2013 New Orleans City Business magazine Healthcare Hero Award winner

2013 New Orleans City Business magazine Healthcare Hero Award winner

As seen on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker is a a nationally recognized and award-winning Nurse Practitioner in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She is the  winner of the 2013 New Orleans City Business magazine Healthcare Hero award and the winner of the 2008 ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioner magazine Entrepreneur of the Year award. We at Advanced Clinical Consultants provide housecalls throughout the New Orleans area and the surrounding parishes. Dr. Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, DNP, FNP-BC is board-certified by the ANCC and specializes in Family Practice; however, Dr. Lawson-Baker has a large geriatric population that she currently serves in the comfort of their private homes, group homes, or Assisted Living facilities. Best of 2012 Nurse PractitionerAdvanced Clinical Consultants have been in business since 2004. Our mission is to provide a housecall to every senior or disabled person in the City of New Orleans who is not able to visit their regular primary care provider (PCP).

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education (a minimum of a master’s degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. An NP can serve as a patient’s regular primary care provider (PCP). Nurse practitioners see patients of all ages. The core philosophy of the field is individualized care. Nurse practitioners focus on patients’ conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. NPs make prevention, wellness, and patient education priorities. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. If prescriptions are needed, NPs in most states are able to prescribe most medications as well as narcotics. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs. In addition to health care services, NPs conduct research and are often active in patient advocacy activities. (www.womenshealthchannel.com)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you still keep your doctor? Yes, we will only make a housecall when the patient is unable to get to their regular PCP or to a clinic that day. After the housecall is made, we will fax or mail the H&P to the regular PCP with an explanation of our findings. The patient remains in control. Call us when you need us. If more visits are needed, we can set up a regular home visitation schedule. Can a NP be a PCP? Yes, Dr. Lawson-Baker is a Medicare and Medicaid provider. In many cases, the New Orleans doctor’s have retired or moved out of the area and the client is looking for a regular PCP. We at Advanced Clinical Consultants are glad to fill that role as your regular PCP.

Phone: 504-861-0108

Fax: 504-861-0112

58 responses to “Home

  1. Dr. Lawson-Baker,
    My name is Carla Jetton. I am a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience. At 46 I have decided to return to school to become an FNP. I laid my Mother to rest yesterday from a very brutel disease called Primary Amyloidosis. Our biggest obstacle was getting my Mother back and forth to the doctor. It would take hours to get her ready due to extreme weakness. During this course I had a vision. I am a Christian and my vision was to take healthcare to the homes of sick people.
    I watched your interview on the TV station that is online and started crying. I knew my dream in honor of my Mother could become a reality. My Mother was a nurse of 39 years.
    Would you be willing to share any information or advice for me? I have been very touched by your ministry to others.

    Thank you,
    Carla Jetton, RN, BSHCM

  2. Trying to reach you without hunting you down. Just trying to get an update and/or to see if this job is a possibility.
    Just give me a call

  3. Dr. Lawson-Baker,

    I am a Healthcare Information Technology student. At 60 years old, I have finally decided what I want to do with my life. I want to learn to be a Healthcare Data Analyst and work with small medical groups to assist in all aspects of the complicated world of healthcare technology.
    I found out about your medical consulting firm by researching Practice Fusion.
    I would like to know more about your use of electronic health records including what system your staff uses.
    I realize this is a lot to ask. I would be very happy for any assistance your staff can give me.
    I truly have an admiration for what you do and you have my utmost respect.

  4. Very interested in starting something like this with pediatric population any pointers?

  5. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I
    would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  6. I enjoyed your presentation. Attorneyjoeflores@gmail.coM and/or call 361.887.8670 or text 361.816.7831. God bless you and the work you do. I admire your accomplishments and look forward to a discussion on possible collaboration. Joe Flores JD,FNP,RN

  7. Dr. Lawson-Baker,
    First of all, Congratulations. I am totally in awe of you. I am A FNP-BC with specialty in wound and ostomy (CWOCN) and my vision is to start a business providing visiting wound and ostomy care as a NP to homebound patients in the New York metro area. Actually my graduate business proposal was on that subject. My problem is I don’t quite know where to start. I have been a NP for 5years working in a hospital as a wound ostomy NP and contract with a Home care agency to provide wound and ostomy consultation. I am credentialed to various insurances through my institution. Any guidance you could provide will be greatly appreciated.

    • Thanks Feddy:
      Your first step needs to be to find a good biller. Do you know one? Also, Denis Tarrant, NP of Manahattan Housecalls might be a good resource. He’s very nice and maybe able to suggest a biller to get you started.
      All the best,

  8. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who had been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this issue here on your website.

  9. I would also say it may be worth taking a general coding and billing seminar on your own, and create your own super bill with home care and wound care cpt codes and be sure to include all of the quality indicators on your pick list i.e. tobacco, advanced directive counseling, refusal of care etc.
    Once you compile that try to customize a web based EMR to make the process efficient.
    Best of luck,
    Raymond Zakhari, NP
    Metro Medical Direct primary medical house calls in Manhattan.

  10. Hi,

    This is Jean. Thank you for providing me with this year’s dates. Are the classes now 3 days? Also, can you provide me with the itenary including hotels near the training.


  11. mary hindermann

    Dr. Baker, it mary hindermann…….tried to email but bounced back. pls. call me at 444–2215. Thanks

  12. Coryn Clark, APRN

    Are there still spots available for the December course? I down loaded the registration form, wasn’t sure if $100 or $1100 is required to register? Thanks!

  13. Hi Scharmaine ritha in mississippi hope all is well I tried to register for your class Bt got no response when I faxed my application in guess u r really booked up in case u forgot I am n mississippi etc.

  14. Hi, I would like to attend the course for the February 21 & 22 if still available- thanks, Angela Stiles

  15. Victoria Hight

    need future dates for june 2014 for the course

  16. Hi Dr. Scharmaine,
    I would like to say that you are a blessing to the NP ministry.
    Dr. Dedra Reed

  17. Marilyn whitening

    Hello De. Scharmaine,

    I am a FNP and currently performing house-calls on a very specific population with the government, but would like to branch out on my own. Would this course be appropriate for me or would you recommend just a business course?

  18. Marilyn whitening

    My apologies for the error, Dr. Scharmaine.

  19. Hello Dr Baker
    I’m a long time follower. I’ve been working on my FNP for a very long time!
    I changed major at one point because couldn’t see the advantage in an FNP in my specialty (hospice and palliative care)
    NOW, however, we have the chronic care management benefit, part b palliative care pathways and I think this is somewhere I could shine.
    Just wondering if you have added services such as CCM (just started Jan 2015) or palliative care. If so, is there a resource or consultant that assists in setting up these practices?

    • Dear Carol:
      Thanks for the follow.
      I am aware of these new services but have not added them. I’ve branched out into children’s books and nurse toy design. I am still providing housecalls to mostly assisted living facilities at this point.
      Not sure of a resource. I will be adding these gems to Part II of my Housecalls 101 book though.
      Thank you!
      All the best!

    • Chronic Care Management, LLC in Michigan is a NP owned/run palliative care home-based program using all of these codes as well. Don’t know too much about the part B palliative pathways. Would be willing to share info!

  20. Dr. Scharmaine,
    I would like to speak with you regarding my business…. nptoyourdoor.com. Thank you!

  21. Hi Dr. Baker!

    My name is Naomi Lockett, I am an APRN, FNP-C from Chicago. I recently read about your success in the Nurse magazine. I first want to congratulate you on all your success. I love reading about Nurse Practictioners who have started their own company and made it through the years. I would love to start my own primary care clinic in the Chicago area, in an underserved area. I was wondering how would I go about initiating this process? I would love to hear any advice you have for me. Thank you for your time and patience.

    -Naomi Lockett, APRN, FNP-C.

    • Hi Naomi:
      Are there any NPs in your area in private practice?
      That would be a great starting point.
      Are you on FB?
      There are several NP business forums.
      I can connect you.
      Do you have a link to the article? I can’t seem to find it.

  22. Very good blog post.Really thank you! Fantastic. ceedcdkeddef

  23. Hi Dr Baker, I am interested in attending your class in September. If I may clarify, do I pay the $100 for registration and just pay the $1000 1 week before the class date? Thanks

    • Hi Anna;
      Yes, this is correct.

      • Anna Manalo

        Thank you, will send my registration shortly. Excited to meet you…;)

      • Hi Anna:
        Do you need a biller?

      • Hi Dr. Baker. I have a biller already. I’m so excited to start October. Thank you so much for your encouragement and for sharing your knowledge with me. I remember your last words before we parted ways at the end of the class…”Don’t Delay”….I’m waiting for my credentialling to go through but I’m starting sooner than planned. Thanks Dr. Baker….

  24. Hi Dr. Baker,

    You are a blessing to this profession. You make it possible for NPs to proudly say what they are. Your relentless strength is unspeakable. I am very proud of you and I love reading about you. It gives me strength and hope. Anyway I could keep going on and on forever and will not be short of amazing things to say about you. My question is, are the November and December classes booked? I am in Nashville TN, and a product of TSU. Being in a city with so much healthcare places, do you thing a home care business will do well, I have been thinking of starting my own for a while. I love the idea of home visit, I am currently doing the HRA assessment through a third party company for Humana.

  25. Patricia Kinkead

    Hi Dr. Baker! I heard you present at the AANP Specialty Conference last Fall – and immediately knew where I needed to head my career. I love your story and your passion! I started as an 18 yo unlicensed healthcare working for an old country doc in my small rural community in Missouri, decades ago – assisting him with an at home delivery at the age of 19 yo (he was 79). I would later do 10 years of Home Health nursing in my county and surrounding counties, as a licensed nurse. I have now been an FNP for 8 years practicing in hospital-based clinics. My love and passion still remains with those home health patients. I feel like I could benefit from your class – as I have not done home health as a provider. What is your first available dates? Should I call to find out what airport to fly into, need for rental car, and ability to drive in area (LOL)? I am assuming you are in a metropolitan area.
    Thanks so much,
    Patty Kinkead, FNP

    • Hi Patricia:
      I have space available in the Oct class (14-15) and space available in the Nov (11-12) classes.
      Thanks so much!
      I look forward to working with you.

  26. Hello my name is Tiffany . I’m interested in starting a house calls business in Ohio. Do you have any tips on how I can start here.Who do I need to contact. How do I convince a physician to be my collaborator? Is there a book I can purchase to help me?

    • Hi Tiffany:
      My book helps with giving ideas to get a collaborator. Go over to the marketplace and select Housecalls 101. You can also take my course which will teach you how to start Housecalls ANYWHERE!

  27. Kelly Jackson

    I would like to attend the course in May. Is there availability?

    • Hi Kelly:
      Yes, there is. Please go to the marketplace and purchase The Housecall Course. You can pay the $100 registration fee to hold your spot. Then, the remaining balance is due 1 week before the class.

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