OPEN AND READY TO SERVE OUR PATIENTS
All providers are now conducting in-person and telehealth visits
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. 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
BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP/BC:
AISSATOU CISSE, FNP-C: fmaofsa.doxy.me/acisse
AMANDA WILLARD, FNP-C: fmaofsa.doxy.me/awillard
We appreciate your cooperation over the last few years through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Per the Department of Health and Human Services, the Public State of Emergency will end on May 11, 2023. We have relaxed our masking policy at the office and will only require masks if you are sick with a respiratory illness or if you prefer to wear a mask. Also, if you prefer to have your provider wear a mask, we will happily accommodate this request.
Need info about vaccinations and boosters? Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website for more information:
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.
Vaccine Policy Statement
We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.
We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating.
But such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results. After publication of an unfounded accusa- tion (later retracted) that MMR vaccine caused autism in 1998, many Europeans chose not to vaccinate their children. As a result of under immunization, Europe experienced large outbreaks of measles, with several deaths from disease com- plications. In 2012, there were more than 48,000 cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, resulting in 22 deaths. Most victims were infants younger than six months of age. Many children who contracted the illness had parents who made a conscious decision not to vaccinate. In 2015, there was a measles outbreak in Disneyland, California (probably started by an infected park visitor who had traveled from the Philippines). The outbreak eventually spread to 147 people and, again, many were too young to have been vaccinated.
When you don’t vaccinate, you take a significant risk with your child’s health and the health of others around them. By not vaccinating, you also take selfish advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, thereby decreasing the likelihood that your child will contract a vaccine-preventable disease. We feel that refusing to vaccinate is self-centered and unacceptable.
We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your healthcare provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers at (Your practice name here). Such additional visits may require additional co-pays on your part.
Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination, we require all of our patients to be vaccinated. Infants will receive all age- appropriate recommended vaccines by three months of age, with additional recommended vaccines as well as booster doses by two years of age. Children will receive additional recommended booster doses by the time they are seven years old, and will be given recommended 11–12-year preteen vaccinations by the time they are 13 years old. We will complete 16-year teen vaccinations before each child’s 17th birthday. And, we will also give your child/teen an annual influenza vaccination unless they receive it at a school clinic or pharmacy.
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating your child on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do to protect all children and young adults. Thank you for taking the time to read this policy. Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us.
All the healthcare providers of Family Medicine Associates of S. Attleboro, P.C.
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)
We will be closed Thursday, November 23th
Saturday November 25th
in observance of Thanksgiving
OUR TEAM OF PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS
Personalized Care and Guidance
CHRISTOPHER GAROFALO, MD
ROBIN LAJOIE, MD
SUYIN LEE, MD
JANICE PATACSIL-TRULL, DO
JENNIFER SOUZA, MD
STEVEN STEIN, MD
BECKY GALLIMORE, FNP-BC
AISSATOU CISSE, FNP-C
AMANDA WILLARD, FNP-C
OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS
Specialized Care Located at Family Medicine Associates
STEVEN SCHECHTER, MD
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
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