Please make an appointment for all physician visits. If it has been longer than three years since you have last seen your cardiologist, you will need to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. All patients are required to sign in at the reception window. Please let the receptionist know if you have been waiting longer than 30 minutes after you have signed in. Please be prepared to show your insurance card at each visit.
If your insurance provider requires you to get a referral completed prior to seeing a specialist, please contact your primary care physician before making an appointment with us.
In order to provide efficient services to all our patients we are unable to accommodate office walk-ins. We ask that you call our office and we will assist you in setting up an appointment.
If you have a problem that becomes urgent, please call and we will have the nurse assess your
symptoms. There may be times when we ask you to go to the emergency room. We will do this when we feel your symptoms warrant a hospital setting. If you are more than 30 minutes late for your appointment you will need to reschedule. Please bring your appointment card so that we may avoid confusion and conflict
BRING YOUR MEDICATIONS
Each time you come to the office to see your physician, please bring all of your medications, or a complete, updated list. This request comes through years of experience in caring for patients.
If you need to cancel your appointment with your doctor or for the lab, please call 24 hours prior to your appointment to cancel or reschedule.
Please review your insurance requirements regarding where your lab is to be processed. Inform our staff before the lab is ordered. Depending on your insurance coverage you may possibly receive a statement from Physicians Preferred Lab. We can only draw lab that is ordered by your CCA cardiologist. If you need other lab that is not part of your cardiology screening you must have a lab order from your primary care physician in order for it to be drawn here. Please make an appointment for any lab that is not drawn with your cardiology appointment. Lab orders must accompany any lab appointment. If you must return on another day for fasting lab work, your insurance may charge you another co-pay. Once the physician reviews your lab you will receive a letter and a copy of your results informing you about routine lab test results. This typically takes 7-10 days. If you have not heard about your test results in two weeks, please call us. Patients with lab test results that require more urgent attention will ordinarily be contacted by phone.
If you are to have an operative procedure we would appreciate you informing our nursing staff of the planned procedure. The operating physician may not be aware of certain health care problems or situations that you have and you may require surgical clearance from your Cardiologist. Any surgical clearance by a CCA Cardiologist will require an appointment for an evaluation prior to the surgery.
If you are referred here by another doctor, please bring your medical records. This will help your cardiologist better understand your concerns and problems. It will also help prevent duplication of lab and diagnostic studies.
When you need prescription refills, please call your pharmacist. The pharmacist will then call our offices for refill authorization if necessary. Please call 3-5 days prior to needing refills. Check your medicine supply often. If you use a mail order program, please notify us 2 weeks prior to needing a re-supply. We will write out the prescription and mail it to you, or you may pick it up at the office. We will only fax to mail order pharmacies when they send us a faxed request. We do not call in refills to mail-order pharmacies.
Many diagnostic tests and lab must be done at the hospital. Please be aware of which hospital your insurance company requires you utilize.
If your insurance company requires you to get a referral or pre-certification completed prior to diagnostic test please notify our office.If you change insurance companies, please notify us immediately regardless of when your next appointment is. Please send us a copy of your insurance card.
We are required by your insurance carrier to collect your Co-pay at the time of your office visit. Also, any additional fees not ordinarily covered by your primary and secondary insurance will be due at the time of your visit.
For insurance purposes you might need a referral from your primary care provider to receive insurance coverage.