Frequently Asked Questions
Why does your office charge a copay for my free physical?
What is the difference between a Wellness exam and a Physical?
This isn’t Preventive Care: Medical treatment for specific health conditions, on-going care, lab or other tests necessary to manage or treat a medical issue. Managing health conditions is considered Diagnostic Care or Treatment. Managing health conditions is not preventive care.
So in the old days a physical was Preventive Care…PLUS review of your current health problems and medications…PLUS evaluation of any other health concerns eg, a sore throat, a nagging joint, a funny feeling that only happens with exercise, etc.
In our experience 99% of our patients would like the traditional “Physical” option and prefer the convenience of having all their medical problems reviewed during that visit. So that type of visit obviously takes more time and requires a copay.
If you are generally healthy and would only like to have your screening tests done just let us know and we will give you a Wellness Exam Checklist that you can go through at the time of your Wellness Visit and no copay is needed.
The Affordable Care Act WELLNESS EXAM covers roughly 15 specific items for everyone and some additional screening for women
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
- Alcohol Misuse screening and counseling
- Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease for men and women of certain ages
- Blood Pressure screening for all adults
- Cholesterol screening for adults of certain ages or at higher risk
- Colorectal Cancer screening for adults over 50
- Depression screening for adults
- Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure
- Diet counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease
- HIV screening for everyone ages 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk
- Immunization vaccines for adults–doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary:
- Obesity screening and counseling for all adults
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention counseling for adults at higher risk
- Syphilis screening for all adults at higher risk
- Tobacco Use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users
Women have some additional screenings covered:
Breast Cancer Screening
Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening
Does your office charge fees for forms?
What is the difference between a copay and a deductible?
Does your office offer travel vaccines?
How do I request my medical records from another office or send my records to another office?
Some of your doctors specialize in Family Practice and some in Internal Medicine. What is the difference?
You can learn more about Family Practice at this link.
You can learn more about Internal Medicine at this link.
How do I refill my prescriptions?
How do I refill my narcotic pain medication?
What is the difference between an HMO and a PPO?
HMO’s are administered by an Independent Practice/Physician Association(IPA)
Dr Curran is part of Greater Tri Cities IPA: www.gtcipa.com
Drs Gonzales, Liu and Zimmermann are part of Primary Care Associates Medical Group:
PPO’s do not require the selection of a PCP. Do not require referrals to see a specialist. PPO’s have a preferred network, but patients are typically allowed to see out of network physicians at a higher cost.
Please contact your PPO insurance plan to make sure our physicians are in your network to receive maximum benefits.