News And Alerts For FamilyCare Medical Group

SYRACUSE SENIORS TO EXPLORE MEDICARE OPTIONS FROM HOME: FREE ONLINE WEBINAR OFFERED BY FAMILYCARE MEDICAL GROUP

Seniors who are aging in to Medicare or want to explore their options can watch a virtual seminar from the comfort of their own home.  All throughout the Annual Enrollment Period and into 2022, FamilyCare Medical Group, Syracuse, is offering a resource page to help seniors better navigate the complexities of Medicare. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the differences in Medicare and Medicare Advantage and the various plan options available.  Anyone interested can log on to SaltCitySeniorCareAdvantage.com and watch the online Medicare information program.

The webinar features several sessions, including a physician panel entitled:  “Understanding Value-Based Healthcare”; Medicare 101 sessions; insurance company and broker presentations; and inspirational comments from the Syracuse 60 Strong Ambassadors, who are dealing with health and life challenges and will offer encouraging words about living full and productive lives.

FamilyCare Medical Group hosts the event and will provide information about Salt City Senior Care Advantage, which expands the cooperation and coordination between physicians and the health insurance plans providing coverage for their senior patients.  Salt City Senior Care Advantage is not a new Medicare Advantage plan -- rather it is a new approach to care delivery under the care of FamilyCare Medical Group. Under this program, patients have the flexibility to choose a health plan from one of the participating insurance companies and still have access to the quality care provided by the physicians at FamilyCare Medical Group. Salt City Senior Care Advantage provides access to wellness and health education services and care coordination resources when needed.

Support the Alzheimer's Association, CNY Chapter

Purchase a 2022 Syracuse 60 Strong calendar featuring the 60 Strong Ambassadors for the Syracuse community. All calendar proceeds will benefit the local Alzheimer's Association. Visit www.saltscityseniorcareadvantage.com/contest to preorder your calendar today.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Contract Status Update

Over the past few weeks, you may have heard that FamilyCare Medical Group would not be a participating provider with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield after Dec. 31, 2021.  We have good news.  We are pleased to announce that FamilyCare Medical Group will remain in-network with Excellus BCBS for all lines of business for 2022. 

FamilyCare Medical Group values our relationship with you, our patient, and we look forward to caring for you for many years to come.

Medicare Shop and Compare

Did you miss our Virtual Medicare Shop and Compare event on October 16?  If so, visit the link below to find out more.

www.virtualshopandcompare.com/fcmg/resources

 

 

Looking for an easy way to learn about your Medicare plan options?

FamilyCare Medical Group is pleased to announce Salt City Senior Care Advantage, a new program for our patients covered by Medicare Advantage plans from Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and Excellus.  This is the right time to make a change and enroll with one of our health plan partners.

 Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage Plans is October 15 to December 7.

 

You may be wondering which plan is best for your unique needs.  FCMG has partnered with HealthShare360, a licensed third-party agency specializing in Medicare plans.


Got Medicare Questions?  Contact HealthShare360 at 315-232-0013 and speak to one of the knowledgeable licensed brokers.

 

For more information about Salt City Senior Care Advantage and our participating Medicare Advantage Plans for 2022, visit www.saltcityseniorcareadvantage.com

 

 

Meet the Women of Syracuse 60 Strong

Read about the women of Syracuse 60 Strong which was recently published by Eagle News.

https://issuu.com/eaglenewsonline/docs/swm-sept-2021-web

Syracuse 60 Strong Winners Announced!

The winners, 60 Strong Ambassadors, will be featured on the 2022 Syracuse 60 Strong Calendar, which highlights Syracuse area landmarks and health tips for seniors.  Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of CNY.  The 60 Strong Ambassadors have accomplished unimaginable feats, overcome chronic health conditions, changed lives for the less fortunate, and contributed to society in a meaningful way.

Syracuse 60 Strong is a celebration of grit and resilience.  Sponsored by FamilyCare Medical Group, the new program is designed to keep Syracuse seniors active and help them navigate the complexities of Medicare coverage and other healthcare decisions.

To see the winners and purchase a calendar, please visit: www.Syracuse60Strong.com.

 

Introducing Salt City Senior Care Advantage

Salt City Senior Care Advantage is a model of care for Medicare Advantage patients who enroll in participating health plans, where primary care physicians and their teams assume responsibility for designing a high quality and value-based network using data to refine referral decisions, develop clinical programs, and motivate physicians.

Salt City Senior Care Advantage, a joint venture between FamilyCare Medical Group and agilon health, is a model of care for Medicare Advantage patients who enroll in participating health plans.  FamilyCare Medical Group physicians and clinical teams, along with agilon health, will assume responsibility for high quality and efficient care and for performing additional care management and administrative functions typically provided by the health plans.

FamilyCare Medical Group Doctors Appear in National Video Urging Patients to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Syracuse, NY., Feb. 25, 2021 -- With nearly a third of the U.S. population still admitting they won't or may not get the vaccine, FamilyCare Medical Group has teamed up with physicians across the nation in a viral video initiative. inciting Americans to "roll up our sleeves together" and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Feeling a duty to their patients and fellow Americans, FamilyCare Medical Group physicians joined forces with other physician practices from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Honolulu, Hawaii, and created the “Roll up Our Sleeves” website and video campaign.  The goal is to educate those who are expressing doubt or opposition and urge everyone that “it’s time” to get vaccinated and help save lives.

Already, COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 500,000 Americans and over two million worldwide. Despite this staggering and growing number, a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research shows about one in three Americans definitely or probably will not get a vaccine.

“Some patients are reluctant to get the vaccine,” says Dr. Mitchell Brodey, President and CEO of FamilyCare Medical Group. “We are actively encouraging all of our patients to get vaccinated and created a video to distribute to them. But we were excited to participate in a national campaign urging Americans to get the vaccine and help create herd immunity, which ultimately will stop the infection.”

'Herd immunity,' or 'population immunity,' happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through the previous infection. The World Health Organization recommends creating herd immunity by vaccination. Anthony D. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Advisor to the Biden Administration, reports that 70 to 85 percent of the U.S. population would have to be vaccinated in order to obtain herd immunity.

Reasons for the opposition are varied, ranging from concerns about safety and effectiveness to the belief that the vaccine has not been thoroughly tested.  For people of color, who have made up nearly 60 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., the message is especially urgent. According to research released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 35 percent of black Americans have expressed hesitancy towards getting vaccinated.

The public service initiative is a combined effort between agilon health, an organization that champions the roles of independent physicians, and primary care doctors representing more than 50 independent physician practices across the country. Their goal is to combat the doubt felt by an alarming percentage of Americans who say they have no plans to get vaccinated.

The "Roll Up Our Sleeves" video highlights the effectiveness of vaccinations over the past century, such as polio, mumps, and measle vaccines, which have wiped out infections and drastically reduced mortality rates. The website contains information about the effectiveness of the vaccine, side effects, phases of eligibility, tips about how to sign up for vaccines, and resources for healthcare professionals.

Watch the national video here.

Watch the FamilyCare Medical Group video here.