Top 3 Questions To Ask Your Primary Care Doctor EVERY Visit

As your primary care practitioners, we are here to ensure that you are living a healthy life physically, mentally and spiritually. We care about you as a whole, meaning all components of your lifestyle. We are here to support you in maintaining a full long life. There are certain aspects of your health that you should ask about during every visit.

Here are the top 3 questions to ask your primary care provider during each of your visits.

1. Something’s been bothering me… Can we talk?

Your PCP knows his or her job is to monitor your vitals—weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.—but just as important is gauging your psychological state. Stress, exhaustion, and environmental factors can wreak havoc on your physical health. When your doctor asks, “How are you doing?” Tell her. And let her help you to set goals that will get you back on track. Say: I’m a little worried about how this new job is going to be for me, or My son’s medical issues are my primary focus, and to be honest, I’m mentally and emotionally depleted. Most PCPs became doctors because they want to effect real changes in a patient’s life (in the 2014 Physician’s Foundation survey, 79% of doctors cited “patient relationships” as the most satisfying factor about medical practice.)

So cross the divide, take a few minutes to tell your PCP what’s going on in your life, and make them see you as a human being—not just a collection of vital signs.

2. Is there anything I should be doing differently to live a fuller, longer life?

Everybody knows that lifestyle decisions affect our health—but they have a far more influential role than most people realize. Your doctor’s office should be a safe place for you to talk openly and ask questions like: Is my weight a problem? I’ve been stressed out at work and feeling a lot of pressure at home, am I doing damage? Is it okay for someone in my condition to have three glasses of wine with dinner every night?

Give your PCP the opportunity to help you achieve a greater balance. Share your concerns with him or her, and ask for guidance.

3. What medications can we stop or minimize?

Overtreatment is no small problem. It’s up to you to let your doctors know about all the drugs and supplements you are taking in order for your care and treatment to be the most effective and positive experience. If you change PCP’s often or go to multiple clinics you may be overtreated or causing harmful effects from the combination of prescriptions you are taking. Often less is more, and that is the ultimate goal of treatment. Be sure to let your doctor know everything you are taking to ensure it is serving your highest good, goals, and health.

There are many reasons to choose a PCP and stick to it. Creating a strong relationship with your PCP allows for the highest level of support and understanding of your unique health and lifestyle goals. The T Off Men’s Health team is here to support you every step of the way and care about the need of each individual.

 

To book your primary care appointment contact our booking specialists at 817-345-0303.

5 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Primary Care Doctor

There are a lot of options out there in the healthcare industry. You can’t turn on the radio, T.V. or computer without seeing or hearing some kind of advertising stating why you need to choose this clinic or doctor, or why you need this prescription or health solution. It’s overwhelming how many options there are today in most facets of life.

How does one actually make decisions when there are so many options pulling you in so many different directions?

We are still a society of referrals, where someone will refer you to their doctor for whatever reason. You may take their suggestion solely because you don’t have the time to look into it for yourself. Making a decision based on your specific needs and goals can produce better results, as we are all individuals with different needs and goals.

Before making a decision about your primary care provider, here are 5 basic questions you can ask yourself to make sure you are making a decision based on your individual desires:

  1. What are my primary care needs and goals?

Are you looking for someone to see because you are feeling under the weather, need prescriptions filled quickly and easily, looking for a clinic/team to build a relationship with, do you have concerns that you would like to be treated or are you wanting to be aware and on top of your personal wellness? Have you actually ever considered what a primary care doctor can or should be able to do for you? Knowing your needs and goals gives you a starting place on making a decision that is individual to your specific needs.

2. What is their primary care coverage?

Once you have defined what it is you are looking for from a primary care facility, knowing the capabilities of different clinics will help you narrow down which one is right for you. A simple phone inquiry or look on their website should give you a good idea of the services they offer, and if that is not the case you may want to keep looking.

3. Are they in-network with my insurance provider?

Did you know that not all doctors/clinics accept insurance? Knowing your coverage prior to your visit will help you avoid surprise medical bills. At T Off Men’s Health, we verify your insurance prior to your appointment and are happy to contact you to go over your coverage with you.

4. Are there any specialty services covered?

This is what truly sets us apart from the rest. In addition to the primary care services we offer, we also offer specialty services such as hormone replacement, allergy testing and treatment, weight loss services, botox or “BROtox” as we like to call it, and are constantly expanding our services list to better support the health and wellness our patients. With us being a primary care office we are able to cover many of our specialty services through insurance. Here’s why getting us to check your insurance coverage and switching to us is a great idea (you are paying for the coverage, why not use it for whatever you can!!)

5. Is the location convenient enough for me to regularly use them as my provider?

We all know that no really likes to go to the doctor. Not only do we have 3 convenient clinic locations in Keller, Uptown Dallas, and Downtown Fort Worth, but we have designed each clinic with men in mind. Come in and relax in our leather recliners, listen to sports and be surrounded by your favourite team’sams garb. We are making the doctor’s office experience more enjoyable for our patient’s with short wait times and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Ask yourself these 5 questions, and if you have any more don’t hesitate to call our office to speak to one of our friendly staff. We are here to support your health and wellness needs and goals.

 

What Your Yearly Wellness Exam Includes

We have all heard the term “yearly routine physical” but what does it really entail? And why is it important to our overall health and wellness?

First, we would like to point out that most major insurance companies in Texas cover at least one routine physical per year at 100% with labs included. This is because they think that in the long run, early detection may save them money from future claims or coverage once health issues become more serious. If insurance is their business, they are probably right, so why not take advantage of the coverage they are offering and take care of yourself, giving yourself peace of mind.

At T Off Men’s Health in Keller, Dallas, and Fort Worth we focus on total men’s wellness which is a broad subject that includes proper medical care, behavioral health, nutrition, fitness, and spirituality. Our new preventative labs test for the following:

  • Colon cancer risk
  • Lung cancer risk
  • Blood cell analysis
  • Liver/kidney function
  • Thyroid
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Vitamin panel
  • Iron and folic acid
  • Advanced cardiac assessment
  • Inflammation and heart disease risk assessment
  • Pre-diabetes/metabolic assessment
  • Genetic testing for gene mutations that are associated with clotting and heart disease
  • Digestion analysis

Why choose us as your primary care practitioners and book your yearly routine physical?

 

In addition to your routine physical, we are now able to refill prescriptions as your PCP of choice, so we are even more of a one-stop shop for your health and wellness.

So what else do you need to know in order to book your routine physical and choose us as your primary care practitioners team? Let us know. if you have any questions by contacting our corporate office at 817-354-0303.

New Specialty Services Being Launched At T Off Men’s Health

To serve our patients and the community at a higher level we are adding a variety of new services, some of which are in place and some we are adding in the very near future.
Therapeutic phlebotomy is already in place at each of our clinics. This is a medical term for a blood draw. The reason for this service is if a patient needs to donate/ remove blood from their bloodstream to lower the viscosity of their blood. In the past, we have had to refer patients to outside clinics for this service, but would prefer to keep as many treatments in-house as possible.
Botox is being administered at each clinic as well. We are using the term “BRO-TOX” as we believe that men definitely deserve to preserve their young supple looking skin as much as women do. Botox was designed to remove wrinkles in a safe, non-evasive way and has been used for years with stunning results.
Upcoming Services we will be adding are IV Hydration. The doctor has been saying for years that 8 glasses of water per day is a step toward whole health. This IV hydration will level you out when you get overly dehydrated for one reason or another. The aim is to hydrate you back to life. This is not yet in place but please stay tuned for more information.
We, the T Off Team are very excited to be introducing these new services to keep you feeling your best inside and out. For more information about any of the service or to book an appointment please call 817-345-0303 or ask your provider during your next visit.

What Makes Our Primary Care Practice Unique

T Off Men’s Health providers are here to help you stay healthy and focus on wellness. Sure we can treat the common cold, but what about your lifestyle, disease prevention, coaching, exercise programs and spirituality? Shouldn’t your healthcare be about what it takes to help keep you at the top of your game? T Off Men’s Health providers are consultants – coaches – on your team – for your health.

So what actually makes us unique and different then other primary health care providers you ask? Why should you be switching your PCP to our office?

Quick appointments that occur on time

We understand your time is precious and respect it. Are you tired of going to the doctor and waiting in the waiting room for who knows how long, just to be put in a room and wait more? At T Off Men’s Health, we book your appointment, allocate the correct amount of time for your visit and have you in and out ON TIME.

Relaxed atmosphere with sports-themed patient rooms and snacks

Skip the regular old stuffy doctors office experience that has the typical boring pictures on the wall and the drab waiting room. Not only do we have leather recliners in our waiting rooms (in case you arrive early) but also, each of our patient rooms is dedicated to one of our favorite Texas sports teams. Whether you are a Stars fan, Cowboys, Texan Mav’s or some other Texas team fan we’ve got you covered. You can relax in your room and feel like you are somewhere you want to be.

Friendly, professional staff

Start building a trusting relationship with your primary care team. You have access to Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners, who treat you as a whole; body, mind, goals, dreams, projections. Not to mention our front desk staff that greets you every time with a warm smile.

Specialty services in addition to primary care

All too often your primary care physician has to recommend you to another doctors office to treat things like hormone replacement, allergy testing and treatment, weight loss, prescription refills or even botox. T Off Men’s Health covers all those specialty services in house. No need to fill out new client paperwork, get your insurance verified or find another location. We are the one stop shop for your health and wellness plan.

In network with all major insurance companies 

We deal with all major insurance providers and can maximize your coverage for all of our specialty services as well, getting you the most for your hard earned dollar.

Preventative labs

Be confident in your health by using the 100% covered yearly physical that your insurance company provides. In our preventative labs, we cover testing for early detection of a wide variety of future health problems. For the full list of preventative labs follow this link: http://toffmenshealth.com/primary-care/

Ready to make us your Primary Care Team? 

Take your health back into your hands and do it in a way that supports your desired lifestyle. T Off Men’s Health is here to support your journey to wellness every step of the way.

Why You Need A Primary Care Doctor

A primary care doctor or PCP is a patient’s main source for regular medical care, ideally providing continuity and integration of all health care services. The aims of primary care are to provide the patient with a broad spectrum of preventive and curative care over a period of time and to coordinate all other speciality care that the patient requires.

Medicine and healthcare is changing. Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are at the front lines of this change. Having a good relationship with your healthcare provider in this new era of healthcare is not about sick care anymore. As a matter of fact, you can get a cold treated at your local grocery store now or go to any of the 5 urgent care centers in your neighborhood. T Off Men’s Health providers are here to help you stay healthy and focus on wellness. Sure we can treat the common cold, but what about your goals, lifestyle, disease prevention, coaching and exercise programs? Shouldn’t your healthcare be about what it takes to help keep you at the top of your game? T Off Men’s Health providers are consultants – coaches – on your team – for your health.

In an increasingly complex medical world, having a team of knowledgeable physicians who are up to date with the latest medical advances, who also know your health history has become more important then ever.

Research curated by Health Affairs journal found that patients who have a PCP benefit from better management and treatment of chronic diseases, lower overall health-care costs and a higher level of satisfaction with their care.

Here are the five of the most important benefits you gain from building a strong and continuous relationship with a PCP like those found at T Off clinics.

1. Easier COMMUNICATION.

When patients are familiar with their physician and the office staff, appointments are less stressful and more productive. It’s more comfortable to talk about sensitive issues with someone you know in a familiar setting than with a stranger in a strange place.

2. CONTINUITY.

Having a single physician who has seen you for everything from the flu to lab tests to blood-pressure means having a wellness resource who knows your history. When you need an office visit, you don’t have to explain that there’s prostate cancer in your family or list the medications you’re taking and in what doses—it’s all in your record already allowing for faster visits.

3. CONVENIENCE.

With a PCP you can access a variety of health services: preventive care and screenings; care for chronic conditions such as asthma, hypertension and diabetes; and acute care for problems like coughs, digestive issues and high fever. In addition to these regular primary care services T Off Men’s Health also offers speciality services you would otherwise need to see an outside speciality doctor for.

4. EARLY DETECTION.

Consistent check-ups and contact with a single physician and office make it more likely that any health issues will be detected early when they’re most treatable.

5. HEALTH MAINTENANCE.

Your primary care doctor is uniquely positioned to help you avoid health problems. Based on the doctor’s examination and your medical history, he or she can determine whether you’re at increased risk for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and then help you take steps to prevent them from developing.

6. It Just Makes Sense

Most major insurance companies offer a yearly routine physical that is 100% covered to help people manage their health, in turn saving them money in the long run through early detection. By choosing a PCP and booking an appointment with them, you are able to stay on top of your wellness and live the best life you can with the peace of mind that is offered when receiving a clean bill of health.

Now, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time that you had a primary care practitioner?

Contact the T Off Men’s Health Clinic nearest you to book your next visit.

Fort Worth
817-632-5400
Dallas
214-217-8633
Keller
817-345-0303