Archive for April, 2015

Air Quality Awareness Week: Stop the Sniffles

April 29, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

inner-img5Sunshine, warm weather and… a runny nose? For many, spring can lead to harsher symptoms than a winter cold thanks to allergies and air quality issues. This week is Air Quality Awareness Week and LeBauer Pulmonology is working to draw awareness to common issues like poor air quality, allergies and asthma. According to the ACAAI, nearly 50 million people suffer from allergies and the number is growing at an alarming rate. This week, learn how air quality can affect your health, and how it could be the reason you can’t stop that runny nose.

Ozone, particulate matter, pollutants..oh my!

In 1990, the Clean Air Act was overhauled, allowing the EPA to more aggressively monitor and enforce air quality regulations. Originally passed in 1970, the Act was implemented in response to high smog and pollutant levels that were leading to a higher risk of allergies or illnesses. The Clean Air Act also allows the EPA to monitor air quality, approve local clean air initiatives and fund research opportunities. The implementation of this Act was the first step toward raising awareness of how harmful air pollution can be.

Ozone levels, particulate matter and pollutants are all major players when it comes to understanding air quality and its harmful effects. According to the National Weather Service, “Motor vehicle exhaust, industrial emissions, gasoline vapors, and chemical solvents are among the major sources of NOx (nitrogen oxides) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) responsible for buildup of ground-level ozone. Even at low concentrations, ozone can trigger a variety of health problems such as lung irritation and inflammation, asthma attacks, wheezing, coughing, and increased susceptibility to respiratory illnesses.” Many of the major sources of NOx come from cars or factories we rely on regularly including gas stations and manufacturing plants. Although we don’t see or hear about the effects of air quality on a daily basis, it is important to understand how it can be contributing to your family’s health issues.

How does air quality affect me and my family?

When it comes to illnesses caused by air pollutants allergens are one of the better known symptoms, but many other illnesses can be caused by hazardous pollutants. According to the American Family Physician groups that are at a higher risk of finding symptoms related to air quality include those with asthma, COPD and cardiovascular diseases. Children and older adults are also at higher risk of illness.

Monitoring Your Air Quality

A great way to keep yourself and your family safe is by monitoring your area’s air quality on a daily basis. Limiting outdoor exposure on unhealthy or hazardous days is a simple step you can take to avoid respiratory issues. Tools such as Air Now’s AQI forecast is updated regularly showing levels of air pollution in your area. Pollen.com is another valuable tool, providing a weekly view of the pollen forecast in your area. Utilizing these tools and staying aware of the environment can help protect you from potential health hazards. Another great tool to learn more about air pollution today is by referencing the EPAs awareness week infographic that shares additional information about air quality.

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With 75 million people living in areas with unclean air, it can be difficult to stay healthy and informed. The staff at LeBauer Pulmonology are happy to answer any questions you may have about any symptoms you are experiencing that may be due to air quality. Whether it is allergies, asthma or another ailment, LeBauer Pulmonology is ready to get you on the road to a sneeze-free summer!

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LeBauer Sports Medicine: Unleash Your Potential

April 23, 2015 | Sports Medicine

What do you do to keep fit?  Many of us find it easier to be active when the weather is warmer and we might exercise by way of participating in a sport or activity that takes us outside such as baseball or riding a bike.  Others may enjoy a leisurely walk or fast-paced run through the neighborhood or a local park, and train for an upcoming 5K walk or run to support our favorite cause.

Whatever you’re doing to stay in shape and be healthy, LeBauer Sports Medicine is here to keep you moving! No matter if you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior or need help with your daily aches and pains, we have the professionals here to help. We take care of all musculoskeletal complaints from your head (concussion management) to your feet (plantar fasciitis) and everything in between. We take care of all ages, from children to the more mature individuals.

As a former professional soccer player, Dr. Zack Smith brings firsthand knowledge of sports-related injuries to LeBauer Sports Medicine. Dr. Smith and his staff can help to get you back in the game by manage a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Sports performance
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Tennis elbow, golfers elbow
  • Runners knee
  • Ankle sprain
  • Injuries to the extremities, neck and back
  • Custom orthotics
  • And much more!

So if you are training for a triathalon, getting ready for the season, or need help with functional daily activities, give us a call for more information about our services, treatment approaches and physicians, please contact us at 336.547.1792 and make an appointment today!

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Primary Care Collaborative Project Making a Difference

April 21, 2015 | Primary Care

For the last six months, a Cone Health team has been helping employees at LeBauer HealthCare at Guilford/Jamestown find ways to simplify and improve their daily work. The goal is to give patients a better overall experience and to improve their health outcomes – from the initial appointment to any follow-up care needed.

The work has already paid off. Since last September, the practice has made dramatic improvements on the scorecard used by Medicare to evaluate patient care, achieving 90th percentile ranking for fall-risk assessment and bundled diabetic care. Through the development of Standard Work – defined as the best-known way of doing the work today – registration errors have been cut to zero. In addition, time to get a patient to the exam room has been cut in half, and physicians have reduced or eliminated the amount of work they are taking home.

Launched in March 2014, the Primary Care Collaborative Project is taking a page from manufacturing and other industries by using “Lean” concepts to help employees evaluate their current ways of working and see what can be improved. Jules Guilbeau, project director, says the Lean approach starts with eliminating work that doesn’t add value to patient care.

“From the patient’s perspective, the best scenario is a seamless flow for their entire experience within the practice,” Guilbeau says. “If we can eliminate the wastes in our daily work, it frees up our people to be dedicated to patient needs, including giving the doctor more time with the patient during the visit.”

Make an Appointment today at a LeBauer HealthCare Primary Care location near you to meet the dedicated staff and experience this level of excellent care!

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LeBauer Primary Care Offices Earn Patient-Centered Medical Home Designations

April 16, 2015 | Awards/Recognitions

All seven primary care locations of LeBauer HealthCare, a part of Cone Health Medical Group, have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as level-3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes™. Patients can depend on Patient-Centered Medical Homes for comprehensive medical management, from referrals and testing to hospitalization and more. The recognition was developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. “We work very hard at LeBauer HealthCare to create long-term relationships with our patients and to use the latest scientifically-proven ways to care for them,” says Cone Health Medical Group Primary Care Director Brian Hunt.“ This recognition confirms our focus on every patient, every day at every LeBauer HealthCare primary care office.”

The LeBauer HealthCare locations recognized by NCQA are:

  • LeBauer HealthCare at Brassfield
  • LeBauer HealthCare at Burlington Station
  • LeBauer HealthCare at Guilford/Jamestown
  • LeBauer HealthCare at High Point
  • LeBauer HealthCare at Oak Ridge
  • LeBauer HealthCare at Stoney Creek
  • LeBauer HealthCare, Elam Ave., Greensboro

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association, and others.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that LeBauer HealthCare primary care has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: Start Your Child Early on the Path to Staying Healthy

April 15, 2015 | Vaccines

The first instinct of any parent is simple: keeping their child safe. From buying the best car seat to child-proofing the entire home, parents go to great lengths to ensure their child stays happy and healthy. Since 1994, the World Health Organization (WHO) has sponsored National Infant Immunization Week, encouraging parents to keep their children safe from preventable diseases through immunization. At LeBauer HealthCare, we are proud to participate in National Infant Immunization Week as we seek to inform and equip parents in our community to take this vital step in protecting their children.

What Can Infant Immunizations Prevent?

Doctor holding a babyAs we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of the polio vaccine, it is impressive to see the list of once harmful, even fatal illnesses that are now preventable through vaccination. In fact, through immunization we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two. Those preventable diseases include:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Whooping cough
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Diphtheria
  • Hib Disease (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • Pneumococcal Disease
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella (German Measles)

Opportunities for National Infant Immunization Week

Even with the wealth of information available about the benefits of infant immunization, many around the world still do not have the resources or opportunities to ensure the safety and health of their children. National Infant Immunization Week provides an opportunity to:

  • Highlight the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially to infants and young children, and the importance and benefits of childhood immunizations.
  • Educate parents and caregivers about the importance of vaccination in protecting their children from birth against vaccine-preventable diseases.
  • Focus attention on our immunization achievements and celebrate the accomplishments made possible through successful collaboration.
  • Step up efforts to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases and thereby give them a healthy start in life.
  • Encourage better communication between parents and healthcare professionals.
  • Remind parents and caregivers they need to make and keep needed immunization appointments.
  • Provide parents and caregivers with a toll-free number, 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), to locate a facility that offers immunizations through the Vaccines for Children’s program, a federally funded program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for them.

Want to Learn More about Infant Immunization? Visit Us Today.

Do you want to learn more about how vaccines can help your children live a healthy life? Find a LeBauer HealthCare office near you to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at 336-547-1792 today. We look forward to speaking with you.

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LeBauer HealthCare: Supporting Healthy Communities

April 6, 2015 | Community

LeBauer HealthCare supports healthy communities, preventing illness, and disease and injury; and along these lines, with this week being recognized as National Public Health Week, you should know there have been improvements nationally in the following areas:

  • Smoking continued its decline for the adult population.
  • Immunization coverage increased for adolescents aged 13 to 17 years.
  • Successes like increasing life expectancy, reducing infant mortality and declining cardiovascular deaths.

LeBauer HealthCare’s physicians are professional and personal – a team of family-oriented, patient-centered health experts who bring the highest quality primary care within your reach. At LeBauer, our primary care physicians emphasize the needs of the whole patient and partner with you to realize your best health. With a patient-centered medical home, the goal is to organize primary care into a practice that emphasizes care coordination and communication. This model of care has the patient at the center of all decisions.

LeBauer Primary Care supports healthy communities. To find the office nearest you, click here. To schedule an appointment or to speak with a physician, please call the office you would like to visit.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome is No Joke

April 1, 2015 | Awareness (Week/Month)

inner-img6Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic disease that can be unpredictable and requires long-term management. Knowing the facts is essential to living life comfortably. With between 25 and 45 million people in the United States learning to manage this disease, new research and treatment options are becoming available regularly. The month of April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness month, and LeBauer Healthcare is working to share the signs, symptoms and treatments for IBS.

What is IBS?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder that affects the large intestine and the colon. IBS commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. A physical test and review of the patient’s family history is necessary in order to ensure a diagnosis, so understanding signs and symptoms of IBS is important to knowing when you should get tested.

Diagnosis and Symptoms

There are two pieces of criteria that must be met to diagnose IBS since many cases do not cause physical symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, these criteria are broken down into two areas:

  • Rome Criteria: According to these criteria, you must have certain signs and symptoms before a doctor diagnoses Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The most important are abdominal pain and discomfort lasting at least three days a month in the last three months, associated with two or more of following: improvement with defecation, altered frequency of stool or altered consistency of stool.
  • Manning Criteria: These criteria focus on pain relieved by defecation, having incomplete bowel movements, mucus in the stool and changes in stool consistency. The more symptoms present, the greater the likelihood of IBS.

These two criteria options are discussed once a patient expresses concern of symptoms that are considered to be red flags when it comes to IBS. These red flags can include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea, along with other symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these red flags or other symptoms LeBauer Healthcare can help diagnose and treat IBS.

Signs of IBS? Visit Us Today

Are you or a loved one experiencing possible symptoms related to IBS? If so, LeBauer HealthCare can help. Find a LeBauer HealthCare office near you to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at 336-547-1792. We look forward to speaking with you.

LeBauer Research is currently working on clinical trials for Irritable Bowel. To find out more about participating in a clinical trial, call 336-547-1739.

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