How to make the most of your office visit.
Authored by - Julie Eversole, Operations Manager at the Lung Center of America
We all want to make the most of our time, so here are some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your appointment.
Verify that the provider is participating with your insurance plan. It is the patient’s responsibility to verify that a provider is covered under their plan. Most insurance cards have a phone number on the back labeled Member Services. A representative will be able to provide you with that information. You may also verify by visiting the website listed on your insurance card.
Arrive on time. Most offices run on a tight schedule. Make sure you arrive on time, so you don’t need to feel rushed during your appointment.
Paperwork. Check to see if paperwork is needed before your appointment. If so, fill it out ahead of time and bring the paperwork with you. This will save you time as well as being able to complete it in the comfort of your own home.
Bring a medication list. Write down their names, doses, and how often you take them. It might be easier to bring the bottles with you. This includes your prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, vitamins, and supplements.
Make a list of questions. During the days or weeks following up to your appointment, write down questions you think about. This is a great way to ensure that you are getting all the information that you will need.
Go over your current medications and check your refills. During a office visit is a great time to let the staff know if you are running low on prescription refills. Make sure to check the number of refills on your prescription bottles before your appointment.
Medical records. If you have had recent testing that you think the physician would like to review, feel free to bring the records or have them sent to the office prior to your appointment.
Family History. Provide the office with any pertinent family history that may be of assistance.
Your relationship with your doctor is one of the most important you have. Advance preparation will help you use your own time and your doctor’s time more efficiently and effectively. Preparing for your doctor’s visit is an important step toward becoming a partner in your own health care and a better advocate for your health and well-being.
More questions? Contact Julie at LCOA and we will be glad to assist you.
Lung Center of America