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The Last Move

When I moved my practice across the street, and many of you followed me, it was one of the most amazing times in my life. My vision was that patients could have the time they needed with me if I lowered my overhead costs, and I would see 10-12 patients a day and get home on time. My primary care, solo practice was a viable one… for a few years. Between insurance companies asking for records to justify my reimbursements, or asking me to pre-authorize tests and medications, I am spending more time dealing with the paperwork than being a decent health care provider, and an available parent to my kids.

As a result, I am canceling most insurance contracts for my primary care practice, and focusing on a specialty practice. I have considered this decision and how it will impact you and your families;  for any inconvenience, I am sorry.

I have accepted a full-time position at the ADD Clinic of Bellevue. My current location will serve as a satellite clinic for this speciality office while I transition into this role, and assist my current patients with the change to a new primary care clinic.

All insurances, except Regence and Premera, are cancelled as of April 8th, and I will be done seeing all primary care patients for appointments as of June 20. I have considered this decision and how it will impact you and your families; for any inconvenience, I am sorry.

TIMELINE FOR CLOSURE

  • April 1 – open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 10am to 4pm, closed Wednesday and Friday
  • April 8 – last day for most insurances plans (Aetna, Cigna, United, etc.)
  • April 9-16 – vacation with kids (first time in 4 years :))
  • April 17 – only contracted with Regence and Premera
  • June 1 – annual physical exams not available, only complex and acute care
  • June 20 – no appointments available online; will refill medications and answer messages only
  • July 1 – Village Family Clinic is closed
  • July 22 – PARTY! I plan to host a party for all my wonderful patients from5-8pm on the deck outside the clinic, and hope you can join us. I will send more information as the day approaches.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW PROVIDERS

  • Pediatrics
  • Family Practice
    • Overlake Primary Care, 425-688-5488
      • Michelle Kauffman, DO
      • Keya Chisholm, ARNP
      • Robert Bauke, MD
    • UW Physicians, 425-391-3900
      • Tadd Hsie, MD
      • Kerry Ellen Meyer, ARNP

PEDIATRICS

Children under the age of 6, no matter what insurance, must transfer care for your next well-check because I will no longer have immunizations at the clinic as of April 1, 2016. If you have a well-check on the books, I would love to see your child for the last time (*sob*), and then he/she can get the vaccine(s) at the new clinic when you establish care.

REFILLS

I will be happy to refill routine medications until the end of June. PLEASE contact your pharmacy and they will contact us; this takes less time than messaging or email, and the pharmacy is aware of your need and waiting for my response. I still need a 48-hour turn-around time; check with your pharmacy first if you are expecting a refill. Typically, it is done by the time you call, email or message me.

CURRENT ADD/ADHD PATIENTS

Please consider establishing care with the ADD Clinic of Bellevue! Here is the website — www.addcenterofbellevue.com — or give N.J. (office manager extrordinaire) a call at 425-454-8684. I will have appointments in Issaquah and Bellevue.

I appreciate all the wonderful cards, emails and messages wishing me well – please forgive me if I do not respond personally – it is a busy time. It is unfortunate — the clinic model I envisioned 7 years ago is no longer sustainable for primary care in Issaquah, WA, in 2016, but I will never regret trying. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to care for you and your families. Thank you for your trust in me all these years.

Sincerely, Kristina