Internal Medicine Services
-Care for patients with undiagnoses symptoms and complaints — such as abdominal pain, back pain, shortness of breath, chest pain (Of course, in case of an emergency, please go directly to the closest Emergency Department)
-Preventive medicine screening care, including mammograms, Pap smears, colon cancer screenings, cholesterol screening, blood pressure screening
-Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, emphysema
-Comprehensive management of medical needs for hospitalized patients
-Preoperative evaluation of medical risks prior to surgery
Procedures Performed or Illnesses Diagnosed and Treated
Diagnosis and treatment of other uncommon illnesses
High blood pressure
Outpatient and inpatient care for diseases
Preventive health maintenance exams
Our office does provide Coumidin monitoring. Speak with your physician and together you will design a plan that monitors and adjusts your medication accordingly.
A Note about Annual Physicals
A “Physical,” “Annual Physical” or “Preventive Visit” involves ONLY well-adult, preventive services (see below.) It does NOT involve assessment or management of specific symptoms or problems, acute or chronic. This is defined by Medicare and by insurance companies, not by McMinnville Internal Medicine. If, during your “Physical,” your physician provides care for any specific issues (diabetes, back pain, a skin rash, high blood pressure), then your insurance provide may longer consider the visit just a “Physical” for billing purposes. An appropriate diagnosis and charge will be rendered and you will be responsible for any applicable co-pays. This may be in addition to the “Preventive Services” charge. If you want a visit to be just a “Physical,” tell your doctor’s assistant when she checks you in and also tell your doctor at the start of the visit. You will not be able to have specific medical problems managed during that visit.
Preventive services include, but may not be limited to: review of medications and drug allergies; blood pressure check; discussion/ordering of preventive tests like cholesterol, blood sugar, mammogram, colonoscopy, bone density x-ray; performance of a general exam, a PAP smear, breast exam, or prostate exam; discussion of and administration of vaccines; discussion of lifestyle habits such as exercise, smoking, alcohol, or drug use.