1) Do you see children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients in your practice? The Arizona Schwartz Group will typically see children as young as 5 years old through adults up to 60 years of age. For those patients outside of this age range, please call our office for further inquiry. Certain patient criteria may be excluded from the dynamic specialties of our practice. Please call the office to inquire about further information to see if you or your family member falls within our specialty area.
2) What is Osteopathic Medicine? Doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s) practice a "whole person" approach to health care. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole. Osteopathic physicians understand how all the body's systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. They focus special attention on the musculo-skeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems. Osteopathic physicians also use their ears to listen to you and your health concerns. D.O.s help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don't just fight illness but also help prevent it. Millions of Americans prefer this concerned and compassionate care and have made D.O.s their physicians for life.
3) Are Osteopathic Physicians (D.O.s) trained differently than Allopathic Physicians (M.D.s)? Yes. D.O.s and M.D.s are alike in many ways: - Applicants to both D.O. and M.D. medical colleges typically have four-year undergraduate degrees with an emphasis on scientific courses. - Both D.O.s and M.D.s complete four years of basic medical education. - After medical school, both D.O.s and M.D.s obtain graduate medical education through such programs as internships and residencies. This training typically lasts three to six years and prepares D.O.s and M.D.s to practice a specialty. Dr. Schwartz has completed a total of six years of post graduate medical education, allowing him triple board specialization. - Both D.O.s and M.D.s can choose to practice in any specialty area of medicine-such as pediatrics, family practice, psychiatry, surgery or obstetrics. - D.O.s and M.D.s must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses. - D.O.s and M.D.s both practice in all fully accredited and licensed health care facilities. - Together, D.O.s and M.D.s enhance the state of health care available in America.
4) What does confidentiality mean and how does this apply to me and my family? Confidentiality refers to a set of rules and regulations set forth and regulated by the federal government under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA controls the accessibility and dissemination of information regarding your health records. Thus, any information in the Arizona Schwartz Group's office is kept confidential and not released without written consent by you. Since the Arizona Schwartz Group does not work with insurance companies, at no time will any information be released directly to your insurance company regarding your mental health care.
5) Will my health insurance plan cover the cost of treatment? The Arizona Schwartz Group will provide invoice statements with all the necessary information needed for you to submit the claim to your insurance company. This will allow for partial-to-full reimbursement, depending upon your specific insurance plan. Since many insurance companies support 'out-of-network' coverage, most will reimburse between 50%-100% of charges after deductibles, thus a portion or most of your care could be covered. For your specific insurance benefit plan coverage, please give your insurance carrier a call for more information.
6) Why "Out-of-Network" coverage? Forever, mental health insurance reimbursement has been significantly less than any other field of medicine, despite the fact that mental health visits require more time spent with each patient. Insurance companies mandate quick, short visits that only allow for limited treatment. As each patient is aware, this time spent with the psychiatrist is so important. Taking the time to go over symptoms, reviewing history, examining and discussing treatment options, reviewing and adjusting medications, explaining the risks and benefits of all treatments (including medications), providing brief supportive and cognitive therapy, talking with family, coordinating with counselors (when needed), providing the best treatment referrals needed (not just providers on a handout list), and coming to an inviting office with front office staff that welcomes you). As "out-of-network' providers, The Arizona Schwartz Group can provide the comprehensive care each patient deserves. This allows for much greater flexibility and time devoted to your care without the pressure or mandate by health insurance carriers. Payment is requested at the completion of each session and may be in the form of cash, debit card, or credit card.