OPEN AND READY TO SERVE OUR PATIENTS
All providers are now conducting telehealth visits. Please know we are here for you during this challenging time.
We offer access to our office and providers via the Athena Patient Portal. Once registered, patients may securely schedule appointments, ask their provider questions and review their medical records.
Please note, the portal should not be used for urgent matters or concerns that may need an in-person evaluation with a provider.
ACCESS YOUR PROVIDER ON DOXY.ME
Click on a link below to access your doctor for your upcoming telehealth visit. Please note these links should be used for scheduled appointments only.
DR. C. GAROFALO: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drchris
DR. M. GAROFALO: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drmargotgarofalo
DR. LAJOIE: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drlajoie
DR. LEE: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drslee
DR. SOUZA: fmaofsa.doxy.me/drjsouza
DR. STEIN: fmaofsa.doxy.me/stein
DR. TRULL: fmaofsa.doxy.me/trull
KATIE (DION) SHEARY, PA-C: fmaofsa.doxy.me/katiedionpa
BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP/BC:
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
Vaccines and Boosters are now available for patients 5-11 years old. Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please go to:
to learn more about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine at a Massachusetts vaccine site
For the latest information regarding booster vaccines, please visit the link below. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines have all been approved to be given as booster doses.
TO OUR PATIENTS
January 6, 2022
The Omicron Variant
We continue to learn more each day about this variant. We do know that it much more contagious than the Delta Variant. In the last week, we have seen a 98% increase in COVID-19 positive cases. Because we are seeing such high transmission in the community, we will be asking that any patient with respiratory symptoms requesting a visit be seen VIRTUALLY, regardless of vaccine status or testing results. This will be in place for the next two weeks and then we will re-evaluate our protocol.
Again, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get vaccinated. People who have not been vaccinated are at the highest risk for serious illness. We understand that testing has been very difficult to obtain. Please follow this link to look for available testing sites in MA.
We will continue to ask patients to mask at all times when at our offices. Employees will continue to do so as well. This is for the health and safety of everyone in our care. Furthermore, we will continue to screen all patients and visitors before entering our office. Seating in our waiting rooms will remain limited and socially distant. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you soon.
STAYING IN THE KNOW
Responding to the Recent Monkey Pox Outbreak
What is Monkey Pox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
TO LEARN MORE, PLEASE VISIT:
Responding to the Recent Coronavirus Outbreak
We have been closely monitoring the developments regarding Coronavirus in and around our community. We are closely following the Massachusetts Department of Health as well as CDC guidelines.
The symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, and/or conjunctivitis occurring 2-14 days after exposure to an infected person. Furthermore, COVID-19 individuals may appear asymptomatic.
Please call our office if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled.
Please do not come to the office or go to an Urgent Care Unit without calling first. If you are sick, please stay home from work and school.
Most cases of fever and cough are not due to Coronavirus. Your risk for developing Coronavirus is low if you have not come into contact with someone who has the infection and have not traveled to areas where the virus is widespread. Information on areas where the risk for infection is higher is available at CDC.gov or Mass.gov.
There are important things that you can do to prevent the spread of viruses.
The Department of Health recommends:
Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use at least 60% alcohol-based hand gel.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu and coronavirus are spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent others from getting sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
Stay home if you are ill. Don't return to work until you have not had a fever without taking medications for at least 24 hours
Taking Care of You
Full Spectrum Family Medicine
We are committed to providing full spectrum care for children and adults. Our services include newborn, child/adolescent, pre-natal, and adult care. Our providers are also trained in minor surgical procedures, routine and specialized gynecological care as well as obstetric care.
SAME DAY SICK VISITS
Acute Care 6 Days a Week
We provided same-day sick visits Monday through Friday in both our North and South Attleboro locations.
Same-day sick visits may be scheduled on Saturdays in our South Attleboro location.
Expanding Our Reach
We are happy to welcome several specialists to our practice. Services include:
Convenient Onsite Locations
Quest Laboratory has an office adjacent to our South Attleboro site only
*Please note - the North Attleboro Quest site has REOPENED
Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm
Saturday from 8am to 11am
Monday-Friday from 8am to 2pm
Meet our Plant Docs, Dr. Suyin Lee and Dr. Steven Stein
Dr. Lee and Dr. Stein want to share their passion for living a plant-based lifestyle.If you are interested in learning more about Plant Docs, please visit their website:
Please enjoy their interview with Chef AJ on YouTube yesterday
HOURS OF OPERATION
North Attleboro & South Attleboro
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
Saturday: 8am - 11am (South Attleboro only)
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY
We will be closed Saturday October 8th and Monday October 10th
in observance of
Indigenous Peoples' Day
OUR TEAM OF PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS
Personalized Care and Guidance
CHRISTOPHER GAROFALO, MD
MARGUERITE GAROFALO, MD
ROBIN LAJOIE, MD
SUYIN LEE, MD
JANICE PATACSIL-TRULL, DO
JENNIFER SOUZA, MD
STEVEN STEIN, MD
KATIE (DION) SHEARY, PA-C
BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP-BC
OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS
Specialized Care Located at Family Medicine Associates
DAVID M. GREENBERG, DPM
STEVEN SCHECHTER, MD
ALICE SHEN, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology
RIGHT TO RECEIVE GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your health care will cost
UNDER THE LAW, HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS NEED TO GIVE PATIENTS WHO DON’T HAVE CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OR WHO ARE NOT USING CERTAIN TYPES OF HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AN ESTIMATE OF THEIR BILL FOR HEALTH CARE ITEMS AND SERVICES BEFORE THOSE ITEMS OR SERVICES ARE PROVIDED.
• YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE FOR THE TOTAL EXPECTED COST OF ANY HEALTH CARE ITEMS OR SERVICES UPON REQUEST OR WHEN SCHEDULING SUCH ITEMS OR SERVICES. THIS INCLUDES RELATED COSTS LIKE MEDICAL TESTS, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, EQUIPMENT, AND HOSPITAL FEES.
• IF YOU SCHEDULE A HEALTH CARE ITEM OR SERVICE AT LEAST 3 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE, MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY GIVES YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE IN WRITING WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY AFTER SCHEDULING. IF YOU SCHEDULE A HEALTH CARE ITEM OR SERVICE AT LEAST 10 BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE, MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY GIVES YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE IN WRITING WITHIN 3 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER SCHEDULING. YOU CAN ALSO ASK ANY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY FOR A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE BEFORE YOU SCHEDULE AN ITEM OR SERVICE. IF YOU DO, MAKE SURE THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR FACILITY GIVES YOU A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE IN WRITING WITHIN 3 BUSINESS DAYS AFTER YOU ASK.
• IF YOU RECEIVE A BILL THAT IS AT LEAST $400 MORE FOR ANY PROVIDER OR FACILITY THAN YOUR GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE FROM THAT PROVIDER OR FACILITY, YOU CAN DISPUTE THE BILL.
FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE, VISIT WWW.CMS.GOV/NOSURPRISES/CONSUMERS, EMAIL FEDERALPPDRQUESTIONS@CMS.HHS.GOV, OR CALL 1- 800-985-3059.
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT: CMS IS AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT THE INFORMATION ON THIS FORM AND ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION UNDER SECTION 2799B-7 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT, AS ADDED BY SECTION 112 OF THE NO SURPRISES ACT, TITLE I OF DIVISION BB OF THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 (PUB. L. 116-260). WE NEED THE INFORMATION ON THE FORM TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST TO INITIATE A PAYMENT DISPUTE, VERIFY THE ELIGIBILITY OF YOUR DISPUTE FOR THE PPDR PROCESS, AND TO DETERMINE WHETHER ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST EXISTS WITH THE INDEPENDENT DISPUTE RESOLUTION ENTITY SELECTED TO DECIDE YOUR DISPUTE. THE INFORMATION MAY ALSO BE USED TO: (1) SUPPORT A DECISION ON YOUR DISPUTE; (2) SUPPORT THE ONGOING OPERATION AND OVERSIGHT OF THE PPDR PROGRAM; (3) EVALUATE SELECTED IDR ENTITY’S COMPLIANCE WITH PROGRAM RULES. PROVIDING THE REQUESTED INFORMATION IS VOLUNTARY. BUT FAILING TO PROVIDE IT MAY DELAY OR PREVENT PROCESSING OF YOUR DISPUTE, OR IT COULD CAUSE YOUR DISPUTE TO BE DECIDED IN FAVOR OF THE PROVIDER OR FACILITY.
Are you looking for a new Primary Care Provider? We have two offices conveniently located in South Attleboro and North Attleboro, MA to serve you. Please call to schedule an appointment today.
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562 Washington Street, South Attleboro, MA
500 East Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA