NOTE FROM DR. FRENCH TO MY NEW AND EXISTING PATIENTS (updated 5/8/2022):
1) I will be retiring in July 2024. Most doctors only give about 90 day notice to their patients, which is inappropriate in my opinion and that is why I am announcing this so far in advance. I am fully operational until that time, but may choose future dates when I will no longer take new patients
with certain insurance plans, etc.
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 hospital or university based.
3) Although I am an independent physician, many of my patients, especially with HMO's are overseen by Amita Health CIN and are cared for within the Ascension system (formerly called Amita and Presence). There are many fine physicians within this system (Ascension Medical Group locations in Lincoln Park, Near North and at St Joseph Hospital).
4) For any patient that will want their care elsewhere, I will have some recommendations.
5) Setting up medical care anywhere is a process that can take weeks to months, so I suggest
planning ahead. I will provide complete records that are in my possession either to patients
directly or to any new provider with a properly executed medical release.
COVID UPDATE 5/8/2022:
Of our 663 patients with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 30 tested positive in the last 7 days. I just had my first patient today who probably had Omicron in 2/2022 who is positive again now. New subvariants, BA4 and BA 5 are also re-infecting those who had Omicron in South Africa. My patients who have been vaccinated and boostered have had mild to moderate symptoms and none were hospitalized. Omicron BA.2 does not respond well to sotrovimab, but does to bebtelovimab. We have now been treating outpatients at risk for more serious illness with oral paxlovid. Long COVID symptoms plague some of our patients. COVID CASES ARE TOTALLY UNREPORTED DUE TO HOME TESTING WHICH IS NOT ADDED TO THE STATISTICS.
Our current batch of Moderna vaccine expires 8/13/2022. Our next Moderna booster day will be Saturday May 14th from 9AM-12noon. Call the office 773-857-2650 if you would like a booster. 2nd dose COVID vaccine boosters are now approved at least 4 months after the last booster for those over age 50 and over age 12 with moderate to severe immunosuppression.
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 2022
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 AND Bright Health(FRENCH must be your PCP) BRIGHT HEALTH IS LEAVING ILLINOIS IN 2023.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT: The new United Healthcare Exchange plans; Ambetter from Illinicare; Blue Care Direct; Cigna Plus
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 Local Plus, Cigna Plus, 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 DIAGNOSED over 663 PATIENTS IN OUR PRACTICE WITH COVID-19 ILLNESS SINCE MARCH 2020.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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*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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