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Sunday, April 8, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
1. Do we take Department of Labor patients? yes
2. Do we take Out of State Workers Compensation patients? yes , with approval from the adjustor.
3. Are our doctors board certified? yes
4. Do we have physical therapists on site? yes
5. Are our expected reimbursements by Florida Fee Schedule? yes
6. Where are the locations of our facilities? Two centrally located Winter Park and
Two on the west coast of Fl Holiday and
7. Who are our treating physicians? Dr.Jungreis , Dr. Bernotus , Dr. Cases , Dr.Afong , Dr.Kromov, Dr.Baskin and Dr.Salinas.
8. What services do we provide? Facets , epidurels , rhizotomies ,carpal tunnel inj , joint injections, trigger point injections , Physical therapy and psychological counseling ,functional capacity evaluations , Independent Medical Examinations,ETC...
9. What do our doctors specialize in ? Pain Management.
10. What is the average wait time for an appointment? Depending on the office = 24 hours to 1 week.
11. What is average turnaround time for receiving the medical notes after the patient has been seen? Depending on the office = 24 hours to 3 days
12. Do we utilize an EMR system for Medical records? Yes. Because we utilize an EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system, our office can electronically email or fax our notes within 24 hours of the patient being seen, in most cases.
13. Do we require copies of previous medical records for new patients? Yes. We require previous medical records to be received in our office within 48 hours prior to the patient’s appointment.
14. Do we charge for copies of medical records? Yes. We charge $0.50 per page based on the FL Workers Comp Fee Schedule allowance.
15. How quickly will the bill/claim be submitted after the patient has been seen? In most cases, a claim will be submitted within 3-5 days after the patient has been seen.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
Back pain (also known as "dorsopathy") is pain felt in the human back that may come from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. The pain may be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or refer or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may be felt in the neck (and might radiate into the arm and hand), in the upper back, or in the low back (and might radiate into the leg or foot), and may include weakness or numbness.
Back pain is one of humanity's most frequent complaints. In the U.S., acute low back pain (also called lumbago) is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year .
The spine is a complex interconnecting network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and all are capable of producing pain. Large nerves that originate in the spine and go to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities.
While it is rare, back pain can be a sign of a serious medical problem:
- Typical warning signs of a potentially life-threatening problem are bowel and/or bladder incontinence or progressive weakness in the legs. Patients with these symptoms should seek immediate medical care.
- Severe back pain (such as pain that is bad enough to interrupt sleep) that occurrs with other signs of severe illness (e.g. fever, weight loss) may also indicate a serious underlying medical condition, such as cancer.
- Back pain that occurs after a trauma, such as a car accident or fall, should also be promptly evaluated by a medical professional to check for a fracture or other injury.