What is the difference between a Physician Assistant (PA) and a Doctor?
Physician assistants are dependent medical providers of medicine. PA's practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. By supervision, this does not mean over-the-shoulder examination of all the patients seen by the PA; the physician is generally not required to be on site when the physician assistant is treating a patient. What it does mean is an interdependent relationship has been established -- with the physician depending on the PA to treat the patient in the same manner as if the physician were providing the care, and the PA depending on the physician to provide consultation and supervision as needed to ensure all patients receive appropriate care.
Doctors are independent practitioners. Doctors are required to do an internship, and the majority also completes a residency in a specialty. A doctor has complete responsibility for the care of the patient; PAs share that responsibility with the doctors.
What is the difference between an MD and a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)?
We have three physicians on staff, Michael Bogdanovich, MD, Josh Reinhart, MD and Christine Eady, DO. Both disciplines attend four years of medical school and complete their training during the same residency programs. The differences stem from the teaching styles and focus during medical school. Osteopathic schools instruct students in looking at the whole patient, rather than just the injured or ill part. In the past this was a major difference, however now MD programs are also embracing this approach. Both schools now teach future doctors to look at the patient as a whole person and not a set of symptoms.
What is the difference between Family Practice and Internal Medicine?
Both family practice and internal medicine doctors are primary care physicians, however an internal medicine physician cares for adult patients only. Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. A family practitioner is a pediatrician and internist combined into one specialty, and cares for both children and adult patients. In our clinic, both Dr. Bogdanovich and Dr. Eady specialize in family medicine and Dr. Reinhart specializes in internal medicine.
Do you take my insurance?
Our clinic accepts many insurances however we ask that you contact your insurance carrier directly to confirm that Northwest Diagnostic Clinic is in-network for your individual plan. Please note, our physician assistants may not be included on your provider list but they are considered in-network if the clinic or Dr. Bogdanovich is listed as such.
A large number of new plans are now being offered to individuals and families without group insurance due to the Affordable Healthcare Act. Many of these plans are unfamiliar to us and we may be out of network even though we take other plans offered by the same carrier. As we learn which plans we can accept they are added to the Insurance Plans page.
What is a Primary Care Provider (PCP)?
A primary care provider is a general medical practitioner who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care for uncomplicated and common medical problems. This provider can be a doctor, a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner. A primary care provider will often follow patients over long periods of time and refer them to medical specialists when necessary. It is important to have your own primary care provider to work with you to address your personal health care needs. Some insurance plans will also require you to select and see a specific primary care provider in order to receive full coverage and benefits.
Why is a referral required for specialty care with Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO’s)?
HMO’s require us to make referrals before you see a specialist or have diagnostic testing. HMO’s require that we refer our patients within their local provider network to receive full plan benefits. It is also our belief that our patients are better served by the specialists within our community since we have established excellent working relationships and receive timely feedback regarding your specialty care. To avoid the possibility of your insurance denying benefits, it is your responsibility to talk to your PCP's office before seeking care elsewhere. In many instances paperwork must be completed to authorize your referral and this may take up to five business days, so please allow ample time.
What is a Pre-Existing Condition?
A pre-existing condition is a medical condition which you have already received treatment for prior to obtaining a new medical insurance plan. It is significant because the insurer may not cover the pre-existing condition for the duration of your policy exclusion period. The exclusion period varies by insurance company and by the state in which it is issued.
What does a physical exam include?
These visits are used to assess your general health status, review your personal and family health history and make recommendations for keeping you healthy. They often include tests and labwork that your provider will use to evaluate your health and make recommendations for prevention of disease.
Why didn't insurance cover my physical exam?
Sometimes during preventive visits, other medical problems are encountered and may need to be addressed. Frequently, patients wish to address these additional problems while in the office for their preventive visits so that they do not have to come in for a separate visit. Examples include acute issues such as sore throats, sinus infections, and injuries, new or ongoing symptoms that have not been assessed or diagnosed, and uncontrolled chronic issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These additional problems are usually not covered by insurance companies under the preventive
visit and are billed separately. Some insurance companies apply copays or deductibles to these additional problems, and you may be responsible for paying these additional charges.
Can I pay my bill online?
Yes, you may now make online payments to your account. Click here to visit our payment page.