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We needed an ear, nose and throat specialist, but the wait at our HMO was two weeks. What now? An emergency room seemed like overk…
I do not know what "star rating" to give here. This is regarding a ER visit for my daughter after a car accident in April. The wait was not overly long so I am okay with that. The physician was very pleasant, thorough and took good care of my daughter. My problem is with the billing system. I was frazzled and not thinking about anything but getting my daughter taken care of and trying to do the right thing. I gave our medical insurance information and insisted on paying what I knew was ER copay. I wasn't thinking about medical coverage through my auto insurance until the agent asked about medical bills. I immediately called and gave the information to the ER/hospital. THEN, I received a bill (the first one) from Premier Medical Collections. I called and was told that this was not actually a collection agency, but the billing company for the hospital. I gave them the information that my insurance agent told me to provide them with. They were very rude. They didn't want to take the information. They refused to send the bill to auto insuance and started spouting privacy rules and told me they would fax a form to me and I could fax it back. Trying to get them to understand I didn't have access to a fax machine was a nightmare . In my experience as a medical biller, the information they were refusing to send didn't need a release to send it to the insurance company so the bill could be paid. From there, it was a complete nightmare. It took months to get it straightened out. The people at Premier were rude, incompetent and had no real knowledge of how to do their job. They refused to send a detailed bill to the insurance company. I spent so much time on phone calls back and forth to them, I should have gotten paid for my work. My agent finally told me just to send her the bills I had received and she would go ahead and release a check after she personally spoke to them on more than one occasion. She decided they were ridiculous and incompetent as well. When I called to follow up , I was told they had not received a check. The back and forth started again! My agent sent a copy of front and back of cashed check to me and Premier. The whole time I was receiving nasty-grams from Premier. I will never use St. Vincent's East again solely due to their billing policies. Since it is now October and I am just now writing this review should tell you that I am still trying to get one of the bills straightened out and get my refund for the 125.00 copay I paid in April.
This has not been a good experience for my husband or for me some of the nurses are on point. My hat goes off to these people they have to be ready for anything but unfortunately there are some nurses that make you wonder how or why they choose to work in health care. We are at st.Vincents East in TRussville, when we went through the er I had no complaints we came by ambulance we were there for several hours before they moved us to the 6th floor. My husband was severely dehydrated vomiting and all around very sick he is a type 1 diabetic as well they didn't hook him on any fluids till almost 7:45 after being in his room around 3:00 then denied him water after giving it to him downstairs in the er. So after that we went to bed didn't really see much of anyone else for the rest of the night CAndie was awesome at catching up what the previous. It's did not including keeping my husband with something to drink since the previous nurse didn't have time to make him any but did bring me a pitcher to put some water in it for him. Okay I thought new years and they are busy ok then this morning the nurses come in and tell him not to drink anything g or eat anything for a test they were going to do 8 hours later when I asked how much longer by this time he was extremely thirsty from throwing up and being dehydrated they say we don't have any test ordered and that he should be drinking fluids. Wtf then he decided he wanted to find somewhere else and he got very upset and the NUrseMAnager was great at resolving the problem and nurse Kelly which had just came on shift made sure they stayed in communications with me and the doctors which the other nurses should have kept us informed. But not only do they fell to stay informed they also never explained either of us what was causing everything. We never found out why he was sick until nurse Kelly and the NUrseMAnager did some investigation and they informed me I was not happy especially when you are told that he was already suffering from possible internal bleeding
My son has been under the care of Dr. Don Paoletti for seven years now. He has absolutely been a God-send...an answer to prayer. He has seen us through the highs and the lows. I have my own issues and have been under the care of many psychiatrists in various settings and Dr. Paolettti is by far the BEST! He is incredibly caring and attentive to both the patient and parent. I knew my son was in good hands at our first visit when Dr. Paoletti addressed my son and talked to him before he acknowledged me. He does this at EVERY visit! This helped my son, who doesn't trust easily, to trust him almost immediately. He truly listens to what we have to say and I never get the feeling that he's checking out mentally or that he's ready to get rid of us. When it comes to course of treatment, including medications, he takes the patient and parent's feelings into consideration when making his decisions, making it feel like it is a collaborative effort. Making appointments is easy, and we never have to wait more than a few minutes when we arrive. He is wonderful about returning important phone calls between visits when necessary. There are not enough words to express the gratitude I have that God sent us to Dr. Paoletti!
My daughter fell and cut her knee at Oak Mountain Park the day before Thanksgiving. I took her to MedHelp on 280 only to find it closed. It was 3PM and the hours on their website were listed as 8A-8P. Another urgent care on 280 was also closed so I called MedCenter. I was relieved to find them open and took my daughter right over to them. Every staff member, from the front desk to the support personnel in the back, was very pleasant and exceptionally caring. So too was Dr. Crawford. As an MD myself, I have regrettably found the medical care here in Birmingham to be less than optimal on a number of occasions. Not so at MedCenter. This was not brain surgery, just a few stitches, but very professionally and competently done from start to finish. Thanks and a tip of the hat. I would not hesitate to return.
Dr Carr Is a good Dentist. I do not trust his office staff. Their business practices are not very ethical. They overcharged me for an extraction and when I caught them and requested a refund they stalled for 7 weeks. They did a panorama xray unnecessarily on me when I had arranged for my primary dentist to send a current xray and I verified that they had it. Their Panorama equipment is somehat poor and they should not have done this xray. They checked my insurance coverage and saw that it had been long enough since the last one for it to be covered but they should have let my primary dentist do it with their better equipment. Dr Carr needs to monitor his staff more closely.
I appreciate Dr. Brandner for not only allowing me, but inviting me to be a willing participant in my own health care. With a family history of devastating heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Brander has taken my health care concerns very seriously and has taken an aggressive approach to getting my numbers where they need to be. He does not settle for that being almost good enough. His bedside manners are a tremendous asset as well. He injects humor into your visit and makes no difference between his patients; Mountain Brook or Bessemer, all are given the same heart-pleasing care. I highly recommend him. AJ
I went in to the hospital in 2014 with what I thought was a heartattck. Dr Bouchard came in daily and checked on me not convinced it was a heart attack. He set me up for an angiogram and while waiting I went into a what I call a bad spell I couldn't breathe and didnt know what was happening and Dr Bouchard and his team went to work turned out I was in congestive heart failure. He took great care of me and has been working with me ever since. He also recommended and got me in with an awesome rheumatologist who works directly with him. Together I am better than ever! His staff and team are awesome
I was sorry to read about the other peoples experience with the hospital. I, myself have been admitted a few times and was always treated nice. Never had any problems with nurses or anyone else. I will not go anywhere else. As far as the E.R. goes, never had any problems except once you r put in a room sometimes the waiting seems like forever. As far as billing goes, they will work you ( I know this from a friend } I guess it depends on the problems at the time and the person. There drs. are super and I would trust my life with them.
Look elsewhere to have your baby. Recently had a close relative deliver here, was at the hospital most of the time during her stay and WAS NOT impressed with the attitudes of most of the nurses. Very cold, distant, uncaring and seemingly not at all concerned with the feelings of a new mother. There were some exceptions, but on the whole, it was a shot in the dark as to what mood the nurse who walked into the room was going to be in. Kind of made the whole experience sad.
I recieved excellent care, from the time I checked in, was called to sign paperwork, then called to walk back. They had wiped down all the area on the table, the house keeping person was so polite and through! nurses and assistants were so thoughtful and efficient. I hate getting an IV or giving blood, Richard did an excellent job! My doctors name was Dr. Bernreuter, great bedside manor and treatment! Thanks for changing my opinion about emergency rooms, Great Job!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.