Jersey Coast Family Medicine’s Participation in
Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Is Ending
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is concluding the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program for all participating practices effective December 31, 2021. We do not anticipate any change in the quality of care you will continue to receive at our practice as a result of this change.
Please note, the conclusion of our participation in the CPC+ program will not result in a change in your Medicare benefits. Your doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice which doctors you use or hospital you visit. You continue to have the right to use or visit any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare, at any time.
If you have questions or concerns, you can call Christie Ciszewski, Practice Manager, at 732-458-8000 or bring it up next time you’re in the office for an appointment.
For general questions regarding the CPC+ program, please visit: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/comprehensive-primary-care-plus
For Information regarding your Medicare benefits, please contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE.
Jersey Coast Family Medicine is Participating in a New Program to Enhance Your Care: Primary Care First
Primary Care First is an innovative healthcare payment program that aims to improve our patients’ care experience.
Giving doctors extra support to help you get better care
Our goal has always been to provide you with the highest quality of care. Through Primary Care First, we will receive additional resources from Medicare and other health insurance companies to help us enhance our work and provide you the best quality, patient-centered care.
More information for patients with original Medicare
As part of this program, Medicare will start sharing some of your personal health information with us, such as when you receive care at hospitals, emergency departments, and specialist offices. This will help provide us with a more complete picture of your health and allow us to better coordinate your care.
If you want to stop Medicare from sharing this information, you should call
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Your Medicare benefits are not changing, and this program is only intended to enhance the healthcare you receive at Jersey Coast Family Medicine. You still have the right to use or visit any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare, at any time. Your doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it is always your choice which doctors you use or hospital you visit.
If you have questions or concerns, you can call Christie Ciszewski, Practice Manager, at 732-458-8000 or bring it up at your next appointment.
For more information about this new Medicare program, please:
Visit the Primary Care First webpage; or
Call 1-800-MEDICARE. Type your paragraph here.
- As we are sure you all know the Novel Coronavirus, SARS CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 illness, is widely present in The United States. Below you will find information and recommendations.
- Out of an abundance of caution and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please be advised we will not be seeing patients with respiratory illness symptoms in-person in the office.
- Your health is of utmost importance to us and we want to be sure to limit contact between our patients. With this, we have implemented Tele-medicine capabilities to meet the needs of our established patients.
- With the implementation of Tele-medicine in the office, we will evaluate our sick patients via a HIPPA compliant video chat platform, with patients' consent, and determine appropriate treatment recommendations at each visit. If felt necessary, you may be brought to the office for further evaluation or in office testing based on presentation and possible diagnosis.
- Instructions for connecting with our physicians via Tele-medicine will be given to each patient prior to their visit.
General clinical information and recommendations.
- The Novel Coronavirus is transmitted from person to person via respiratory droplets and possibly via fecal-oral transmission route.
- Predominant symptoms include fever and cough which can progress to difficulty breathing. It is sometimes associated with mild upper respiratory symptoms like sore throat and runny nose and/or diarrhea but these symptoms seem to occur less frequently.
- We ask that if you are experiencing these symptoms please avoid contact with others, especially the elderly and those with underlying health issues. Under no circumstances should you come to the office unless you are instructed to do so.
- Things you can do if you suspect you have COVID-19 are to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids and take tylenol for fevers and aches and over the counter cough medicine if you able to take them.
- If you are an established patient and having severe symptoms or difficulty breathing please call the office for further evaluation and instructions.
- As always, your health is our prime concern. Prevention is the best medicine so please follow the new "social distancing" recommendations and stay away from others, especially those who are sick or elderly/ill.
- Lastly, Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and wash them often, especially before and after eating.
Jersey Coast Family Medicine is a Teaching Site for the Ocean Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.
- A Family Medicine Residency Program serves to teach new physicians the art of Family Medicine. Hackensack Meridian Health has established an innovative training program at Ocean Medical Center using community-based Family Practice offices to train residents over a three-year period. Eight residents per year are selected from a national pool and distributed between four Family Medicine practices in Ocean County. Jersey Coast Family Medicine is honored to be a core training center for the Ocean Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program.
- Residents will be assigned to our office to complete their three-year residency. These physicians will establish their own panels of patients and will assist in the care of our existing patients under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Kenneth Kronhaus and Dr. Kelly Ussery-Kronhaus who serves as the Program Director for the Family Residency Program at Ocean Medical Center.
- If you are being cared for by one of our resident physicans, upon their graduation from the program you will be assigned to a new resident for your care.
The residents are eager to be a part of the team and our office is honored to help educate the Family Physicians of tomorrow.