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5775 S Fort Apache Rd Ste 110Las Vegas, NV 89148
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This organization is run my incompetent staff and does not follow through with calls, information and has been caught in lies numerous times. I would highly recommend NOT USING their services. ~Kojah
The most incompetent, carless and irresponsible Doctor I have ever encountered. If you value your health, stay far away from this Doctor and his spiteful staff. I have deep regrets ever consulting him. I’m changing Doctors after only a few weeks.This Doctor is part of the WellHealth Medical Group and is enabled by Insurance Carriers like Amerigroup.
The Worst experience with a doctors office I have ever had. When I walked in as a new patient I was handed a clipboard with 12 pages to fill out filling out, your name 12 times, date etc 12 times There was 27 people waiting, After I completed the book of information the waiting room was cleared out then another 16 people arrived one after another this was now 1 hour after I arrived, they were all called except for me. I went to the window told them I am done give me back all my paper work. 2 hours wasted of my life. They have patient files all over the reception area floor, looks like a cross between a clinic & a bus station. Run as fast as you can from this practice.
NEVER GO TO THIS PLACE! -stars! Our 1st experience here was not very good the doc didn't seem to listen or want to answer any questions charged us $45 for a physical. We decided to find another doc (best decision)Today we had to get blood work done and it turns out that we have a balance for blood work that he said " would be covered" AND WAS NOT! We went back to his office to request documents saying why he ordered those test and he had the nerve to say " he didn't order that test that we marked it ourselves!" I was shocked! When I asked him why would we do something like that he said "I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS!" Turned and walked away from us!Now we are stuck with a bill for HUNDREDS of dollars that he is not taking any responsibility for. All we were asking for was a paper from him saying why he requested that test and what we got was disrespected, a huge bill and treated like trash!! Never ever go there I beg you!!!!
Scary...I am a caregiver and have received such bad care for my father I have had to not only switch doctors but contact the medical community for assistance for my concerns. You will NEVER SEE AN ACTUAL DOCTOR AT THUS OFFICE UNLESS YOU REQUEST AND WAIT UNTIL YOUR SYMPTOMS SUBSIDE OR YOU GO TO THE ER OR URGENT CATR EBIXH THEY CONSTANTLY RECOMMEND.
Horrible experience! I didn't mind having to park a block away to get to the office because they lacked parking space. I didn't mind waiting an hour to see the doctor , but when an hour and a half went by and I still hadn't see the doctor I got a little concerned. When I hit the two hour mark and still no sign of the doctor. It was time to leave ( sorry doc we have to work too). As I was walking out I saw the doctor and told him hey I've been here for 2 hours and he was indifferent. So at that point what can you do but leave. The sad part about the whole experience is that it cost me $20 of my copay and all I got was 2 hours of waiting and a doctor that couldn't careless. I would give you NO STARS but am forced to give you at least 1! Sorry you don't take peoples money, time and expect to be praised.
Extraordinarily incompetent front office staff and office manager! Don't bother scheduling an appointment, for the incompetent staff won't bother checking the validity of your insurance before your office visit. Staff here treat you like you're a moron and are too busy watching Youtube videos on their work computers to practice anything remotely resembling adequate customer service. Don't bother trying to complain to the office manager, for she DOES NT CARE! Their profile photos are misleading, for the waiting room is nasty and gross! If you have a choice, choose another provider!
I have been to many, many doctors, and this office is by far the WORST I have ever been to in my life. Joe Eafrate is an absolutely atrocious P.A., and I would not go back to him if he were the last physician on earth. He is rude and short-tempered (he stood up and abandoned me mid-appointment -- I had to talk to the office manager and she eventually convinced him to continue the appointment!) and has the worst bedside manner of any doctor I've ever seen. I do not recommend Joe Eafrate or Forte Family Practice as a whole.
I've been going to Dr. Sood for several years now, while I should have stopped long ago. 1) Getting an appt seems relatively easy, but the wait once you arrive for any appt is regularly over an hour, and I've been there up to 3 total hours more times than I care to count. 2) Dr. Sood seems nice most of the time, but her bedside manner can be atrocious. She looked at my EKG once and immediately threw out there, "Oh, it looks like you've had a heart attack." I had not, as further tests would show, and I'm lucky I didn't when she claimed that. She's also raised her voice at me and treated me like a child when I've expressed wanting a deeper look into my symptoms and condition. 3) 6 or 7 years ago, she referred me to a surgeon who nearly fatally injured me by making a bad mistake during the operation and then not wanting to follow up with tests when I came back the next day in severe pain (landed me a month in the hospital and several more months of recovery). Sood seemed to forget about that, because a few months later, she casually said, "Oh, do you know someone died before of the same thing?" Yeah, it was the same surgeon, too. Why do you keep referring people there, knowing that?? 4) She's irresponsible with prescribing drugs that can interact with each other, and just wants to throw meds at symptoms rather than really help find and heal the underlying cause of the problem. 5) There has been a lot of turnover in her staff over the last couple of years. The newest person doesn't know how to accurately check your blood pressure (she got 120/80 for me twice, when the doctor later confirmed it was around 140/90), and when my sister went in for some recent blood work, the same assistant repeatedly stabbed around looking for veins until my sister refused further attempts and said she'd just go to Quest (and my sister's normally an easy stick). You may ask, "Why did you stay so long with Sood, then?" Well, I thought it was better to stay with someone who'd treated me over several years, but after everything that's happened, it's not worth sacrificing my health over.
My mother was a patient of Forte Family Clinic for many years. She passed away on Sept 12th, 2014. Waiting anywhere from 45 min. to 2 1/2 hrs. for a scheduled appointment."ok, you have 5 minutes, what's going on?" had become the normal greeting by what I thought was her primary care doctor, Beverly Strauss-DiPaolo. I found out after my Mother's passing, that she is an APN, not a doctor. Interesting. "Dr Bev" ignored what I believed to be serious issues, telling me that we could go to Urgent Care if I believe the problem to be persistent. Blood work was not done to find out why my Mother was run down, tired and listless, instead "Dr Bev" suggested Ritalin. Since blood work was not done on numerous occasions, (weekly visits) her UTI and sodium deficiency went unnoticed until I did take her to Urgent Care, then to the hospital. Ritalin is not the answer for an 84 yr old woman who is feeling run down and listless. Other medications were prescribed incorrectly, and never was a pulmonary doctor recommended for her COPD issues. I honestly believe she would be here today if proper care and protocol by Dr Forte's staff would have been followed. I also truly believe that she would have lived this past year, better, but unfortunately, the care she did receive the last year of her life from the Forte Family Clinic and Beverly Strauss-DiPaolo in particular, was at best, inadequate. It's just a shame that my Mother's "doctor" did not have the time, and was unable to provide good, prompt and knowledgeable health care. Unfortunately, my Mother liked "Dr Bev's" bedside manner, and I was never able to convince her to find a new doctor/clinic, which is why she became a regular at Urgent Care for medical treatment. I wish she had lived better with the help of the person she trusted, "Dr. Bev".
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.