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Working with everyone at Gonzaba has been a pleasant experience. This opportunity has allowed me to help the senior community.Read Full Testimonial
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As a United Healthcare Agent it is my honor and privilege to serve the senior community in Bexar County and the surrounding Counties. There is nothing more paramount than the health and well being of the clients I serve. I am proud to say that the partnership that I have been able to forge with Gonzaba Medical Group has been crucial to maintaining my goals of providing my clients with an opportunity to experience service and care that goes above and beyond the standard. I frequently receive phone calls from my clients who are both grateful and ecstatic about the care they are receiving from the Doctors and staff and Gonzaba Medical Group. As an agent it is also of utmost importance to ensure that my clients are transitioned into care smoothly and without interruption or detriment to their current care. I am happy to share that the onboarding staff have made this transition easy and pain free. I am always able to reach someone in a timely manner and or my calls are returned promptly and action is taken to keep things running smoothly. The marketing staff is very helpful with the onboarding steps and they facilitate this portion of the process like true professionals should.
Working with everyone at Gonzaba has been a pleasant experience. This opportunity has allowed me to help the senior community who put their trust in me as a United Healthcare agent. My clients and thier health needs are my priority and being able to provide them with Gonzaba as an option has been key in my alignment with that goal. I am deeply gratified to have this relationship with Gonzaba and look forward to continuing to work and grow with one another.
We, San Antonio65.org are a local agency that helps seniors get the most out of their Medicare benefits and save money. Over the past 10 years we have helped over 5000 seniors and have put nearly $3.5 million dollars back in their pocket through our free assistance in qualifying for Medicaid and Help with the cost of prescription drugs.
Over the past year, we began working together with Gonzaba Medical Group. We found that both our organizations share the same values and passion for helping our senior community. If you have not experienced their Pleasanton Rd Clinic Tour, you should! We were very impressed with the commitment and hard work that Gonzaba has invested, in assuring that each patient receives the best healthcare available today. From the clinic layout to the dedicated staff of doctors and support staff, it is one of the best!
Gonzaba’s investment in opening their Gonzaba Activity Center proves their commitment to serving our senior community and serves as a gathering center for both seniors, organizations, city community groups and agents. The activity center offers and opportunity for seniors to get out of their home and be activity physically through their many activities and just as important allows them to be mentally active through socialization with others at the center. Gonzaba understands that, working with organizations, city community groups and agents provides a needed service for our senior community and brings awareness of services, assistance and products which are available for the purpose of improving their lives.
We look forward to growing our relationship with Gonzaba and the opportunity to reach out to our seniors. Together as we both strive to improve our efforts to be of service to our growing senior community we can be better equipped to meet and help with the challenges they face today and in the future.
2016 was a year of growth for Gonzaba Medical Group. Not only did we grow our managed care population by 15% (more than any other managed care group in San Antonio), but we also added a brand new clinic and six new doctors to our familia! Read more…
In December, we officially opened our 7th clinic on the north central side of town, near 410 and Blanco road, just inside the loop. This clinic represents a true expansion of our GMG footprint and is our second clinic on the north side of town. Located at 6487 Blanco Road in the Castle Creek Village shopping center, this clinic will offer wellness services in addition to our standard primary and managed care offering.
Leading the North Central Clinic team is Dr. J. Oscar Seda. Dr. Seda is a board certified in Family Medicine and a specialist in Holistic Wellness. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Seda is fluent in English and Spanish and has a warm bedside manner and energetic presentation style. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine and believes that a healthy lifestyle is the best path to wellness.
Joining us late last year at the Northwest Clinic, Dr. Clay Buchanan is a physician of Family Medicine. He has an infectious sense of humor and is excited to grow his already substantial patient panel. He is a great match for the growing population of the Northwest side.
The newest member of our Northwest Clinic team, starting with us in January of this year, is Dr. Scarlett Alba. Dr. Alba is a Family Medicine physician and comes to us from Florida, where she worked in the managed care field with a geriatric patient base. Dr. Alba is fluent in English and Spanish and is excited to serve Gonzaba patients.
Dr. Frank Cervantes came on early this year at our Main Clinic. Dr. Cervantes is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has over 40 years of practice experience. He is a Naval veteran, a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, and maintains memberships with groups such as Physicians without Borders, the Audobon Society, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Dr. Cervantes is a patient and caring doctor and has been driven in his career to provide medical care for those who have had limited access. Dr. Cervantes is fluent in English and Spanish.
At our Woodlawn clinic, we have added Dr. Ana Siu, a Family Medicine physician who took her medical degree from the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima, Peru. Dr. Siu has spent time across a wide assortment of specialties, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Gynecology. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is getting very high praise from her current patients. She’s looking forward to significant panel growth in 2017.
At GMG, we have several in-house specialists, but one of our unique dual specialist/primary care providers is Dr. Alexandra Castro-Peña who splits her time between our Main and Woodlawn Clinics. Dr. Castro-Peña serves as both an Infectious Disease specialist and a doctor of Internal Medicine. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has a special interest in growing her managed care panel with general as well as HIV-positive patients. She is passionate about the population we serve, describing it as the “perfect match” for her skills and experience.
As you can see, there’s just no stopping out growth at GMG. We’re already looking at our next round of providers to bring on to keep up with our patient population. We also have some exciting news regarding our Northwest location growth – so stay tuned for more on that in the coming months!
Yes, quality is measurable…even in health care! This article describes how Gonzaba Medical Group “GMG” provides measurable quality and, as a result, achieves Exceptional Results.
Accreditations are a certification of competence or expertise, a way to measure and assure that high standards of quality are maintained. GMG challenges our team to achieve several accreditations.
GMG’s Radiology department provides extensive services that are not typical in medical groups across the nation. We have invested in state-of-the-art equipment and a staff with tremendous experience. The Radiology Department alone has earned four (4) important accreditations: American College of Radiology (ACR), Accreditation for MRI and CT, Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for Vascular Testing, and Texas Department of Health Services Accreditation for Mammography. Our three (3) Urgent Care facilities have been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission. GMG is the only entity in SA earning this distinction for Ambulatory Care and one of only three (3) in Texas. Joint Commission Accreditation and Certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality.
GMG has also been recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). The emphasis is on measuring quality and improving health care. Research confirms medical homes lead to higher quality and lower costs while improving both the patients’ and providers’ experience of care. GMG is one of only 11 entities in San Antonio which have achieved this designation to date. HEDIS or Healthcare Effectiveness measures are another way to quantify quality. GMG measures our “Healthcare Effectiveness” against 23 data sets defined by NCQA in their HEDIS program. These are also part of the STAR rating system that CMS utilizes to measure how well Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug (Part D) plans perform in terms of quality of care and customer service. Ratings range from 1 to 5 stars, with five being the top score. Twenty-three (23) measures focus on care of adults and seniors. GMG has reached 5-star performance (top rating) in nearly every measure. Examples include controlling patients’ blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, performing cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, as well as depression screening, measuring Body Mass Index (BMI), annual retinal exams for diabetic patients, etc. NCQA has demonstrated that high performance in these measures improves patient outcomes and lowers the cost of healthcare.
As a result of our focus on measurable quality, GMG has achieved hospital admission rates and hospital bed days that are less than half of what traditional Medicare patients’ experience. GMG has demonstrated up to 40% savings in health care costs. This is top-tier performance nationwide and are exceptional results that we are very proud to announce! GMG delivers value by improving patient outcomes while providing answers to the high cost of health care.
Here are a few updates that pertain to you as one of our valued agents:
Last August, we opened up our own event center at 933 Pleasanton Road and are now hosting daily recreational and educational activities for all seniors in the community. This is a great marketing opportunity for agents to make their own contacts at these events, and we welcome your ideas! Contact Oralia Flores at 210-441-8688 and she’ll be happy to assist you.
In October 2016, MMP sent a mail-out to 8,000 Medicare and Medicaid recipients who would have been forced into the MMP program if they didn’t opt out before Jan 1, 2017. For the record, GMG does not participate in the MMP. We notified our patients by letter and reached out by phone to help them OPT OUT and keep their MA Plan. Virtually every patient chose to Opt Out of the MMP.
Last November, we announced that as of January 1, 2017, we would no longer accept the Aetna Prime Medicare Advantage Plan. Our Marketing Department notified all agents of this change so they could contact their clients. We also called all our Aetna patients encouraging them to contact their agent so they could switch plans and stay with GMG. Over 300 patients did just that, switched plans and stayed with GMG. Thank you!
To continue our progress from last year, we are working diligently to improve our patients’ Agent of Record “AOR” tracking to ensure our ability to identify the AOR. This issue is important to us and will remain a top priority throughout the year. To help us help you, please ensure you make a marketer aware when signing-up/enrolling a patient to Gonzaba since marketers are the ones who create the initial appointments with the PCP and list you as AOR. If there are any future changes impacting your client, the marketing staff can reach out to you and make you aware.
If you have a group of patients who would like a “behind-the-door” look at what Gonzaba Medical Group offers, please contact us and we will be happy to set up a tour for them! We have an open-door policy and encourage you to bring your clients for a visit us to see what makes us unique from other medical groups. If you have not had a tour yourself, please contact your field marketer and schedule a visit.
Our goal for this year is to gain 2500 new Managed Care patients. Here’s to a successful 2017!
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Gonzaba Medical Group is committed to our agent partnerships and wants to support you in the best way possible. That’s why the Gonzaba Marketing Team is set up as a resource to provide the tools you need when you have a client who is interested in joining GMG. Marketing materials such as provider directories, doctor bios, clinic locations, and information on our Coordinated Care Model are all available upon request at our offices located at 933 Pleasanton Road, just two blocks away from our Main Clinic right next to the Gonzaba Event Center.
We also carry in-stock promotional giveaway items such as GMG pens, bag clips, identification card holders, hand sanitizers and tote bags. If you’re interested in refilling your supplies or know another agent that would like to have Gonzaba materials and giveaways, please contact Steven Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will gladly assist you.
We launched our second annual “Donde Esta Diego?” Medal Scavenger Hunt on March 23 and the hunt is still on to find Diego! The event is open to the public and participation details can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GonzabaMedical/
The scavenger hunt is a citywide contest and the goal is for participants to attend the Fiesta events we will be at to collect a total of six medals that spell out F-I-E-S-T-A. Each Viva Fiesta! medal has a different colored ribbon and features the Fiesta donkey “Diego” with a stethoscope. The contest officially started April 3 and ends May 5. Once participants have collected all six medals, they are eligible for a raffle to win one of 10 Fiesta Party Packs we will be giving away. Winners will be announced Saturday, May 6 at our End of Fiesta Block Party at the Gonzaba Event Center.
Last year, we hosted the first scavenger hunt and gave away approximately 5,000 medals! Twenty contestants successfully obtained the complete set of medals. This year, there are 100 complete sets available for people to collect. GMG staff, agents and the media got a sneak peek of the 2017 Fiesta Medals at a private unveiling we held in March. Participants can continue to follow the GMG Facebook page for updates on where they can get the medals.
Fiesta is here and we kicked it off by hosting our annual Senior Fiesta Dance on April 19 at the San Antonio Event Center. Guests had their picture taken in a Fiesta-themed photo area, enjoyed a free lunch served by Bill Miller Bar-B-Q and danced to the music of Tejano legend Ruben Ramos. More than 1200 seniors attended this free event - the largest of its kind in San Antonio!
The Senior Fiesta Dance is just one of many events Gonzaba throws during the year for the senior community. Invitations are sent to patients in advance and all guests can invite a few friends to attend also. These events provide an atmosphere for seniors to enjoy themselves and socialize while also providing physical and mental health benefits. Studies have shown seniors who are physically and socially active are more likely to have reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and be at lower risk for depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Being active can also improve their immune systems, nutrition levels and help with balance and coordination.
For most seniors, the Gonzaba dances provide an opportunity to socially interact with peers. “I like getting to meet others my age because it keeps me from being lonely, which is nice,” explains Maria Fernandez, who attended her first Gonzaba dance in 2016 and attended the Senior Fiesta Dance this year. “The food is wonderful, the people are wonderful and Gonzaba does so much for the community. I can’t wait for the next one.”
Seniors are the greatest asset to a community and Gonzaba is dedicated to keeping them active. One way we are doing this is with our Gonzaba Event Center. Located in the shopping center at 933 Pleasanton Road, two blocks down from the Main Clinic, the Gonzaba Event Center provides daily activities that help seniors stay physically healthy, mentally stimulated, educated and entertained.
Events are available Monday through Friday and include fitness, stress management, bingos, and knitting. Other events such as healthy cooking classes and rummage sales are provided monthly. Activities at the Gonzaba Event Center are free and open to the community.
One of the more popular activities at our Event Center are the fitness classes. Led by certified fitness instructor, Victoria Rodriguez, our classes range from line dancing, chair yoga, to a Silver Sneakers workout routine. These exercises are specifically designed for older adults and can help them receive long term health benefits when they stay active on a continuous basis. Studies have shown that seniors who participate in community activities can also learn to delay the onset of chronic diseases and significantly improve their overall wellbeing. As Gonzaba Medical Group is committed to managing and improving our patients’ health, the Gonzaba Event Center is an additional resource we offer for our patients to take part in. Please visit http://www.gonzabaevents.com/ to see a monthly calendar of activities we offer. Monthly calendar flyers are also available at the Event Center for pickup.
We’ve all heard it before: “Don’t stress out or you’ll age faster.” Well, it’s actually true! It is proven that chronic stress can accelerate biologic aging. Studies have confirmed its adverse effects on immune system function, as well as how we respond to hidden inflammation. This is why so many seniors develop atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia. Our immune systems weaken as we age, and too much stress can destroy cells in our brain.
Work, money, and the economy are the three major factors linked to stress. Many people don’t seek help when they’re stressed because they think it’s a normal part of life. Stress is common, but too much of it affects your health negatively. Stress can be broken down my short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic) stressors. Most people experience acute stress in their everyday lives. It can be caused by loud noise, big crowds, danger, and more. Once it passes, the stress hormones return to normal and you immediately feel relaxed. Chronic stress is usually due to work pressure, financial worries, and other long-term problems. These stressors do not have a clear start or end point like acute stress does.
Stress weakens your ability to think clearly, work efficiently, and enjoy life. Sometimes we create our own stress but, by refocusing, we can overcome it. Many people turn to short-term help like smoking or alcohol. Unfortunately, this can have the opposite effect on our bodies.
What about long-term stress management? If you focus on your long-term wellness and learn to manage your stress, you can reap great benefits!
Meditating can be hard to do because, to some beginners, it can feel like you’re doing nothing. However, meditating just 10 minutes a day can help you calm your nerves and relax. Turn your phone off and disconnect with the world for a few minutes. Find a quiet place, put on some soft music if you’d like, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing.
Remaining mentally active is incredibly beneficial as you get older. As we age, we start to slow down and our brains aren’t as active. Thankfully, our brains can build strength just like the rest of our bodies! Solving puzzles, like Sudoku or crossword puzzles, is like exercising your brain. Not only does it require focused concentration, but also it will keep you distracted from the stressors of your life.
Physical activity releases endorphins that will make you feel good. You don’t have to be an athlete to be active. Join a yoga class or take a walk through your neighborhood. Find something you enjoy and stick to it. Exercising just three times a week will benefit you mentally and physically. Plus, it is a great excuse to spend time with friends!
Forgetfulness isn’t a fact of aging! However, stress can impact your memory. It can be easy to forget things when you have a lot of things to do. It’s a vicious cycle of forgetting something, stressing about what you missed, and forgeting something else because of that stress. Instead, keep a planner or notepad with you. Then, you can jot down what you need to do later. Once you know what is facing you, it may not seem so overwhelming! Also, an up-to-date schedule lets you know when you can destress.
Being in the same place constantly can wear you down. Change the pace up a bit! It is easy to get in a cycle of dismissing trips because you are tired. However, going out can give you energy back. Go browse magazines at a bookstore, grab some coffee at a local coffee shop, or take a short walk around the block. Changing the scenery will give yourself something new to discover and help lift anything that may be weighing you down.
If you don’t have a pet, consider getting one. Animals offer companionship and there are even pet therapy programs available. Many hospitals and assisted living communities bring dogs and cats to patients who are recovering because they are a natural stress reliever.
There is nothing wrong with saying no. It is great to help others but sometimes you have to put yourself first. You only get one body so take good care of it. If someone asks you for help, it’s okay to tell them no if you are already busy with other responsibilities. Politely let them know that you would love to help, but you just don’t have the time. There’s no need to put more stress on your shoulders.
When you put your health first, you will feel less sluggish and more energized. Take walks, eat a homemade meal, get plenty of sleep, and lower your alcohol intake. Ask yourself, “Will this benefit me or hurt me?” Making healthy lifestyle choices can increase your resistance to stress.
When schedules get busy, some people may shelter themselves because they feel like they don’t have time for people and play. That isn’t healthy. Building healthy friendships and relationships will help you have people to lean on. They will be there to listen to you and may even offer help if you need it.
It has been proven that our facial expressions don’t just show our mood, but can influence our mood as well. Studies show that smiling reduces your heart rate and can help you recover faster from stress. The next time you have a chance to flash those pearly whites, give someone a smile. You may feel funny when you first start doing this if you’re out of practice, but also wouldn’t you rather want smile lines than frown lines?
First, find out what is causing you stress. Do you have too many deadlines to meet at work? Are you fighting with a loved one? Are you worried about what the future holds? Whatever it may be, don’t ignore it. Address it. Ask yourself what are you doing to cope with it or what should you be doing. Are you binge-watching television alone all night? Have you developed a bad habit like smoking or drinking? Are your procrastinating and putting off responsibilities? Now, think of some of the stress management tips you read above. Pick whichever one or two sounded appealing to you and start implementing it in your life. Ditch your short-term solutions, and deal with your stress in a more effective manner. If you’re nervous to try something new alone, ask a friend. The first step to managing your stress is doing something about it.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family and friends! From beach trips to barbeque cookouts, the warm months and long days leave plenty of time for activities. Don’t let those sunny days fool you. Summer heat can be dangerous – and even deadly. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities each year in the United States. Living in Texas makes it even more essential to make sure you know how to protect yourself from soaring temperatures.
Seniors are particularly at risk for heat exposure. From 1999 to 2009, roughly 40 percent of all heat-related deaths in the U.S. (nearly 3,000 people) were adults over 65 years old. When we age, our bodies can’t regulate temperatures as effectively as they had before. Seniors over 65 don’t sweat as much as younger adults, which unfortunately is one of the body’s most important heat-regulation mechanisms. Also, seniors store fat differently, which complicates heat-regulation in the body even further.
Here’s how you can make sure you are staying safe this summer:
It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion because it can happen to anyone, even young children playing at the park. However, seniors suffer from heat stroke more than anyone during summer months. Heat exhaustion symptoms appear before heat strokes. Heat strokes are caused when internal body temperature rise much faster than it’s lowered naturally. Here are some symptoms to look out for:
If you see someone experiencing heat stress, call 911 immediately. Then, take them to a shaded area, and try to cool them off with whatever you can (fan them, spray them with water, etc.). Heat safety is one of the most overlooked safety topics, and it’s important to educate yourself and your loved ones on ways to stay safe during the summer. Next time you are enjoying the outdoors, don’t forget to stay cool and stay hydrated.
J. Oscar Seda, MD, is a board certified physician in Family Medicine and specialist in Holistic Wellness.
Dr. Seda obtained his medical degree and graduated Cum Laude from the Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico. He went on to complete his family medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Seda served 4 years as an active duty officer in the US Army where he held multiple positions including Chief of Preventative Medicine’s Environmental Health Section and Medical Consultant for the South-East Regional Medical Command.
Before joining Gonzaba Medical Group, Dr. Seda served as the Medical Director of Vital Life Wellness for 4 years where he received the Vitals.com Patients’ Choice Award (2014 and 2015) and Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014 and 2015). He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine and was a contributing author to the best-selling book, The 5 Minute Clinical Consult. He chose GMG because of the model and people.
“My aspiration is to bring you into the healthiest state you can be. I have a proactive, individualized, integrative and functional approach different from the traditional medicine model. I am committed to treat the root causes of your condition instead of only treating the symptoms while correcting imbalances and restoring optimal function. I consider myself as a health coach aiming to prolong not only your lifespan but your healthspan.”
Dr. Seda is fluent in both English and Spanish.
He officially joined the GMG family in 2016.
Daniel Ramirez is originally from Harlingen, Texas and moved to San Antonio in 2016. He received his Bachelors in Marketing from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. His most recent work experience revolved around the insurance industry where he was a licensed health care agent with US Health Advisors. Daniel is excited to be a part of the Gonzaba family where he can utilize his marketing and health insurance knowledge. You can contact Daniel at Daniel.email@example.com and 210-612-1043.
Mary Enriquez has over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, working closely with patients in Pharmaceuticals, Dialysis and Hospice Care. She chose Gonzaba Medical Group because of the amazing opportunity to become a part of the Como Familia culture that GMG is known for. She is excited to call GMG home and see what she can do to offer her service to those in need. You can contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org and 210-380-7392.