Is this the first time you have visited a podiatrist? Well, don't worry. This handy guide will prepare you for your appointment and help make the most of your time with the foot and ankle expert.
Before Your Visit:
- Make a list of your symptoms and questions.
- Make a list of all medications and any previous surgeries.
- Gather and bring important medical records and laboratory test reports from other doctors or hospitals (including X-rays, MRIs, and lab results).
- Check with your insurance provider to see if a referral is needed.
- Call before your visit to tell the office if you have special needs.
- Bring a friend or family member if you think it will be helpful.
- If your problem involves walking and/or exercise, bring your walking/exercise shoes with you to the appointment.
During Your Visit:
- Go over your list of questions.
- If you do not understand an answer, be sure to ask for further explanation.
- Take notes and listen carefully.
- Discuss your symptoms and any recent changes you may have noticed.
- Talk about all new medications.
- Ask why it has been prescribed, and how to take it.
- Describe any allergies.
- Tell your podiatrist if you are pregnant or if you are trying to get pregnant.
- Let your podiatrist know if you are being treated by other doctors.
After Your Visit:
- Prepare for any tests your podiatrist orders.
- Ask about what you need to do to get ready, possible side effects, and when you can expect results.
- Ask when and how the test results will be made available to you.
- Schedule a follow-up appointment (if necessary) before you leave your podiatrist's office.
- Call your podiatrist's office and ask for your test results if you do not hear from the office when you are supposed to.
All new patients (and any established patients who have not been seen in our office in more than three years) must pre-register with our office by filling out our secure online patient forms. We require the Patient Registration form, the Patient Responsibility form, and the Patient Privacy form. All are found in the Patient Registration Packet and will be completed and submitted when you use the blue button (Online Registration Form) below.
After you have completed the forms please make sure to press the Submit button on the RIGHT to automatically send us your information. On your first visit to our office, we will have your completed forms available for your signature. The security and privacy of your personal data is one of our primary concerns and we have taken every precaution to protect it.
Option 1: Register Online
The Patient Portal is a secure website that allows you to complete forms, send messages to your provider, and view lab results online. To access the Patient Portal, click button below.
- Call 520-886-9866 to receive username and password
- Go to PBOMD.com
- Click on the "Customer Login" link on the top of the screen
- Enter username and password
- Enter office code
- Click on the "pbo pp Patient Portal" button
Option 2: Print and Complete
The following forms are included in the Patient Registration Packet; unless you are specifically asked to download and complete one of the two following forms, your registration process is complete.
New Patient Packet
It is important that you understand our policies regarding financial responsibility for health care. In general, it is the patient's responsibility to understand his/her benefits, deductibles, co-pays, and other specifics. We will bill your insurance as a courtesy, but payment for your share of cost will be expected at the time of your office visit. Please review our policies, and indicate your agreement with the policy.
Patient Privacy Notice - HIPAA
This form addresses your rights to the confidentiality of your medical record and usage of the information for the provision health care to you by our office and other providers (under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). In this form, it's important that you indicate any restrictions to disclosure, as well as to identify family members or others that may be allowed to know information about your medical condition. Additionally, we ask that you advise us of acceptable methods with which to leave messages or provide information to you about your health care.
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