Welcome to Our Practice

              

Welcome to Alan Bulotsky, MD & Associates, PC, where children come first, and where our team of pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants works together with parents to provide exceptional medical care for your children. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate, comprehensive services to children from birth through young adulthood.  We are honored to be considered as your child’s medical home.

Please take a few moments to read through our website to get a better feel for Alan Bulotsky, MD & Associates' capabilities and services. Our website provides you with the important background about our clinicians, staff, office hours, appointment scheduling, maps, directions, and other useful information.

We know how busy life can be and are committed to making our practice convenient and accessible for your family. We want you to feel confident that when you choose us as your child’s medical home, you’re working with professionals who are qualified, experienced, accessible, and caring.

We want to thank you for choosing Alan Bulotsky, MD & Associates, PC, for your child’s medical care and welcome you to our practice. We can assure you that you’ll feel confident in our ability to meet and exceed all of your expectations. Please call our office if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FLU VACCINE FOR 2020-2021 SEASON

                                                                                                                                                                                             (updated 8/27/2020)

Symptoms of the flu and of COVID (See below for msg specific to COVID) are similar, but they are caused by different viruses.   Flu vaccine provides protection only against influenza.  Some years it is more effective than others, and it is still possible to get the flu despite being immunized.  But the chance of your child’s getting sick with the flu is always lower if he or she is immunized than if he or she is not.

I’m sure you have heard about Governor Baker’s mandate that all children in Massachusetts older than 6 months who attend day care, preschool, K-12, or college must receive a flu vaccine before December 31, 2020.  This does not mean that the vaccine must be received before starting school.  The deadline is December 31.

We will make every effort to immunize our patients in advance of December 31.  Obviously, the COVID pandemic will have significant impact on our flu vaccine administration as we must limit the number of families in the waiting room.  Local CVS and Walgreens pharmacies also provide flu vaccine for children aged 9 years and older, and I encourage you to have your child immunized there if the scheduling is more convenient for you.  Both pharmacies see patients for flu vaccine on a walk-in basis.  No appointment is necessary.  If your child does receive flu vaccine at a facility other than our office, please send us information from that facility so that we can add it to your child’s record.

Any child who has a checkup scheduled on or after September 14 can receive flu vaccine at that checkup.  We are not able to offer flu vaccine when children are in the office for other reasons such as acute injuries or routine follow-up of chronic conditions.  There may be occasions when this can be done based on how busy the office is.

We will also be scheduling children to come in specifically for their flu vaccine.  Please speak with our receptionist to schedule a nurse visit for flu vaccine.  Parents of children scheduled for flu vaccine will be called the day before to screen for possible COVID symptoms.  If any child or parent scheduled to come for flu vaccine has any symptoms on the day of the appointment, please call the office to reschedule the appointment.  In the past, we have often had parents ask that their child be seen by one of our doctors or nurse practitioners due to symptoms of illness on arrival to the office for flu vaccine.  I again ask that you not bring your child for flu vaccine if he or she has any symptoms of illness.  As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child, you may call and speak to a nurse at any time.

On the day of your child’s flu vaccine appointment, you will need to call from the parking lot to notify us of your arrival.  A staff member will give you specific instructions regarding entering the office and going directly to one of the exam rooms.  We need to minimize the number of people in the waiting room.  Due to these scheduling restrictions, we ask that you arrive about 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  Arriving much earlier than that will result in waiting to enter, and arriving late will impact other families’ appointments.  If you are not able to get to the office on time, please call to inform our staff.  We will try to accommodate you but we may need to reschedule your child’s flu vaccine appointment.

Please remember that the COVID pandemic has had significant impact on the steps we must take to provide flu vaccine for our patients.  We will do our absolute best to immunize children as efficiently as possible, but there are factors beyond our control.  The governor’s mandate regarding flu vaccine this year will result in a large increased demand for the vaccine, as in the past not all families followed the CDC recommendation to immunize against the flu.  This demand may impact vaccine availability.  Please be aware that we do not have control over the amount of flu vaccine that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts supplies.  I will update this message as needed with any changes regarding flu vaccine availability or our office policy regarding immunization.

We remain committed to providing excellent care for your children during these challenging times.  Please call the office if you have other questions.  

 

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A MESSAGE FROM DR. HAUSMAN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS (COVD-19)

updated 5/27/2020

On behalf of all of us at Bulotsky & Associates, I hope you and your family are doing well through these unprecedented times.  I want to update you about our office policies regarding patient care and safety during the COVID pandemic. 

The office is open regular weekday hours and for sick and urgent visits on Saturday mornings.  The office is closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.   As we are not seeing many sick children, now is a good time to schedule your child’s annual physical.  We are asking parents with sick children to speak with a triage nurse to determine the necessity and appropriateness of an office visit.  Sick children who do need to be seen will enter the office into an exam room directly from the parking lot, not entering the waiting room, hallways, or restrooms.   We are also seeing some children via telehealth visits when appropriate.  A nurse can help you decide if a child can be seen using telehealth.

We are screening all patients for possible COVID symptoms or exposure in an effort to minimize the risk of exposure for other patients and office staff.  Our office staff is following the governor’s guidelines regarding personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, and office cleaning.

I am sure that you have heard a lot about COVID testing, and testing is now much more widely available.  While widespread testing is useful from a public health perspective so that we may have a better sense of how many people may already be immune after having had COVID, for an individual child, testing is not absolutely necessary as the result of the test does not change the management of the child.  The severity of the child’s symptoms is what determines the medical care, and a child who does not have significant respiratory symptoms can usually be managed at home.  If you have concerns about your child’s respiratory or hydration status, please call the office to speak with a nurse.

Testing is being done at Brockton High School and at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton.  To schedule a test at Brockton High, you may call 844-483-7819.  Testing at Good Sam requires an order from our office and a call for you to make an appointment for testing.  Testing may not be available on the day you call.

Many parents have raised concerns regarding reports of a severe inflammatory syndrome in children that may be related to COVID infection.   While these reports are scary for parents, and the passing of any child is tragic and heartbreaking, I want to point out that this syndrome is very rare.  There have been roughly 300 suspected cases nationwide.  We do not know how many children have had COVID (since most children have not been very sick and most have not been tested), but based on the number of confirmed cases in adults, there are probably well more than a million children who have had the infection.  This means that the inflammatory syndrome being mentioned on the news has 1 chance in thousands of affecting a child.  The number of pediatric deaths from influenza this season is about ten times the number of pediatric deaths from COVID.  You are just not hearing about it on the news and Internet 24/7.  I urge you to follow the same sensible guidelines re: use of masks, handwashing, and limiting contact with others that you have been following for weeks to keep your children safe.  But please bear in mind that the risk to a healthy child of severe illness from COVID remains very small.

I hope that this information has been useful to you.  We remain dedicated to your children’s health and we encourage you to call the office with any questions or concerns.

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SNAP(food stamps),TAFDC or EAEDC cash assistance benefits – see if you qualify and how to apply here:

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/health-mental-health/covid19-snap

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/health-mental-health/covid-19-dta

 

You are protected from eviction or foreclosure, debt collection and utility shut offs during this pandemic. See more information here:

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/covid-19/housing

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/health-mental-health/covid-19 

 

Do you need health insurance, see your options here:

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/health-mental-health/covid-19-health

https://www.hcfama.org/sites/default/files/health_insurance_coverage_during_covid-19_-_english.pdf

 

Free and discounted internet:

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/health-mental-health/covid-19-internet                                                                                                                                       

 

Covid-19 and homelessness:

https://www.chapa.org/housing-courses/covid-19-immediate-assistance

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/homeless-covid-19-isolation-sites

 

Covid-19 Resources in multiple languages:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zvg12qp7g477un9/AACfwlVzw5__p6eANxT38aLBa/Multilingual%20resources/All%20Other%20Languages?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

 

Resources for individuals with disabilities:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c4xk8le4u9hy1gp/AAC-0TeJA8U0L4ZDiv_kC1oda/People%20with%20Disabilities?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

 

Resources for children and youth: educational podcasts, materials on helping them cope:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c4xk8le4u9hy1gp/AACP_6tq-6KKx7AW_XbHdkxua/Community%20Health%20Resources/Children%20%26%20Youth?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1

 

Resources for immigrants:

https://www.ilctr.org/covid-help/

https://www.boston.gov/news/covid-19-resource-guide-bostons-immigrants

https://www.miracoalition.org/resources/covid19/

 

Massachusetts Workers Emergency Relief Funds:

https://bit.ly/MassWorkerReliefFunds

 

Did you lose your job due to covid-19? See if you qualify and how to apply for unemployment:

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/covid-19/ui

https://www.masslegalhelp.org/covid-19/pua

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NEWS & UPDATES

Important message to our valued patients and families:

On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, our practice experienced a failure of our computer system, resulting in our inability to access patient records.  This failure occurred despite a backup server and backup magnetic tapes of all our data.  We want to stress that this was not a data breach, and no patient information has been made accessible to anyone outside our office or our IT partners.  

Our IT professionals are working diligently to recover the data.  In the meantime, we have continued to see patients, documenting every visit on paper.  When our electronic medical record system is functioning, we will enter all these visits into the electronic record.  Unfortunately, we may have difficulty reconstructing all the data as certain files have been inaccessible to date.  This is where we are asking you to help us:  We will need to manually re-enter immunization records.  If you have the form from your child's most recent physical, please send us a copy.  If you cannot find the form, please contact your child's school nurse and request that a copy be sent to us at 508-580-3332.

Most of us here at Alan Bulotsky, MD & Associates have been here longer than electronic medical records have existed, and while the recent situation has been frustrating for everyone, we have not lost our focus on providing excellent care for your children.  We appreciate the patience, understanding and cooperation of the families we service.  

During a power outage our phone system may become unavailable.  If you are unable to contact the office, please call our Nurse Triage Service directly at 508-967-0613 for questions about a sick child. 

Office News:   

After over thirty years, Alan Bulotsky chose to retire from private practice.   We at Alan Bulotsky MD & Associates have chosen to retain the name of the practice as a commemoration of the excellent care provided to children in the Brockton area since 1975, a tradition that Dr. Hausman and Dr. Blanchard are proud to continue.