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 10/5/2020

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. 

Please be aware that we are not doing COVID testing in the office.  If you have been told by a school nurse or daycare provider that they require documentation stating that your child does not have COVID before returning, we will not be able to provide such a letter.  We cannot state with 100% certainty that an illness is not due to COVID infection.  Children who experience seasonal allergies can also get infected with COVID, and a letter stating that a child has a history of allergies does not exclude possible COVID infection, since the symptoms overlap.  The only way to know for sure that symptoms are not due to COVID is through testing.  You can Google the phrase “Stop The Spread Massachusetts” and you will see a link to a website showing COVID testing locations and schedules throughout the area.  These test sites do not require an order from the doctor’s office.  I encourage you to look at this web site.  If your child is tested, please follow up with the test site regarding results as the results are often not forwarded to our office.  Please do not call after hours for COVID test results as our on-call provider or nurse will not have access to the result.

As the pandemic has continued, we are fortunate to have seen that COVID has not been causing many cases of severe illness in children. Most children who contract COVID will not need to be seen in the office or in an emergency room.  There is no specific treatment for the germ, just as with other respiratory viruses.  If your child has a cough, with or without fever, but is not having breathing difficulty and is drinking and urinating normally, we ask that you manage your child’s symptoms at home with Tylenol or ibuprofen, increased fluid intake, and rest. Of course, if you are concerned about your child’s breathing or hydration status, please call the office to speak with a nurse.

We are still seeing children who may have strep throat or ear infection who need to be seen for proper diagnosis and antibiotic treatment.  If you are concerned that your child may have strep throat or an ear infection, please call to speak with a nurse regarding the need for an appointment.  We will be asking our administrative staff to forward calls to a nurse before scheduling a sick visit.  I know this is different than how we have always scheduled appointments, but we are making a great effort to decrease the chance of COVID exposure to other patients and to our office staff.

As flu season approaches, I encourage you to have your child immunized with flu vaccine.  Please  read the separate message above regarding flu vaccine scheduling.  Most children with flu-like symptoms will not require evaluation in the office.  Some children who are at higher risk for severe flu will need to be seen for a specific diagnosis and possible treatment. Again, if you have questions regarding the need for an appointment, please call and speak with a nurse.

For those of you who have an appointment for a well-child check, we are still seeing those children.  Other children who are coming to the office with respiratory symptoms will enter and exit through one exam room, not coming in to the waiting room or front office area. 

I hope that this information has been useful to you.  We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation.  Please call to speak with a nurse if you have other questions about your child’s health or about COVID in general.

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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.