Patients, help us protect our high-risk patients - please wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test, or COVID-19 exposure.
Effective 3/13/23, ARC transitions to optional masking for our staff and physicians, with required masking during specific situations. Read more.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government declared a public health emergency (PHE) and passed a law that allowed you to automatically keep your Medicaid coverage (continuous Medicaid). Based on the new federal law, continuous Medicaid eligibility will end on March 31, 2023, so you need to renew your benefits when it’s time to ensure your coverage will continue if you are eligible.
Patients should look for notices from HHSC in YELLOW envelopes that say "ACTION REQUIRED" in RED lettering. Notices will come in the mail and/or via portal if clients chose electronic notices. They should respond quickly when they receive it.
If you don’t respond to renewal or information requests from HHS, you could lose your coverage.
Como respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19, el gobierno federal declaró una Emergencia de Salud Pública (PHE, por sus siglas en inglés) y aprobó una ley que le permitió a usted mantener automáticamente su cobertura de Medicaid (cobertura continua de Medicaid). Según la nueva ley federal, la elegibilidad para la cobertura continua de Medicaid se terminará el 31 de marzo, de 2023, por eso necesita renovar sus beneficios cuando se llegue el momento para asegurar que su cobertura va a continuar si usted todavía es elegible.
Pacientes deben buscar avisos de la HHSC en sobres AMARILLOS con el texto “ACCIÓN REQUERIDA” en letras ROJAS. Los avisos llegarán por correo y/o a través del portal en línea si los clientes eligieron recibir avisos electrónicos. Deberían responder con rapidez cuando lo reciban.
Si no responde a las solicitudes de renovación o de información de la HHSC, podría perder su cobertura.
ARC MyChart downtime: Due to technical maintenance, ARC MyChart will be unavailable 7:00pm Saturday, April 1 to 7:00am Sunday, April 2. To schedule an appointment during this time, please call 512-272-4636 and press "1". You can reach all-night phone nurses by calling any clinic and pressing “4” to speak with a nurse.
Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) doctors, staff, and leadership are committed to providing our community with high quality convenient care. One of the ways we demonstrate this priority is through our online transparency.
You can review our provider ratings and comments on our web site with the confidence that they are all based on verified visits. We post all patient feedback relevant to the entire visit and only refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.
The below guide provides details about how we collect and share our patient feedback.
ARC partnered with Binary Fountain to collect patient feedback about their doctor’s visit. We gather feedback from text surveys that are sent after the visit. Binary Fountain is an independent third party customer feedback company that provides the technology to collect the feedback and display ratings and comments on our web site. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by ARC.
Patients for whom we have a mobile phone number receive a text survey within two hours of checking in for their visit. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide ratings and comments regarding their experience at different touch points of their visit. We use this feedback to recognize doctors and staff, identify issues we can correct, and enhance our care.
ARC posts all positive and negative patient feedback that is relevant to the entire visit. We refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.
ARC asks questions that touch on the overall patient experience related to their visit. Anyone seeking detailed information about each question can view the ratings for each specific question on the Reviews tab on the provider bio page on the website. We calculate our provider star ratings based on the responses to question number six below. We calculate our location star ratings based on the responses to all the below questions.
Since more recent data provides a more accurate picture, we require a minimum of 30 patient surveys per doctor in the last 12 months before we post a physician’s rating.
ARC physicians and staff review all comments and act to rectify issues. Since the purpose of the feedback is to allow us to improve the overall patient experience, we display the last 90 days of comments which are the most relevant for the practice.
No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by an ARC physician receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the physician in our clinics.
Comments are reviewed and approved prior to being published to the website. If a comment contains any personally identifiable information, that information will be removed from the comment.
Accepting new patients
Joined ARC: 2022
Dr. Lara grew up in Willis, a small town near Conroe. He lived in the Caribbean, California, and Wyoming, but says he realized “just how good” it was at home in Texas, especially the BBQ! In his free time, Dr. Lara enjoys hiking with his wife and dachshund-terrier mix, Oscar (Meyer), tending to their many indoor plants, low-and-slow grilling – and anticipating the arrival of their first child! Among his favorite local spots are Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ, LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center, and McKinney Falls State Park.
Studying sociology as an undergraduate opened my eyes to the many inequities of life, including the lack of quality primary care for many Americans. So when I began medical school it was with the intention of becoming a Family physician and providing that care to anyone. The family doctor holds a unique place in the lives of their community, and hopefully, makes those lives better. With my patients, above all, I listen. I have found that most people need someone who will listen first and treat later.
A Flu vaccine can help prevent flu-related visits to the doctor each year. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated every flu season.
Immunizations help provide immunity to children and adults before they are exposed to potentially harmful diseases like hepatitis B, measles, mumps, polio, and more.
A Medicare Wellness visit a benefit provided to patients with a Medicare insurance plan. It is conducted by a dedicated Medical Wellness Provider at ARC, where you can expect a review of your health that includes vaccinations, cancer screenings, and more.
ARC offers telemedicine visits for primary and specialty care. Doctors can quickly evaluate you for a new health issue or follow up with you via a phone call or video visit from the comfort of your home.
Rating based on "Did the healthcare provider or doctor provide the care you expected?"
Everyone was very welcoming and friendly! It was my first visit to Dr. Lara and was great, took his time getting my medical history and discussing the health issue that brought me in for care. Would definitely recommend him to others.
Super friendly staff and everyone listens which is refreshing and helpful!
Everyone was great!
I went there to find a new doctor after my long time doctor retired. I am happy to say Dr. Lara will now be my family physician. I liked him right away as he made me feel comfortable and seen. All other staff were welcoming and professional. I left there thinking “wow” - so nice to have those folks in Bastrop.
Everything was great all the help I needed.
This office is very efficient and caring. I am grateful that Dr Lara listens and always tries to find the best solution for any problem I am having. Aging can be challenging at times and Dr Lara understands that.
Damian G. Lara, MD, Family Medicine at ARC Bastrop talks about pain medications in this recent DocTalk video. Watch.
November 17, 2022
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ARC is happy to welcome Damian G. Lara, MD, Family Medicine, to the team at ARC Bastrop. Find out why Dr. Lara is happy to be back in his home state of Texas.
March 9, 2022
1 min read
Dr. Lara is currently accepting new patients.
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