Mumps Outbreaks in North Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported two outbreaks of mumps in the Dallas area among both children and adults. Mumps is among the highly contagious diseases that can be spread from person to person. With the holiday season fully underway, such diseases can be easily passed with people in close contact with each other at airports, malls, schools, and such. Please make sure your child is up-to-date with all of his or her vaccines. It is important to their health and the health of everyone around them. Call 956-686-6100 to ask our office if your child needs any vaccines or vaccine boosters.

Click here to be taken to the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule.

Pediatric Center at Renaissance is Honored to Welcome Physician Assistant Erica Tijerina to the Practice!

Erica Tijerina, a certified physician assistant, graduated from the University of Texas Pan American in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Psychology. After completing her undergraduate studies, she earned her Bachelors Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in May 2007. She then went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2009. Both were obtained from the University of Texas Pan American. She has been practicing in pediatrics for the past 9 ½ years.

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Important Information about Our Billing Practices

Patients of Pediatric Center at Renaissance are held responsible for any patient portion of their visit not covered by insurance at the time of service. This includes co-pays and deductibles, as well as any coinsurance depending on your specific plan. You will receive an automated phone call or a paper bill in the mail regarding any unpaid balances. Our expectation is that these balances be paid off in a timely manner. If necessary, a payment plan can be set up. At this time we are working to get payment access via our website and patient portal. In the meantime, payments can be made in the office, over the telephone at (956) 686-6100 or mailed to our office at 2821 Michaelangelo, Suite 102, Edinburg, 78539. It is not our current practice to send unpaid balances to a collection agency.

Meet and Greet with Pediatric Center at Renaissance Pediatricians

Are you or someone you know having a baby and are looking for a pediatrician? Come meet Dr. Juan Jorge Saenz and Dr. Daniella Rodriguez-Rico on Tuesday, December 1st, at 6pm. The doctors will be on hand to answer your questions. Pediatric Center at Renaissance has been offering care to the Rio Grande Valley’s youth for over three decades and has recently been designated as the FIRST and ONLY pediatric Certified Medical Home in the RGV. Call 956-686-6100 to sign up.  The office is located at 2821 Michaelangelo Drive, Suite 102 in Edinburg.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference and Exhibition

Dr. J.J. Saenz and Dr. Jenny Saenz-Siedow recently attended the American Academy of Pediatrics annual conference in Washington D.C. Dr. Saenz-Siedow first attended the conference in her mother’s womb in 1980. She has since attended many times, each time wearing a green “Guest” badge. This was her first year as a conference participant with a blue “Resident” badge. She is currently completing her pediatric residency through Baylor College of Medicine and will be joining Pediatric Center12191018_548205891995316_803081481447880107_n at Renaissance in the fall of 2016. Also pictured are Mrs. Isabel Saenz, wife of Dr. J. J. Saenz, and Julie Corwin, Project Manager.

 

Pediatric Center at Renaissance offers Fluoride Varnish to Help Prevent Dental Caries, Supports AAP Reccomendation

In 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) added the recommendation that pediatricians should make sure patient’s teeth are being varnished with fluoride. This recommendation will be included in the 2015 version of its Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, which it published online August 31 and in the September issue of Pediatrics.  According to an article published online, dental caries, or cavities, remain the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States despite the fact that they are largely preventable. The article describes fluoride varnish, which is a concentrated topical fluoride that both dental and non-dental health professionals can brush onto their patients’ teeth. It sets on contact with saliva. It is well tolerated by infants and young children and has a prolonged therapeutic effect.

Pediatric Center at Renaissance offers the fluoride dental varnish to patients ages 6 – 35 months. In most cases, insurance will cover this preventive service.  It takes just seconds to apply and can be done during a well-child check up appointment. Call 956-686-6100 to schedule.

Article cited on Medscape Pediatrics, “AAP Adds Fluoride Varnish to Anticipatory Guidance Schedule“, August 31, 2015.

 

Follow Pediatric Center at Renaissance on Facebook

Pediatric Center at Renaissance is committed to staying connected to patients and families. We are happy to announce that we are now on Facebook! Like our page to keep updated with important office information, to learn about trends in pediatric care and to find valuable articles on kids health.

Pediatric Center at Renaissance Implements New Tool to Improve Communication and Save Time

Pediatric Center at Renaissance is proud to now provide an online system that allows you to log-in and complete questionnaires at home before your visit. “CHADIS” stands for “Child Health And Development Interactive System.” CHADIS helps you communicate securely with your doctor over the Internet before your office visit.

You can use CHADIS on a computer, tablet (such as an iPad) or smart phone (Android, Windows, iPhone, etc.) to:

  •  Tell us about any problems or concerns you want to discuss,
  •  Complete your developmental milestones checklist at home,
  •  Give us your child’s medical history and background.

You should complete the CHADIS questionnaires before EVERY visit.  CHADIS may be used by parents, grandparents, caregivers, teens or teachers (as appropriate).  Just pick the title that identifies your relationship to the patient.  All answers are completely confidential and cannot be viewed by anyone except your doctor.  Click here to learn more!

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NCQA-PCMH 2011 Recognition

REC_PCMH11Photo of Drs and PAsWe are proud to announce that Pediatric Center at Renaissance has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home 2011 Program!

According to NCQA President, Margaret E O’Kane “The NCQA Patient – Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to delivery quality care and improve health.” NCQA’s PCMH 2011 recognition shows that Pediatric Center at Renaissance has the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.

Our desire to achieve this recognition was driven by our desire to ensure that Pediatric Center at Renaissance is always striving to provide our patients with the best medical care, access to care and patient experience that we possibly can.

What is NCQA?

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and recognizes the vital role clinicians play in advancing that quality. NCQA Recognition Programs were developed to help clinicians and practices support the delivery of high quality care and are built on evidence-based, nationally recognized standards of care.

What is NCQA PCMH 2011?

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 program (PCMH 2011) reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and was developed to assess whether physician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognizes them for these efforts. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient – centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

What is a Patient- Centered Medical Home?

A medical home is a physician’s office that provides all your routine and preventative medical care and guides you through the system when you need specialty care or other services. The office works as a team from the receptionist to the doctor to provide you with comprehensive medical care. They use an electronic health record so they can access your information wherever they are taking care of you. A patient centered medical home means that services are provided at a time and in a way that is convenient for the patient when possible. Same day appointments, electronic communication, phone triage services, and access to patient portals are some examples of how practices become patient-centered practices.

What kind of care can I expect from a Patient-Centered Medical Home?

All your medical needs will be taken care of in a medical home but much of the emphasis will be on preventative care. At every visit, consideration will be given to your immunization status, follow up on chronic conditions; follow up on outstanding labs and/or referrals. Office staff will take active rolls in ensuring proper follow up; you will receive phone calls and/or letters regarding the need for labs, follow up visits, specialist visits and so forth. The emphasis has switch to the office actively ensuring you are scheduled for appointments you need versus handing you a telephone number to a specialist and considering their work done. The team will actively work to help you maintain your health.

What is your part in all of this?

Communication is key! It is your responsibility to communicate with your team of providers about changes in your medication, your health, any symptoms that you may be having, different physicians or clinics you may have seen. You and your health care team will set goals for you that will help improve your health. It is important that you understand what treatments are being recommended and why and that you discuss any concerns or reservations you may have. Unlike old systems where the doctor told you what was going to happen without any discussion, it is now a joint decision. It is important that you ask questions, understand and agree with plans that are made. Once plans have been made, it is then your responsibility to comply with them or discuss with your provider if for some reason you are not complying.

 

For more information on NCQA’s PCMH program please refer to www.ncqa.org.

The official directory of Recognized Clinicals can be accessed at http://recognition.ncqa.org

Pediatric Center at Renaissance is pleased to announce the future addition of Dr. Jennifer Saenz!

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Pediatric Center at Renaissance is excited to announce that in August of 2016, the practice will be joined by Dr. Jennifer Saenz.

After graduating from McAllen Memorial High School in 1999, Dr. Saenz  attended Duke University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a minor in Spanish, and received a certificate in Human Development.  After her Duke graduation in 2003, she completed her post-baccalaureate program at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.  Dr. Saenz received her Masters degree in the Graduate Medical Sciences Department at Boston University School of Medicine and then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  She is currently completing her three year residency training in pediatrics at Baylor/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.

Dr. Saenz will join her father, Dr. J.J. Saenz, and Dr. Daniella Rodriguez-Rico in serving the Valley’s families when she returns home to McAllen in the summer of 2016.