Patient's Corner 

Patient Responsibilities 

PracticeForces is committed to helping medical practices provide the best patient care — by helping them with the day-to-day administrative tasks that can get in the way, so doctors can focus on patients' health.

The relationship between patient and physician is an important one. You may feel as if your physician is the one in control, but as a patient, you too have an important role. In order to keep your health in check, there are a few responsibilities that you should keep in mind.

  1. Communicate your needs fully and truthfully to your physician. Make sure your wishes are known.
  1. Understand that you have the right to self-govern and make decisions when it comes to your health and health care.
  1. Practice health maintenance by following a healthy lifestyle and other health-enhancing behaviors.
  1. Follow the agreed upon care plan as provided by your physician.

These are only a few of the expectations of a patient.

You can find a complete list of patient responsibilities on the American Medical Association's website.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PracticesForces?

PracticesForces is a medical billing company that works with your physician in order for them to have more time for what’s important, caring for patients like you.

 

What is a deductible?

A deductible is the amount of money you must pay out of pocket before your insurance will pay the rest of the claim. For example, if your deductible is $1000, you must pay that amount out of pocket before insurance begins paying their portion.

 

What is a copay?

Copay is the fixed amount that your insurance covers for any one service. For example, you may have to pay a fixed amount of $20 per doctor’s office visit, and $300 for any emergency room visit.

 

What does “in-network” or “out-of-network” mean?

“In-network” means that your physician’s office participates in your health plan and you will be able to use your insurance at their office.

“Out-of-network” means that your insurance is not accepted at your physician’s office. This means that you may have to pay in full and submit a claim to your insurance company later, or your request for coverage may be denied fully.

 

What should I do if I think something is wrong with my bill?

If you believe a charge is wrong on your bill, please contact your doctor’s office. If there is a problem with your insurance payment, please contact your insurance company directly.

 

How can I check on the status of my bill?

You may check the status of your bill by calling your medical providers office.