Our Physician Assistants play an important role here at France Avenue Family Physicians.
Suzanne Runkel and Ellie Price, our Physician Assistants are valuable members of our team.
Physician Assistants are not physicians, nor are they in the process of becoming physicians. They are known as mid-level providers, and are recognized health care professionals. Their education and clinical experience enables them to offer a broad range of services to patients, always under the supervision of a licensed physicians.
You should see our Physician Assistant for things such as:
Physician Assistants graduate from an accredited PA program, usually three years in length. This includes 9 - 12 months of classroom study and 12 - 15 months of supervised clinical experience. Prior to attending their Physician Assistant training, PA's have completed a four-year bachelor's degree.
All PA's receive certification after passing an examination developed by the National Commission on the certification of Physician Assistants. They maintain their certification by earning 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years, and by passing a re-certification exam every six years.
Physician consultation is available to the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Asssistant at all times.
If you are a new patient to our clinic, you can conveniently print the necessary forms to fill out and bring with you. (*** Click on the Back button in your browser to return to this page after you print the documents. ***)
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1. Print the Patient Registration Form. Fill out the form and bring it with you to your appointment.
2. Read the Notice of Privacy Practices.
3. Print the Consent Form. Sign and Date it, and bring it with you. If you would like a printed copy of the Privacy Notice, you may request one at your appointment.
4. Bring paperwork, your insurance card, any co payment, and a government issued ID to your appointment.
Here at France Avenue Family Physicians (FAFP), we are dedicated to the quality of healthcare our patients receive. We work hard to set our standards high above those of our peers. Some of the current quality initiatives we are focusing on include:
1. Depression. The number of Americans diagnosed with depression is staggering. FAFP is committed to helping our patients with depression manage their disease, so much so, that we are participating in an outcomes study that is supported by Fairview Physician Associates (FPA), and Minnesota Healthcare Network (MHN). If you have, or think you may have depression, and/or anxiety, click here to print out our questionnaire. Fill it out and bring it with you to your next appointment.
2. Diabetes. We are working with MHN, FPA, The University of Minnesota, and the health insurance companies to monitor our diabetes outcomes. This study measures how often patients receive the appropriate care and get the correct blood tests and measures of other health indicators. We want to assure that each patient is on the path to well controlled diabetes.
3. Routine Health Maintenance. We take a very proactive approach to disease management. Our routine physicals are designed to identify any potential problems, and get them corrected before anything serious occurs.
4. Patient Satisfaction Surveys. Twice per year, we assess the satisfaction of our patients by having them fill out surveys when they visit our practice. We take these surveys very seriously and use them to improve on our services to patients and our internal operations.
Disease management is a program designed to help unite health care providers with their patients in order to provide more personalized and successful management of chronic diseases. The program is completely elective and is provided to the patient free of cost.
A patient enrolled in this program will be paired with a Care Coordinator. The Care Coordinator will work one-on-one with the patient to help identifiy obstacles and goals in the patient's disease management process. The Coordinator will be in contact with the patient's primary care provider, any specialists the patient sees and any family members the patient feels important to involve in their disease management. When all providers and specialists work as a medical team the patient receives more inclusive and efficient care.
Managing a disease can be overwhelming to a person, but it doesn't have to be. Your care providers at France Avenue Family Physicians are dedicated to providing you with the best medical care available and offering the patients the individual support they deserve.
This program is open to any patient who is excited and determined to make a difference in his or her quality of life through disease management. For more information please contact your health care provider.
FAFP offers patients Medication Therapy Management (MTM). MTM allows patients to meet with a specially trained pharmacist to review all the medications that a patient is currently taking (prescribed, over-the-counter, and herbals/supplements) to ensure that they are:
Your physician can help you decide if this service is right for you.