Prior to your initial consultation:
When at PainCare, our “new patient coordinator” will begin to collect information regarding your medical history. PainCare must generally receive medical records from your referring health care provider (if you have one) prior to your first visit, along with a referral form from your referring health care provider (if your insurance requires you to have one), along with demographic information.
Please help us gather the following types of information relevant to your pain issue. Our “new patient coordinator” will review exactly what you need to bring:
- Insurance card and photo ID
- A list of all medications you are currently taking or have taken in the past year
- X-ray reports (or disk copy – preferable)
- MRI reports (or disk copy – preferable)
- CT reports (or disk copy – preferable)
- EMG reports
- Lab results
- Anything else you feel is important for your consultation
- Any previous pain clinic records
Checking-in at your initial consultation:
Plan to arrive approximately 30 MINUTES before your scheduled initial consultation if your paperwork is filled out, or 1 HOUR before if your paperwork is not yet filled out. When you arrive, check in with our receptionist. A member of the new referral team will then sit down with you to take your photo for our confidential electronic records, and assist you in completing the following:
- Registration information
- Medication agreement
- Medical records release
If you would like to further expedite the check-in process you can print and complete the registration and patient history forms available on our website and fill them out prior to your appointment day.
You will then be escorted to an examination room where the medical assistant will begin the appointment process.
* Forms are being updated and will be available online soon!
This initial consultation allows for a more detailed investigation of the pain problem, including:
- an extensive review of your pain history and prior treatment(s)
- a focused physical exam
- a discussion of the treatment plan
- addressing your questions or concerns
The treatment plan developed from this initial meeting will be used to guide your future course. It is possible that no formal treatment may be started on the first visit. This decision is based on a number of factors, such as:
- Need for a specific injection which must generally be scheduled for another day
- Availability of adequate past records
- Possibility of illicit drug use
- Need for urine, blood or further radiologic tests prior to starting new therapy