What Should I Bring to My Appointment?
- Your Insurance Card and Co-pay
- Your Medications
- Old Records (or the names and numbers of your previous providers)
- Any legal paperwork or Power of Attorney documents
How do I Request a Medication Refill?
- If you are needing a refill on your medication you will need to call your pharmacy and have them fax us a refill request to (907) 376-8939. Please do this a few days BEFORE your prescription runs out.
- After your refill is approved, we will fax it back to your pharmacy. It is best to call the pharmacy and confirm before picking up your prescription.
- Please allow us 24-48 hours to process prescription refills.
- There are certain medications that cannot be called or faxed in to the pharmacy. For these prescriptions, you will need to come into the office to pick up a hard copy to take with you to the pharmacy.
How do I request My Medical Records?
- Please fill out one of the Records Release Forms found on this page, by clicking here.
- Once you bring the form into our office, we can release your records to you. (Please allow up to 1 week for processing- We do offer both paper and electronic copies).
Who do I contact for billing and Insurance Questions?
- For any information related to billing, please contact our office directly at: 907-376-8938.
What are the most common labs (Blood Tests) we perform in this office?
- The most common labs we perform are: CBC (checks for anemia and the size of an infection), CMP (checks your liver and kidney functions), TSH (checks your thyroid function), and Lipid Panel (checks your cholesterol). If you have a question about a certain test, feel free to call us or check out this resource from Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com/health-information
Why Do I need an Appointment/Blood Work before I get a refill?
- Sometimes we need to schedule an appointment and/or blood tests prior to a prescription refill to monitor symptom control and medication effectiveness. Often a blood test is needed to see if the level of your medication needs to be adjusted. It is also important to check your liver and kidney functions, as medications go through these organs and may cause damage.
Do We Provide DOT Physicals?
- No- We currently do not provide DOT Physicals.
Do We take Walk-in Appointments?
- No- please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Does our Office do Pain Management?
- No- We are primary care providers. However, we will refer patients to pain management doctors if they have chronic pain problems.
Do we Provide FAA Flight Physicals?
- No- Because Dr. Boston is active in the Air National Guard, he is prohibited from performing civilian flight physicals. However, we do have a list of doctor’s that do. Please call us for more information.
Are we Accepting Medicare, Medicaid, and Self-Pay Patients?
- We are currently accepting Medicare, and Medicaid patients. However, we are not accepting self pay patients at this time. This has been due to several physicians in the Valley closing their practices within the last several months. Dr. Boston, being Chair of the Board of Trustees at the hospital, is actively involved in the recruitment of primary care physicians for our community to help alleviate this problem.
What is the difference between a D.O. & an M.D.?
- There are two types of complete physicians in the United States- DOs (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and MDs. Both of these are fully qualified physicians. Both have completed four-year Bachelor’s Degrees and four years of basic medical education. After medical school, both DOs and MDs obtain graduate medical education through a variety of areas such as: internships, residencies and fellowships. This training lasts 3-8 years, and prepares the individual to practice a specialty. DOs however do belong to a separate yet equal branch of American medical care. Doctors of osteopathic medicine practice a “whole person” approach to health care. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole. They understand how all the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. (Refer to: www.osteopathic.org and www.ama-assn.org ).
What is a P.A.?
- P.A. is short for Physician Assistant. Physician Assistants are authorized by the state to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians. P.A.s must complete four years of college and at least two years of college courses in basic and behavioral sciences. A P.A. must then complete their education at an accredited P.A. Program, which is usually about 27 months long. Before they can practice, a P.A. must pass the “Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam.” Once passed, they earn the credentials “PA-C” which stands for “Physician Assistant-Certified.” To maintain certification, a PA must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every 2 years, and pass the re-certifying exam every six years. A P.A. must also obtain a license to practice in their state. P.A.s deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services. These can include: physical exams, medical histories, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. (Refer to: www.aapa.org).
What is an A.N.P.?
- A Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nurse (ANP) is a registered nurse who has acquired an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice, beyond that of a registered nurse (RN). Nurse Practitioners have educational preparation at an advanced level and undergo a formal system of licensure, registration, certification and credentialing. ANP's duties include educating patients, diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions, prescribing medications, ordering diagnostic tests, lab work, and x-rays, working collaboratively with other health care providers, and referring to specialists. They can practice in many different settings including clinics, hospitals, private physician practices, nursing homes, correctional settings, and schools. They take time with their patients and really listen to achieve the best outcome for patients. (Refer to: http://international.aanp.org, http://www.aanpcert.org, http://www.bestnursingdegree.com ).