Being a prepared patient will help your doctor diagnose and treat you more accurately; and it will help you get the most out of your visit as well.
Before scheduling an appointment make sure you understand how your insurance works and what it pays for, including what your deductible and co-pay are.
You should also get a referral slip from your family doctor prior to scheduling an appointment with a specialist. Most insurance now requires a formal referral from your family doctor to cover your visit and possibly your co-pay. Without that referral you may have to pay for your visit in full, even if you are covered. Additionally, you may have to reschedule your appointment if you do not have your referral for your visit.
Arriving early can be very beneficial, as it allows you additional time to fill out any forms we need. Fill out a medical information release form if you haven’t already. This form designates who you give permission to have access to your medical information, test results or health status.
Most doctors now use what’s called a “patient portal,” which gives you Internet access to your files, appointment dates, test results and other information. Your doctor will need a valid and current email for you to be able to access the patient portal after your visit to get test results and other information. If you don’t have email, or don’t have Internet access you can designate a family member to be your delegate.
You should also have an understanding of why you’re coming to VCS. If your family doctor told you to make an appointment, ask them why specifically they’re referring you. Do they want you to have a specific test, or get a second opinion or have some blood workups done? Knowing what brings you to the office will help you have a smooth experience at our office.
If this is your first visit to Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists, make sure you bring the following things:
Having your questions written down before you go into your appointment will make your appointment will run smoother and ensure you don’t forget to ask the doctor something you really want to know. Your questions may include:
Compiling this information should only take you a few moments before you visit our office, but it’s critical for getting the most accurate testing and diagnosis, as well as the most out of your doctor’s visit.
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Published June 14, 2019