Q: How do I retrieve a message from my doctor? What is my ID number?

A: We use a system called "Medvoice" to help us communicate with patients. You will need an ID number to get your message. Your ID number is your social security number. If you do not give us your social security number, your ID will be the first 9 digits of your telephone number starting with the area code.

Q: Can I email my doctor?

A: We offer a service called WebView Patient Portal that allows secure, web-based messaging between providers and patients. Communicating with your doctor is similar to email but is more secure. Additionally, Webview gives patients access to their medical record. For more information about Webview click here.

Q: How long has Kachina Family Practice been around?

A: Kachina Family Practice was started in 1996. It was previously located off of Ray & 44th street and moved to our current location in 2006.

Q. Do you take walk-in appointments?

A: No. Our providers work from schedules so please call for an appointment. Same day appointments are usually available.

Q: Is there a discount for paying cash?

A: No

Q: I don't have insurance. Can you take partial payments for fee-for-service patients?

A: All fees that are the patient's responsibility and are due at the time of service.

Q: I have a high deductible on my insurance, how will I be billed for my appointment?

A: Patients with a high deductible ($1000 or higher) will be required to pay 50% of charges at time of visit.

Q. You don't take my insurance but can you bill my insurance anyway?

A. No. We only bill our contracted healthcare plans. We will provide you with a copy of your charges so you can submit your claim to your insurance provider.

Q. Can I come in to have my blood pressure checked without an appointment?

A: No. Blood pressure assessment in our office requires an appointment with your doctor. We suggest as an alternative going to the fire department or a grocery store/pharmacy if an appointment is not needed.

Q: Are the doctors board certified?

A: Yes

Q: How long have the doctors been in practice? Where did they go to medical school? Do they have any special medical interests?

A: To see the bios & resumes of our providers on our website, click here.

Q: What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A: A Nurse Practitioner is a skilled and experienced Registered Nurse who has gone on for advanced education and training. In Arizona, nurse practitioners are certified nationally and are regulated by the Arizona Board of Nursing. Once certified, they can practice autonomously, or in collaboration with other health care professionals. NPs provide a full range of health care services, physical exams, diagnosing illnesses, developing and executing treatment plans, ordering and interpreting lab tests, suturing lacerations, prescribing medications, and providing patient education and preventative health care counseling. Additional information is available at www.aanp.org.

Q: What is the difference between a doctor and a PA?

A: The scope of a Physician Assistant's work corresponds to the supervising physician's practice. PAs provide a full range of health care services, including physical exams, diagnosing illnesses, developing and executing treatment plans, ordering and interpreting lab tests, suturing lacerations, prescribing medications, and providing patient education and preventative health care counseling. For more information regarding PAs please visit the website of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Q: I was in a car accident, can you bill the car insurance?

A: We do not bill 3rd parties or take liens such as billing car insurance companies for motor vehicle accidents. We will bill the patient's primary insurance company only. All other fees are due at the time of service.

Q: Can I see my doctor for a work related injury?

A: You can be seen by your doctor for any condition but we do not complete Workman's Comp forms/paperwork. If you feel you have a work-related injury and would like to process a Workman's Comp claim, we suggest you go to Urgent Care or find out from your employer what clinic will handle your Workman's Comp claims.

Q: What should I do if something should happen over the weekend?

A: If you have a life-threatening emergency, you should dial 911. If you have an urgent need and need to speak with a Provider, you should call our office number at 480-706-4100 and you will be directed to the appropriate number for our answering service. The answering service will contact the doctor on call who will return your call and address your concern.

Q: I want to see a specialist, do I need a referral?

A: It depends on your insurance plan. If your plan requires a written referral, please make an appointment with your provider to evaluate the problem so that a referral can be started if needed.

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