In 2019, Medicare beneficiaries whose prescription drug costs reach $3,820 will hit, or fall into the Part D coverage gap. This stage of coverage is known as the Donut Hole or Coverage Gap and can result in significantly higher out of pocket costs for prescription medications. IMPORTANT: $3,820 is the TOTAL cost of the prescriptions…

We’re excited to announce that Family Medicine Associates is joining Pioneer Valley Information Exchange (PVIX) ! This is GREAT NEWS for our patients! PVIX  is a regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) that seeks to improve the exchange of health information between patients, clinicians and healthcare organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley and Western Massachusetts. Caregivers have a…

he bad news: 1 in 4 older Americans age 65+ fall every year in the United States.1)  Falls are the No. 1 cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans! Falling can be extremely costly ( more than $31 billion in annual Medicare costs) financially and also  in quality of life.  The good news: Falls…

e’re still on our SUMMER EXERCISE KICK and today let’s look at HIKING! If you’re already into hiking, that’s GREAT. If not, well, you don’t know what your missing! For starters, hiking is gentle on the joints. It’s as low-impact as every-day walking around, except that you’re walking with purpose. There are a lot of…

ummer is the season to get outside and move, and EXERCISE is our focus this Summer! Great weather is here, so what are you waiting for! Well, to kick off our summer Exercise Kick (pun intended…), let’s start with Biking (aka:Cycling)! Who didn’t ride a bike as a kid? It brings back fond memories: peddling…

ou may think of as one of those childhood illnesses that had been virtually eradicated  decades ago with the development of effective vaccinations. While this is largely true for many ‘classic’ (and terrible! ) childhood illnesses such as  polio, diphtheria, measles, mumps,  etc.,  Whooping Cough  (Pertussis), however,  has been a different story. It has been…

Take The Quiz! Knowing which vaccines you need is an important step toward protecting your health and that of your family, friends and coworkers.  Getting vaccines on time helps prevent illness before you’re exposed. Still, this can be easier said than done. There are so many factors to consider. Talk with your health care provider…

The Zika virus first came to national attention in 2016, prior to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the run up to the opening of the Olympics in August of that year, there were numerous reports of a new virus, Zika, that was spread by mosquitos. What was (and is) particularly alarming…

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