January 2021 Newsletter: Featured Article
by Alaina Rowswell-Kkulikowski DC DICCP
Here at Riverview Chiropractic Health offices we share common space to deliver health services. We have 6 Chiropractors and 4 massage therapists that have individual practices and share resources to deliver affordable healthcare at 1567 Military Road. What does that mean? Dr. Alaina Rowswell-Kulikowski, Dr. William B Davis, Dr. Sasha Marinaccio, Dr. Danielle Tomko, Dr. Jeremiah Davis, Dr. Joshua Leuppie, Felicia Dawes LMT, Annie Allen LMT, Shawn Olszewski LMT, and Erica Bazzell LMT, are sole proprietors of their own businesses. Riverview Chiropractic Health PC is a professional corporation managing staff, communications, equipment, supplies, utilities and space for each of the providers. We want to clearly communicate that to our respective healthcare clientele. We each refer to our consumers as patients. It is up to the patient to contract services provided for Chiropractic, massage, body work or nutrition with a particular provider. We welcome shared professional relationships, as the 10 of us trust and rely on each other for health services. Always understand that your financial relationship is with the individual that performed your professional service. Should you ever question payments, schedules, or any liability please direct your communication to the individual provider.
This year has been a year of change for all. The arrival of a new (novel) Coronavirus now named Covid-19 has become a world-wide initiator of change. As the news arrived that we were about to face this challenge, the providers at Riverview Chiropractic Health office continued to remain as available as local law enforcement allowed. Chiropractic services have been deemed essential in New York State from the very beginning, and our doors have remained opened each business day through 2020. Massage therapy in this building is considered “Medical Massage” and therefore has also been deemed essential. We have made every necessary, and additionally precautionary accommodation that Erie County, New York State and the CDC has officially communicated. These accommodations have made scheduling a little more challenging than in years past.
Please note that our new Electronic Health Records are now managed under a software that is convenient and much more accessible than in previous years. Janeapp software has enabled you, our patients, to schedule online in real time. Please be advised however, that our staff has special privileges in scheduling and if you are unable to secure an appointment at your desired time, feel free to call 7168770676 and enter 1 to speak with our friendly staff who will try to accommodate you.
You may have been asked repetitively for email communication. Please understand, each of our Chiropractors participate with a unique set of insurances, or third party payors. Due to the nature of trying to comply with third party payments, much information is transferred electronically. If you are willing and able to participate electronically, we can continue to provide affordable services that third parties are willing to reimburse. However, please understand that without compliance, your carrier may refuse to pay for your services and it will be your financial responsibility. If the technology is intimidating, we totally understand. We have paper copies of communication that can be filled out in the office and converted electronically. However the time you would need to provide that information at the office needs to be acknowledged, so plan on arriving before your appointments 10 minutes early if you aren’t able to participate electronically.
Checking in at Riverview Chiropractic Health also has changed. We have a QR code on the door. Please scan it with your mobile device before entering to acknowledge that you are not experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, and that you are able to safely enter a treatment room and receive care. The efficient front desk staff can either call you on your mobile telephone when your room is ready, or if you are willing just let you know from our open and shared reception area. You are also welcome to call from your car to let us know of your arrival. However, we no longer have a “Sign-in” procedure. Due to the requirements of keeping a 6 foot social distance from others, we may also ask that you wait in your vehicle if our reception area is over capacity. If you have a question about Covid-19 symptoms, exposure or whether it is safe to enter our building, please directly contact your provider prior to your appointment time. Our Chiropractors are portal of entry providers and bear the responsibility of diagnosis. S/he may come to your vehicle to assess your condition before entering.
Third party reimbursement from your insurance carrier is for Chiropractic care only. Please note that the 4 massage therapists that share space here do not contract with insurance reimbursement and payment is expected before time of service. Our chiropractors have tried to strategically accommodate relationships with insurance carriers who provide third party reimbursement for health care. Keep in mind however, that some carriers have copays and coinsurance that are HIGHER than our pay at the time of service rate. Additionally, for those who are willing to pay ahead of service for maintenance packages, these are also available to make regular chiropractic care more affordable. Again, these financial arrangements are dependent upon the provider and remain individualized.
Payments for services are expected prior to the service being rendered. We prefer payment at the front desk area with cash, check or we have expedited our card services with tap, chip and slide through Square terminal. You may also pay via telephone or email if you prefer to have a touch-less experience. Be certain that you always pay the individual who provided your professional service. For example, we try not to have one check made out for Massage, Chiropractic and other healthcare products.
Our new Janeapp electronic health record system offers parents, children and family members to have access to each other’s permissions for payments, scheduling and communications. Just ask our cordial front desk staff to provide a “relationship”to assist in that process.
When you have additional information for your provider such as x-ray, MRI or other imaging reports, or lab results from your blood work, please either email ahead of time, or provide a copy to the delightful front office staff. This will enable the providers to merge the information with your chart and review the information in a timely fashion to provide their best healthcare.
We sincerely appreciate our patients. The greatest compliment you could ever give us is to tell your family, friends and neighbors about us. Due to our dedication to provide quality of care, new patient referrals vary per provider. Dr. Sasha Marinaccio limits accepting new patients to those that are pre or post natal. Dr. Alaina Rowswell-Kuikowski has her DICCP and limits her new patient referrals to pediatric and prenatal patients exclusively. However, our other Chiropractors are not limiting their new patient referrals. We appreciate you telling others about us and will have some upcoming events to show our appreciation.
It is our mission to help generations of families pursue optimal health naturally. Please share your health goals with us in 2021, so we can assist you in that process.
Recipe of the Month:
Vegan Corn Pudding
AUTHOR – GENA HAMSHAW
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES TOTAL TIME: 50 MINUTES YIELDS: 6 SERVINGS
– 2 tablespoons (28 g) vegan butter
– 2 cups fresh or frozen and defrosted corn kernels, divided (about 3 ears of corn)
– 1 1/4 cups (355 mL) unsweetened, non-dairy milk
– 2/3 cup (80 g) unbleached, all-purpose flour
– 1/2 cup (75 g) cornmeal
– 2 1/2 teaspoons teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon KOSHER SALT
– 3 tablespoons (36 g) cane sugar
– 3/4 cup (150 g) plain/unsweetened vegan yogurt or vegan sour cream
fresh, snipped chives, for serving
– Butter or oil a 9 x 9 square or 2.5 quart rectangular baking dish and preheat your oven to 350F.
– Heat the butter in a skillet or frying pan over medium low heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of the corn and 3/4 cup of the non-dairy milk. Heat through, then use an immersion blender to blend the mixture partially. It should have some texture but few visible, whole corn kernels.
– In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
– Stir the remaining 1/2 cup non-dairy milk and the vegan yogurt or sour cream. Pour it into the dry ingredients, followed by the warm pureed corn mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of whole corn kernels. Fold everything together until the batter is evenly incorporated and no streaks of flour are visible (little lumps are fine).
– Transfer the batter to the baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is just set and the edges are just browning. Serve warm.