Am I required to have a referral to make an appointment with your office?
You may contact our office to make an appointment, but, after a careful review of the history of your pain condition, we may ask you to secure a referral from your primary care physician. You should be prepared to provide a copy of medical records documenting your pain condition. Insurance providers and workers’ compensation companies often require a referral to schedule an appointment. To assure that your appointment is covered by insurance, you should check with your provider to determine if a referral is required.
Do I have to complete the pain evaluation paperwork at each office visit?
Yes. Our physicians use this information to track the level and type of pain you experience between office visits. This is a valuable tool our physician use to monitor your treatment. This information also becomes part of your medical record with our office.
How soon in advance do I need to cancel my appointment if I am unable to attend?
Please call our office as soon as you are aware that you will not be able to attend a scheduled appointment, but no less than 24 hours ahead of time.
Can I just get a prescription for my medication at my injection appointment? Why do I have to wait until my follow-up appointment?
Due to timing issues in the procedure area of our office, physicians are available only for procedures in order to assure a continuous flow of patients at their appointed times. Prescriptions are only issued at follow-up appointments. However, if you have any questions about medications between your follow-up visits, you may contact a nurse to receive assistance.
I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment, but I will run out of medications before I can come to another scheduled appointment? Can you call in my medication?
State laws are very specific about how controlled substances are to be prescribed. These medications cannot be called in to a pharmacy. An original prescription is required on all controlled substances. We write prescriptions for a period of 30 days or less. Please arrange your appointments to assure that your medication treatment is not interrupted.
Will I be required to take a prescription monitoring drug screen?
Yes. All new patients are required to take a urine drug screen to monitor prescriptions. Throughout your care at our office you will be routinely monitored with urine drug screens at various office visits.