As our children grow up so quickly and are away at college or going through the college process there is a subject we as parents should consider.
When a person reaches his or her 18th birthday they become adults, in the eyes of the law. Most of you are well aware of the Right to Privacy Laws, but may not be aware of the fact that, should an accident occur and your 18-year-old child ends up in the Emergency Room unconscious, you, the parents, have absolutely no rights or say in their care unless you have a Medical Power of Attorney (Health Care Representative).
Wyckoff Pediatrics is providing some simple forms for your review and consideration. Use the links below.
As with any questions of law, consulting with an attorney is always best, but at the very least it is strongly recommended that you download the forms listed below and review them with your children. A few steps of preventative legal action now could very well save your family many hours of days of angst, not to mention legal fees, at a time that would be better spent caring for your child.
Please be advised that we are providing these forms for you as a courtesy. We are not in any way providing legal services.
We promise to take the best care of your children, give you timely appointments with minimal wait in the waiting room…….But we need your help!!!
1) BRING YOUR CURRENT INSURANCE IDENTIFICATION CARD TO EVERY APPOINTMENT!!
a)YES, we need it every time, twice a day if you come twice. We have to scan it to open your chart in the computer system!!
2)Copay and balances are due at the time of the visit.
a)After we scan your insurance identification card, your billing history needs to be cleared for your medical history chart to open in the patient rooms!
b)Give your insurance card and credit card information to whoever brings your child in; babysitter, grandparent or the child if he or she is coming alone
c)We DO NOT and CANNOT bill for copays and balances that are due
3)Be on time!
a)When you are late the rest of the days appointments run late because of you. Not Fair!! L
4)Make well visit appointments for your child as scheduled
a) Life threatening illnesses are caught….not a joke.
b) Well Visits are a bigger priority than sports, birthday parties, etc.
a)Would you cancel or stand up Dr. Yazdi on a lunch date?
b) We do not double book for your sake so give the same courtesy (like every other doctor’s office)
New York City is currently grappling with a measles outbreak. Health officials have identified16 cases of the highly contagious infectious disease, resulting in at least six hospitalizations, and are now warning unvaccinated individuals that they need to get their shots.
And New York isn’t the only place where measles — which was once so rare that it was virtually eradicated in the U.S. back in 2000 — is cropping up again. Within the past two months, health officials have also identified cases in the Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dallas areas. Measles have also recently been reported in suburban areas in Connecticut and Illinois.
Just one case of measles can pose a huge public health threat, since it has the potential to be transmitted quickly. It can spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. If your child is unvaccinated above the age of one year, call the office now to schedule an appointment.
With the recent suicide death of a local young lady I thought some words of comfort and caution from your pediatrician might help.
A lot of parents may think that talking about suicide to your children will cause them to contemplate suicide – it is completely the opposite! If we talk about it more, it would not have to be a scary topic
When explaining suicide to a child or adolescent, provide truthful information, encourage questions and offer loving reassurance.
Reassure children that they are not responsible in any way for someone’s suicide, and that nothing they said caused anyone to take their lifeB Be prepared to talk about suicide multiple times during the first days and weeks after the tragedy and later throughout your child’s life.
If they are having a hard time adjusting, consider a bereavement support group.
Follow the link below to read the Risk Factors and Warning Signs and learn what to do when you suspect someone is at risk. The more we know and the more we talk about it the better off we will be.
Copy and paste the link below to your web browser to watch a news story from this morning on the epidemic of this flu season. 10 children have lost their lives because they were not vaccinated against the flu this year.
Meet our new therapy dog. Duke has worked very hard to graduate therapy training and will be a new member of our staff. Look for him next time you are at the office.
If you are a new patient wishing to join the practice, please call the office to talk to an office representative and get all the details for joining the practice. Thank you for your interest in Wyckoff Pediatrics.
It's finally here.....our patient portal is now ready for your access. If you are a current patient and have not yet received an invitation email to log on, please call the office at 201-891-4777 today so that we may enable your account. CURRENT PATIENTS DO NOT HAVE TO PRE-REGISTER ON THE SITE
If you have a sick child and want to get an early appointment, just call the service and leave a message that you want to get in early. When the office opens we will call you and get you in as soon as the doctor is coming in. No need to wait until 9am to call.
It's time to get your annual athletic physical. Please make your appointments early. Call the office today to schedule yours.