Flu Vaccine
Flu vaccine for the 2017-18 season is NOW available. Flu shots are the only recommended vaccine for this season. The nasal flumist vaccine is not recommended for this flu season. We are now scheduling patients for Wednesday 10/4 2-6pm, Friday 10/13, Wednesday 10/18 2-6pm, Saturday 10/28 8-11am, Sat 11/4 8-11am, Thursday 11/9 and Friday 11/10. Please call to schedule an appointment.

New Providers joining the practice
We are excited to announce that a new pediatrician has joined our team....Dr. Jeffrey Boxer. Please check out the staff page to learn more about Dr. Boxer.

Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read Literacy Program Introduced at Beacon Pediatrics Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2/16/2016- Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups at Beacon Pediatrics, as doctors and nurses welcome the Reach Out and Read program to the practice. As of February 16, 2016, Beacon Pediatrics is joining more than 5,000 program sites nationwide that are preparing America's youngest children to succeed in school. Beacon Pediatrics will be utilizing the Reach Out and Read's three-part model to promote early literacy and school readiness. This includes: 1. Giving every child 6 months through 5 years old a new, developmentally- appropriate children's book to take home and keep. 2. In the exam room, speaking with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offering age-appropriate tips and encouragement. 3. In the waiting room, having displays, information, and books to create a literacy-rich environment. In the future we may incorporate volunteers to read to children in the waiting room, thus modeling for parents the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud. The end goal of Reach Out and Read is to prepare all children to enter kindergarten ready to read, learn, and succeed. Reach Out and Read is a proven intervention that delivers results, and is supported by at least 15 independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school. The Reach Out and Read model is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This year, Reach Out and Read's 20,000 volunteer medical providers will distribute 6.5 million new books to 4 million children in all 50 states. We at Beacon Pediatrics are excited to start this program at our practice. Through a generous donation from Cathy Haut, PNP and the support of the Beebe Medical Foundation, we have been able to launch this program. We are delighted to have this opportunity to support our patients and our community. Going forward, we will be depending upon your generous support; all monetary gifts are tax deductible and will be channeled through Beebe Medical Foundation. To learn about the national Reach Out and Read program, please go to www.reachoutandread.org. For more information about Reach Out and Read at Beacon Pediatrics, or if you would like to donate funds, books, or your time, please contact Dr. Stacey Fox at 302-645- 8212, ext 110 or sfox@beaconpediatrics.net. To learn more about how to support Beebe, contact the Beebe Medical Foundation at (302) 644-2900 or write to foundation@beebehealthcare.org.

New Electronic Medical Record
Beacon Pediatrics is excited to have a new electronic medical record system. With this change, we will be able to provide our patients and families with access to an improved patient portal. This portal will be more user friendly than our previous system. The portal allows you to schedule and view appointments, receive test results, view immunization records, view visit summaries, patient education information, view billing statements and balance and send secure messages to your pediatrician. Please be aware that the "old" immunization records are still not available on the portal - we expect them in the near future.

Expanded Services Available
We are now OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK except for a few holidays. Office Hours are listed on the home page.

Sports Physical Clinics
We offer sports physical clinics each summer. These clinics are meant for our patients that are not due for a physical (by their insurance rules) yet need one to play sports.

Page Title

General

Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. All patients who have registered with the Patient Portal in our office can log in and simply click on Appointment Request and make an appointment. We encourage you to make your follow up appointments as you are leaving the office. Each day we hold appointments for the acutely ill patients so that our established patients can get seen the same or next day for acute problems. For acute visits please call the office for an appointment. Well Child Checks take longer so make these appointments early.
Q. What do I do to prepare for an appointment?
A. On our homepage, please click on Printable Form in the Pre-Registration section. You can print the registration form and complete prior to your appointment. In addtion in the bottom right hand area of the home page, there is "more printable forms". Please print and complete the Child Health History Form. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time so we can verify your insurance eligibility and coverage. If you do not fill out the forms prior to your visit, then you will need to arrive 45 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out the forms and to verify insurance eligibility and coverage.
Q. Insurance Change?
A. If your insurance has changed, please notify us 3 business days prior to your appointment date so we can call your carrier and confirm your co-pay and deductible. Please contact our billing manager at 645-8212 x104 if you have any questions about how we handle your insurance BEFORE you make (or have) your appointments.
Q. How do I refill my regular medications?
A. To get Refills all you need to do is contact your Pharmacy (local or mail order) and let them know you are running out. They will electronically send us a renewal and we will sign it and electronically send it back to them within 3 business days. Registered patient portal users can also go to Ask a Nurse and ask them for needed prescriptions. Please remember to give us the name, dosage, quantity, and number of refills needed for each medication.
Q. Is there an appropriate dress for visits?
A. Please remember that it is always helpful to be appropriately dressed for your exam. When there is a problem with your legs make sure that you wear clothing that will make it possible for your provider to easily examine your legs. The same is true for a physical or shoulder exam. If you wear glasses please bring them, we may need to do a vision exam. Infants will be naked during their exams so please bring a blanket to wrap your child while awaiting the providers.
Q. What else do I need to bring to each visit?
A. Please bring a valid ID like a driver's license and your most recent valid insurance card to every visit. If we are on par with your insurance and have a contract with that carrier, then we must follow the rules in the contract. This means that we are required to collect the co-pay, co-insurance and deductibles at the time of service (we take check, cash and credit card).
Q. What do I do if I have forms to be filled out?
A. If you have any forms to be completed by our providers, PLEASE check the form thoroughly and fill out and sign all parts you are supposed to. Please make the front desk and nurse aware of what you need. Most forms will be completed at the time of the office visit but some can take up to 5 business days to complete. We do charge to fill out some forms as well. Our receptionist can let you know of possible charges.
Q. What if I am a minor (under 18)?
A. Children and teenagers under 18 MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian or have a note written, SIGNED, and DATED by their parent or legal guardian in order to be seen. Please understand that a minor coming in accompanied by their grandparent, sibling, or aunt/uncle without the note cannot be seen.
Q. What do I do if I am running late for my appointment?
A. Please show up for your appointment on time. Please call ahead if you are going to be late for your appointment, as we will try to reschedule you for the same day. Anyone more than 15 minutes late may lose their scheduled appointment but may be seen as a "fit-in". All "fit-ins" should expect to wait before being seen. Regular scheduled appointments have priority.
Q. What happens if I miss my appointment?
A. We do require patients to give us 24 hours notice if you are not going to keep your appointment. If you miss your appointment without giving 24 hours notice and we are unable to fill your time slot, there will be a charge that must be paid BEFORE you can schedule another appointment. This charge cannot be submitted to your insurance company...it is your responsibility. If there are any special circumstances, please contact the Office Manager at 645-8212 x 106.
Q. Who do I contact for billing questions?
A. Please contact our Billing Manager at 645-8212 x104 for any questions about your bill. Please remember we can only go on what information you have given us and what your insurance company says based on that information.
Q. How do I get a copy of your Notice of Privacy Practice?
A. Please check our Patient Privacy page and review our NPP and make sure you understand all your rights. Please let us know if you have any questions and call our Office Manager at 645-8212 x106 if needed.
Q. How do I get my records sent to you or from you?
A. To get records sent to us please print off the Records Release form on the homepage towards the bottom right (called "more printable forms"). Please put your name and the name of the Doctor or facility you want to get the records FROM (Our name is already on there.) Don't forget to sign the paper before you send it. In order to have your records sent to other physicians, we require your written authorization. There will be no fee for records that Beacon Pediatrics faxes to other physicians or situations covered by Delaware Law. An administrative fee will be charged for any records copied or printed and given to the patient. These records must be requested with at least two (2) weeks advance notice.