Getting the Most from
Your Doctor’s Visit

Plan ahead, positive attitude, listen closely and repeat.

Getting the Most from
Your Doctor’s Visit

Plan ahead, positive attitude, listen closely and repeat.

55 Million Americans
on Medicare
According to the
Henry J. Kaiser Foundation

55 million Americans are now having healthcare coverage under a Medicare plan. Primary Care Physicians (PCP) which includes physician with a Medicare specialty designation of family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, or pediatric medicine or an NPP with a specialty designation of Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or Physician Assistant (PA) have new practice guidelines under Medicare starting with an incentive payment in 2011 for treating Medicare recipients. This incentive payment compensates PCPs for the office and home-based services necessary for providing the most coordinated level of care.

Be Aware

Shortage of primary care physicians limits access

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read between the lines

The Risk

Lack of community physicians drives up emergency department use and cost

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emotional pain hurts too

Smart Solutions

Use technology to store up-to-date records

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knowledge is power

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Self-care

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140k+

US primary care physicians

697K

die from heart attacks in us last year

8.3%

US men have heart disease

1st Step

Contact your health plan

Health plans choose physicians and health services to serve you. Know your options before going into a doctor’s office.

2nd Step

Schedule an appointment

Arrive before appointment time paperwork and payment.  Be sure to request receipts for any payments.

3rd Step

Request the Patient Rights to Access or Disclose Test Results Form

This form requires labs, radiology, and other diagnostic centers to share the test results directly with you the patient in most states. Be certain you understand how the results will be shared (email or postal service) and when.

4th Step

Snap a Photo of the Records with Your Smartphone Camera

Use your device to store your records for quick, easy access to your health record. Congratulations, you have now created a personalized health record. You can now share these images at your next physician appointment to close the gaps in care caused by not sharing between health professionals.

5th Step

Join REUNIONCare

Store all your health records that share automatically with your personal Circle of Care and health professionals. REUNIONCare builds a personalized care record uniting your entire care team. Get the right information to the right person at the right time.

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Notes from the Author

Your Medical Records

Assert your right to access and collect your records.

Enroll in the Physician and Hospital portals. Complete the health information exchange form. Be sure to include permissions for your emergency contact, caregiver, and power of attorney to access this information on your behalf. Sign the HIPAA consent form as well to ensure that you are covered. Be sure that you review the information in the files.

Collect a visit summary note before leaving an appointment or hospital discharge. Physicians are required to offer you a paper or digital copy of a C-CDA Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture written in human, readable language. Do not leave a visit or discharge from a hospital without obtaining a written report the instructions for care at home.

Request the Patient Rights to Access or Disclose Test Results form. This form requires labs, radiology, and other diagnostic centers to share the test results directly with you the patient in most states. Be certain you understand how the results will be shared (email or postal service) and when.
Snap a photo of the records with your smartphone camera. Use your device to store your records for quick, easy access to your health record. Congratulations, you have now created a personalized health record. You can now share these images at your next physician appointment to close the gaps in care caused by not sharing between health professionals.

Join REUNIONCare to store all your health records that share automatically with your personal Circle of Care and health professionals. REUNIONCare builds a personalized care record uniting your entire care team. Get the right information to the right person at the right time.

That’s right, preventing bad things from happening improves outcomes. This old saying has been applied to many topics – education, justice, environment, and health to name a few. This saying has a special meaning for physicians treating Medicare patients today.

Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.