What is expected of me if I take daily/routine medications?
If you take daily medications, you will need fasting labwork, and an exam, every six months. To avoid running out of your medications, please schedule your labwork and recheck appointment in advance. This is especially important for patients who travel routinely and out-of-town college students. Make sure to call well in advance to ensure a spot during your time in town.
Why do I have to sign in at each visit?
Insurance companies require that we log proof that a patient actually attended their visit.
What is the need to arrive early for my visit?
It can take a few minutes to review and update your demographics or other changes that may need to be made. By arriving early, you help us run on schedule for your appointment, as well as those following you.
What is a D.O., or Doctor of Osteopathy?
Osteopathic medicine has been around since 1874 when it was first conceived by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O. This unique form of medicine focuses on treating the body as a whole, all systems working properly together, to promote better overall health. This philosophy dates back to the father of medicine, Hippocrates. Osteopathic doctors believe in preventive medicine, as well as proper eating and staying fit.
Just like an M.D., an Osteopathic doctor can prescribe medications and other treatments as needed. D.O.s, complete four years of basic medical education, just like an M.D. They also obtain graduate medical education through internships, residencies and fellowships, preparing them for a specialty. They both pass comparable examinations to obtain their state licenses. D.O.s practice in accredited and licensed health care facilities, just like an M.D.
D.O.s evaluate a person's risk factors, such as smoking, stress, high blood pressure, etc. Then, along with prescribing appropriate treatment, they educate their patients to play a more active role in their personal health care.
Why must I show my insurance card at each visit?
While it may seem like a burden to show your insurance card at each visit, this is actually very beneficial to both you and our practice. This helps ensure that your claim is processed to the correct carrier the first time, so as not to delay payment of your claim and minimize incorrect billing. Often times, patients forget that their coverage has changed since their previous visit.
What is included in a "Well Visit"?
"Well Visits", or "check-ups", are visits designed to determine if a person, with no apparent symptoms, may actually have some underlying condition that has not yet manifested itself. At a well visit, certain tests, including labs and EKGs, may be run to ensure that your body is functioning normally. Any abnormalities found during testing will then be addressed. This enables patients to get a "head-start" on treatment and/or prevention.
Most insurance plans put restrictions on what may be addressed during a "Well Visit". Some issues are considered as non-preventative and require a separate visit. Patients with health concerns that fall outside of normal preventative care should be aware that they will be liable for any charges their insurance does not cover, if addressed during a "Well VIsit". This may also include any labs or tests that were run as a result of the non-preventative issues discussed at a well visit. This can be very costly to the patient. To avoid this, patients are STRONGLY ADVISED to schedule a separate appointment for those health concerns that are not considered preventative.
Please feel free to ask our staff BEFORE your "Well Visit" if you have questions regarding this matter.