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Archive for May, 2009

Consider being part of the cure.

Friday, May 29th, 2009

CONSIDER JOINING SALTZER CLINICAL RESEARCH IN BEING PART OF THE CURE

If you are interested in helping the clinical research team at Saltzer Clinical Research investigate new medications, please contact the Director of Clinical Research, Marisue Smith at (208) 463 3126 or email marisuesmith@saltzermed.com.
She will be happy to provide you with information about current and upcoming clinical trials that might be right for your participation. Should you choose to participate in a clinical trial, please understand that our mutual commitment to the completion of the trial is critical. The very success of clinical trials hinges on completion. We look forward to hearing from you for a mutually beneficial experience.

Saltzer’s Optical Shop

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Saltzer Medical Group has two optical shops.  One is located in our main clinic in Nampa, and the other at 1818 S. 10th Avenue in Caldwell.

Our optical shops offer the finest in premium products, from new digital progressive lens designs to integrated anti-reflective materials.  We also have the latest in fashionable, durable and quality frames.

Our prices are competitive with other doctors’ office optical shops, and you can buy with confidence, knowing that our frames all come with a two year warranty, and lenses with a minimum of one year.

Average delivery for our glasses is less than one week, so come check us out, we will have you looking and seeing good in no time!

Glossary of Clinical Trial Terms

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Primary Investigator – The physician with the primary responsibility for the design and conduct of a research project or clinical trial
Clinical Trial – A carefully designed study of the effects of medication, medical treatment, or a medical device on a group of volunteer subjects.

Subject – An individual who volunteers to participate in a clinical trial.

Placebo – A chemically neutral substance given under the guise of medicine for its psychologically suggestive effect; used in a controlled clinical trial to determine whether improvement and side effects may reflect imagination or anticipation rather than the actual power of the drug.

Double-blind – When neither the investigator nor the subject knows which medication the subject will be receiving.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria – The specific protocol requirements such as age, medical history weight, diagnosis, and laboratory values that determine if a subject can be included in a clinical trial.

Motorcycle Parking available at Saltzer Medical Group in Nampa

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Motorcycle parking is available at Saltzer Medical Group’s main clinic! Motorcycle Parking is specially marked and is located at the south edge of Saltzer’s lot, near Mercy Medical Center’s parking lot.

Parking your bike in this area is safer for your bike, and frees up parking spaces for vehicles.

Who can be involved in a clinical trial?

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Any person with the condition being studied who meets all of the study specific criteria can volunteer to participate in a trial. Every trial has very specific requirements such as age, sex, weight and a specific diagnosed medical condition. The doctor overseeing the clinical trial reviews each potential participant’s medical history to determine if that person is eligible. Known side effects and potential risks, as well as all study procedures, will be thoroughly explained to potential participants by either the Principal Investigator or the study coordinator prior to participation. In addition, Saltzer Clinical Research always maintains strict confidentiality regarding information about individuals who participate in clinical trials.

When can medications be tested?

Friday, May 8th, 2009

When can a medication be tested in an outpatient clinical trial setting like Saltzer medical Group?

When a pharmaceutical company has a new medication they would like to test in a clinical trial, a request is submitted by the sponsoring company to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before the FDA grants permission to conduct a clinical trial, they will verify that the pharmaceutical company has already done extensive laboratory research regarding the new medication. Only then will the FDA allow a newly proposed medication to be tested in humans. All of the trials currently being conducted at Saltzer are later phase trials in which the medication has been heavily studied prior to being studied in the market it is intended to treat.

Deanna Andrews, D.O. places second in national photo contest

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Congratulations to Dr. Deanna Andrews and her patient Garrett on their recent second place win in a photo contest promoted by Contemporary Pediatrics, an national pediatrics journal. The photos had to include patient care, or patients participating in an activity. You can see Dr. Andrews and the other photo entries at this link.

Immunization News

Friday, May 1st, 2009

PRIVATE HEALTH PLAN COVERAGE FOR CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS:

MAKE SURE YOU’RE COVERED!

By calling the phone number provided on your medical benefit card, you can determine whether you have coverage for IMMUNIZATIONS and whether any co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles apply that you will be responsible for paying. This blog provides suggested questions to ask your health plan. This list is not exhaustive because other issues may apply based on your benefit design.

Please share your answers to these questions with your doctor or healthcare professional.

Questions you may want to ask your health plan:

Do I have insurance coverage for IMMUNIZATIONS?

Are there any restrictions on coverage?

Will I bear any cost for IMMUNIZATIONS? For example:

  • Co-pay or co-insurance
  • Deductibles that may apply to IMMUNIZATIONS
  • Incremental cost if an out-of-network provider is used

Is there an annual coverage maximum on wellness or preventive services that may affect my coverage for IMMUNIZATIONS?

If you answer yes to any of the above, please print, complete and sign this form and bring it with you for your child’s doctor or healthcare professional.

Be sure to check your coverage status for IMMUNIZATIONS before each visit, because coverage status might change.

 

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