Frequently Asked Questions
What is a primary care physician?
A primary care physician is a health care professional who practices general medicine. One of the most important jobs of a PCP is to help individuals avoid getting sick - this is called preventive care. They can usually treat conditions in their own offices. If they cannot treat the condition, they refer the patient to a trusted specialist.
Do I need a primary care physician?
Staying healthy is best done with expert help. We all need medical attention at some point. The explosion of medical knowledge and treatment alternatives makes it important to have a generalist to interpret and advise on the best course of action.
What should I discuss with my primary care physician?
Your PCP should be your partner in ensuring you are at your best and healthier self, which is why it is important to have a strong and communicative relationship with them. Some examples of what to discuss with your primary care physician include the proper use and side effects of treatments, symptoms that are out of the ordinary, goals for next visit, and other resources to stay and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
What is the difference between family medicine and internal medicine?
When it comes to primary care, most PCPs who care for adults focus on either family medicine or internal medicine. An internal medicine doctor cares just for adults. A family care practitioner cares for the whole family (Including children and teenagers).
What is the role of a Nurse Practitioner?
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a master's prepared, advanced practice registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience.Nurse practitioners play an increasingly vital role in the primary health care of a variety of populations, including childer, elderly patients, geriatric patients, etc.
How often should I visit my PCP?
The most important factors in determining the frequency of your primary care physician's visits are your age and the risk of contracting disease. However, when you have regular medical checkups, there is a much greater chance of detecting any health issues than if you rely on discovering them at home.
What should I bring to my first visit?
Preparing yourself for your first healthcare visit is of vital importance. Some documents that you must have ready for your first visit with your healthcare provider include any insurance cards for current coverage, your driver's license or any other form of valid id, a list on any medications and vitamins you are currently taking, a copy of your medical records from your previous doctor or primary care, and/or your health history.
Are we safe to go into the clinic with COVID-19 around?
The health of our patients and medical staff are of utmost priority. We sanitize all of the common areas, specially our examine rooms. Wearing face coverings is not only highly encouraged, but also enforced. We make sure to adhere to all CDC and WHO guidelines as well as staying up to date with the latest news and resources to provide the highest quality service to our patients.
What alternatives do I have to in-person clinic visits?
Alternatively to in-person health visits, we also offer telemedicine consultations. If COVID-19 is a major concern or if your or a loved one is unable to physically visit our clinic, our experience medical personnel is able to accommodate your needs via telemedicine consultation.
What is Telemedicine?
The CDC describes telemedicine as "the use of electronic information and telecommunication technology to get the healthcare you need while practicing social distancing." All you need is a phone or a device with internet connection to continue your medical care while protecting yourself and your healthcare provider from COVID-19 or exposure to any other contagious disease.
Which health insurance plans do you accept?
We accept most major insurance plans. For more information and to see if we accept your health insurance plan, please contact us.