Primary Care Services
As a Rural Health Clinic, DeSoto Healthcare Center (DHC) provides primary care services which include health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of common acute illness (i.e. upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, minor cuts, sprains, strains, skin rashes, minor procedures such as skin tag removal and ingrown toenails, etc.) and chronic diseases (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma, depression, arthritis, etc.) in a clinic outpatient setting. These primary care services are performed and managed by a personal care provider often collaborating with other health professionals, and utilizing consultation and /or referrals as appropriate. DHC promotes effective communication with patients and encourages the role of the patient as an active partner in his/her health care plan as a team of health professionals inform and guide toward healthy outcomes.
DHC serves as the patient’s first point of entry into the health care system and as the continuing focal point for all needed health care services. We provide patients with ready access to their own personal practitioner or to an established back-up provider in instances when the primary personal practitioner is unavailable.
In event specialty services are needed, DHC provides referral services. As a primary care practice site, DHC collaborates with specialist such as cardiologist, nephrologist, endocrinologist, and other specialty service in order to assure patients receive comprehensive, holistic care and continuity of services.
DHC has a collaborative agreement with several hospitals including DeSoto Regional Health Systems and Christus Coushatta Hospital in order to provide in-patient care services. Referrals can be made to the hospital of patient choice, including Christus Highland and Willis Knighton Health Systems pending hospital provider availability and rules of admission.
Home visits are available under certain circumstances. If a patient is debilitated or unable to access health care services due to physical barriers, a practitioner is available to provide home visits within a 10 mile radius of the facility.
DHC provides on-site laboratory tests under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). These services include urine pregnancy tests, rapid strep, fingerstick glucose and hemoglobin, fecal occult blood test, and dipstick urinalysis. These lab tests provides point of service results.
DHC also provides specimen collections for lab requiring more complex testing. These specimens are stored and retrieved by courier from certified laboratories such as LabCorp and Quests on a daily basis.
As part of our preventive services, DHC provides seasonal influenza vaccines to children and adults.
We also provide pediatric immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program.
Well Child Exams
DHC provides Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Exams for individuals under 21 years of age. This service, formerly called KIDMED is provided by Medicaid and is required for early detection of potential health problems. Periodic age appropriate screenings including physical, mental, development, dental, vision and hearing, as well as other tests are performed. Age appropriate immunizations are also provided during these visits.
DHC collaborates with behavioral health professionals and school personnel to maintain drug monitoring and lab testing for pediatric patients requiring treatment for ADHD/ADD.
Well Women Exams/Family Planning
DHC provides well women exams including clinical breast exams and pap smears. Counseling for family planning is provided as well as prescriptions for oral contraceptives and injectable contraception.
Patient Prescription Assistance Program
During a time of rising health care costs which causes a barrier to access of medications, DHC provides assistance with enrolling qualifying patients in patient prescription assistance programs. DHC staff assists patients receiving costly medications by locating pharmaceutical companies which provide medications for free or reduced costs. Applications are then completed and submitted for receipt of medications.
As of May 21, 2014, all drivers in need of Commercial Drivers Licensure (CDL) physicals must be examined by a certified medical examiner who is listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). DHC has on-site registered certified medical examiners who have completed the required training and passed the test on Federal Motor Carrier Satety Administration’s (FMCSA) physical qualifications standards. These practitioners are registered with the NRCME and are certified to provider CDL physicals.
Project PUSH is aimed at improving health care outcomes in individuals with chronic diseases and poor health care choices through increased awareness and self-management techniques and education. Project PUSH is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant # G20RH26387, Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program. The total award amount for this project is $446,392.00 over a three year project period. A one year supplemental award was received for ACA OEE in the amount of $25,000 for enrollment and education of consumers for marketplace insurance. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Through this program, DHC provides free community workshops on subjects such as diabetes, hypertension, weight management, smoking cessation, and elevated cholesterol.
Health Insurance Marketplace
DHC is an approved enrollment site for Marketplace Health Insurance. A full-time Certified Application Counselor (CAC) is on-site and available to assist with enrollment, answer questions regarding current enrollment and provide education to consumers interested in enrollment.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC)/Loan Repayment Assistance
DHC is a NHSC-approved site. The National Health Service Corps offers loan repayment assistance to support qualified health care providers who choose to take their skills to communities in underserved areas at approved sites. The NHSC Loan Repayment Program is open to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who are employed or have accepted an offer of employment at an NHSC-approved site. Employment opportunities are available at DHC.
For more information, click: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Workforce Training Site
DHC serves as a training site for students seeking advanced education. Collaboration with Grambling State University and Northwestern State University allows nursing students seeking preceptorship as nurse practitioner students to obtain hands-on training in a clinical setting. Collaboration with Remington College allows medical assistant students and medical billing clerk students to obtain on-the-job training and mentorship.
Medicaid Application Center
DHC is an approved Medicaid Application Center. We provide on-site Medicaid applications for individuals who may be eligible for Medicaid servies.