MANY CHANGES IN 2018!
As of September 18, 2017, our practice is prepared to offer influenza vaccines
As of December 31, 2017, Dr. Robert Handler retired. He started the practice 40 years ago and enjoyed watching it grow over the years. He devoted his professional life to taking care of children, and watched many of them grow from infancy to adulthood. Dr. Handler had the pleasure of seeing many of his former patients bringing their own children to the practice. We are sure he will be greatly missed, but are certain that he will enjoy this next phase of his life. We wish him much happiness. As many of you know, Dr. Adam Handler, MD, joined the group 3 years ago. He is thrilled to follow in his father’s footsteps and will continue to be an integral part of Advocare Parsippany Pediatrics. In addition, Dr Jennifer Lam, MD, joined our practice in February, 2017. Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the management of complex pediatric illnesses. Janel Post, APN, a nurse practitioner on our team at Advocare Parsippany Pediatrics for over 10 years, is certified to provide lactation consultations to support our breading patient. Currently, Janel is providing Lactation Consultation appointments on Mondays and Thursdays. Finally, Emily Keim, APN, is joining our staff of medical providers after years of working as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) as well as years in our own office. Emily is excited with her new role as she continues to commit herself to helping our patients and families.
to prepare for the coming flu season (typically December through April in New Jersey). This year, there is no nasal-spray option in our office (as recommended by the CDC and AAP), only the injectible version of the vaccine.
For more information about flu shots and the upcoming flu season, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm
We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE flu vaccination for all of our patients that are older than 5 months
. Ideally this will simply be performed during your child's well visit appointments between now and early-December. However, if your child doesn't have a routine visit between September and early-December, we strongly recommend that your child has a "flu-shot-only" efficient
appointment with one of our nurses. There is no co-pay for this type of appointment as you will not be seeing a physician. Please be clear about any other needs in addition to a flu vaccine when calling for an appointment, to ensure appropriate scheduling.
Other recent updates:
As of April 1, 2016, the doctors at Advocare Parsippany Pediatrics will no longer be visiting or directly caring for newborns or hospitalized children at St Clare's Hospital, due to policy changes directed by St Clare's new owners. We will continue to directly visit and care for newborns and hospitalized children at Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown Medical Center.
Completed in late 2015, we have completely renovated and significantly expanded our office to better serve our patients' and families' needs.
We have been listening to your requests! We have added two additional nights per week (now Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) where we can offer early-evening appointments to help both sick patients and those needing after-hours well-visits. Also, as suggested by a parent of one of our patients, we have changed our routine and now keep the phone open to callers during lunch, for those parents who have no other time to contact our office.
Advocare Parsippany Pediatrics will soon launch a "Patient Portal" for our families. This is a way to securely share medical information (including test results, prescription management, and referrals), as well as make well-patient appointments, update personal and insurance information and contact our office over the internet. We see this as an important tool for many families in communicating with their providers and our staff. AFTER WE ANNOUNCE, ON THIS WEBSITE, THAT WE HAVE LAUNCHED THE PORTAL, Please click on "Patient Portal" on the top right of our homepage to learn more. If you decide to join the portal, please do so by completing the application process while in the office as we will not be accepting applications online at this time. Once the application is completed, it will take approximately one week to activate your account.
The 30-month well-visit is considered a crucial time to check on developmental progress, growth, and diet. There is a developmental screening questionnaire called "ASQ-30" that will be sent to you by mail, approximately one month prior to your appointment. Please fill it out BEFORE the appointment and SEND IT BACK TO US, completed, 3-7 days prior to the appointment. We will discuss the results at the appointment if we have the results ahead of time.
Hearing Testing: For all age groups, we have the technology to quickly and painlessly test hearing through an Oto-Accoustic Emissions (OAE) Test. We routinely check hearing at specific well-visits, based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to these specific visits, if your child has not passed the newborn nursery hearing test or a school-based test, or if you have concerns about your child's hearing due to school problems or a family history of hearing loss, we can quickly determine whether or not further investigation by an audiologist or ear specialist is needed.
Our office is equipped with a state-of-the-art Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that can be used to reverse certain life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances. While it is our advice that all parents would call 9-1-1 in dire circumstances, we are determined to offer your child the best chance of overcoming all crises.
Cold/Cough Medicines: Oral infant medicines for colds have been voluntarily withdrawn from the market. As our patients know, we have never been advocates of these medications, and applaud this step. Although basically safe, there is potential for abuse and overdose of these medications. Upper respiratory infections can be managed by giving plenty of fluids, rest, use of a bulb syringe to clear nasal passage and saline nose drops for irrigation. We are likewise not advocates of "cold and cough" medications for children over age 2, although they have not YET been withdrawn from the marketplace.
In accordance with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), a copy of our Privacy Practices is now posted on this web site.
Our office has been using Electronic Medical Records since July, 2013. EMR is state-of-the-art technology designed to facilitate office visits, from check-in to check-out. By making patient charts more accessible to physicians and nurses, and expediting the electronic transfer of labs, x-rays, prescriptions, and referrals that we may order, EMR enables us to more efficiently provide comprehensive care for your child.