Why do you need to see my picture identification and insurance cards at every visit?We must view your picture identification card to protect you from identity theft. We scan your insurance card at each visit to ensure that all information is the same as what we have in our system.
Do I need to bring in my old records and how do I get them sent?Your prior records can be helpful, especially if the doctor’s medical decision-making will be based upon information contained in your medical history. You can contact your previous doctor’s office before your visit with us and have the records sent to our office, or you can complete a form at your visit with us and we will fax it to the other office for release of the records (You will need to provide their fax number).
Why do you recommend that I arrive 15-20 minutes before my scheduled appointment time?Arriving early allows you time to complete any necessary paperwork and gives our receptionist time to process your chart and any changes to your information. We strive to keep your wait time to a minimum and this makes it easier to keep our schedules running on time to better accommodate our patients.
Do you have Saturday hours or work at night?Yes, by appointment. Please contact us for an appointment.
What is a HPV Vaccination?Human papillomavirus or HPV is a virus you may not know too much about—but you should. HPV will affect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. Please refer to the Gardasil website for more information on the vaccine.
What are the American Cancer Society recommendations for screening mammograms?Women age 40 and older should have mammograms every year. A baseline mammogram can be done at age 35. Women who are at higher than average risk of breast cancer should talk with their health care providers about whether to have mammograms before age 40 and how often to have them.
How often should I have a pap smear?Have a pap smear every 2 years. A Pap smear can prevent the most common form of cervical cancer in up to 90% of cases. The biggest risk factor for cervical cancer is not having a Pap smear every two years. We follow current guidelines on pap smears and cervical cancer prevention.
What are you Birth Control Options?We are happy to provide counseling for the growing variety of birth control options. We offer several hormonal contraceptive options including birth control pills, extended use pills, the patch, the NuvaRing, Implanon,/Nexplanon, and Depo Provera shots. We also perform diaphragm fittings and IUD insertion and removal. We offer both the copper IUD and the progesterone containing IUD. We can also counsel you and perform tubal ligation done laparoscopically.
What insurance do you accept?We participate with many different insurance plans and will file for reimbursement. It is your responsibility to know the details of your health insurance plan with regard to referrals, co-payments and percentage of coverage. We require your co-payment at the time of your visit.
Aetna US Healthcare
Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Medical Network
Great West Healthcare
PHCS PPO/Open Access
What form of payment do you accept?In addition to cash and checks, we also accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.
Should I get the Flu Vaccination? If so, when?Winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks in January or later.
While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications:
- Pregnant women
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 50 years of age and older
- People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
- Health care workers
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
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