC (and our providers) recommend that even the “young and healthy” get vaccinated, because the flu can be so widespread. The more people vaccinated, the more we can help prevent the spread to others. We offer the standard flu shot for $25; the High-Dose Flu shot (recommended for those 65 years old and older) is $50. Our office can provide you with paperwork needed to submit to your insurance for coverage. (Note: Flu vaccinations from our office are not eligible for Medicare reimbursement.)
 
Call the office to make an appointment for your flu shot today!
Telemedicine Visits offer convenience and expertise
 
Feeling crummy but don’t want to get out of bed to be seen by your provider? Our practice now offers tele-medicine video visits (when appropriate) so you can chat with your provider online, using any device that has a camera (smart phone, tablet or computer.) Visits are $40, and can be scheduled by calling the office. Patients should download the Amwell app onto their device. Learn more here.

DIRECT PRIMARY CARE NEWS
These Doctors Got Fed Up With Insurance.
Now They Treat Their Patients Like Valued Customers.


"Today there's a small but  growing  movement of doctors who are opting out of the traditional health care system by no longer accepting insurance. This new approach is is called  "direct primary care,"  but it's essentially a throwback to an era before insurance companies were responsible for covering routine services like ear infections or strep cultures."

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