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

The official directory of Recognized Clinicals can be accessed at

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. 

My Kid’s Chart is here!

Are you looking for a way to access your child’s medical records on your smartphone, tablet or PC?  We are happy to announce that our patient portal is now available so you can have important medical information at your fingertips. Using a secure password and user ID you can log in to our practice at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What you need :

A mobile phone, table device or computer with Internet access

What you can access :

A complete health information summary for each child in your care, including:

  • The most recent physical date
  • Upcoming appointments
  • Historical visits
  • A summary of labs and medical tests
  • A problem list, allergy list and medication list
  • A complete immunization record

You can download and print immunization records and review a detailed visit summary for any appointment using the My Kid’s Chart patient portal. You can also send and receive secure messages via the patient portal regarding prescription refills, requesting referrals, viewing lab results, and needing medical records.

How to sign up –

Email the following information to or call (956) 686-6100.

  • Your full name
  • Your phone number
  • The name of each patient whose records you wish to access

You can also request an account at your next office visit.

Need a Nurse After Hours? 24 Hour Access for Urgent Requests is Now Available!

If you have an urgent request after normal business hours, you can now contact NurseWise at 1-800-783-5386.  Nursewise is staffed with Registered Nurses available 24 hours a day to provide health information.  In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or head to the nearest hospital.

Voluntary Recall of MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor

The makers of MOTRIN® are voluntarily recalling nearly 200,000 bottles of MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor (1/2 fl oz bottles), which can be identified by the Lot Number on the bottle. The Lot Numbers affected by this recall are DCB3T01, DCB4R01 and DDB4S01. If you have purchased MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor with these Lot Numbers, immediately stop using the medication and dispose of any left over medicine. For more information, click on the following link to the MOTRIN® website:

If you have any concerns regarding the recall of infant MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops, please contact your doctor at McAllen Pediatric Associates at Renaissance to schedule an appointment.

McAllen Pediatric Associates at Renaissance welcomes Dr. Daniella Rodriguez-Rico!

Daniella Rodriguez-Rico M.D. is the newest member of the McAllen Pediatric Associates at Renaissance team. After completing medical school at The Ignacio A. Santos School of Medicine in Monterrey, Mexico, Daniella attended Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania for her pediatric residency.  After finishing medical school, Daniella completed clerkships in Pediatric Urology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts and Cardiology Transplant at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas.  During her residency, she completed a clerkship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Rodriguez-Rico, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, is currently certified in CPR/AED and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.  She has also attended courses in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult Trauma Life Support and hold certifications in all three. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Board of Pediatrics and the Texas Medical Board.

Please help us welcome Dr. Rodriguez-Rico by calling McAllen Pediatric Associates at Renaissance today at 686-6100 and scheduling an appointment with her.

Keeping You Connected to Your Child’s Health


Want to be reminded of your child’s appointments? Want to know when it’s time to bring in your child for shots? Pediatric Center at Renaissance will contact you by phone, text or email so you don’t miss an important visit to the doctor’s office. Let us know how you want to be contacted and we’ll let you know when you need to come in.  Keep your contact information up to date to ensure we’re able to reach you. Your child’s health and well being are important to us.

If you would like to receive your appointment reminders and recall notices by text message, you will need text MCALLENSAENZ to 622622 to register for this service.  Once you have done so, you will begin to receive your notifications from McAllen Pediatric Associates at Renaissance from MCALLENSAENZ via text message.  Stay connected to our office to stay informed about your child’s health!


Dr. J.J. Saenz Elected by the Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association

Dr. J.J. Saenz was elected by the Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2011-2012 Alumni Association president.

Dr. Saenz completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and went on to receive a bachelor of science in pharmacy. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1976 and also completed his pediatrics residency there.

Dr. Saenz is affiliated with the McAllen Pediatrics Associates and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. He is currently the medical director for the McAllen ISD Health Program for Yearly Standing Orders, as well as a member of the quality care and peer review committee at the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Dr. Saenz has served as chief of pediatrics at McAllen Medical Center Hospital, Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Congratulations to Dr. Saenz for becoming the 2011-2012 Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association president!

Summertime Safety

Summer is here which means it is time for fun in the sun!  It is important to keep our kids safe while they enjoy spending time outdoors.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has some helpful safety tips every parent should know.

Acanthosis Nigricans – A Possible Warning Sign of Diabities in Children

Childhood diabetes has been on the rise in the United States over the last several years. Inactivity, obesity and a family history of diabetes all contribute to Type 2 Diabetes in children, especially in minorities. One possible warning sign of diabetes is acanthosis nigricans, which is a condition that results in darkening of the skin. The Mayo Clinic has an article on their website which has detailed information on the symptoms, causes, tests and other useful information regarding acanthosis nigricans. To learn more about acanthosis nigricans, click on the link below to visit the Mayo Clinic website.