I dealt with the Seward location for my services, and I had no problems whatsoever with the therapist or front desk staff. The organization's billing practices & staff, out of Anchorage, account for my low rating of professionalism. Each appointment I attended, I paid whatever amount I was asked to pay out-of-pocket. After my services ended & my claims were processed by my insurance company, I found that I was overbilled by $537.57. For three weeks now, I've been trying to get my refund from the billing office. There are excuses and delays, which do not seem reasonable to me. After phoning 4X, emailing 1X and appealing to the Seward location for advocacy help, I still do not have a confirmation from the organization when I will receive my refund. Also, I was informed that their policy is to refund the consumer any monies due, 90 days after the last insurance payment. Due to the excessive overbilling and difficulties in receiving my refund, I have decided not to do business with the organization in the future.
6239 B St Ste 207Anchorage, AK 99518
From Business: Advanced Allergy & Health Care Associates specializes in treating allergies to trees, weeds, grasses, dust, molds, cats, dogs, pollen, food, and chemicals. We off…
4050 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 106Anchorage, AK 99508
Warm atmosphere. Very kind staff. I had surgery and went back to work 3 days later. Thank you!
2741 DeBarr Rd Ste C402Anchorage, AK 99508
Dr. Barbosa was very nice and personal during the appointment, I really felt like she understood my needs and educated me on care techniques that fi…
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 101Anchorage, AK 99508
From Business: We provide maternity care for pregnant women and well women care to women of nearly ALL ages. We attend births in OUR OWN birth center AS well AS the TWO local ho…
Dr. Lord saved my life years ago by attending to my medical needs while recognizing I was just a scared patient and needed explanations of what was going on with me and support. I've had Dr. Julie Robinson and Dr. Kiera Conway. Robinson was great and I loved Conway. There was one time there was a doctor that did not go over and beyond like all the other doctors do. He was just adequate while all others were superb. That's the worst thing I can say, which means this place is almost perfect. Staff is always friendly and accommodating when I come in The lines at check in go quick and it seems like it's a great place to work. I like being someplace where the employees are happy. It makes for a great atmosphere. I highly recommend this place. Thank you Medical Park for all you do.
I am always treated great! My therapist treats me very well, and has knowledge about accidents like the one I was in. She knows just the right exercises to strengthen my arm and legs!
For the last 15 years TCC has provided competent, compassionate, and timely care to my three children. I love the fact that TCC has a Triage nurse available to take my calls anytime day or night. This is particularly important considering the fact I have a "special needs" kid so having timely access to a nurse or our doctor helps keep me sane! I also really like the fact that year after year we see the same faces, our nurse in particular has worked there for 23 years. In 15 years we have never had any problems with the billing department. I wish I could see the doctors at The Children's Clinic! If you are looking for a pediatrician, look no further, The Children's Clinic is the best choice in town!!!!
One appointment was all it took for me to be free from extreme pain. The office may seem a little quirky but the care I received was above and beyond excellence.
I have been going to this facility for several years because of the location and the walk-in policy. I will not go to this business anymore for a whole lot of reasons. They are not concerned about your health and well-being at all. Their only goal is to take as much or you money as possible. For example, this last visit to the clinic was horrible – as usual. I sat in their waiting room for over an hour, and then waited in their exam room for nearly an hour as I repeated my symptoms to three people trying to get relief. Ultimately, a practitioner diagnosed me with a sinus infection, upper respiratory infection, an ear infection, and a bacterial infection in my throat caused by post-nasal drip. I unfortunately have a life-long history of ear infections, several of which have been diagnosed and treated through this clinic. When I was told what she was prescribing me, I asked her for something stronger because I've learned from numerous previous experiences that it wouldn't be enough. She stated she wanted me to try the "baby antibiotics" and call in if it didn't clear up and she’d call in something stronger... unfortunately something that has happened before. Guess what, I took the antibiotics as prescribed and the infections are back with a vengeance. ***surprise!*** I called the clinic today at 1pm and sat on hold for a half hour before a receptionist finally answered. She stated she would call in the prescription. I went to the pharmacy when I got off work at 3pm and they didn't have record of the script being called in. I called the clinic back and they had no idea what I was talking about. So again, I explained the situation to her and she said she'd call it in. A 6pm that they still hadn't called in the script so I called the clinic back and they finally told me that I had to come in again and spend another $200 just to get a script for an illness I previously paid them $200 for - and of course, pay for another prescription. It's clinics like this that have made health insurance and healthcare so expensive. They're crooks, their inconsiderate, they don't care about you or your time, and they make promises they never intend to keep so long as it keeps you coming back to line their pockets. Go somewhere - anywhere else but here! You will regret it!
I have 9 kids and the convenience of a house call is 100%, Ms. Peggy is always personable and professional! I recommend her 100%, Shaharriet Houchins
I was a patient of J.C. Cates for fifteen years until I turned sixty five years old at which time he told me that he wouldn't accept medicare and that I would have to pay totally out of pocket to see him. This was a complete reversal of what he had said to me about continuing as my doctor when I had asked him about that issue on numerous times. He flat out lied to me and purposely misled me up until the time I no longer had lucrative insurance to bill. To top it off, he is likely a poor doctor. After being dropped by J.C. Cates and The Northwest Medical Clinic, I have not been able to find a doctor who accepts new medicare patients. Most only serve those who had been their patients before turning sixty five. As a result, when my prescription for treating my high blood pressure ran out I had to go to a local urgent care facility to get a prescription. Lo and behold, while I was getting a quick physical from the ANP who was seeing me, she found a large growth on my thyroid that has evidently been growing for years.So, the guy outright lied to me and misrepresented his position for a number of years and he missed an obvious growth that a Nurse Practitioner found on my first visit. I personally recommend finding a different doctor than him.
I would give 0 stars if I could... let me tell you why. I went in for 1st and only visit. Saw the PA, not even the doctor For my initial visit. 2 months later I get a 6,000 bill. 6,000 to do lab work on substances. i didn't even get results. 6k for just labs? this clinic/doctor is a rip off. Save your money and time and go to AA PAIN Clinic.
Do not buy the Groupon for injections. Stay away from this guy. He does not listen to what you want and just does his own thing. He is rough on women.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Different Types of Physicians
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
Choosing a Physician
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Choosing a Surgeon
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Understanding Your Insurance
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Setting Your Appointment
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Recovery and Follow-up
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.