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National Influenza Vaccination Week December 4-10

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Announces National Influenza Vaccination Week December 4-10

It’s not too late: Get your flu vaccine today!

This winter, when you see signs reading “Get Your Flu Vaccine,” you might ask “Isn’t it too late to get vaccinated?” No, it’s not too late! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that flu vaccinations continue throughout the flu season, which begins in autumn and continues into spring. That’s why the CDC designates this as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

“The sooner you get vaccinated the more likely you are to be protected against the virus when flu activity picks up in our community,” said Dr. Brian Birdwell at MainStreet Clinic.

National Influenza Vaccination Week

According to the CDC, flu season peaks most often between December and March, but activity can occur as late as May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for defensive antibodies to develop, so it’s best to get vaccinated early.

For millions of people every season, the flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu each year.

Some people are at a higher risk for serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death, such as

  • pregnant women,
  • children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old,
  • those 65 and older, and
  • those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. This season, CDC recommends the use of injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) and not the nasal spray flu vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) is not recommended for use this season because of concerns about effectiveness.

Flu vaccines are offered by many providers, such as your family doctor, some pharmacies, community health centers, as well as employers and schools.

MainStreet Clinic Members will receive their flu shot as a free benefit of membership. And employers who subscribe to Care First Benefits through MainStreet Clinic may request to have employee flu shots given at their workplace.

For more information about the flu and the benefits of flu vaccination, ask your health care provider or contact the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw or 1-800-CDC-INFO.

Contact Brian Birdwell, MD and MainStreet Clinic at www.mainstreetdpc.com or 580 248-9966.

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MainStreet Clinic Anniversary Open House Nov. 2

MainStreet Clinic Anniversary Open House

LAWTON – October 28, 2016 – MainStreet Clinic members and the Lawton area community are invited to an Anniversary Open House on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at MainStreet Clinic, 415 W. Gore Blvd in Lawton.

Featured guest this year will be Elisabeth Murphy of Murphy Farms in Walters. Murphy will demonstrate the many organic fruits and vegetables grown year-round in neighboring Cotton County. Also Dr. Birdwell will present contributions from the Clinic’s generous members to the Lawton Family YMCA scholarship fund and to the Lawton Food Bank. These community partners exemplify the Clinic’s commitment to the “Keys to Health” – Eating Real Food, Getting Regular Exercise, and Access to Real Care. Please R.S.V.P. at (580) 248-9966.

MainStreet Clinic introduced an innovative health care payment model called direct primary care clinic membership to southwest Oklahoma.

“Clinic membership is a new health care model that is really old-fashioned, person-to-person health care. It’s a direct system between the doctor and the patient. I am available to you anytime you need a question answered or have a need. Even house calls. It’s whatever you need to stay well and be cared for,” Dr. Brian Birdwell said.

For a flat monthly membership fee, patients are assured

  • access to all clinic services on the same day or next day;
  • unhurried extended-time clinic visits;
  • contact with the doctor anytime by text or phone;
  • discounts on many generic medications dispensed directly from our clinic; and
  • other premium services.

No health insurance is required since MainStreet Clinic does not file insurance claims or do any billing for our care. But the Clinic does work with private insurance or government coverages for which members are eligible.

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MainStreet Clinic Celebrates National Health Education Week

Chronic Diseases in Oklahoma Are Common, Costly, and Can Be Reduced Through Exercise, Good Nutrition and Access to Health Care

Health Education Week Prevent Chronic Diseases

LAWTON, OK – During the week of October 17-21, MainStreet Clinic joins the Society for Public Health Education to promote National Health Education Week to raise public awareness of the importance of

  • exercise and physical activity,
  • good nutrition and
  • access to health care

in the prevention of chronic diseases.

Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, can be very costly, disabling and deteriorate the quality of life, especially when undiagnosed or untreated.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Public Health: “Chronic disease is the most common and costly of all health problems. A person’s risk of developing a chronic disease can be greatly reduced by avoiding tobacco, being physically active and eating well. However, individual behavior is not enough. Access to affordable health care saves lives, reduces disability, prevents hospitalizations and lowers medical costs.”

Today, more than half of adults aged 18 years or older did not meet recommendations for aerobic exercise or physical activity. More than one-third of adolescents and 38 percent of adults said they ate fruit less than once a day, while 38 percent of adolescents and 23 percent of adults said they ate vegetables less than once a day.

According to the Oklahoma Hospital Association, more than one in six or 17 percent of Oklahomans are uninsured and Oklahoma ranks seventh highest in the nation in percent of uninsured.

“Access to affordable primary care should not be a barrier to Oklahomans with limited or no health insurance. MainStreet Clinic membership is open to everyone with or without health insurance,” said Dr. Brian Birdwell.

MainStreet Clinic supports and collaborates with community non-profits including the Lawton Food Bank and the Lawton Family YMCA to promote consumer health education along with prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. And through a unique program named Care First Employee Benefits, MainStreet Clinic works with employers to offer clinic membership through employer group health plans.

About National Health Education Week

National Health Education Week (http://www.sophe.org/nhew.cfm) is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and sponsored by the Society of Public Health Education, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide leadership to the profession of health education and to promote health and wellness in the community. National Health Education Week is celebrated annually during the third week of October and focuses national attention on public health issues, provides public education, and improves consumer understanding of health education’s role in promoting public health.

The Chronic Disease Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health can be reached at 405 271-4072 or 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117. The Chronic Disease in Oklahoma Data Book is available at https://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/CDS-Chronic%20data%20book%20AUG2013.pdf.

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Senior Citizen Fitness Day at Lawton Family YMCA May 25

LAWTON — MainStreet Clinic joins the Lawton Family YMCA in celebrating National Senior Health & Fitness Day® on May 25, 2016. Lawton area seniors are invited to the YMCA next Wednesday morning for an introduction to the Silver Sneakers Fitness program, an insurance benefit included in many health and retirement plans that provides a gym membership, usually at no additional cost.

Senior Health Fitness Day 2016

Schedule for May 25 Silver Sneakers event:

9:15 – Senior exercise hour featuring light workout for YMCA guests (optional)
10:00 to 10:30 – Gathering and refreshments
10:30 – Introduction and YMCA Tour

Please RSVP at MainStreet Clinic, 580 248-9966.

Participants are encouraged to check their eligibility before May 25 at the Healthways Silver Sneakers website: https://www.silversneakers.com/tools/eligibility

We will be glad to help you check your Silver Sneakers eligibility at the Clinic before the event (please call before you stop by the Clinic).

NOTE: Eligibility to receive a Silver Sneakers gym membership as an insurance benefit from a Medicare supplement or advantage plan is under the control of the insurer; neither MainStreet Clinic nor the YMCA has any influence over their decision.

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Employer Briefing on Group Health Benefits at Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce June 3

LAWTON – Dr. Brian Birdwell announced that an employer briefing titled “Innovative Solutions to the Group Health Benefits Puzzle” will be held Friday, June 3, 2016, from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, 302 W. Gore Blvd, Lawton 73501.

RSVP by calling the Chamber at 580-355-3541 or go to LawtonCalendar.com to register.

This program is a “brown bag lunch” where participants bring their own lunch; drinks will be provided. Parking is available adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce building.

Lawton area business owners and managers are invited to this quick-study session on group health benefits, featuring Brian Birdwell, MD and Craig Scurato of Simplifi Benefits. Scurato will offer creative approaches for employers to maximize health insurance and benefits for workers, and present specific techniques for compliance with ACA rules. Case examples will be provided for employers with between two and 49 employees and for those with 50 or more employees.

Dr. Birdwell will present a new concept being offered in the Lawton area called “Care First” where employers offer direct primary care clinic membership as a central group health benefit.

“How can a doctor really help?  By allowing the time to come to know you, and being available when you need a doctor’s time — in the office, or through text, phone or email.  That’s what makes ‘Care First’ the most valuable health benefit you can offer to every employee,” said Dr. Brian Birdwell.

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Care First Alliance To Help Lawton Business Adopt Direct Primary Care

Care First provides Lawton business with creative alternatives in health benefits featuring direct primary care membership

Care First Alliance Direct Primary Care

LAWTON — Dr. Brian Birdwell announced the introduction of Care First Benefits to  provide Lawton area employers with creative alternatives featuring direct primary care membership benefits for employees.

“Health care has been turned upside down by radical changes and spiraling insurance costs, and business owners need fresh alternatives that provide affordable care their people can actually access and use,” said Craig Scurato of Simplifi Benefits.

“Direct primary care membership is relationship-based medicine, where patients have all the time they need, as often as they need it, and same day or next day clinic access for one, flat monthly membership fee averaging about $60 per employee, per month,” said Dr. Brian Birdwell.

Lawton area business owners are invited to a Care First Employer Briefing Tuesday afternoon, March 8, come and go between 4:00 and 7:00 pm at the Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 NW Cache Road, presented by MainStreet Clinic, Direct Care Partners and Simplifi Benefits. Please R.S.V.P. at (580) 248-9966.

About Brian Birdwell, MD and MainStreet Clinic

Lawton internist Brian Birdwell, M.D. is owner and physician-director of the MainStreet Clinic team of medical professionals. MainStreet Clinic is a direct primary care membership clinic offering innovative medical services in the old fashioned style of a personal physician caring for each patient individually. Clinic services include complete primary care services for individuals and families, regardless of insurance coverage, and occupational health and wellness services for employers

About Direct Care Partners, LLC

Dr. Brian Birdwell co-founded Direct Care Partners, LLC with Rob Bartlett, Jr. in order to accelerate and scale the growth of direct primary care in the Greater Lawton Area and across Oklahoma.

About Craig Scurato

Craig Scurato, president of Simplifi Benefits (www.simplifibenefits.com), provides consulting assistance to direct primary care physicians, and offers small and mid-size employers with a competitive advantage in the health insurance marketplace, through its own private marketplace exchange and access to a wide range of insurance and benefits products.

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Affordable Care and Health Insurance, Too

LAWTON – MainStreet Clinic announced the second community forum on the topic of “Affordable Care and Health Insurance, Too,” to be held on Monday, December 7 at the Lawton Public Library beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Lawton Public Library is located at 110 SW 4th Street in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Participants will “get the skinny on finding accessible care and wrap-around health insurance coverage that most people can afford in Lawton and southwest Oklahoma,” said Dr. Brian Birdwell. He will provide general information about direct primary care, an innovative health care payment model, where patients pay a flat monthly membership and receive full access to all clinic services, unhurried clinic visits, same day or next day appointments, and after-hours access to the clinic.

Joining Dr. Birdwell in the presentation will be Lynette Wallace, outreach and enrollment director at the Lawton Community Health Center. She will describe how Lawton residents may be able to access health insurance plans that wrap around direct primary care membership at prices most people can afford.

This community forum is free to attend. Please R.S.V.P. at (580) 248-9966.

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Can I afford health insurance and the costs of getting health care, too?

LAWTON – MainStreet Clinic will sponsor a community forum Thursday, November 19 at the Lawton Constitution community room beginning at 6:00 p.m. titled Can I afford health insurance and the costs of getting health care, too?

Participants will “get the skinny on finding real, accessible care and wrap-around health insurance coverage that most people can afford,” said Dr. Brian Birdwell. He will provide general information about direct primary care, an innovative health care payment model, where patients become clinic members and are assured

  • access to all clinic services on the same day or next day;
  • unhurried extended-time clinic visits;
  • contact with the clinic after hours by text or phone;
  • discounts on many generic medications; and
  • other premium services.

Joining Dr. Birdwell in the presentation will be Lynette Wallace, outreach and enrollment director at the Lawton Community Health Center. She will describe how Lawton residents may be able to access health insurance plans that wrap around direct primary care membership at prices most people can afford.

This community forum is free to attend. Please R.S.V.P. at (580) 248-9966.

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Public Invited To MainStreet Clinic Open House Nov. 4

LAWTON – November 2, 2015 – Dr. Brian Birdwell, Lawton internist, announced the relocation of his medical clinic, formerly Birdwell Ferris Clinic, to 415 W. Gore Blvd and the clinic name has been changed to MainStreet Clinic. An Open House will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. and the public is invited. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at about 4:30 p.m., conducted by the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce “Red Hat Committee.” Also at that time, Dr. Birdwell will present contributions from the Clinic to Habitat for Humanity and The Salvation Army. Please R.S.V.P. at (580) 248-9966.

MainStreet Clinic introduces an innovative health care payment model to Lawton, called direct primary care clinic membership. For a flat monthly membership fee

  • patients are assured access to all clinic services on the same day or next day;
  • unhurried extended-time clinic visits;
  • contact with the clinic after hours by text or phone;
  • discounts on many generic medications; and
  • other premium services.

No health insurance is required, since claims are not filed with any health insurance companies.

“It’s really old-fashioned. We are available for whatever you, the patient, may need — even house calls. We have time for you. Some people say, ‘It’s like having a doctor in the family,’” Dr. Brian Birdwell said.

Across the U.S., employers have begun revamping their group health benefits plans to make direct primary care membership the centerpiece, and reimburse employees for their clinic membership fees. Several Lawton employers are considering this approach now.

Consumers who must buy individual health insurance plans on a market exchange find that direct primary care membership combines well with a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Dr. Birdwell will host a public community forum titled “Can I afford health insurance and the costs of getting health care, too?” at a date and time to be announced soon.

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Birdwell Ferris Is Now MainStreet Clinic at 415 W. Gore Blvd

LAWTON — Birdwell Ferris Clinic has moved to 415 W. Gore Blvd, across from the Lawton YMCA, and we are now the MainStreet Clinic. We look forward to seeing you at our new location.

While the address has changed, our team is the same and we remain focused on your care and well being. Reach us at (580) 248-9966 or fax number 248-6458.

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