Arthritis Clinic & Medical Associates is dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible. Please be aware that your time with your physician, nurse, provider or nurse practitioner is dedicated to evaluating, diagnosing and treating your medical and physical conditions. Although disability-type activity may be very important, it is not considered part of your healthcare treatment, and is not covered by your insurance plan. “Disability-type activity” includes such things as filling out forms for your employer or disability insurer, making a determination about your ability to do a job, communicating with an attorney, filling out any governmental form such as Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), parking handicap passes, etc.)
Your healthcare staff cannot become involved in any disability-related activity until you have seen your physician or nurse practitioner at least three times over at least 6 months. This is to insure we have developed as accurate a diagnostic picture and treatment approach as possible.
Physician or medical staff time: Some disability-related activity requiring minimal time can be accomplished readily and at no additional cost. However, any disability-related activity requiring physician, provider, nurse practitioner or staff time beyond this minimal time(less than 5 minutes) will incur a charge.
Our endorsement of any impairment, limitation or disability has professional implications for us: we need to know and understand your restrictions. This may require further assessment such as psychological or vocational evaluation; psychosocial, cognitive or rehabilitation testing; or an evaluation to measure your physical capacities. Some of these may be covered under your health insurance, some may not. We will make every reasonable effort to assist you to understand your costs in advance.