Care First Medical group provides caring, individualized treatment that enables our patients to find relief from their pain (emotional and physical), medication management issues and problems with alcohol and prescription medications. We are an evidence-based medical practice, meaning that we use the most current medical research and advanced pharmacology to address each patient’s needs.
We work primarily on an outpatient basis so that our patients can experience minimal disruption to their personal and professional lives while they heal. We have exceptional psychological services to complement our medical approach. When appropriate, we also recommend nutritional support, exercise and integrative healing methods including: acupuncture, medication and massage therapy from our trusted network of professionals.
What Makes Care First Medical Group Unique?
- Personalized Care
- We Work with Your Schedule
- Outpatient Medical Clinic
- Alternatives to Mainstream Medications
- Evidence-Based Medicine
- Help With Many Types Of Addictions, Including Alcohol Abuse and Prescription Medication Addiction
If you feel that our Psychiatry or our addiction services might be right for you or someone you love, please contact Care First Medical Group for a confidential initial consultation. Phone 848-200-1699
- Over 10 years of practical experience leading to new techniques of introducing TMS NeuroStar new protocols to manage many psychiatric disorders and minimize any medications side effects to the minimum level. Care First Medical Group also provide Suboxone (buprenorphine) and Vivitrol ® for the treatment of chemical dependency.
Tele Psych Policy:
Purpose: Telemedicine provides patients timely access to specialist care via real time television/video communication when it’s difficult to reach their provider.
Policy: Patients in need of specialty care, as determined by their primary care provider, will be referred to telemedicine services provided at the specialist site.
Procedure: Providers at Care First Medical Group will use their clinical judgment in selecting patients for the telemedicine service. Patients who would otherwise be referred to an outpatient appointment with a traditional
specialist are going to utilize the telemedicine service. If a patient is in a crisis situation and in need of emergency services, the same emergency procedure should be followed as was in place prior to the launch of the telemedicine program.
Patients who do not have insurance coverage for telemedicine services can be referred to the service if they agree to pay for the service out-of-pocket.
If the provider at care First Medical Group determines that one of his or her patients could benefit from
telemedicine services, the provider will:
1) Discuss the service with the patient or legal guardian and obtain their consent.
2) Put the patient in contact with the front desk staff who will issue the patient the Telemedicine New
Telemedicine: What to Expect
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the exchange of medical information from one site to another via electronic communications. The
telemedicine service offered to you will allow you to have a medical appointment with a specialist via secure and interactive video equipment. You will be able to speak in real-time with the specialist during your telemedicine appointment.
Is Telemedicine Safe?
Yes, all telemedicine sessions are safe, secure, encrypted, and follow the same privacy (i.e., HIPAA) guidelines as traditional, in-person medical appointments. Your telemedicine appointments will always be kept confidential. In addition, telemedicine appointments are NEVER audio or video recorded.
Can I Choose Not to Participate?
Of course, with this program you have been offered the option of seeing a specialist via secure and interactive video equipment within your primary care office. It is your choice to follow this referral.
Things to Remember about Your Telemedicine Appointment:
- You will schedule your telemedicine appointments the same way you schedule an appointment with your doctor now, by calling 848-200-1699. This option not for new patients. You have to be established patient at our practice to benefit from tele medicine option.
- As with your traditional, in-person medical appointments it is your responsibility to call Care First Medical Group at 848-200-1699 to cancel an appointment if you are unable to attend your telemedicine appointment.
Cancelations should be made at least 24 hours prior to the appointment time.
- The telemedicine program has a no-show policy. You will be discharged from the telemedicine program if you no-show for two (2), consecutive telemedicine appointments, without prior contact to the scheduling staff. To prevent this from happening, always call 848-300-2699 if you cannot make your appointment.
- If you have any questions before or after the session, you may ask the office staff at Care First Medical.
You must complete consent forms in order to schedule your first appointment:
- If you are prescribed medication(s) by the specialist you will be able to pick it up directly at your pharmacy of choice as the specialist will either phone in or electronically prescribe your medication(s).
- If you miss a telemedicine appointment and need a prescription refill or you have any questions about your medication, you must Care first medical directly at 848-200-1699. Lowville Medical Associates will get in touch with the specialist on your behalf.
For All patients including Tele psych patients, Please be sure to call at least 72 hours prior to running out of medication.
A signed Telemedicine Consent Form must be obtained prior to the first patient tele psych consultation.
Procedure: Any person aged 18 years and older or the person’s legal guardian, or in the case of persons under the age of 18, the parent, legal guardian, or a lawfully authorized custodial agency, must give voluntary consent to treatment, demonstrated by the person’s or legal guardian’s signature, if aged 18 years and older, or in the case of persons under the age of 18, the parent, legal guardian, or a lawfully authorized custodial agency representative’s signature on a Telemedicine Consent Form prior to the delivery of the telemedicine service.
Any person aged 18 years and older or the person’s legal guardian, or in the case of persons under the age of 18, the parent, legal guardian, or a lawfully authorized custodial agency, after being fully informed of the consequences, benefits, and risks of treatment, has the right to decline receiving telemedicine services.
Patients acknowledge the telemedicine program’s no-show policy in the Telemedicine Consent Form.
The Telemedicine Consent Form must be documented in the patient’s medical record.
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