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WPMG Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 2  -- 7/1/2009


WPMG Will Now File Your Insurance Claims

We all know how hard it is to understand insurance claim forms.  Filing the claim and making sense of the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is time-consuming and can be quite frustrating.  In an effort to alleviate part of this problem, we will now file your insurance claim for you. 

Many of you already know our billing specialist, Patty Shintani,   for you to improve your insurance reimbursement.   She will now review claims for accuracy and submit them electronically.  We expect this may alleviate some of the problems  we’ve had in the past with insurance companies asserting that claims had not been received or inappropriately sending them back.  As a valued patient, you can depend on us to file your claim correctly and in a timely manner, giving you one less task to perform.  For any questions, call Patty at 650-988-7548. 

We can provide you with optimal personalized health care in part because we continue to be non-contracted with insurance companies.  Reimbursements from contracted insurers necessitate less time per patient.  We understand that this may result in additional cost to you, but our goal is to provide additional benefit to make the cost worthwhile.   In these tough economic times, we are willing to work with you if the cost of your health care is a financial hardship.    Our office manager, Randy Kensing, is working on ways to provide you with the best service while ensuring that our services are reimbursed  at a fair and equitable rate.



Excessive Sweating?

Now that the hot summer weather is here, those of you with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, have more trouble than ever.  There is help for this condition with the FDA approved Botox® treatments for excessive sweating under the arms, or iontophoresis for excessive sweating of the hands or feet.  Women Physicians offers both of these treatments and would be happy to consult with you about your best options.  Call for an appointment at 650-988-7550.     

WPMG offers daVinci® Robotic Surgery

The doctors at Women Physicians aren’t about to be outdone in taking care of their patients by the doctors on Grey’s Anatomy.  Dr. Katherine Sutherland has completed her training and her proctorship and has now done 5 major cases with the da Vinci®  Robotic Surgical System at El Camino Hospital.

The da Vinci®  Robotic Surgical System is the latest development in providing minimally invasive surgery to solve gynecological problems.  When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.  

Traditionally, a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy has been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Fortunately, less invasive options are now available. For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option.  This is similar to laparoscopy using tiny 1-2 cm. incisions, but allows the surgeon better visualization, and more precision and control.  This can result in less pain, less blood loss, and faster recovery.

Picture Dr. Sutherland substituting for Dr. Bailey in this clip from Grey’s Anatomy,
http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/assets/email/2009/OneOff/GreysAnatomy/dVSonGreys.wmv .

Or view this recent clip from Good Morning America -- http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/assets/email/2009/OneOff/GMA_postair/Good Morning America da Vin-2_WMV_CD.wmv. 

The da Vinci® is a state-of-the-art robotic-system designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities, providing patients with a minimally invasive option for many complex procedures. According to robot surgeons like Dr. Sutherland, "the robotic system can translate my hand movements into corresponding movements of the very sophisticated instruments positioned inside the patient. Two robotic arms, representing my left and right hands, hold the main instruments. The instruments–which have more range of motion than the human hand–are inserted into patients through 1-2 cm incisions. The third arm holds the 3D camera, which I can easily reposition, zoom and rotate to adjust to my field of vision, from the console. The da Vinci® System delivers a highly magnified view of the operative field, with bright, crisp images and natural depth-of-field, which enables me to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with added precision–even in confined spaces."

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Talk to your doctor at Women Physicians about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.


Pamela Carlton, MD, specialist in adolescent medicine and eating disorders, is offering monthly meetings  on topics around nutrition, exercise and the psychological health of teens and young adults.  Some topics are specific to eating disorders, but most are geared to the general population.  For more information, please go to www.doctorcarlton.com.

Would you like to feel more confident on that next job interview?  Are you dreading your high school reunion?  Is this your summer to be the mother of the bride?  WPMG is offering a special discount on cosmetic Botox injections on July 23 and August 13 at $240 for the first site and $190 for additional sites.  For more information, call 650-988-7550 or e-mail us at info@elcaminoobgyn.com.  

The 4EverFit Studio has arranged for FitnessWave to bring their mobile dunk tank to provide accurate body fat testing using the under water technique on Sunday, July 12, at their studio for $50/person.  This is the most accurate way to get body fat percentage.  For an additional $40 they also offer basal metabolic rate testing.  For more information, please call Brenda Kashuba at 408-873-8483 or e-mail at brenda@4everfit.org 

4EverFit Personal Training Studio, 12361 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd., Saratoga, CA   95070     www.4EverFit.org


Relay For Life is a Great Success

WPMG wants to thank all of you who supported us in the Fight Against Cancer on May 30-31 at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. For the third year in a row, Women Physicians organized a team and had walkers on the track for a full 24 hours. We also worked hard on fundraising and so far are the #1 team, raising almost $12,000.
We could not have done that without your support.

Each of the doctors and our office manager played a special role this year. Dr. Rita Leard was the team captain for the WPMG team leading us to the outstanding success noted above. Dr. Christine Litwin was the Chairman of the  Youth Committee for the whole event and was responsible for more youth participation than ever before. Randy Kensing, our office manager, was Chairman of the Entertainment Committee and provided a first class line-up of entertainment all day. Dr. Katherine Sutherland and Dr. Janet Pulskamp were CoChairs of the event. Their efforts throughout the last year helped to create an unforgettable 24 hours with success in every measure. The Mountain View Relay has grown to 50 teams with approximately 1,000 participants and 100 cancer survivors. This year we raised $126,400 gross ($116,400 net) in the Fight Against Cancer.

Special thanks to steering committee members Darci Hill, Judy Scott, Julie Moreland, Mary Kelley, Chere Nijim, Jeannette Somo, Roberta Robins, Dahna Pasternak, Jayna Sutherland, Jan Carrera, Shiao-ping Lu, and Michelle Kirsch. And a big thanks to team captains Chere Nijim, Rhonda Murray, Grace Pataky, and Julie Moreland. Also a big thanks to Jenny Studley and Marcia Stein for their contribution to the luminaria ceremony. And thank all of you who made contributions to this very worthwhile cause.

Donations will still be accepted through August 31 at www.RelayForLife.org/mountainviewca



Have a Great Summer!





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