Safecare Medical Center received 4.5 out of 5 stars rating from Humana’s HEDIS Quality Program!

Congratulations to Chiapone David Ting, M.D. and Richard J. Wilbur, M.D and Susie Budowsky, PA of Safecare Medical Center for achieving 4.5 HEDIS star rating level according to Humana Medicare Quality measures.

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a widely used set of performance measures, developed and maintained by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA.)  Medicare HEDIS measurements include preventive measures, management of chronic conditions, and physician responsiveness to improve patients’ quality of life.  Safecare Medical Center is committed to helping our patients achieve their best health through providing quality care.

To schedule your appointment with one of Safecare’s primary care physicians, please contact our office at 954-454-6300

Join us on Nov. 28th at Kay Rico Coffee

You’re invited to a delicious cup of coffee and an informative seminar to learn more about the 2019 Medicare Open Enrollment Benefits.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get your health coverage ready for the new year!

Seating is limited, RSVP now to reserve your spot and invite up to two friends.

Free event and the best coffee in town is on us!  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Closed for Thanksgiving!

Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd in observance of Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen on Friday, November 23rd at our regular business hours.  Call us at 954-454-6300 to make an appointment, walk-ins are also welcome.

We wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration and we thank you for choosing us to be your primary health care provider.

Tobacco Cessation Seminar

The Safecare Seminars will kick off on November 29th with an important event to help those ready to quit smoking.
Four available dates, two locations. Lots of great information and free resources.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive change in your life for better health. For more information and to register, contact Yamila Robles RMA at 954-989-7441.

Join us on Nov. 14th at Kay Rico Coffee

We want to invite you to a delicious cup of coffee and an informative discussion about the 2019 Medicare Open Enrollment Benefits.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get your health coverage ready for 2019!

Seating is limited, RSVP now to reserve your spot and invite up to two friends.

Free event and the best coffee in town is on us!  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re Invited to Join Us for The Best Coffee In Town!

You are invited to a cup of delicious coffee as we answer your questions about the 2019 Medicare Open Enrollment Benefits. 3 available dates, one fabulous location, Kay Rico Coffee in Hollywood Blvd.
* Seating is limited RSVP now to reserve your spot and invite two friends.
* Parking available at rear of the building.
Join us as we enjoy the best coffee in town, it’s on us!

Kay Rico Coffee, 2728 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33020

 

 

Let Us Answer Your Questions About Open Enrollment

David Montesino, our on-site Medicare expert, will be available at our Hallandale Beach office on Nov. 7th from 10AM to 1PM to answer all your questions regarding the Annual Enrollment Period. You can also contact David Montesino at (954) 709-8275 to schedule an appointment to discuss your Medicare needs, or you can drop in at any time during his on-site office hours listed below:

Hallandale Beach Office: 
Wed. November 7th from 10 am to 1 pm
1117 E Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954)454-6300

Come visit us, we look forward to serving you!

 

 

Have Questions About Open Enrollment? We can help!

The Open Enrollment Period is happening now.  Our on-site Medicare expert, David Montesino, can answer all your questions regarding benefits and offers. You contact David at (954) 709-8275 to schedule an appointment to discuss your Medicare needs.

Don’t delay! Only a few days left to obtain coverage for 2019!

Let Us Answer Your Questions About Open Enrollment

The Annual Enrollment Period for 2019 coverage is happening!

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David Montesino, our on-site Medicare expert, will be available at our Hallandale Beach office on Oct. 24th from 10AM to 1PM to answer all your questions regarding the Annual Enrollment Period. You can also contact David Montesino at (954) 709-8275 to schedule an appointment to discuss your Medicare needs, or you can drop in at any time during his on-site office hours listed below:

Hallandale Beach Office: 
Wed. October 24th from 10 am to 1 pm
1117 E Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954)454-6300
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Obesity: An On-going Epidemic

Obesity is one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Health care expenditures for obese Americans accounted for 35% of all costs in 2006, or $303 billion, (Mr. Obama take note). This has increased from $167 billion in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 the number of obese Americans increased from 48 million to 59 million people. The day I wrote this article 45% of the patients I saw in my office practice were obese.

Obesity is a condition where excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it adversely affects your health. Most people recognize obesity on sight. A medical degree is not necessary to make the diagnosis. A good estimate of obesity is to calculate a number called body mass index (BMI). This number is obtained by measuring a personʼs height and weight and applying a simple formula. I do it for every patient in my office practice. A normal healthy value for BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. From 25-29.9 a person is considered to be “overweight”. Anything above 30 is “obese”. Anything above 40 is considered “morbidly obese”, and above 50 “super obese”.

Obesity is a leading cause of death worldwide. A BMI of 30-35 reduces a personʼs life expectancy by 2-4 years. A BMI of more than 40 reduces life expectancy for men by 20 years and for women by 5 years.

Many common diseases are strongly associated with obesity particularly heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. It is estimated that obesity is the cause of 64% of the cases of Type 2 diabetes in men and 77% of the cases in women.

Obesity is caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories (eating too much), lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility. In the American society the increased rates of obesity are felt to be due to easy accessibility of food and an increased reliance on cars and mechanized manufacturing. Our diets contain an increased percentage of processed fatty foods and sugars, and less whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The alarming increase in childhood obesity correlates with increased time spent watching T.V. and playing video games, as well as a poor diet.

The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. In my practice I find most people have trouble doing either. Diets may produce weight loss over the short term, but keeping weight off is a problem and requires making exercise and a lower calorie diet a permanent part of your lifestyle. Success rates long- term are low (2-20%). Commercial diet programs like Jenny Craig, Weight-Watchers, or Nutri-Systems can be useful to help achieve weight loss.

Exercise alone in sufficient quantity will produce weight loss. In one study, during 20 weeks of basic military training with no dietary restrictions, obese military recruits lost an average of 27.6 pounds.

If diet and exercise alone fail, anti-obesity drugs may be tried to reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption. Only 2 drugs are approved for long term use by the FDA. Meridia (an appetite suppressant), and Orlistat (inhibits fat absorption). Other drugs may be prescribed on a short term basis (usually 3 months or less).

For morbidly obese individuals, the last resort is Bariatric surgery, which reduces the ability to eat large quantities and absorb calories. These procedures have risks, but can be very successful at producing significant and permanent weight reduction. 

The potential benefits of weight reduction are significant. In one study intentional weight loss of any amount was associated with a 20% reduction in all-cause mortality.

Obesity is an extremely common problem and a very serious health concern. It goes far beyond cosmetics. It is an excellent reason to visit your doctor and begin a discussion. Getting your weight under control will improve your appearance, your energy level, and your health.

Written by Richard J. Wilbur, M.D., Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

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