What is involved in the first evaluation?
In the first evaluation, Dr. Shah will make an assessment of the nature of the problem at hand. Some neurological consultations are for questions of diagnosis, that is, what is wrong with the patient. In that case the consultation may be followed by recommendations for imaging procedures and diagnostic lab tests with a follow up visit to review all of the data. Sometimes the diagnosis is already known and the consultation is for decisions about the treatment. In that case, tests might not be ordered but tests may be reviewed and the discussions about treatment options can take place. Dr. Shah will obtain a thorough history and perform a detailed neurological examination during the first encounter.
How long will my first appointment take?
There is no easy answer for this. It depends on the complexity of your neurological problem. A patient with a straightforward problem such as carpal tunnel syndrome may not require as long an appointment as someone with the new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Some patients have extensive old records to be reviewed and some patients may be seeing a physician for the very first time. Dr. Shah usually reviews your CT and MRI with you during your first visit if they are available.
What is Dr Shah's educational background?
Dr. Shah attended M.P.Shah Medical College in Gujarat, India which included one year rotating internship at various hospitals in Gujarat. After that, he taught pharmacology to medical students and worked as in-patient hospitalist for a short period of time. After arriving to U.S. he did stroke research at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. He joined Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA for his internal medicine internship, neurology residency and clinical neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Shah has attended numerous educational conferences and participated in many research studies. (See his publications on Scholarly Activity page). He was also very active in junior resident teaching during his residency and fellowship (see his presentations on Scholarly Activity page).
Is insurance filed directly? How can I find out more about the process of filing my health insurance?
We file a claim to your insurance company as courtesy to you. Please reach out to your insurance company to see if we are in their network or not. We also provide prior authorization for medical tests and prescription medications as courtesy to our patients. Please contact our office staff for insurance related questions.
How do I get put on the cancellation list to be seen sooner than my scheduled appointment?
Let the front desk receptionist or the nurse know you are interested in an earlier appointment, should one become available. Leave them your daytime phone numbers, where you can be reached at a short notice. All efforts will be made to accommodate your request.
Why is my waiting time longer sometimes?
We try our best to see you on time but Dr. Shah also has in-patient responsibilities and sometimes he has to attend urgent Emergency Room / in-patient consults. Dr. Shah loves to talk to his patients and sometimes previous patients require more time than allocated. We are sorry for any extended wait time. We are open to constructive suggestions and how to make things easier for you.
What information do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Please fill out, our "New Patient Forms" on our website and bring them at the time of appointment. Bring current medication bottles (and list of medications) that you are taking. In some situation, it might be advisable to make a list of previous medications tried for your problem (e.g. list of seizure medication tried and failed). Please be sure pertinent copies of your medical records have been forwarded to us or brought to us the day of your appointment. Please bring CD of you MRI and/or CT scan.
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