Changing Physicians: 3 Great Tips

You will eventually need to change doctors from a hospital or an Ayurveda at some point in your life. Here are 3 expert suggestions to ease your upcoming transition

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You will eventually need to change doctors from a hospital or an Ayurveda at some point in your life. This might be the result of a move, a change in health status, a problem with a doctor or their practice, or most frequently, a new insurance policy.

A Solution reach poll found that 35% of boomer patients have already switched doctors in the past two years, while 20% of patients are expected to transfer doctors in the next years. Here are 3 expert suggestions to ease your upcoming transition:

1. Before you depart, check

If you have bought new insurance, the first thing you should do is see if your current physician accepts your new plan. The legal agreements between doctors and health plans are frequently so intricate that the doctor may not even be aware that they participate in your plan. It’s wise to confirm with your new insurance provider whether visits to your current physician are still covered.

2. Immediately request your medical records

Request your medical data as quickly as you can if your existing doctor doesn’t accept your new insurance. Depending on whether they take part in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Care Record Incentive Program, companies may only have four business days instead of 30 to submit a printed or electronic copy. The transfer to your new doctor will go more smoothly with, even though there may be a small price involved with the request.

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3. Research Your New Doctor Options

Your new health insurance plan should be able to walk you through their online portal directory of doctors in your network accepting new patients. They might even go as far as to email you a list. Be sure to research new candidates to learn about their certifications, hospital or organizational affiliation, and their office policies, such as same day appointments or how soon the doctor may be able to get back to you via phone or secure email. Over 70% of Gen Xers and 87% of millennials prefer text messages for appointment reminders and follow up care, so if you’re on your mobile, it’s probably important that your new doctor has this capability as well.

Whatever your reason for exploring a switch, be sure to choose your doctor with care. 31% of patients polled wished they had more information before choosing a doctor, so if you’re curious about your current doctor or finding a new one, make sure you do your homework for a seamless transition.

 

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