27 October 2018
We survived our first 4 weeks! We've been slowly ramping up as we learn our software and things have been going very well. What a difference in the new practice, compared to working with the large group - much less stressful without having to deal with the hassles of the insurance companies. Our patients have noticed and their experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. We'll keep doing everything that we can to keep our patients' experiences as good as they've been in the past years.
Also, in the interest of returning transparency to medical offices, we've now posted our most common office charges so that potential patients can make informed medical decisions. They can be found here. Please note that effective November 1, 2018, a $5 processing charge will be applied to all credit card payments.
Finally, Dr. Desi Gamboa and his wonderful staff (at Carlsbad Chiropractic) couldn't be nicer to us. We love sharing their office with them and look forward to doing fun things together in the future!
16 October 2018
Another short week: must leave early today (Tuesday) for a doctors appointment and no office hours on Friday as Laurie and I will be attending Youtopia, the regional San Diego "Burn." [sdyoutopia.com]
Youtopia is being held at the La Jolla Indian Reservation off of Highway 76, near Palomar Mountain. I should be able to receive calls for emergencies while I'm away (Thursday thru Sunday), but if for some reason I'm not able to be reached, Dr. Curtis Buck (my former student!) will be available to handle questions that arise. His contact information will be on the office recording. Obviously, if a true emergency exists, the answer is always "9-1-1."
1 October 2018
"Soft opening" today! Giving our new software a testdrive and we're still waiting on some supplies and prescription forms to be delivered. We won't be entirely up to speed, but patients may now call office to schedule appointments.
Once we have your name and basic information, we'll send you a link to our patient portal, called "OnPatient' where you can complete the registration, history, etc from the comfort of your home. Don't have a computer at home? Arrive early for your appointment and compete this information on our iPad Pro tablet.
Reminder: we will be fee for service only. No insurances will be billed. We will, however, provide you with a "superbill" that you can can submit to your insurance company (or Medicare) for reimbursement, if applicable. We will be following the Medicare fee schedule for non-participating physicians, which is generally lower than those of private insurances (and, visits for the most common maladies will, for the most part, be cheaper than the average urgent care visit of $150 AND you'll get seen by an experienced/seasoned physician rather than a nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Our fee schedule will be posted under office information soon - there are lots of codes to go through!
Also, we will only be open Monday thru Wednesday this week as the office will be closed from Friday thru next Tuesday because I will be attending OMED, the American Osteopathic Association's annual convention, here in San Diego. It's my opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education credits and keep my skills sharp.
Laurie and I thank you all for being so patient with us.
19 September 2018
Ramping up to opening. Much closer, but still waiting on some important items such as business license, malpractice insurance confirmation, learning how to use new software for scheduling, etc. Shooting for Monday, October 1, to begin treating patients again. I've posted our office hours under the "Office Information" page and hope to post a fee schedule shortly, as well, so that there are no surprises (unlike the current state of health care management). I plan on following the Medicare limiting charge rates for services, which is fair and affordable for most patients.
Created new business cards:
Unrelated: Now that I'm back in the "default" world (following the annual venture out to Burning Man), I've resumed my Tuesday evening gig providing close-up bar magic entertainment at the G-Spot (aka the Grand Avenue Bar & Grill) in Carlsbad. The fun starts at 8 PM so please come by and share some laughs with us locals!
17 August 2018
Medicine in Motion has found a new home! I will be sharing space with Dr. Desi Gamboa, of Carlsbad Chiropractic, in the heart of the village. It is located in the Roosevelt Center, adjacent to the U.S. Post Office. Our suite will be next to Pronto's Deli. It is just a few blocks away from Interstate 5, Carlsbad Blvd exit.
The address: 2808 Roosevelt St, Ste 100, Carlsbad, CA 92008 [phone # pending]
Not sure of exact start date as of this time. Shooting for the 2nd week of September, but depends upon getting scheduling and other systems up and running. Still finalizing office hours. I'm going to try to offer at least one day of evening hours and a day of early hours. Will post details when available.
PLEASE NOTE: Next week, I will be leaving the "default world" (i.e. falling off of the grid, so to speak) to attend Burning Man once again. I will not be able to communicate either by phone or internet/e-mail after Tuesday 8/21until a few days following Labor Day.
|Want an insider's view of our amazing Burning Man experience? Check out Tom Franks' video diary of our camp here. [Caution: some parts might not be safe viewing for work.]