Dr. Homan Leaving in July

Dr. Homan will be leaving Chapel Hill Pediatrics this coming July. We have sent out letters to his patients, but know he helped care for many babies, children, and adolescents, even if he was not their primary doctor. We are sad to see him go, but know it is a great opportunity for the Homan family. The full text of the letter is below for you to read.

Dear families of Chapel Hill Pediatrics,

Thank you for the privilege of trusting me to care for your children over the past five years. I have grown as a person and a physician because of you all

As of July 12th, 2018, I will be leaving Chapel Hill Pediatrics. My wife has an academic opportunity at Florida State University that we need to pursue (at least we are staying in the ACC). My family is sad to be leaving the wonderful people, schools, and culture of the Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Chapel Hill Pediatrics is in the process of hiring another excellent pediatrician to replace me. If I am currently the primary care provider for your child, he or she will automatically be assigned to this new pediatrician. You can also request (as always) to see another pediatrician of your choice who has an open panel (currently only Dr. Scot Woodrum is closed to new patients).

I would love to see my patients one more time before I leave to say good-bye! If you would like to schedule an annual exam before I leave, please schedule the appointment well in advance so that we an accommodate everyone.

Thank you again and I will miss you all,

Russell Homan, MD, IBCLC

Flu Vaccine Now Available for 2017

Did you know? Every year an estimated 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized for flu complications. Like pneumonia. Everyone in your family who is 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This year, Next year, Every year. #fightflu

If your child comes in for a physical exam or sick visit (and is fever free) he/she can receive the flu vaccine during that visit–no need to schedule a second appointment.

 
We have finished our flu clinics for the 2017 season, but you may request a nurse visit at any of our three office locations to receive the flu shot.

 

If you have a Medfusion patient portal account, you can request an appointment online. Or call our office at (919)942-4173 and choose option 2 to speak with a scheduler.

Insurance Updates for 2017

Beginning January 1st, 2017, we will be in network with BCBS BLUE VALUE AND CIGNA CONNECT as part of the UNC Health Alliance. Cigna Connect is the new insurance plan with the Healthcare exchange. If you have any questions about the exchange program you can go to their website at www.healthcare.gov. Please feel free to call us with any questions or concerns

Beginning January 1, 2017, we will not be in network with Blue Local. This is a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan offered through the Healthcare Exchange that currently begins with the letters “DQV,” “DQW,” or “YPC.” We are currently in network with all other types of BCBS.

We are reaching out to our current patients with Blue Local. If you are considering changing your plan to Blue Local, please be aware that visits at our office will not be covered.

Saturday, October 15th

For this Saturday, October 15th only, we will be having different urgent care hours. Our phones will turn on at 8 am (instead of the regular 9 am) and appointments will only be available until 11:30 am (instead of 2 pm). Please call or walk in for an appointment between 8 am and 11:30 am.
Normal phone and appointment hours will resume on Sunday, October 16th.

Telephones Working Normally

Our phones are working normally again today (10/11/16). This is a great opportunity to make sure you have a working patient portal account– you can securely submit questions and request appointments even when our phones are disconnected.

Telephones Down 10/10/16

Our phone lines are down today and the phone company is working on it. You may still request an appointment through your portal account. Also, you may walk in for an urgent care appointment between 3 pm and 6 pm in our Chapel Hill office.
For our after hours triage nurse line, available from 7 pm tonight until 8 am tomorrow morning, please call 877-514-3675. There is a charge of $16 for these calls.

ImPACT® Baseline Concussion Testing

Chapel Hill Pediatrics now offers ImPACT® Baseline Concussion Testing

The next testing events will be:

Tuesday, August 2nd from 8:00am to 12:30pm in the Durham office

Wednesday, August 10th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the Chapel Hill office

Tuesday, August 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the Chapel Hill office

Saturday, August 20th from 8:30am to 12:00pm in the Chapel Hill office

Wednesday, August 27th from 8:30am to 12:00pm in the Chapel Hill office

 What to know this pre-concussion baseline test opportunity:

  • Participants will receive an internationally recognized ImPACT® neuropsychiatric concussion test
  • Participants must be at least 11 years old
  • This computer-based test will take 30 minutes
  • This test is not billable to insurance; the $30 fee must be paid prior to scheduling the test

The baseline data obtained by this test is extremely helpful in the event your child sustains a concussion. Having a personal baseline is important for creating a “return to play” plan with your doctor.

To make an appointment, call Taylor

(919)942-4173 x 145