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Registered: ‎03-11-2010

Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

My current doctor recently  retired and gave  me a list  of  names of other doctors I could go to. Unfortunately, all of those Dr. had bad reviews when I looked them up. So now I am searching for a new Doctor. Well, it was time for my Mammogram so I called to schedule and when I told her my Dr. retired the office said they couldn't do it unless I had a PCP. This office always sent me the results any way so if I saw I had a problem I could call a specialist. I was so surprised that they flat out refused me. Has anyone else here had this happen to them?

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Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

I ALWAYS need to have my PCP send over an order for my annual mammogram or else they won't schedule it.

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Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do


@cuddlesmama wrote:

My current doctor recently  retired and gave  me a list  of  names of other doctors I could go to. Unfortunately, all of those Dr. had bad reviews when I looked them up. So now I am searching for a new Doctor. Well, it was time for my Mammogram so I called to schedule and when I told her my Dr. retired the office said they couldn't do it unless I had a PCP. This office always sent me the results any way so if I saw I had a problem I could call a specialist. I was so surprised that they flat out refused me. Has anyone else here had this happen to them?


From what I understand you have to have an order or referral from your PCP for any procedure now. Even routine lab work. That's what it is where I live.

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Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

I would imagine they need a doctors order to do the mammo.

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Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

I need to have on file an Ob/Gyn or PCP without 1 or the other no test.

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Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

Yes, of course you need a referral for a mammogram. The "bad reviews" where were these? In Yelp? I'd try them anyway, make up your own mind. Yelp is not reliable. IME.

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They need your PCP so they can get a referral for the mammogram.  If your PCP retired, I'm sure you were notified so that you could transfer to a new PCP.  Because....you need a PCP for things like this.  Hence the notification.   What bad reviews are you referring to?  Yelp reviews....LOL  

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I hear ya about bad reviews, galore!

 

Similar experience with a derm. Tried switching to a new derm closer to me and while my insurance doesn't require a referral, the new dr did. Go figure.

 

I skipped this dr and found another but I probably won't revisit him.

 

Reviews, I mostly use Health Grades. My ins also has patient reviews on their site within the last yr.

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Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

We have terrific health care technology-wise, but the management and the paperwork, not so much.


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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Mammograms, Office Wouldn't Do

Of course you would need an MD referral for a mammogram. Insurance won't pay them otherwise.


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