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I will suggest you "NEVER GO THERE". Very very poor facility, doctors are below average.They will only suck you without treatment.
I am a nurse who has eye problems. A good physician can make a big difference in the experience and often the outcome of you situation. I asked my optometrist if I had to leave Columbia to get the best care. I am particular about the doctors I use for myself and after years of being a nurse I know that not all doctors have the same expertise. He assured me that Dr. Lloyd Clark had good credentials and he felt I would like him. I did more investigating on my own and then finally decided to try Dr. Clark. I have now been his patient for a while and I am very pleased. He is very knowledgeable, professional and gives you time to state your concerns and problems. All and all I would highly recommend him to everyone.
Everything went well for the surgery. What I thought was pretty poor service was that the Surgery was 5/9. On June 6th I received a letter from their "administrator" that threatened sending the account to Collections. So 27 days after the surgery they are starting to play hard ball on a invoice? We had received the bill only a few days prior and most Dr's allow 30 days to pay a bill. If this was a cash in advance I would have paid it. I'm not a fan of heavy tactics when I am a great payer and only received a bill a few days prior to the letter. This was very unprofessional and just for this reason I would never go back. There was plenty of other options locally.
My experience with K. Krebs was horrible, $50/10 minutes... and the 10 minutes was a waste of time, my depression became worst under his care. When he finally got me on the right medication, he wrote the wrong name on the script... when I called the office to get it corrected, they called in the wrong dose! He's too expensive and does not do professional care.
I would have to agree with everyone about no call backs and being a new patient. I submitted my paperwork and called them the next day to ensure they got it and find out when I could make an appointment. The receptionist told me that she had to enter my information in the computer and it would take 7-10 days before I could call for an appointment. Her excuse was we just got a new system put in and we are behind in entering patients. If that's true then why are you currently accepting new patients. I need to be seen sooner than 2-3 weeks. I was told they would speed things along since I had an urgent matter. I called a day later and the receptionist told me "I'm not going to lie, we haven't got around to entering your information yet". Then, I was told they would talk to the PA to see if he could squeeze me in. They never called me back. I called them right before closing to see if the next day would be an option. I was told he couldn't see me he was too busy, but on Monday they would speak with the doctor to see if he could fit me in. That would be today, so we will see if they even call me back or if I get the run around again. I am about to say never mind to this place and take my money else where.
Horrible Doctors, seem only interested in money not care. Look at these reviews, do you really want these people doctoring you? Get a second opinion.
This Dr. Pendleton has probably killed me. I pointed out a large lymphnode I'm my neck for a year us the 1" node on my MRI. Finally he sends me to an ENT that lead to CANCER. ...needless to say. Run. FAST
At my first visit I made Andrew Fields aware of my numerous medical problems, he agreed to be my PCP anyway. As time went on he showed less interest in my complaints and made me feel like I was a burden to him, I even had to ask him to run routine blood tests. Without physical exams, blood work, or tests I was given prescriptions to ease symptoms. For example: I complained of ongoing (at least 6yrs) back pain, he gave me pain patches and sent me on my way. I knew I needed another Dr so I found a licensed MD. At my first visit I told her of the back pain, she ran her fingers up and down my back and knew something was wrong. She ordered an X-ray and found that the curves in my spine, below my skull and in my lower back, had straightened out, and I had a lot of knots in my back, so she referred me to a physical therapist. All it takes is a little time, experience, and knowledge to detect a problem. I feel like Andrew Fields has them all but he lacks compassion for patients, or maybe just for me. Therefore, I would recommend this practice but I would NOT recommend Andrew Fields. FYI, he wasn't my first choice anyway but all of the licensed MD's were booked too far in advanced so Andrew was the only one available. I guess I know why now!!!!
Daughter had an appointment @ 11:50. Arrive at 11:50. Was told my appointment was at 11:40 and she could not be seen because we were late. The policy I signed when she first started going here stated that if you were over 10 minutes late you may have to be rescheduled. Even if you go by there policy we were within the time limit. Not to mention the fact that my daughter has been ill for 2 weeks this was a follow up to see if she is improving. No better. We've seen this physician twice in the last 2 week and been in the emergency room once. They have no concern for her well being. We'll be finding a new physician.
I am rating the practice as pretty good overall. However, management of the practice leaves a lot to be desired. Can't tell you how many times I have called and simply can not get a body, even the operator, to answer a phone call. I tried at 4:25 every extension possible and suddenly got the answering service. One of the most difficult practices I've ever had dealings with in regards to getting someone to answer a call. Their phones are so screwed up that when you opt out to the operator to a "0", you go to dead air and the call just hangs in never never land. Really enjoy the new PA, but simply and absolutely HATE the management of the practice and phone situation. Now that PFM is part of Lexington Medical Center, their billing is even screwed up too. Got a bill for a first time visit and when I got it, i was already in the 31-60 cycle showing I was late. NEVER had seen that charge before and could never get a straight answer as to why I was late on the first bill.
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.