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Now Hiring | Board Certified Family Practice Physician

Now Hiring | Board Certified Family Practice Physician
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wmc now hiringWindermere Medical Center is currently seeking to hire a full-time, board certified family practice physician. Physicians applying for this job should feel comfortable seeing patients of all age groups and have the skill set to see patients in both walk-in care as well as a primary care setting.

Position: Full-Time, board certified family practice physician

Location: Windermere, Florida

Compensation and Benefits: Negotiable

This position needs to be filled ASAP.

To be considered for the position, please send your CV to Sara Dee at SaraDee@WindermereMedicalCenter.com

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Your Insurance May Be Changing

Your Insurance May Be Changing
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Every year health insurance changes a little, but this next year has some big changes. We care deeply about our patients and their access to medical care, so we want to make sure you know what is happening – and what you may need to do.

Aetna, Humana, and United Healthcare are closing their Marketplace (Obamacare) plans on December 31st, 2016. If you received a letter from them announcing the closing of your health plan, you need to shop for a new plan and new insurance carrier for next year. That can be frustrating, but don’t worry. Visit www.Healthcare.gov starting November 1st, 2016, to see the full list of other health plans available for you to choose from this fall.

We also wanted to let you know that some insurance companies are changing their list of doctors and their provider network for next year, so it’s very important that you check to make sure that the doctors you want to see are still in your health plan’s network. Otherwise, you might be paying a lot more to see them.

We would very much like to keep you as a patient. The marketplace insurance carriers that we participate with are Cigna and Florida Blue. If you choose a plan from one of them, you will continue to have in-network coverage with us.

Many health plans will also be changing the benefits they offer in 2017 – like the amount you’ll pay when you need to see a doctor or get a prescription filled. It’s important to carefully read through the plan benefits to make sure they still meet your needs and your budget.

Updates about Cigna Plans

Starting July 1st, 2016, we are now in network with the following Cigna plans:

  • Cigna Local Plus HSA 6200
  • Cigna Local Plus IN 6800
  • Cigna Disney HMO with HRA (through Florida Hospital and Orlando Health)
  • Cigna Open Access Plus (OAP)
  • Cigna PPO and HMO plans

Choosing wisely – you need to decide what option works best for you

  • Review all of your plan choices during the open enrollment period starting November 1st, 2016. Go to www.Healthcare.gov to update your subsidy application and double-check the amount of financial assistance available to you.
  • Shop and compare plans with the support of www.Healthcare.gov, local navigators, or by working directly with the insurance company of your choice.
  • If your plan is closing, it’s a good idea to make your health plan decision by December 15th, 2016 to make sure your coverage starts on January 1st, 2017.
  • Be sure to pay the first month’s bill for your new plan by January 1st, 2017. Once you pay, your new plan will start on January 1st, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can get the care you need, when you need it.
  • For all of the products listed above, look for PATEL MEDICAL VENTURES, LLC dba WINDERMERE MEDICAL CENTER (Dr. Niral Patel-Internal Medicine, Dr. Gigi Maniar and Dr. Nasimul Siddiqui-Pediatrics, and Dr. Justin Napotnik-Chiropractor-are all in network).

Our staff is dedicated to your health and well-being. We want to make sure you have the facts about this change in your health coverage, so you continue to have access to quality care at Windermere Medical Center.

Sincerely,

Niral Patel, M.D. and the Staff at Windermere Medical Center

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We Will Be Closed Due to Hurricane Matthew

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hurricaneUPDATE: We will be closing today Thursday, October 6 at 12pm.

Due to the severe weather approaching with Hurricane Matthew, our office will be closed all day Friday and Saturday, October 7  and 8.

We will reopen on Monday, October 10.

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Our Physician’s Selected as Readers’ Choice 2016 in Orlando Family Magazine

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We are honored that two of our physicians have been selected as some of Greater Orlando’s leading physicians as chosen by readers of Orlando Family Magazine in their 2016 Reader’s Choice poll. Below is a list of our physicians who won the awards as voted on by residents of Orlando.

Our physicians were included with 430 physicians throughout our community who make our health their top priority.

Niral Patel, M.D. Internal Medicine

Niral Patel, M.D.
Internal Medicine

Dr. Justin Napotnik, D.C. Chiropractic

Dr. Justin Napotnik, D.C.
Chiropractic

Click here for a complete list of winners

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Backpack Safety Tips to Keep Your Child Safe

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Backpack Safety TipsIs your child’s backpack too heavy? Do they struggle to walk while wearing it? Chances are your child has way too much stuff in their backpack. Luckily, these backpack safety tips to keep your child safe can be implemented with ease to help them avoid both short- and long-term damage.

Did you know a child’s backpack should be no more than 10 percent of their body weight? This unnecessary strain on your child’s back can result in temporary back pain or a permanent injury.

Backpack injuries are more common than you think. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries from heavy backpacks result in more than 7,000 emergency room visits per year.

Warning Signs Your Child’s Backpack Is Hurting Them

Not sure if your child’s backpack is too heavy? If they aren’t telling you they are in pain, other signs to look for include:

  • Difficulty when putting on or taking off the backpack
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Red strap marks over the anterior part of the shoulders
  • Any change in side to side posture while wearing the backpack

Choosing a Backpack that Won’t Hurt Your Child

When doing your back-to-school shopping, you should look for a backpack that is an appropriate size for the size of your child. Other features you should consider include:

  • Wide, padded shoulder straps
  • Two shoulder straps
  • Padded back
  • Waist strap
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Rolling backpack

Preventing Back Injury Caused from Backpacks

While not all orthopedic injuries can be avoided, there are measures you can take to try to prevent them. These include:

  • Always wear both straps
  • Tighten straps to keep the weight closer and avoid strain
  • Pack heavier things low and towards the center
  • Only pack the essentials
  • Teach your child to pick up the backpack by bending and lifting in the knees instead of the waist
  • Encourage your child to be vocal about pain or numbness

Back-to-school is an exciting time for both students and parents. An injury can put your child’s education on hold. These tips can be used as a guide to avoid injuries this year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Windermere Medical Center at (407) 876-2273 or click here to request an appointment.

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