March 16, 2020
At Advanced Family Medicine, our commitment is our community well-being. We take the health of our patients and employees very seriously and during this time we are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and local health authorities. We will use every measure available to avoid the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Based on current facts and information, provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the risk to our patients and staff contracting COVID-19 remains low. We are currently continuing our regular business hours at this time and ensuring we are responsive to the latest information and will keep you updated as the situation evolves. In order to continue to offer care to our patients we have implemented a few new policies.
>If you have an appointment with us and in the last three weeks you have traveled internationally, or in an area of the United States with a confirmed outbreak of COVID-19, or been in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient, OR currently have flu like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), please call our office to review your risk of infections and whether to reschedule your appointment.
>If you fit this criteria and experience an emergency, please call and be triaged to determine the proper actions needed to receive necessary care in a manner that protects other patients and our staff from potential virus exposure to the virus.
>When calling the office with any symptom of fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat you will be triaged and asked numerous questions. Please be patient and answer to the best of your ability. This will allow us to determine how best to help you.
>Please do not bring anyone to the clinic that is not being seen. Only the patient receiving services and parent or guardian, if under age.
>You may reschedule without penalty if you have any of the following symptoms: Cough, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, fever, or shortness of breath.
Please know that we are following CDC guidelines for health professionals to keep our clinic clean and safe. You can follow current CDC updates here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/201-9nCov/index.html
SAME DAY SERVICES AVAILABLE
January 30, 2020
DID YOU KNOW? SAME DAY IS THE WAY TO GO!
If you need to see a health care provider, Advanced Family Medicine can usually see you the SAME DAY! Instead of waiting for hours in an Urgent Care setting, we have same day appointments! Our Physician Assistants, Jordan Finnegan, PA-C and Traci Permenter, PA-C are able to diagnose, treat, prescribe and develop a care plan to get you on the road to recovery sooner rather than later! Come see us...you'll be glad you did!
Is it a "COLD" or the "FLU"?
October 17, 2019
Loss of appetite, sore throat, sneezing, cough, vomiting.
Muscle pain, high fever, headache, fatigue, chills.
In either case, Advanced Family Medicine is here for you! Same day appointments available!
Medication requests and Google Reviews
August 13, 2019
In the age of technology it seems as though everyone is all about consumer reviews. At Advanced Family Medicine we strive to treat each patient as we would our own family within the bounds of our policies and guidelines. Some of those guidelines are mandated by local State and Federal regulations.
Did you know that practitioners are required to see a patient at a "minimum" of yearly in order to refill medications? In some circumstances it is more frequently. Did you know that practitioners are held accountable for those visits and that some insurance companies review and often request that an insured patient be seen as part of the contractual agreement between the practitioner and the insurance company?
Before voicing frustrations by leaving a less than stellar review for a practitioner, be sure to offer them a chance to explain or even remedy the concern. More times than not, there is a reason behind the frustration. Be sure to give all parties involved an opportunity to work through it.
July 16, 2019
Please be advised that if you receive a notice of any medication recall; be assured that you will be properly notified by your pharmacy IF you were given medication affected by the recall. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your pharmacy.
ANNUAL WELLNESS - SCHOOL PHYSICALS - IMMUNIZATIONS
July 16, 2019
It is that time of year again-be sure to schedule your appointments now, rather than waiting until the last minute for any of your annual wellness visits OR school sports physicals. Avoid the rush...call for your appointment today!
April 16, 2019
AFM is happy to announce a new addition.....Traci Permenter, PA-C!
Traci joined AFM this month and is available to see established patients of Advanced Family Medicine. As our community continues to grow AFM is here to assist with all of your medical needs, so be sure to contact us today!
Same day care is often available and we have the added convenience of providing that care "close to home"!
OFFICE CLOSED NOTICE
February 14, 2019
AFM will be closed for TWO days in March for a server upgrade. Thursday March 21st & Friday March 22nd AFM will be closed. Be sure to have your pharmacy request your refills in advance to accommodate for this temporary closure.
We will be back up and running on Monday March 25th barring any unforeseen circumstances.
Thank you for your patience during this necessary down-time.
July 16, 2018
Now is the time to take care of your wellness visits. Cold & flu season is well behind us and to keep you on your "Road map to Health" be sure to schedule that visit today!
May 21, 2018
Don't forget now is the best time to follow up with your PCP (Primary Care Provider) and schedule your annual wellness exam. Cold and Flu season is over and your providers have appointments available.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
January 1, 2018
Happy New Year to all of Advanced Family Medicine's patients and their families. May it be joyous and prosperous! Our office will be closed Monday January 1st.
December 15, 2017
Merry Christmas to our patients. Our office will be closed Monday December 25th and Tuesday December 26th in order to allow our employees time to celebrate with their families. We wish you a very Merry Christmas!
November 14, 2017
Advanced Family Medicine would like to wish all of our patients and their families a Happy Thanksgiving! In order for our employees to enjoy this time with their families, AFM will be closed Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24th in observance of this holiday.
WELCOME SUSAN J. SANSOM, CNP
November 10, 2017
Advanced Family Medicine is pleased to welcome our new practitioner, Susan J. Sansom, CNP. Susan will be accepting patient appointments beginning February 6, 2018. You will probably see her at the clinic from time to time prior to that start date. Be sure to say "Hello". AFM is excited to provide new and existing patients with another opportunity to receive excellent medical care. Be sure to schedule your appointment today!
ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT vs A PHYSICAL EXAM
October 10, 2017
During an annual wellness visit (usually a fully covered benefit), you'll learn how to keep your body and mind healthy. Unlike a physical exam, this isn't about diagnosing a health issue - it's about preventing them. The goal of an annual wellness visit is to develop a personal prevention and wellness plan with your provider based on your unique health factors.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A TYPICAL PHYSICAL EXAM
A physical exam (or sick visit/problem focused) is when a provider examines your body to determine if you do or do not have a physical problem. A physical exam typically includes such tests as a check of vital signs; measurement of height, weight and blood pressure; and an inspection of your body.
Because this is an extensive examination of the body and what's ailing you, there is limited focus on prevention.
ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS FOCUS ON PREVENTION FOR MEDICARE MEMBERS
During an annual wellness visit, a discussion about your current health and risk factors will help you and your provider determine what you need to do to be as healthy as possible.
It helps if you're prepared to answer questions about your physical and emotional health during the past year. Your provider will ask you about vaccines and screenings, medication use and wellness goals. You should also have any questions that you want to ask your provider written down, so that you can be sure to leave your visit with all of the information you need. Keep in mind you may have someone from your provider's healthcare team call and discuss these items with you over the phone.
In order for your provider to review your medications, you should bring the medications you take to your annual wellness visit. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as any vitamins and supplements.
Also, be sure to take the time you have with your provider to ask him or her about any preventative screenings or tests you should plan on scheduling, such as breast cancer screenings, cholesterol testing and colorectal cancer screenings. If you are due for a screening, the wellness visit is the ideal time to ask your provider for a prescription or order for the screening. If you are not sure which screenings may be appropriate, be sure to ask your provider at the time of your appointment.
Just like a routine physical exam, even if you are in good health, an annual wellness visit is important to maintaining your health because it addresses any concerns early on. And remember, the appointment is fully covered for anyone with Medicare, so be sure to schedule yours today.
September 10, 2017
We now have flu vaccines available! Please call to schedule your appointment today!
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
June 20, 2017
To Our Valued Patients:
HEALOW APPLICATION ERROR IN REPORTING OF TIME
June 7, 2017
Attention HEALOW App Users! On June 1, 2017 it came to our attention that the appointment time in the Healow App shows one hour AHEAD of your scheduled appointment time. We were informed by our EMR technical support that they are aware of the issue but do not yet have a patch developed to correct it. Our clinic is on the list to have this corrected when they do solve the problem.
IF YOU ARE WILLING - WE MAY BE ABLE! MEET OUR PA
May 7, 2017
Our Physician Assistant, Jordan E. Finnegan, is available to see you when your regular primary care physician may not be able to. Jordan can assist you with acute illness like a cold or flu or sudden injury. Chronic condition flare ups; such as COPD exacerbation, diabetic flare up "sugar spike" or lows, hypertension and most singular type issues to get you stable until you can be seen by your PCP.
NEW WALK IN LAB HOURS
April 7, 2017
For the convenience of our patients effective April 2017 we have changed our walk-in lab hours to: