It only takes one bad case of the flu to stop you in your tracks. While life can make us feel like we don’t have the time to get an annual flu shot, one quick injection or FluMist could save you a lot of pain and discomfort in the long run.
Geriatric medicine is a branch of internal medicine focused on the care of older adults. TPMG’s board certified and fellowship trained geriatricians provide comprehensive primary care services such as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Aging adults experience a higher risk of some chronic diseases. TPMG’s geriatricians are vital for the diagnosis and treatment of multiple complex disorders associated with aging, including Alzheimer’s, dementia, and hypertension. They are trained to understand the presentation of disease relative to normal aging.
Our geriatricians understand the importance of our patient’s autonomy and endeavor to ensure you maintain your functional independence by focusing on preventative interventions. Adults who see a geriatrician are less likely to end up in the hospital because our physicians are already on the lookout for indicators of disorders.
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FAQ – Choosing a Primary Care Provider
What is primary care provider?
Primary care providers or physicians are your partners in all aspects of health, including mental health, physical health, and emotional health. Through each phase of your life, look to your primary care provider, your go-to for medical questions, treatment, and specialist referral.
What should I expect from my primary care provider?
You should expect a long-term relationship that includes trust, treatment, and accessibility.
Why is having a primary care provider so important?
Having a primary care provider is essential to your health. Primary care providers will guide you in making the best, informed healthcare decisions. They learn everything about you – your medical history and your family medical history and start treatment from there.
Do I need a referral from my primary care provider to see a specialist?
Your TPMG primary care provider knows you and your medical history and will help you chose the best provider out there for your individual needs.
What is the difference between family medicine, internal medicine, and geriatric medicine?
- A family medicine physician treats children and adults.
- An internal medicine physician treats adults.
- A geriatric medicine physician treats the elderly.
How can I contact my primary care provider?
Are you accepting new patients?
While many of our primary care practices are accepting new patients, some are not. Please contact your future primary care office’s webpage to determine if the practice is accepting new patients or utilize the “Find A Provider” toolbar, select the “Primary Care” specialty, and click the box marked “Accepting New Patients” to find a primary care provider nearest you.
Will my insurance be accepted?
What if I don’t have insurance?
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
- All medications you are currently taking (include prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal remedies)
- Your current health insurance card
- Photo identification
- A referral from your primary care physician, if required by your insurance plan
- A list of allergies to medications or dyes
- Immunization record for children
- Payment for any required co-pays, deductibles, or non-covered services
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