First visit

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Do I need a referral?

Most insurances do not require a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon. Please check prior to making an appointment with your insurance plan.

Some insurances known as Health Management Organizations, or HMOs, often require a referral from your primary care doctor in order to be seen in an orthopedic or other specialty office. Please call your primary care doctor and request a referral to see Dr. Peter Howard. Once you have done so, please let our office know you have requested the referral so we can confirm the referral with your primary care doctor.

When should I arrive?

At least 30 minutes before your appointment. We have transitioned away from paper forms. A check in process on a tablet is required. If you need assistance with the tablet one of our staff members is always available to assist.

What should I bring?

Please bring your insurance information (medical, auto, or lawyer information), photo identification, your medicine list, any relevant medical records, and any medical imaging (MRI, x-ray, CT scan, etc…) of your injured joint that you have previously had performed.

What do I have to pay?

You will be responsible for all your copays according to your insurance plan. For example, some plans have a flat fee for a specialist visit such as $50. Some plans have you pay a percentage of the visit such as 20% of the cost. Some plans do not make you pay a fee. Please call your insurance company and ask for more information if you would like to know your costs prior to arriving. Our staff often can estimate your copay as well if you can provide your medical insurance information.