January 2020 Newsletter

 



2020 is not just the beginning of a new year, it marks the start of a new decade! I hope that you will continue to make your brain health and overall wellness a priority in your life. I encourage you to make specific and quantifiable goals for your health this year, such as “I will drink 8 glasses of water every day”, “I will get 7 hours of sleep every night”, or “I will meditate for 30 minutes every day.”

My goal for 2020 is to continue to offer you an accessible, convenient, and cost-effective alternative to the traditional health care system. I am excited to be pioneering the mobile delivery of neurological care throughout Central Florida in 2020.

However, this year is not without challenges. On January 1, 2020, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) was enacted on a federal level, changing how health care providers can order advanced imaging tests and mandating cuts to the Medicare Part B clinical laboratory fee schedule. Although PAMA was created to protect healthcare access, there is concern that it will negatively impact seniors, nursing home residents, and members of rural communities.

Because Be Mobile Neurology is a Direct Pay Care (DPC) practice, the neurological services you receive will not be affected by PAMA changes. That said, if you want to use federal insurance, my ability to order specialty testing for you, including imaging, may be limited under this law. The good news is that local imaging centers and labs are now offering very reasonable cash pay prices, which sometimes may even be less than your co-pay! We will work together to find the most efficacious plan to obtain the tests you need, and I will continue to keep you updated on any impacts that PAMA may have.

In a time of rising health care costs and frustrations with the traditional system, DPC practices like this one offer an innovative alternative for patients seeking individualized, quality care. If you have any questions about the neurological services I provide or Be Mobile Neurology’s membership model, please email me at drboland@bemobileneurology.com. Thank you!

–Dr. Deborah Boland

Mindfulness in the Setting of Neurologic Issues

You may have heard of the term “mindfulness” before, but have you ever thought about how it applies to you? As much as regular exercise is important for your body, practicing mindfulness is good for your brain health!I believe that integrating mindfulness techniques into my patients’ health care plans can be incredibly beneficial to their overall health. There are a variety of simple ways to be mindful every day, such as focusing on the sight, sound, smell, taste, and feel of the activities in your daily routine. The important factor for any of these activities is that you are paying attention to every part of the experience without judgement.

Read more about the scientific research into mindfulness >>

IN THE COMMUNITY: Arden Courts of Palm Harbor is hosting a panel seminar at 2 PM on Wednesday, February 26. The event will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church (3166 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL 33761). I hope you will join me there.
RSVP today at 727-771-1600 or PalmHarbor@arden-courts.com.

The Neuro Challenge Foundation’s Parkinson’s Expo is a day-long event created to educate, engage, and empower the Parkinson’s community. It will be held on Saturday, February 29 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, and you don’t want to miss it. More than 1,400 people attended the inaugural Parkinson’s Expo in 2018 making it the largest event of its kind in this country, and we anticipate an even bigger event in 2020.

The Expo features several presenters who are nationally renowned Parkinson’s experts. I am honored to be one of the speakers, presenting on the topic of Management of Advanced Parkinson’s Disease.” I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Click here to register today >>

Enable Me Has Mobility Solutions for You
The new year brings opportunity to reflect on the past and take action on future goals. People tend to ask themselves, “How do I want my life to be different this year? How can I make things better going forward?” Our friends at Enable Me focus on improving their users’ quality of life by helping them become more active and independent through innovative movement therapy products.

The science—and elated customer reviews—show that individuals with neuromuscular indications like Parkinson’s, stroke, or cerebral palsy can significantly benefit from Enable Me’s interactive cycling device, the Reck MOTOmed©. Passive cycling empowers the user to pedal faster than the symptoms of their disease may typically allow – and see benefits in strength and coordination, gait ability, balance, akinesia, fine motor skills, cognitive function, posture, stress relief, and blood circulation. It also helps to improve Parkinson’s-related symptoms, such as tremor and rigor. The small, compact design also makes the device ideal for home use.
Another innovative lifestyle device that Enable Me carries is the Independence Chair™ manufactured by VELA. This comfortable, specialized activity chair has helped many people quickly return to what they love despite injury or illness, allowing them to cook, reach high shelves, foot propel around their house, wash up on their own, easily transfer in and out of bed, and more.

Enable Me also is a proud sponsor of the Neuro Challenge Foundation and hope to see you at their upcoming Expo.

Learn more about Enable Me >>

Did you know that, while too much caffeine can contribute to headaches, a caffeinated drink can also be good headache intervention? Caffeine has vasoconstrictive properties that cause the blood vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow, resulting in headache pain relief. If you feel a headache coming on, a cola or a cup of coffee can reduce the severity of your symptoms and help to enhance over-the-counter treatments!

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