The January 2017 To-Do List »
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Regarding Ron C. comments. I was right behind you in line at Dr Eavenson's office that day. You were a total jerk to the front desk girls. This whole story is a lie. Dr Eavenson went up to console the girl who "YOU" made cry and then you try to turn it around in him. You should be ashamed of smearing such a wonderful doctor. This community loves Dodc. Go back wherever you came from.
I have been seeing Dr. Bell for at least the last 15 years or so & prior to that Dr. Lupardus (when he was in Edwardsville). So back in May I had an appointment with Dr. Bell for a routine physical. When I arrived the receptionist ask me if my insurance has changed and I informed her that it had not as I still have Healthlink. She then informs me that my copay is $25 (which is what its always been). I pay the $25 in cash as I usually do and she asked me if I have a copy of my insurance card. I inform her that I did not bring it as I did not think I would need it since nothing has changed. I further informed her that I rarely if ever bring my insurance card and I have never been asked to produce my insurance card (at least not after initially providing it to them). A minute or two later the receptionist ask me if I could go home and retrieve my insurance card and bring it back or have someone at home take a picture of it and send it to my phone. I inform the receptionist that nobody is at home as my wife is at work. I also informed her that I am not driving home to get a copy of my insurance card in which you already have on file. I subsequently asked the receptionist what is the issue? My job is the same, my insurance company is the same, and I have not received a new insurance card in the mail. Her response was that there is an "eligibility issue." She noted that she would talk to Dr. Eavenson about the matter and would be right back. With that said, she returned a minute or two later and stated that "Dr. Eavenson informed her that I would not be seen without providing my insurance card. The receptionist stated that she was "sorry" and at this point I left.But wait a minute, we aren't done yet! Three days later, I receive a certified letter in the mail, dated May 23, 2017, signed by Mark Eavenson, Rodney Lupardus, Kevin Bell, Ashley Eavenson and Jonathon Brooks. The letter stated "Please be advised that, effective today, this office can no longer provide medical, chiropractic, therapeutic, or any other related care or service for you. We have given due consideration in the making of this decision, and, although we regret the need to end our relationship, we feel that we must do so. Therefore, you must find a new or replacement doctor within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter. Please do not delay in finding a new doctor....."First of all, I find Multicare Specialist treatment of me that day to be extremely unprofessional, impassionate, and a total lack of concern. For Dr. Eavenson not to talk to me personally about this tells you plenty about his character. Four years ago while finishing up an appointment with Dr. Bell I overheard Dr. Eavenson speak to a receptionist in the most unprofessional and degrading tone you could imagine. While no foul language was used I was completely shocked and offended at the tone and mean spiritedness of his words. The receptionist and I briefly made eye contact and I could tell she wanted to cry but she said nothing. Now, I have worked within the correctional field for 14 plus years and I supervise people who have done some horrible and despicable things. However, I do not and would never speak to the offenders I supervise in the manner in which I heard being displayed that day by Dr. Eavenson. I should have left Multicare Specialist then because if Dr. Eavenson speaks to employees in the type of manner (regardless what the issue was) how does he feel and speak about customers when they are not around. The only reason I stayed with Multicare Specialist is because I felt comfortable with Dr. Bell (even though I often felt rushed by him). With all of that said, I have found a new physician at Wash U and even though I do not enjoy the drive he has been solid thus far.I find Dr. Eavenson to be dishonest, do believe that Dr. Bell is a good guy and what you see is what you get with him but I have lost a tremendous amount of respect for him in how this entire situation unfolded.
Dr Eavenson and his staff are wonderful. They always put the care of their patients first. They put some much time into making sure you get back to 100%. Multicare is a great office and I would recommend them to anyone!
I absolutely love Multi-care Specialist. fast. Efficient. Friendly. They always take care of me no matter what! Dr. Lupardus is super and does a fantastic job!
I have been a patient of Multi Care Specialists since 2010 and enjoy the staff and doctors tremendously! I have never been one to enjoy going to the doctors office or in for physical therapy, but I have never found myself dreading thing in for a check up, chiropractic needs or even physical therapy. I can't say enough positive things about all of the staff there, from Dr. Eavenson, Dr. Bell, Dr. Brooks, Dr. A. Eavenson to Corey, Sara, Janet etc, they are all great. I receive a smile when I walk in and a smile when I walk out.You are constantly checked on and NEVER sit for long when going to Dr. Bell and very very very rarely do you wait longer than 2 minutes for a table when going to physical therapy and almost immediately (if not right away ) are you seen by Dr. Eavenson.When doing physical therapy I am almost always out within 45 - 60 minutes. That's PT, stretching, massage, ultrasound and chiropractic work by the docs. That is almost unheard of anywhere else and they do it with care and efficiency.PROS1. Great service2. Always cared for3. Treated like you are the only patient there when there are tons of other people there4. Offered complimentary water / snacks. Heck, I'm confident that if you wanted a soda or something they didn't have they would go out and get it for you5. In / out without feeling rushed and receiving fantastic service6. Clean facilities7. Treated as if you are royality8. If you need in for an emergency they get you in to figure out your issues and get you started on the right track without even a slight degrading in serviceCONSNone. Absolutely none. If you are trying to figure out what Dr. (Be it chiropractic or general practition) or Physical therapist to go to, just take a walk in there and see the amount of patients that they are caring for. Numbers don't lie. You don't stay that busy if you ruin a lousy practice. Numbers speak for themselves.Don't be scared of the numbers either. They run a well oiled practice there.
MultiCare Specialists doctors and staff are great I've been going there for four years and they treat you at Best Care there is I will recommend them to anybody
The Doctors, Therapists, and facility is excellent. From the moment you walk in you are part of their family of patients. I've used them for 2 surgery recovery physical therapys. Great results. I've even taken my 83yr old mother-in-law to have PT after a fall. I would recommend this facility to anyone needing physical therapy, chiropractic, or a Doctor.
Doc E and his ENTIRE staff at MultiCare Specialist have gone above and beyond taking care of me and my family. We are NOT treated as just "a patient" by as family. Dr Eavenson has been MORE THAN GENEROUS to the communities in our area. Granite City School District, Granite City Police and Fire Departments as well as the Glen Carbon K9 units have all benefited from his generousity. I know for sure there are other out there. I would highly recommend Dr Eavenson and MultiCare Specialist for your chiropractic and healthcare needs.
This team of doctors saved my daughter's arm and I am forever thankful as well as overwhelmed by the kindness and concern the staff has shown to her.
I suffered a terrible accident in 2016 spending 45 days in the hospital. After discharge, I followed up with Dr. Bell my GP and Dr. Eavenson and Cory for my rehabilitation. I suffered damage to my spine which required two surgeries. The whole team has been exceptional to work with and supported my recovery. I am walking and no longer in debilitating pain thanks to this team of professionals. My brother who is an OT goes here and so does my husband. We all have nothing but praise and thanks for this team of professionals. The staff are always so helpful and accommodating. Through my injury which occurred in another state I have been through several hospitals and rehab facilities and can say definitely this team knows what they are doing are the exceptional.
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.