- Hypertension (HTN)
- Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
- Chronic Kidney disease (CKD)
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Hypercholesterolemia (High Cholesterol)
- Thyroid disease (Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism)
Diabetes and HTN
Diabetes and HTN are chronic metabolic conditions that required close medical management, therefore Health insurances and medical clinics follow this conditions at least 4 tines per year (every 3 months).
Diabetes is better assessed with a special test call HbA1C (Hemoglobin A1C). This test will check your sugar levels over the last 3 months, and it will provide good information to your doctors if your DM (Diabetes) is well control. HTN (Hypertension) usually do not cause symptoms and believing that your HTN is well control because you do not suffer headaches or other symptoms is a falls idea
Walk in visits
Walk-in visits are meant to be use for medical emergencies that does not compromise your life, e.g. : Uncontrolled HTN (hypertension), uncontrolled blood sugars usually above 400s, Urinary tract infections and minor injuries even sport injuries. We recommend to still call the clinic to check what is the best time to come for a walk-in consult. Please have in mind that the schedule patients still will have priority over your visit. In no case a Walk-in visit will be granted for chronic medical management.
In House Lab
Your have the benefit of having your Blood work performed in the clinic. The lab work will be performed by Quest. You have the option to performed it in clinic or in any other Quest location or even in any other lab. Our clinic does not economically benefit from you performing the labs in Quest.
What Is Well Woman Care?
This preventative program is a series of steps that we can take together to keep you feeling great throughout your life. Our doctors will work with you to promote your general well-being while focusing on specific conditions that might affect you. They include:
- Menopause management
- Breast cancer
- Gynecological infections
- Cervical Cancer Screening : Papanicolaou
- Pregnancy testing
- Pelvic pain
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
- Menstrual irregularities
Annual physical is a Routine preventive exams and it is usually covered at 100 percent by most of the insurances but it depends on the health plan that you carry.
- What is the purpose of a routine preventive exam (annual physical)?
The purpose of a routine preventive exam is to identify potential health problems in the early stages when they may be easier and less costly to treat.
- What would happen during the Annual Physical or better call Preventive Examination?
During your visit the medical team will focus in all the preventable diseases that may occur base on your age. Therefore during the visit you will be filling out different questionnaires and ask many questions about:
– Past medical, social and family history
– Review of medications
– Counseling/anticipatory guidance/risk factor reduction interventions
– Review of age/gender appropriate screening tests:
> Mammogram (Breast Cancer Screening)
> Colonoscopy (Colon Cancer Screening)
> Prostate Examination (Prostate Cancer Screening)
> Pap smear or Papanicolaou (Cervical Cancer Screening)
The exam is prevention focused, not problem focused. See below for more details.
- Why did I receive a bill after my routine preventive exam when it was supposed to be covered at 100%?
This exam is prevention focused, not problem focused.
If you have a new health problem or other diagnoses that need to be addressed during your preventive office visit, e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, skin rash, or headaches, you will be bill part of the exam at 100 percent for your annual preventive exam and part of your office visit for treatment of your diagnosis. The portion of your visit related to the treatment of your diagnosis would apply toward your deductible and coinsurance. If your provider feels that the majority of the time was spent with medical concerns, the entire visit may be considered a medical treatment visit and would not be billed as preventive. It’s important to note that your healthcare provider has the right to code and bill as they see the service from his or her viewpoint.
- Will my provider address only what my health plan covers for a routine preventive exam?
Your provider does not know your health plan benefits and sees many patients with various insurance plans throughout the day. You are responsible for knowing what services are covered under your health plan.
Review your Summary of Benefits prior to your preventive exam or call Customer Service for your benefit information.
- What can I do to make sure I receive my routine preventive exam benefit (100% coverage in-network)?
You can take the following steps to help ensure your routine exam is billed correctly:
– When scheduling your routine preventive exam with your provider’s office, use the terms “routine preventive exam” or “annual physical”, not “check-up”, which implies checking up on a health problem.
– When you talk with your provider, let them know you are there for your routine preventive exam.
– If you bring up health problems (i.e. skin rash) during your routine preventive exam, understand that you may have a charge related to the treatment of that problem.
– Do not save up all of your health concerns for your routine preventive exam. If you have a current chronic condition, you may need other diagnostic visits & services during the year.
- What do I do if I feel an error has been made on my bill?
Call the clinic at (915) 233 1230 and leave a message for the Office Manager expressing your concern. The Office Manager will review your case base on the medical records, your health plan benefits and will call you back within 3 -5 days.
Hormonal Replacement Therapy
Dr. Adolfo Benitez is a certified physician for hormonal replacement therapy by the NPI (National Procedure Institute) and he is Functional Medicine trainee under the A4M (American Academy of Antiaging Medicine). Dr. Benitez has dedicated his practice to deeply learn the management of hormonal conditions and to improve the quality of life of his patients.
As stated above the most common condition related to hormonal imbalance is menopause but is not the only condition. Many other medical conditions and symptoms are related to hormonal imbalance and they occur in women as much as in men. Headaches, fatigue, depression, menstrual irregularities, weight gain, muscle mass lost, decreased libido (lack of sexual appetite) are also related to hormonal imbalance. Other symptoms not much less important are foggy thinking, memory issues even progressing to Dementia (one of the research key elements to delay or improve Alzheimer dementia are related to hormonal imbalance)
The most common known medical conditions related to Hormonal Imbalance are Menopause and Andropause.