Durable medical equipment (DME) includes everything from nebulizers to hospital beds. There are DME companies that provide these items and are able to process a claim through your insurance to obtain payment. There are also unconventional ways to obtain DME equipment, but we will touch on all of these. When you are ill, your doctor … Continue reading Durable Medical Supply List & Companies
Do you or a family member have difficulties going to appointments due to lack of transportation? Some insurance companies have benefits that will pay for routine transportation to pre-scheduled appointments. If you have Medicaid insurance provided by the state or your parent does, you can visit the Medicaid website to search for participating providers that … Continue reading Medical Transportation Options & Missouri Patient Resources
There are several reasons why women start birth control aside from the obvious. Young women who aren’t sexually active are started on birth control to help regulate their menstrual cycle, so it’s not just for women looking to not get pregnant. Other ladies get prescribed birth control to help with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) symptoms, … Continue reading Birth Control Options for Him & Her
Your doctor, primary care or specialist, may order imaging for you at some time or another. We are just going to cover the basic images services provided and the time frame that these tests are recommended to be repeated (if at all). Screening imaging includes Mammograms and Dexa bone density tests. Other imaging that is ordered … Continue reading Routine Imaging: X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasounds, etc.
Ever wondered what short hand information the doctor is writing actually means? Here is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations for medical terminology within a family medicine practice... When taking medications the following terms are used for prescriptions and patient instructions: D/c: discontinue BID: twice daily NPO: nothing by mouth PO: by mouth/orally … Continue reading Medical Terminology 101
Immunizations are recommended by your doctor to keep you healthy. Controversy surrounds the need to vaccine, but we won’t be discussing that today. We will touch briefly on the vaccines/shots that a child is recommended to have just to give you shed some light on what it is that you should have been vaccinated for up … Continue reading Immunizations Overview
Where in the world is your medical records? I know it can seem overwhelming and you're not sure where to start, but that's why you have me! There are going to be times when you'll be asked certain questions regarding your health history that requires you to do some digging and search for prior medical … Continue reading How to Find your Medical Records
Your primary doctor may refer you to see a specialist for conditions that require more detailed attention and in depth follow up. Referrals are required by some insurance plans every time you see any doctor outside of your primary care specialist (PCP). A referral is an insurance authorization that is stating your primary doctor is … Continue reading Health Insurance Referrals, Orders & Authorizations
Physicals are performed by your physician on an annual basis. Some insurance companies will pay for physicals one per calendar year, but the rule of thumb is to schedule your physical one year after your last one you had done. A child has a "well child check" once a year until they are 18 years … Continue reading Helpful Hints for Physical Appointments: Insurance Coverage & Blood Work
Healthcare is always innovating new technologies to provide better overall patient care and experiences. New programs and development can seem like more of a hassle than it is helpful at times. There are plenty of providers out there that are as uncomfortable with new technology as their patients are, it doesn’t come natural to everyone … Continue reading What is Telemedicine & Virtual Health?