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New Patients: Are We the Right Practice for Your Family?

Dr. K Pediatrics New Patient Checklist

It is important when choosing a pediatric practice for your children that you have given serious consideration as to whether the philosophies of the practice fit with your own. Excellent care happens when the providers and office staff align with your family’s priorities and philosophies regarding medical care. Only then can shared decision making be based on mutual respect. Please read the following checklist carefully to be sure Dr. K Pediatrics is the appropriate medical home for your children. We look forward to meeting you and fostering a mutually enjoyable relationship with you and your family.

Practice Philosophy
TOPIC PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY Agree!
Vaccines Our vaccine schedule is outlined by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We vaccinate our own children on schedule and expect the same of our patients.  
Antibiotics We work hard to not overuse antibiotics. We educate families on appropriate use of antibiotics, but follow evidence-based guidelines and don’t automatically treat ear pain or a green snotty nose with antibiotics. We do not routinely call in antibiotics over the phone as we do not believe that is good medicine. When we believe antibiotics are appropriate treatment, we will be happy to answer your questions.  
Medical Home We work hard to provide comprehensive medical care and serve as your medical home. To that end, we expect that you contact our office FIRST before seeking specialty care, or heading to Urgent Care.  
Technology Our practice prides itself on efficiency through use of technology. You will be expected to contact us through our patient portal and effectively use automated reminders and patient engagement enabled via technology.  
Office Hours We make every effort to meet the needs of our patients. Please familiarize yourself with our office hours to see if they work for your family.  
After Hours We have a physician on call 24/7/365. Their contact information is available by calling our main number. We expect that unless it is a true medical emergency and requires 911, that you will call the on-call physician to discuss recommendations prior to heading to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care.  
Specialist Care As your medical home we expect that you will contact our office to discuss care plans before scheduling an appointment with a specialist. We want to be involved in either providing care in our office where appropriate, or referring you to the most appropriate specialist and helping coordinate your care. Whenever you do see a specialist, we ask that you request a report be sent directly to our office so we can coordinate all of your care.  
Insurance Please make sure we take your specific insurance plan. If there are any questions, our Billing Team is happy to assist.  
Billing and Fees It is up to you to understand how your insurance works, including deductibles and co-insurance, and to provide up-to- date insurance information at every visit. Our fees (including missed appointment fees and form fees) can be found here along with our payment policy.  
Appointments We do not have walk-in hours. Please call our office to make an appointment or request through our website. Well child check and physical appointments are opened for scheduling 3 months in advance.  
Timeliness Our practice makes every effort to run on time with appointments, as we believe everyone’s time is equally valuable. We ask that you make every effort to present to the office at your scheduled appointment time and call us if you are running behind. We reserve the right to ask you to reschedule if you have missed your scheduled appointment time.  

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