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MPG Welcomes Dr. D'Souza

August 7, 2014 –   Millennium Physician Group is proud to welcome Marshall D'Souza, MBBS, M.D., FACP, to our Cape Coral office located on Del Prado Boulevard.

Souza earned his medical degree at Karnatak University in Bellary, India.  He completed his residency at Michigan State University of Michigan's Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. D'Souza is a professional member of the Lee County Medical Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.  He has been practicing medicine in Lee County for over 22 years.


Marshall D'Souza, MBBS, M.D., FACP
126 Del Prado Blvd, Suite 104
Cape Coral, Florida 33909
Phone: 239-573-1606

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MPG Earns National Recognition from NCQA

August 6, 2014 – Millennium Physician Group has received the highest recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).  This recognition is directly linked to physician and staff dedication to patient care.  Only 10 percent of primary care practices in the United States have achieved this recognition.

“We are proud of this recognition from NCQA,” says Geurt Peet, Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Physician Group. “Our team, our staff and our Providers have been working hard behind-the-scenes to ensure that our patients are at the center of our care and that we are actively improving the health care delivery process for our patients.”

NCQA recently announced that 21 of Millennium Physician Group’s 38 primary care offices from Sarasota to Naples have received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.

“We expect to have all of our offices recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” says Peet. “Developing our PCMH program, as well as expanding our Accountable Care Organization, has been critical to changing the way patients receive their health care in a more positive and proactive manner.”

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be”.  Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care.

The PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patients care as the sum of several episodic office visits.  Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for the patient’s health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system.

“The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” says NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.  “PCMH Recognition shows that Millennium Physician Group has the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

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Clinical Trial for Intravascular Thrombosis Patients

Feb. 26, 2014 – Millennium Physician Group will begin its second clinical trial using the CleverCap® medication adherence device-enabled platform. CleverCap® reminds patients to take their medicine on time and in the right dosage each and every day.  While the Group’s first clinical trial focused on medication adherence for diabetic patients,  the second clinical trial will focus on patients who have been diagnosed with Intravascular Thrombosis disease, such as deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism. 

A group of 100 patients will be selected for the trial separated into two groups of 50.One group will receive a CleverCap® without reminders to measure a utilization benchmark, the second group will receive a fully activated CleverCap® that provides dosing reminders.  The goal is to study the benefits of such technology and whether or not it will improve patient adherence behavior, achieving overall improvements in health outcomes and decreasing chances of a major catastrophic health event that leads to hospitalization.  Millennium is set to begin the trial within the next few months.
 
“Our goal with this clinical trial is to evaluate whether use of the CleverCap® technology improves  medication compliance in patients living with intravascular thrombosis, such as deep vein thrombosis,” says Geurt Peet, Chief Executive Officer for Millennium Physician Group.  “We’ve identified our Physicians who will be championing this effort within our group and we are excited about the chance to develop new programs that could enhance our patients’ health.”

This study is a prospective, randomized, dual center study in patients with intravascular thrombosis who take rivaroxaban – also known as Xarelto® – and whether or not the technology promotes medication adherence.

“Our anticipated study duration is nine months,” says Peet. “We hope that the overall result will show that patients are more consistent with taking their medication and thus improve their overall health.”

Recent research shows only 25 percent of prescription medications are taken as directed and patients are often readmitted to the hospital or their health suffers from not taking the proper medications to treat their illnesses.   Millennium Physician Group has joined this clinical trial in order to tackle the medication non-adherence issue that is quickly growing into one of the largest issues for physicians and hospitals across the United States.  

“CleverCap® has a patented mechanism embedded in the cap that is programmed by the dispensing pharmacy with a digital version of the patient’s prescription instructions in such a way that the CleverCap® actively ‘knows’ when the patient needs to take her prescription and what the dose should be,” says Dr. Juan Rivera, a Millennium physician leading the Clinical Trials in Charlotte Count

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New Clinical Trial for Local Diabetes Patients

Feb. 24, 2014 –   Millennium Physician Group is set to participate in a new clinical trial for local diabetes patients.  The physician group will partner with CleverCap® and selected diabetic patients to learn if new technology can ensure that patients take their medications on time and in the right dosage, and if this greatly improves their overall health and outcomes with the illness.

“The goal of the trial is to evaluate whether use of the CleverCap® device to manage medication compliance in patients with Type 2 diabetes results in an improvement of blood sugar control as measured by glycated hemoglobin levels,” says Geurt Peet, Chief Executive Officer for Millennium Physician Group.  “We’ve identified our Physicians who will be championing this effort within our group and we are excited about the chance to develop new programs that could enhance our patients’ health.”

This is a prospective, randomized, dual center study in patients with Type 2 Diabetes taking an oral medication for blood sugar control. Patients will be randomized 1:1 into one of the following two medication delivery methods:
• A traditional medication vial
• A CleverCap® device

“Our anticipated study duration is nine months,” says Peet. “We hope that the overall result will show that patients are more consistent with taking their medication and thus improve their overall health.”

Recent research shows only 25 percent of prescription medications are taken as directed and patients are often readmitted to the hospital or their health suffers from not taking the proper medications to treat their illnesses.   Millennium Physician Group has joined this clinical trial in order to tackle the medication non-adherence issue that is quickly growing into one of the largest issues for physicians and hospitals across the United States.  

“Diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic diseases in our country and finding a new way to ensure our patients are taking their medication and treating this illness is very important to our physician group.” says Dr. Juan Rivera, a Millennium physician leading the Clinical Trials in Charlotte County. “Proper medication, plus a healthy diet, can actually reverse the negative affects of the disease.”

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MPG Welcomes Drs. Rizzo and Halasz

February 12, 2014 –   Millennium Physician Group is proud to welcome two new physicians to the Port Charlotte area.   Dr. Steven Halasz and Dr. David Rizzo are now accepting new patients at the Cochran office in Murdock.

David Rizzo, D.O., earned his degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New Jersey. He completed his residency at the Union Hospital at Union, New Jersey. Dr. Rizzo is a professional Member of the American College of Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Steven Halasz, M.D., earned his degree from Seemelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his postgraduate in Internal Medicine at University of Illinois at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Halasz is professional member of the American College of Physicians, American Associates of Clinical Endocrinologists and the Charlotte County Medical Society.

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