TO MY NEW AND EXISTING PATIENTS (POSTED 2/18/22; UPDATED 11/20/2022):
WE ARE TEMPORARILY NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS UNTIL WE SEE OUR EXISTING PATIENTS
WHO ARE DUE FOR THEIR PHYSICALS IN THE COMING MONTHS.
1) I will be retiring in July 2024. Most doctors give about 90 day notices to their patients, which is inappropriate and that is why I am announcing this so far in advance. I am fully operational until that time, HOWEVER I WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY NEW PATIENTS STARTING 2/15/2023. IF YOU ARE
AN EXISTING PATIENT, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU CHOOSE TO SELECT AN HMO THAT BECOMES EFFECTIVE AFTER 2/1/2023, AND REQUIRES CHOOSING A NEW PCP, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE AT OUR PRACTICE AFTER THAT DATE, SINCE I WILL BE "CLOSED" TO "NEW" PATIENTS.
2) I am not selling my practice, nor your medical information to any specific physician/entity, since virtually no one is in solo, private practice anymore. There are a few group, private physicians practices still in existence, but most PCPs are now clinic-, hospital- or university-based.
3) Although I am an independent physician, many of my patients, especially with HMO's are attributed to Amita Health CIN and are managed within the Ascension system (formerly called Amita and Presence). There are many fine physicians within this system (Ascension Medical Group) with locations in Lincoln Park (Dr. John Lee, Max Arons or colleagues/773-281-3563), Near North (Dr. Roepke/312-280-0996) and at St Joseph Hospital (multiple docs/773-665-6851). There is also a thriving family practice program at Seton 711 W North Ave (Alyssa Hart and colleagues)
4) For any patient that will need/want their care elsewhere, here are some recommendations:
*Northshore Swedish medical group (The Clark in Andersonville) 773-293-8880 (Brian Stojack MD/Tyler Saunders MD or colleague)
*Rush Primary Care on Sheffield 773-472-3704
*Northwestern Medical Group either downtown (Joshua Owen, MD, Rachel Amdur MD, Sara Bradley for geriatrics 312-695-4525) or on Belmont , near Southport (various physicians) or new Lincoln Square location (Dr. Fahey)
*Wellness Home at Northstar (private medical group that focuses on LGBTQ care) 773-296-2400
5) Setting up medical care anywhere is a process that can take weeks to months, so I suggest
planning ahead. I will provide your medical records that are in my possession either to you
directly or to any new provider with a properly executed medical release. At some point after all the business affairs of the practice have been settled, the records will be sent to a CUSTODIAN OF RECORDS. At that point, data from the EHR will be "extracted" to the CUSTODIAN OF RECORDS.
COVID-19: THE NEW UPDATED BIVALENT COVID VACCINE BOOSTERS ARE AVAILABLE (FOR ADULTS OVER AGE 18, WHOSE LAST BOOSTER SHOT WAS OVER 2 MONTHS PRIOR). WE HAVE LIMITED SUPPLY OF THE MODERNA BIVALENT VACCINE. WE WILL NOT CARRY THE PFIZER BIVALENT DUE TO STORAGE ISSUES. THE COST OF THE UPDATED BOOSTER IS BEING COVERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
On 8/8/2022, our recorded cases of COVID-19 surpassed 1000 cases since the start of the pandemic.
My patients who have been vaccinated and boostered have had mild to moderate symptoms and none were hospitalized. We have now been treating outpatients at risk for more serious illness with oral paxlovid with great success at shortening duration of symptoms and hopefully preventing "long COVID". Approximately 1 in 5 of our patients who were treated with paxlovid did have rebound symptoms after stopping paxlovid and had to extend their isolation.
We have diagnosed 7 INFLUENZA cases THIS season as of 11/20/2022.
Thankfully, monkey cases have fallen dramatically. We had 8 total, but all were over 3 months ago at this point.
WE DO NOT HAVE MONKEYPOX VACCINE. MONKEY POX VACCINE (MPV) (9/9/2022) SITES:
CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (CDPH): Go to HTTPS://GETVAXCHI.CHICAGO.GOV
THEN ENTER CODES AS BELOW:
CDPH LAKEVIEW CLINIC 2849 N. Clark St (ENTER CODE f0969104)
CDPH AUSTIN 4909 W Division St Suite 411 (ENTER CODE 2774ae3b)
CDPH ROSELAND 200 E 115th St. Floor 1.5 (ENTER CODE fb1c220e)
Wellness Home at NorthStar 773-296-2400/Wellness Home on Halsted 773-621-7725
Howard Brown Health Center: 3 locations 773-388-1600
DR FRENCH IS A PRIVATE PHYSICIAN, HOWEVER SOME OF HIS ACCEPTED INSURANCE PLANS ARE CONTRACTED THROUGH Amita Health Clinically Integrated Plan (AH CIN).
The site number for HMO IL, Blue Advantage HMO, and Blue Precision HMO is site #494-AMITA ST JOE CHI (Blue Focus Care is site #506) and the site number for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO is #741-AMITA ST JOE CHI. Humana HMO (site#694) is also coordinated by AH CIN (Arcadia)
CALL 888-747-2264 TO SELECT DR. FRENCH AS YOUR PCP FOR HMO IL,
BLUE ADVANTAGE HMO, BLUE PRECISION HMO , HUMANA HMO, BLUE FOCUS CARE
AND BLUE CROSS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE HMO
MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS 2023
WE ACCEPT: Blue Choice Preferred PPO, Blue Precision HMO (site #494 AMITA ST JOE CHI) and Blue Focus Care (site # 506); French MUST be your PCP for the blue cross HMO's); Cigna Connect/Local Plus. BRIGHT HEALTH IS LEAVING ILLINOIS IN 2023.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT: The new United Healthcare Exchange plans; Ambetter from Illinicare; Blue Care Direct
MAINSTREAM HEALTHCARE PLANS
WE ACCEPT: Blue Choice PPO ; Blue Cross PPO; Aetna, United, UMR, Meritain, Humana, Cigna Open Access or PPO, PHCS, Smart Health (Ascension PPO), Medicare, Blue Cross Medicare Advantage and Humana Medicare; Blue Cross Community and Meridian are THE ONLY Medicaid plans that are accepted. Traditional Medicaid may be your secondary IF your have Medicare as Primary Plan.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT: Cigna Plus (Oscar), AARP Medicare Complete, County Care, Molina Healthcare, Ambetter
I prescribe STRATTERA (ATOMOXETINE) ONLY FOR ADHD and refer patients seeking amphetamines such as adderall to psychiatrists.
WE HAVE RECORDED OVER 1000 CASES OF COVID-19 IN OUR PRACTICE SINCE MARCH 2020. SOME PATIENTS HAVE HAD COVID 2-3 TIMES.
WE REQUIRE THAT ALL PATIENTS WEAR A FACE COVERING IF ENTERING OUR OFFICE; WE RARELY SCHEDULE TELEMEDICINE VISITS AND ONLY IF NECESSARY AS THESE PLATFORMS HAVE SEVERAL LIMITATIONS. YOU MAY E-MAIL DR FRENCH TO REQUEST A TELEMED VISIT OR RX REFILLS: email@example.com
IF YOU HAVE COVID-RELATED SYMPTOMS LIKE FEVER OVER 100, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SORE THROAT, CHANGES IN TASTE OR SMELL, CALL THE OFFICE TO BE TRIAGED.
I WISH ALL MY PATIENTS AND STAFF GOOD HEALTH!
Neel French, M.D.
Annual Physicals/Wellness Exams
Full Laboratory Testing
Preventive Health Care
HIV and Hepatitis C management
2-3 Fridays per month: 7:45AM-4:15PM
2 Saturdays per month: 7:45AM-12:15PM
*Valet park $10 (9-5 M-TH;9-1F)
*Park Chicago (only $3/hour)
*Side street parking WEST of Clark Street is NON-ZONED during daytime.
*Broadway #36 or Clark #22 bus to front door (Deming)
2551 N Clark St, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60614, US
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