Olympic Internal Medicine, Inc., P.S.

YOUR VISIT

 

Preparing For Your Internal Medicine Visit:

v     Bring a list of questions or concerns to ask your physician.

v     Provide documentation of all the medications you are currently taking: including over the counter medications, aspirin and vitamins.

v     Contact your insurance company to determine if our physicians are contracted providers; benefits and co-payment amounts.  If a co-payment is required, please be prepared to pay your co-payment at the time you register for your visit.

v     If you are a new-patient, please bring your completed registration form.

v     Always be prepared to provide your insurance card and a form of picture identification.
 

Please note we take digital pictures of our patients to incorporate into their electronic medical record.

 
 Plan to arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to your appointment.

Check-In

When you arrive, please check-in at the front desk.  Here, we will update your medical record information such as your address, phone number and insurance information.  We will also collect any co-pays that may be due at the time of check-in. 

 

During Your Internal Medicine Visit

When you come to see your provider, we want to make sure everything goes smoothly for you.  We pride ourselves on punctuality but occasionally emergencies arise and our physician may be delayed.  If you wait more than 15 minutes beyond your appointment time, please let the receptionist know. 

 

While the purpose of appointments varies, some things should remain constant.  Here’s what to expect when you arrive. 

v     If you are a first-time patient, you will be asked to complete a new patient registration form. This may have been forwarded to you when you scheduled your appointment.  You will also be asked to provide a copy of your insurance card(s) and picture identification.

v     Once you’re in the privacy of an exam room, the provider's assistant may ask you to undress and put on a gown.

v     Your provider will ask you to talk about your reason for coming, to ensure your expectations for the appointment are met.

v     You will be asked about your medical history, including previous illnesses, the severity of the symptoms, family history, health habits (including alcohol and cigarette use), your diet and other pertinent questions.

v     Your provider may recommend tests.  When a test is suggested, your provider will tell you what he hopes to learn from it, how long it will take for the test to be conducted and how you will be informed about the results. 

v     Your provider may make a diagnosis during the exam, telling you what you have, what causes it and what treatment options are available to you.

v     If the services of a specialist are needed, your provider will make arrangements for you.

v     If follow-up appointments are necessary, your health care provider will make sure that these are scheduled appropriately.

 

 

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES:

 

As governed by the Uniform Health Care Information Act of Washington State and the U.S. Government Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act:

 

Olympic Internal Medicine will provide you with their complete policy on keeping protected health information confidential and how this information may be released to you or others.