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As a patient in today’s changing medical industry climate, there are many questions and concerns that often arise when seeking care. Here, you can find information about which health insurance plans Eastside Podiatry accepts, as well as information about patient privacy and podiatry in general. If you have any additional questions, feel free to shoot us an email here and we will be happy to provide you with an answer.

Overview of Podiatry

Today’s podiatrists are specialists, medically and surgically trained to treat the foot and ankle. From sports injuries and diabetes complications to pediatric deformities and heel pain, podiatrists are able to tackle all of your foot care needs. Licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, there are approximately 15,000 podiatrists practicing in the United States.

What insurance does Eastside Podiatry accept?

The following insurance plans are accepted by Eastside Podiatry:

Do podiatrists have areas of specialty in which they focus?

Within the field of podiatric medicine and surgery, podiatrists can focus on specialty areas such as surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, or primary care.

Do podiatrists encounter patients with serious illnesses?

On a daily basis, podiatrists treat foot and ankle conditions of patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, and peripheral arterial disease. These illnesses can lead to serious foot and ankle problems. With proper treatment from a podiatrist, more serious complications may be avoided.

Are podiatrists restricted to treating the foot and ankle only?

Although a podiatrist’s scope of practice can vary from state to state, all states permit treatment of the foot, while 44 states also permit treatment at or above the ankle.

What type of medical education do DPMs receive?

DPMs receive medical education and training comparable to medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine, including four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at one of nine podiatric medical colleges, and two or three years of hospital-based post-graduate residency training.

What is the difference between a podiatrist, podiatric physician, and podiatric surgeon?

Podiatrists, podiatric physicians, and podiatric surgeons are all terms used to describe doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs).  All are uniquely qualified among medical professionals to treat the foot and ankle based on their education, training, and experience. The amount and type of surgical procedures performed by podiatrists may vary based on each individual’s training and experience and personal choice within their practice.

What information can be found in my health record?

health record is created any time you see a health professional such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, or psychiatrist. You could find the following in your health record:

  • Your medical history and your family’s medical history
  • Labs and x-rays
  • Medications prescribed
  • Alcohol use and sexual activity
  • Details about your lifestyle (smoking, exercise, recreational drug use, high-risk sports, stress levels)
  • Doctor/nurse notes
  • Results of operations and proceduresGenetic testing
  • Research participation
  • Any Information you provide on applications for disability, life or accidental insurance with private insurers or government programs
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Number
  • Financial information such as credit cards and payment info

Who has access to my health records?

Only you or your personal representative has the right to access your records.  A health care provider or health plan may send copies of your records to another provider or health plan as needed for treatment or payment or as authorized by you.  However, the Privacy Rule does not require the health care provider or health plan to share information with other providers or plans.

Can my personal health information be used and disclosed without any notice to me or without my informed consent at the time of treatment?

Yes.

The Amended HIPAA Privacy Rule states only that you must receive a Privacy Notice telling you how your personal health information will be used and disclosed. Section 164.520(c) (2) (i) (A).
Privacy Notices are often mistaken for consent forms, but they are simply notices telling you what will happen to your medical records.