|Mon 3/30||Per Governor Hogan's stay-at-home order for Maryland, we have changed all non-urgent appointments to telemedicine. We are still in the office every day to care for you. If we feel that it is in your best interest for us to examine you in person, we will ask you to come to the office. Stay well and safe. Contact us by text, email, phone, or patient portal if you need anything. God bless.|
|Mon 3/23||We offer telemedicine visits for most appointments; you can call, text, email, or send us a portal message to request one. At your telemedicine appointment time, our providers will send a message to your smartphone or email. If you click on the link in the message, you will be connected to our provider.|
|Tue 3/17||We are screening sick visits for COVID19 symptoms. If you have COVID19 symptoms, we will evaluate you via a telehealth appointment. 99% of our sick appointments for respiratory symptoms can be completely handled this way. However, there may be rare occasions where we find that the telehealth visit is not enough - that we know you don't have COVID19, but we need to examine you in person to make the right recommendations. In that situation, we will ask you to come to the office the same day for an examination. We think this two step approach keeps our patients and staff safe and ensures we give the best medical advice we can.|
|Tue 3/17||Testing kits remain in short supply. Because of this, testing in our local area is limited to hospitalized patients and patients with symptoms who are at high risk due to an underlying medical condition or exposure. Kits are not available to test patients who have no symptoms. This will hopefully change soon! Please do NOT flood the emergency room in an attempt to get tested - it's probably the least safe place for you to be right now. We are asking our concerned patients to contact us first, so we can give you advice on what to do (You can call, e-mail, fax, or text or send us a patient portal message.)|
|Tue 3/17||Many non-emergency surgeries and dental appointments are being cancelled. This frees up masks, ventilators, and critical care space for the expected influx of COVID19 patients. If you have a surgery coming up, you may want to contact your surgeon to find out if it is still going to happen. Please be nice to your surgeon if they cancel your surgery! Most of them do not want to cancel your surgery, but this is being mandated from on high due to the public health emergency.|
|Thu 12/26||We will be closed December 31st and January 1st to ring in the New Year! In the new year, may "the Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace"|
|Mon 12/16||Hi everyone, to better accommodate everyone's busy schedules, starting 1/1/2020, we will start seeing patients at 8 am. As always, you can schedule an appointment by texting/calling 410-552-8126, sending us a patient portal message, or emailing email@example.com|
|Mon 12/16||We will be opening at 930 am on 12/16/2019 due to the weather. Stay warm and safe!|
|Wed 12/4||With the winter season upon us, we wanted to let you know about our weather policies. If we close for inclement weather, we will post a notice here and on Facebook, and our voicemail will say that we are closed. If you have an appointment, we will attempt to notify you -- first by text message, then by phone call, and then by e-mail. In order for us to reach you, please make sure that your contact information with us is up-to-date and that your voice mailbox is not full or inactivated. Stay warm and safe this winter!|
|Thu 11/21||We will be closed November 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. May everyone have a blessed holiday!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Phil 4:6-7|
|Sat 11/16||We are proud to announce Mary Turner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, has joined our practice. Mary brings years of experience in emergency medicine and internal medicine and has served the community as an EMS Lieutenant and Critical Care Transport Nurse. She has six wonderful grandchildren.|
|Thu 11/7||We will shortly begin expanding our office space to better serve everyone. On November 9th, we will start remodeling our existing front office space and waiting room. Shortly thereafter, we will build out the office space behind us. Please pardon any mess during our construction and thanks for all of your confidence and support. It's a pleasure to care for you.|
|Sun 9/15||Did you know that in 2016, flu shots prevented an estimated 2.5 million flu medical visits and 71,000 hospitalizations? That's the population of Portland, OR and the number of hospital beds in Texas!
We are offering flu shots for all of our patients (including the high dose flu shot for patients age 65 and older). You can stop by without an appointment Tuesday 830a-1130a, Wednesday 830a-1130a and 1p-5p, Thursday 430-6p (if we are open for our late night clinic - please call/text us first to check), or Friday 830a-1130a.
As always, you can also text, call, email, or portal message us for a flu shot appointment. FYI, flu shots should be covered by your insurance as a preventative benefit.|
|Wed 8/28||We will be closed Monday, 9/2/2019. Happy Labor Day!|
|Thu 8/8||Our new texting service is now fully online. You can text us at 410-552-8126 with any questions. On our web page, you can also send our office a message by clicking the blue stethoscope in the lower right corner.|
|Thu 8/1||Texting to our office is still down but should be up soon! Thanks for your patience!
But you can send us a message through our website! Click on the blue stethoscope icon on the lower right corner of any of our web pages to send us a message.|
|Sat 7/27||We are switching our texting service to a program with more options to better serve our patients. There won't be any changes to how you contact our office via text, as it will be the same number. However, there will be a slight interruption in service - we will be without text messaging capabilities on part of July 31st and part of August 1st. During that time you can still call our office at 410-552-8126, send a message through the patient portal, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience during the transition.|
|Mon 7/1||NIH is recruiting people with Lyme disease to develop new techniques to detect Lyme disease and to better understand patients who have persistent Lyme symptoms despite standard antibiotic treatment. If you're interested in participating, you can call 1-800-411-1222, email email@example.com or visit https://www.niaid.nih.gov/clinical-trials/lyme-disease-studies|
|Sun 6/30||Hi everyone, we will be closed 7/4/2019. Have a Happy 4th of July! God Bless America!|
|Mon 5/20||We will be closed on 5/27/2019 for Memorial Day. Let us honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.|
|Sun 4/14||Hi everyone, with measles showing up in our community, the attached article might help. The main takeaways -- if you had the killed vaccine (which was given 1963-1967) OR if you only received one shot of the vaccine (this includes many people born before 1977; CDC didn't recommend people get 2 shots until 1989) OR if you were born in a country which doesn't mandate vaccination -- you may want to consider getting a blood test to check if you are immune to measles. If you are not, you should get a vaccine shot now and in 28 days. The vaccine cannot be given to people who are immunocompromised, pregnant, or have a history of an anaphylactic allergic reaction to neomycin.
|Fri 4/12||Our office will be closed April 19, 2019, for Good Friday|
|Fri 3/1||Hi everyone, Comcast restored service and so our phones and internet are back. Thanks for your patience!|
|Fri 3/1||Hi everyone, apparently Comcast has a local outage so our phones and internet are down. Please text us at 410-552-8126 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything, as we can check these remotely!|
|Wed 2/20||Hi everyone, our office will be closed today, February 20th, 2019, due to the snow and ice. We'll check messages periodically throughout the day. Stay home, warm, and safe!|
|Tue 2/12||Hi everyone, we partnered with a lab to provide in-house phlebotomy services for our patients. They'll be available for blood draws starting at 830 am tomorrow, 2/13/2019. No appointment necessary. They will process with your insurance, or, if required by your insurance, forward your sample to LabCorp or Quest.|
|Mon 2/11||Hi everyone, looks like the roads are getting worse, so we're going to close for today, 2/11/2019. If you have a urgent issue, you can still email email@example.com, text 410-552-8126, or call the office at 410-552-8126 and there's an option to ring my cell phone. Stay warm and safe! At least it looks pretty out there :)|
|Mon 2/11||Hi everyone, be careful, it's really icy out there! We're going to close until 11 am and see if the roads will thaw out. We'll post an update if we decide to close for the rest of the day. Stay warm and safe!|
|Tue 1/29||Hi everyone! Due to the inclement weather, we will be closing at 1pm today. Stay warm and safe!|
|Wed 12/26||Hi everyone, we will be closed 12/31/2018 and 1/1/2019 for New Year's. Hope everyone has a healthy and joyful new year!|
|Fri 12/14||Hi everyone, we will be closed Monday, December 24th, and Tuesday, December 25th to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
|Mon 11/19||Hi everyone, we will be closed Wednesday, 11/21/2018, at noon for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen on Monday, 11/26/2018. We pray everyone will have a blessed time with friends and family! We will be checking messages periodically if you need anything. God bless!|
|Thu 11/15||hi everyone, it looks like the weather is getting worse. we're going to close the office today. if you need anything, we are checking messages periodically. stay warm and safe! God bless!|
|Thu 11/15||Hi everyone, we decided to close this morning due to the inclement weather. We'll make a decision about this afternoon later. Stay warm and stay safe!|
|Thu 9/27||APPLE NEWS - The Flu Killed More Than 80,000 People Last Winter, The Highest Death Toll In At Least 40 Years|
|Mon 9/3||Hi! We are looking to hire a medical secretary/medical assistant who is highly compassionate and hardworking. Ideal candidates will have medical experience and strong computer and interpersonal skills. For more information, please email us or send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Tue 8/28||Hi everyone, time to get your flu shot!
Did you know in 2015-16, the number of hospitalizations prevented by flu vaccination was equal to the number of hospital beds in the state of Texas? (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/flu-benefit-burden-infographic-2015-2016.pdf)
We are offering flu shots to all of our patients. We also carry the high-dose flu shot for persons 65 years and older.
Stop by 930am-1130am Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.
OR call/text 410-552-8126
OR email email@example.com for an appointment time.
|Sun 8/26||Hi everyone, we will be closed on September 3rd, 2018 for Labor Day. Have a great holiday and enjoy the last bits of summer vacation!|
|Tue 8/7||Hi everyone, please be aware that the cloud servers hosting our electronic medical record and electronic fax system and patient portal went down. Apparently, there was a power outage in Sterling, VA which caused some hardware failures. Our service provider is slowly bringing everything back online - hopefully, it'll be fully functional late tonight. In the meantime, if you need to reach us immediately, you can call/text our office at 410-552-8126, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: Cross our fingers, it looks like everything is back up now
|Fri 7/20||Hi everyone, the FDA issued a recall of certain medications containing valsartan, a common blood pressure medication. The recall affects valsartan made by certain generic manufacturers. However, many pharmacies source their valsartan from multiple manufacturers, and as a consequence, several pharmacies are now recalling all valsartan prescriptions. More details in the notice from the FDA below. The recall does not affect other blood pressure medications.|
|Fri 6/29||Hi everyone, apparently Comcast has a nationwide outage again so our phones are down. Please text us at 410-552-8126 or email us at email@example.com if you need anything.|
|Wed 6/27||Hi everyone, we will be closed on the Fourth of July to celebrate!|
|Thu 6/7||Hi everyone, it looks like Comcast is still having intermittent service problems. Our phones are only intermittently working. If you can't get through, please text us 410-552-8126 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We're going to start looking into alternative phone providers...|
|Wed 6/6||Hi, everyone! Comcast has an outage in our area, so our phones are out. If you need anything, you can email email@example.com or text 410-552-8126.|
|Thu 5/31||American Cancer Society now has a qualified recommendation for colorectal cancer screening at age 45 given the uptick in younger people being diagnosed. The options for colorectal cancer screening are: fecal immunochemical test annually; high-sensitivity, guaiac-based fecal occult blood test annually; multitarget stool DNA test every 3 years; colonoscopy every 10 years; computed tomography colonography every 5 years; and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.|
|Wed 5/23||Hi everyone! We will be closed Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.|
Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry's shot alarms!
Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
Or the drum's redoubling beat.
But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.
All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!
Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.
Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Decoration Day, June 1882
|Tue 4/24||Hi everyone, FYI, we're starting to see cases of this in Maryland.|
|Thu 4/12||Comcast is having some issues with the internet connection in our area. They are currently working on fixing it.|
If you have called or emailed us, you might experience some problems this afternoon. Please TEXT our main office number (410-552-8126) at the mean time, if you need our assistance. Thank you!
|Wed 4/4||Hi everyone! Quite the wind storm! Hope everyone is ok! Our power, phones, and internet service are back up.|
|Wed 4/4||Due to unexpected power outage in surrounding area, our phone and internet are both down. If you need to contact us, please "text" our office main number. We will check the text frequently using offsite method. Thank you!|
I will post again when power is back.
|Sun 3/25||Hi everyone, we will be closed on Good Friday, March 30th, 2018. God bless, and a have a wonderful Easter!|
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
- 1 John 4:9-12
|Tue 3/20||Hi everyone, we are closed due to snow and ice. Currently it looks like we will reopen Thursday, March 22, 2018. We will be checking messages periodically; you can call or text 410-552-8126 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay warm and safe!|
|Fri 3/16||We are now offering the shingrix vaccine to help prevent shingles! Shingles is a blistering rash that can cause chronic nerve pain, blindness, pneumonia, and brain infections. The new vaccine is two shots given 2-6 months apart for patients 50 years of age and older. Unlike the previous vaccine (zostavax), shingrix is not a live virus and therefore most patients can receive this vaccine. It is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles. CDC recommends that even if you already received the old shingles vaccine (zostavax), that you receive the new vaccine as well. Most private insurances will start covering the vaccine on April 2, 2018. Unfortunately, Medicare will not cover the vaccine if it is given in the physician's office! For more information, you can also check: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html. You can call, text (410-552-8126), or email us for an appointment for the vaccine.|
|Fri 3/16||Our phone and internet service is back up!|
|Fri 3/16||Hi everyone! Phone and internet service went down for the entire building. Comcast is saying service will be back around 4 pm. We can still check email and text messages to 410-552-8126. Thanks for your patience!|
|Tue 3/13||Hi! We had some issues with our phone system but our service provider should have full service restored shortly! Thanks for your patience. Please remember you can always email us at email@example.com or text us at 410-552-8126|
|Sun 2/25||Hi, we found a couple of organizations that can help with meeting the cost of medications and vaccines:
Patient Access Network Foundation, https://www.panfoundation.org
Patient Advocate Foundation, http://www.patientadvocate.org
|Mon 1/8||Hi everyone! Due to the forecast for freezing rain and icy roads, we are closing at noon today, Monday, January 8th. Stay safe and warm if you're out!|
|Wed 12/27||Hi everyone, we will be closed December 29th and January 1st for the New Year's holiday. May you have a blessed 2018!|
|Wed 12/20||Hi everyone, we will be closed Friday, December 22nd, and Monday, December 25th, for Christmas.|
O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight
|Thu 12/14||Due to the overnight snow in Sykesville, our office will be open two hours late (at 11 AM) today.|
|Sun 11/19||Hi everyone! In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. We will reopen at 9am on November 27th. Have a blessed holiday!|
|Tue 10/24||We are proud to announce that Mr. Casey Davis, a board-certified physician assistant, has joined our practice. Casey brings 15 years of broad experience in emergency medicine, orthopedics, urgent care, and internal medicine. He has a passion for helping people improve their health through nutrition and exercise and runs a health coaching practice. He lives in Westminster with his wife and two children, enjoys baseball, and has completed an Ironman.|
|Wed 9/13||Hi! Our flu shot clinic is now starting. You can stop by from 930-1130 am and 3-4pm Tuesdays-Thursdays for a flu shot. We carry the pediatric shot for our patients aged 13-18, the quadrivalent for patients aged 18-65, and the high dose for patients 65 and older. If you like, before you come over, you can text us at our main number 410-552-8126 to confirm that we haven't run out.|
|Tue 9/12||Hi everyone! As you know, we try to encourage great communication between our patients and staff so you can have the best health possible.|
You can now text our office directly at our main number, 410-552-8126. Use it to request refills or appointments, send us questions or concerns, send us results from other offices, etc.
|Sun 9/10||Hi everyone! We have the flu shot for patients 65 years and older. However, the flu shot for patients under 65 is still on back order. We'll let you know when it becomes available!|
|Tue 8/15||Our flu shot clinic will run from 930-1130 am and 3-4pm Tuesdays-Thursdays starting September 12th. We will have the high dose flu shot for people over age 65 as well as the intradermal shot for people under 65. Please call to reserve your shot.|
|Sat 6/24||To help consolidate my phones, I'm going to be disconnecting the 443-280-5118 cell number soon. Please private message me if you need an alternative direct number for me. The office number remains the same as always, 410-552-8126. Thanks!|
|Sun 5/28||We will be closed Monday, May 29th, for Memorial Day.|
"...they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue"
-- Pres. James Garfield (then Ohio Congressman)
Arlington National Cemetery
1st Memorial Day: May 30, 1868
|Sat 5/20||Hi! I think some of you might find this link helpful. It'll calculate your stroke/heart disease risk over the next ten years, and provides some guidance on whether to start aspirin or a cholesterol-lowering medication. We'll calculate your results at your office visits|
|Wed 5/17||Traffic: |
Rt 26 between Rt 32 and our office is under construction.
Please plan for a 10-15 minute delay. Rt 26 East is less congested, but may also have a slight delay. We don't know how long the construction will last. If we find out, we will post again.
|Thu 4/20||To help our patients cope with the rising costs of health insurance and deductibles, our office has partnered with carecredit.com to provide micro loans.|
From their website:
CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for you, your family, and even your pets! Once you are approved, you can use it again and again to help manage health, wellness, and personal care costs not covered by insurance. For more info, contact us or check out http://www.carecredit.com
|Fri 4/7||Our office is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm, 4/8/17 (Sat).|
|Wed 4/5||We will be offering free alpha-1-anti-trypsin deficiency testing on April 26, 2017, to our patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), chronic bronchitis, or poorly controlled asthma. Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disorder which can mimic COPD or asthma and probably affects about 1% of patients with COPD. It tends to be under diagnosed, and newer treatments for it can now prevent progressive lung damage. Contact our office if you have any questions.|
|Mon 3/20||You can now pay your balance online with a credit card from your smart phone, tablet, or computer!|
You can access online bill pay by:
Clicking on "Patient Portal" near the top of the website, then clicking on "Make a Payment"
Clicking on this link: https://www.myupdox.com/portal/drkuomd/html/bppayments.html
|Tue 3/14||Hi! We had been planning on being closed today, but the storm didn't turn out that bad. We've gotten some calls already so we decided to open from 12 p to 4 pm today for sick appointments. Take care|
|Mon 3/13||Our office will be closed Tuesday 3/14/2017 and Wednesday 3/15/2017 for the snow. Stay warm and safe! My son is excited because he finally gets to sled and build snowmen this winter.|
|Sun 3/12||Due to the forecast for the snow starting the evening of 3/13 into 3/14 and 3/15, our office will be monitoring the road conditions. Our office closing notice will be post on the Facebook and our office phone message.|
However, if you have appointments after 3:30 pm tomorrow, or on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and you would like to reschedule now, you could contact us through patient portal and email. Please give us 3 options for the new appointment time. We will confirm with you as soon as possible.
Our office is still OPEN tomorrow until we post closing notice. Thank you!
|Wed 1/11||Due to the icy road conditions in some surrounding areas, our office will open at 9:45 am, 01/11/17.|
|Fri 1/6||Due to inclement weather we are closed until 10 am.|
|Thu 12/29||Our office will be closed tomorrow and 1/2 to celebrate New Year. Dr Kuo will be away from 1/3 to 1/7 for a continuing medical education course on endocrinology and psychiatry for the internist. Our office will be staffed and we will be responding to messages. Have a wonderful new year!|
|Tue 11/29||Our office will be closed from 12/23-12/26 for Christmas. If you need appointment or prescription refill, please plan accordingly. Thank you!|
Have a Merry Christmas!
Dr. Kuo and staff
|Sun 11/20||Our office will be closed 11/23-11/25. Dr. Kuo and the staff wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!|
|Thu 10/27||2017 Saturday clinics|
1/21/2017 PM only
Please call the office (410-552-8126) to schedule your appointment. There are only a few spots left.
|Sat 6/25||The June Saturday clinic was very popular. We are announcing the upcoming Saturday clinics for the rest of the year. Some of these Saturdays are almost full. Email or call us soon.|
|Tue 4/26||Saturday clinics news-|
6/18-taking waiting list
7/16-only a couple of spots left
8/13-afternoon appointments open
|Fri 4/22||Our online patient portal is up and running! You can register for your account at drkuomd.myupdox.com If you have given us your e-mail address, you will automatically be registered.|
From the patient portal, you can:
1. Schedule an appointment
2. Sign up to become a new patient!
3. View, cancel, or reschedule your upcoming appointments
4. View your medical records and lab results
5. Send us a secure online message
6. Update your contact and insurance information
7. Receive e-mail reminders of upcoming appointments.
Please be aware, however, that our current schedule has not been uploaded yet into the system, so at this time, we will need to verify the availability of any appointments you schedule online. Hopefully, we'll get everything transferred in the next few days!
|Fri 4/22||Dr. Kuo is still providing health care to patients before we move into the new office building. As we promised, there will be No GAP in your healthcare during this transition period!|
Many patients have called our office number 410-552-8126 to ask questions and to get their prescriptions refilled. If necessary Dr. Kuo has even made home visits to patients who need care during this transition time!
|Mon 4/11||Saturday clinics-|
June 18 clinic is full. There is a waiting list.
Now we open:
July 16 and Aug 13
Please call office at 410-552-8126 for details.
|Fri 4/8|| |
Our sign is up! Looks like HVAC is in and the trenching for the water is done!
|Tue 4/5||Saturday Clinics-|
We are opening some Saturday clinics by patient requests.
6/18-only one spot left
8/13-is now open
Please call office 410-552-8126 for details.
|Thu 3/24||Johns Hopkins is participating in a clinical trial of a novel treatment for sleep apnea for people who cannot tolerate CPAP. For more information, see thnstudy.com/|
|Wed 3/23||Per patients request, we are opening June 18 (Saturday) to see patients. If you can only come on Saturdays, we still have a couple of appointment spots on that day. Please call and make appointments. First come, first serve! |
Our Saturday clinic is open for those patients who truly cannot make it at regular office hours. Thank you!
|Tue 3/22|| |
Framing is starting! Sign is up on the door
|Wed 3/9|| |
Our new building and new suite. Parking is right in front of the door, both handicapped and non-handicapped.
|Thu 3/3||The appointment book is NOW open! Please call 410-552-8126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment!|
|Thu 3/3|| |
Signed the lease for our new office. Opening early June! Stay tuned!!