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Barnabus Health Medical Group in Lyndhurst, NJ

Primary Care: Family Medicine and Internal Medicine

United Medical primary care physicians (PCPs) are board-certified family practice and internal medicine doctors and nurse practitioners. Family medicine doctors can provide care for every member of your family, while internists specialize in preventing and managing disease in adult patients.

Our primary care doctors treat injuries and illnesses from acute to chronic. They also perform physical exams and administer age-appropriate vaccines and immunizations, including flu shots.

Common conditions treated:

If you require specialty care, we can refer you to one of our specialists or provide you a referral for a specialist outside of our practice.

Comprehensive Physical Examination

A comprehensive physical examination, also simply known as a "physical," is a process in which the physician examines various organ systems and parts of the patient's body.

A physical examination is the cornerstone of preventive medicine. It is far better to prevent disease than to treat it. Screening patients at regular intervals allows physicians to detect disease before the presence of symptoms and create a great doctor patient relationship.

Most health plans understand the importance of a physical and will offer it to its members at different intervals. However, if a medical plan offers one annually, it should be taken advantage of.

Our comprehensive exams are extensive but are individualized according to age, gender, and specific needs.

We provide annual, pre-employment, corporate, and school entrance physical examinations.

All comprehensive physical exams include:

Medical Health Assessment

Your doctor will conduct a thorough review of your medical history and current health status. It starts with a lot of questions regarding your past medical history, family health history, immunization status, allergies, current medications, lifestyle habits, nutritional status, and level of physical activity.

Comprehensive Physical Examination

The history taking is followed by a thorough physical examination of the body (skin, heart, lung, abdominal organs, lymph nodes, etc).

Laboratory Evaluation (Blood Work)

  • Complete blood count
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel
  • Lipid analysis
  • STD (sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Thyroid function profile
  • Urinalysis

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG), a 12-lead ECG that measures your heart rate, rhythm, and function
  • Echo and stress test if necessary

Cancer Screening: Men and Women

  • Men: Prostate examination/prostate specific antigen test (PSA), testicular examination, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, hemoccult for blood in stool
  • Women: Breast exam, mammogram, colon cancer screening, colonoscopy, hemoccult for blood in stool

Nutritional Evaluation

Practical and individual recommendations are made to increase the 'nutrient density' of your diet and regulate optimal caloric intake.

Vaccines for Children

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of an inability to pay. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule.

Vaccines available through the VFC program are those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Our Clifton office is a registered VFC provider. Children who are eligible* for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive those vaccines recommended by the ACIP.

Eligibility for the VFC Program

A child is eligible for the VFC program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following:

  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Uninsured
  • Underinsured
  • American Indian or Alaska Native

Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan's deductible had not been met.

Underinsured means the child has health insurance, but it

  • Doesn't cover vaccines, or
  • Doesn't cover certain vaccines, or
  • Covers vaccines but has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines. Once that fixed dollar amount is reached, a child is then eligible. Underinsured children are eligible to receive vaccines only at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinics (RHC). An FQHC is a type of provider that meets certain criteria under Medicare and Medicaid programs. To locate an FQHC or RHC, contact the state VFC coordinator.

What Are the Costs or Fees?

There is no charge for any vaccines given by a VFC provider to eligible children. But there can be some other costs with a vaccination, such as a fee for the office visit.

Frequently Asked VFC Questions:

Looking for a Primary Care Doctor in New Jersey?

For comprehensive primary care from a family doctor or internist, including preventive care and chronic disease management, call United Medical in Lyndhurst (201) 460-0063, Bayonne (201) 339-6111, or Clifton, NJ (973) 546-6844 to talk to one of our friendly staff members who will assist you in scheduling an appointment.