What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please make sure that you arrive at our office at least 20 minutes before your scheduled 1st appointment time so that you can provide us the necessary paperwork and insurance information to put you into our system. It is important to have had your previous medical records transferred to our office prior to a scheduled physical or comprehensive assessment.
If you have chronic, ongoing medical problems for which you take medications, and you wish Dr. Lind to begin managing those problems for you (and refilling your medicines), he will want to first review your old records, take a thorough medical history from you, and examine you. A medical problem list can then be created, and a treatment plan agreed upon. This is referrred to as a comprehensive assessment of your health. We do this at particular times of the day, as these visits are lengthy and time must be allotted for them. ( for more information about appointments please check the appointment section of the website)
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment with the doctor. We are currently accepting new patients. We participate in most insurance plans. However, for your visit to be covered through your insurance please contact your insurance provider to understand the terms of your policy. Some insurance policies (especially HMOs and POS policies) require you to see your listed physician, pay a higher deductable, or have a referral to be covered.
Do I need to have my blood pressure checked regularly?
Adults without a diagnosis of hypertension should have their blood pressure taken at least annually. If you see the doctor for an appointment, for any health concern, your blood pressure will be taken. Fire stations and other public facilities often offer free blood pressure screening. We also recommend annual check-ups with your family physician after the age of 40 and frequent check-ups if you have additional risk factors. The most common risk factors for high blood pressure include family history, being overweight and having a high sodium or poor diet.
Are there other health issues worth reviewing regularly?
Yes, there are many. The number one killer of men and women in America is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). RIsk factors for CAD include family history, age, high blood pressure, tobacco use, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Cancers of concern include lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and others. There are specific guidelines for how and how often to screen for these cancers.
How often are patients with chronic medical problems seen for follow-up in the office?
It depends. When first diagnosed with a chronic medical problem, diabetes for instance, the patient is seen more frequently to facilitate bringing the problem under control. Once controlled, the patient can often be seen every six months for re-evaluation. In some cases, there are national guidelines (that we are held to) as to how often you should see the doctor, and how often lab tests should be re-checked.
Dr. Lind's practice is listed as including Family Medicne. What experience does the doctor have in Family Medicne?
Dr. Lind is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He finished his residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita (now Via Christi on East Harry) and began practice in 1981. To be Board Certified,after completing an approved residency, family physicians must pass a written Board Examination, and then pass it again every few years to remain boarded. Continuing medical education requirements are strictly adherred to. Dr. Lind has been actively engaged in the practice of Family Medicine since 1981. He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a Past President of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Lind's practice is listed as including Sports Medicine. What experience does the doctor have in Sports Medicine?
Dr. Lind is Board Certified in Sports Medicne (he has the CAQ in Sports Medicine recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties). He has been a high school Team Physician for more than 30 years. He is an active member of the American College Of Sports Medicine. He has three sons, now grown, who were active in sports at many levels. He personally coached many of those teams.
Dr. Lind's practice is listed as being an Aviation Medical Examiner. What experience does the doctor have as an Aviation Medical Examiner?
Dr. Lind has been an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for over 28 years. He has performed many "pilot physicals" during those years. The FAA requires ongoing education and strict adherence to their policies in order to remain active as an AME. Dr. Lind is a pilot, as is his wife and youngest son.
How will I pay for my care?
If you have insurance, please bring in your card and we will either collect your co-pay or bill you through your insurance plan. If you are not insured, we require payment at the time of service. We strive to have all aspects of our practice, including our professional fees, reflect our ethical and rational approach to your care.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require a 24 hour notice to cancel all appointments. Please be sure to contact us if you will not be able to make your scheduled appointment with your medical doctor to avoid having to pay a cancellation fee. We do reserve the right to charge a cancelation fee.
How can I reach my medical doctor?
We take pride in our doctor-patient relationships and schedule plenty of time for you to get all of your questions answered. If you need to get in touch with Dr. Lind between appointments, please contact our main office to leave a message or schedule an appointment. For emergencies, the Physicians Exchange Answering Service answers our office phone afer hours, weekends and holidays. Just call our office number.
How can I prevent a cold or flu?
Colds and the flus are commonly transmitted through the nose and mouth. To help prevent colds and the flu:
- Thoroughly wash your hands.
- Avoid contact with contagious individuals.
- After being in the company of someone with a cold or the flu, make sure not to touch your nose or mouth where the virus could enter.
- Stay current on your yearly flu vaccinations.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
How do you notify your patients of lab or test results?
We ask that our patients call us for their results. When you have blood work drawn, you should be told when the results will be available. Many results are available the next day.
We do not know when you are home, but we are predictably available in the office during our scheduled hours.
Will I be able to get copies of my test results?
Yes, upon request we are able to provide you copies of your test results. And coming soon, the results will be availble through the internet portal of our electronic medical records.
Do you allow urgent or same day appointments?
We do set aside time for urgent visits. However, if you are having a life threatening emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
What are your office hours of operation?
We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. On Friday, we are open from 8:00am until 12noon.