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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.
11409 Ash StLeawood, KS 66211
Dr. Schwartz treated my varicose veins, which run in my family. I could tell I was in the hands of a skilled expert with years of vascular experie…
5844 NW Barry RdKansas City, MO 64154
From Business: * Julie F. Hartung, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. * Karen K Driskell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. * Nancy A Miller, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. * Cynthia T. Woolen, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. * Bridget M. Ab…
2750 Clay Edwards Dr Ste 304Kansas City, MO 64116
From Business: Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute physicians diagnose and treat a wide variety of vascular disorders, from complex aortic aneurysms to varicose veins. Recognize…
6806 W 83rd StOverland Park, KS 66204
From Business: Allergy Link, P.A. opened its doors in July of 1999 with Jeremy E. Baptist, M.D, Ph.D. as the owner and Medical Director. Since then Dr. Baptist has had great suc…
8575 W 110th St Ste 205Overland Park, KS 66210
From Business: Johnson County Spine is committed to excellence in the treatment of patients with spinal disorders. New patients are evaluated by Dr. Hess. Every effort is made t…
3651 College BlvdLeawood, KS 66211
From Business: Our physicians, Jon Browne, Cris Barnthouse, Kirk McCullough, and staff are dedicated to provide our patients with the most complete and appropriate treatment for…
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.
In November 2015 my wife and I made an appointment with Dr. Janetta C. Proverbs for a consultation to discuss the possibility of her being our Doctor once we got pregnant. We paid a $40 co-pay. Later when it was billed to insurance the consulatation was marked as a maternity code exam. It went into a separate insurance that pays at 70/30 instead a consultation which is paid at 100%. We received a bill stating we owed $128 not including the $40 co-pay for the office visit. We called insurance company to see why it wasn’t cover at 100% and they told us it was billed as a maternity service. We were advised to call the Dr and they could change the code and it would be paid in full. So we called the billing department at Dr. Proverbs to let him know. He said he would look into it and get back to us. We never heard back so we followed up in a couple weeks and it went to his voicemail. We continued to call over a period of 5 months (still receiving bill reminders during this time) and call over 10 times and left multiple voicemails with the billing department. We never heard back.We decided to discuss this with Dr. Proverbs in person since phone calls were not getting us anywhere. My wife called this AM to ask about coming in to speak with Dr. Proverbs and the receptionist said we could come by today between 9am and 4pm to speak with the doctor directly. We went in around 1:45PM and we were told we would need to wait while she met with her patients who had appointments at that time.They lied to us when they said we could speak with Mary Kay the Nurse Practitioner. They also told us before the cops arrived that if we wanted to talk to the Doctor my wife who is still a patient there needed to make an appointment. When she said she would like to make an appointment to talk to someone they informed her that once a patient was submitted to collections they were no long a patient at her practice and could not make an appointment to see the doctor. We left without resolution.
College Park Family Care Center is overpriced and unreasonable. They have terrible customer service and when compared with others providers in the area, you are overpaying! They nickel and dime all customers in every area possible, including printing one copy of a medical record for personal use. Avoid this company at all cost, or it will cost you!
Dr. sent me home for contact fitting with wrong power. I came back into the office to pick up new ones and they are still wrong! She also tried way too hard to sell me contact lenses even though it was more expensive. She also tried to charge me more at check out hoping I didn't catch it. She couldn't do math and was shaking while using a calculator. My glasses prescription is valid for 3 years and that's only because "Dr. had a long day and mistyped" or "computer glitch" and she didn't care.
Dr. Braun is very courteous and professional. He remembers you by face on follow up appointments and is very friendly.
I went to Image Aesthetic for dermal filler under my eyes. I received only text messages only to schedule my appointment. When I went into this facility, the rooms did not appear clean. Dr. S.A. Sajadi met with me briefly to discuss a few small injections to fill my under eyes. He said there may be minor swelling and bruising. Within 30 mins 1 became badly bruised under my eyes. I was told to keep ice on it. Later that day the bruising worsen. After talking to a trusted healthcare professional the next morning, I called to express my concerns with the severe bruising. My calls were never returned, but only test messages saying "bruising" is normal. The text messages asked for pictures of the bruising which I sent. I requested multiple times the desire to speak with the Doctor. I was told at the end of the day a Doctor would call me. I never received a call. After several text messages and calls to contact Dr. Sajadi, I have not received any contact. I missed three days of work. After doing some research I found Dr. Sajadi is not a licensed professional and does not have the credentials perform this procedures. I also found handfuls of similar complaints on online reviews. I willing to show pictures of the bruising and my text messages so that no one else has to go through this experience.
Terrible billing service. I paid the last 2 bills and demonstrated proof of it coming out of my account and they cannot track on their end; hence, sending me billing notices of no payment. After spending about 20 hours on the phone with these folks, I now have to escalate to corp because of incompetence. Thank you for great, easy service.
Dr. Barash is caring, brilliant, and has expertise second to none. I and my wife are both physicians and choose Dr. Barash to care for our son, who is 19 now. Dr. Barash, through his hospital affiliations and his practice offer safe and practical interventions for all levels of care. If we are having a medicine issue, his practice is the only one in town like it to offer a walk in clinic where I can see him or a partner of his. Marillac was great for our son on two occasions and, thankfully, he has not required an inpatient stay in 19 months straight!!!
We found the front office staff to be unfriendly and most of the medical staff to not be very empathetic. We also did not like that every time we needed to have blood work done we had to drive to a separate lab at a very inconvenient location and then wait a week (or more) for the results to come back. At our new pediatrician the blood is drawn right there in the office and then we hear results within minutes. For a mother of a son that is slightly anemic, the latter is obviously preferable.
Dr. Holcomb and Choice Physicians Group are exactly what I'm looking for in healthcare. They've brought back the doctor/patient relationship at an affordable cost. Thank you
terrible. Very unprofessional. no PR at all. the only people nice in there were the receptionists. AVOID
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.