Preparing for your visit
It has become increasingly important for patients to play an active role in managing their healthcare needs by ensuring they receive the best possible care.
What do I need to do before my upcoming appointment?
- Bring Every Bit of Info You Can: Bring a current list of allergies, medical conditions, past surgeries, and current medical providers treating you. Don't forget a list of your current medications (prescription, over-the-encounter, and herbal) including dosing and instruction information. Bring any recent medical records, imaging studies, recent laboratory results or any other information.
- Bring a List of Questions: Think and write down questions to bring to your appointment to ask your doctor. Bringing a list of questions will ensure that you don't forget to ask something important.
- Insurance verification: Confirm with your insurance carrier the provider you are scheduled to see is contracted with the insurance company. Pre-determine what out of pocket expenses you will be required to pay, along with determining if a referral is required to see the provider.
- Be Clear About Your History: Give a clear history of your problem – obtaining a history from a patient is one of the most important parts of an appointment with a patient.
- Back to School: Take notes with a pen and paper. Studies show two-thirds of the information doctors give to patients is forgotten immediately after their appointment.
- Be Curious: Ask questions! The more you and your family understand your diagnosis and treatment the better outcomes you will have.
- Follow Up: Ask for contact information.
- Study Up: Learn more about your condition for future treatment.
- Set Goals: Understand your treatment goals and develop an action plan to reach those goals.
- Schedule Your Follow-up Appointments.
- Update Your Personal Health Record: with any new medications, procedures, medical conditions and tests for future use.
- Get Clarification: If you are confused or have forgotten some information call to get clarification.