Frequently Asked Questions
New Patient Appointment
What must I bring to my first new patient appointment?
It is very important for all patients currently on a pain medicine regimen to bring in all current pain medications in their original bottles. We also ask that you bring your driver’s license, insurance card, co-payment, and any medical records that have not already been faxed.
How soon can a new patient be seen?
New patient appointments vary due to location, provider availability, and the patient’s schedule. Because this is a pain management practice, we make every effort to see the patient as soon as possible, appointments may be scheduled as soon as 24 to 48 hours after the initial call.
Will I receive a prescription for medications on my new patient appointment?
The Pain Center must perform appropriate and required diligence to investigate each patient’s claim regarding their medication prescriptions. This process will require confirmation of the medication regimen with the original prescriber of the medication. Documentation regarding the data of the most recent prescription(s) with the number prescribed and any refills noted will be reviewed. Issues of previous noncompliance with narcotics or medications prescribed will need to be reviewed. A written note from the patient’s prescribing practitioner or PCP requesting The Pain Center to assume care of the narcotic regimen will be required. This process may require up to two weeks depending on the ease of access to the information. The Pain Center WILL NOT prescribe a narcotic regimen until the appropriate investigation is complete.
Can I be seen at any location of The Pain Center?
Yes, unless you are requesting a specific provider.
How often do I have to have an office visit?
Normally monthly, but it depends on your specific treatment plan.
Can I see a Doctor for my office visit instead of an Advanced Care Practitioner?
Your treatment plan and care will be overseen by one of our Pain Specialists and will be implemented at each visit by one of our clinical staff members, including our valued Advanced Care Practitioners. If at any time during your treatment plan you would like your visit to be scheduled with a TPC Physician, please feel free to ask and we will do what we can within the schedule to accommodate your request.
How long is a regular office visit?
A follow-up office visit at The Pain Center lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow time for check-in and prescription refill.
Why do I have to wait to get my procedure authorized?
Most insurance requires medical dictation that demonstrates and supports the medical necessity of an intervention procedure performed at The Pain Center. The waiting period for authorization typically includes time for The Pain Center Provider to dictate the medical necessity for the procedure and the receipt and review of documentation by your insurance carrier prior to approval.
Who will be performing my procedure?
All physicians at The Pain Center are fellowship trained specialists and are able to perform all of the interventional procedures offered here.
Are there any side effects?
Potential side effects to most procedures are minimal, and specific details will be reviewed with you by your physician prior to any procedure.
How long will it take to get my procedure authorized?
7 – 10 business days, depending on your insurance.
What is the expected recovery time of a procedure?
Most of our patients are given a 15 – 30 minute recovery period in our supervised recovery room immediately following each procedure. Most patients can return to work the same day as the procedure is performed. Certain interventional procedures that are more aggressive may require a short recovery period with rest at home prior to returning to normal activities.
Do I need a driver present when having a procedure done?
For all procedures performed with sedation, you MUST have a responsible driver to take you home. For procedures without sedation, it is always helpful to have a driver available should you need one, however, it is not mandatory.
Your driver must be 18 years or older and must REMAIN in the clinic at all times.
Do not drive or drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after sedation.
If you are using a transportation service, you MUST be accompanied by a responsible passenger age 18 years or older.
Can I see a Pain Physician other than my regular Pain Physician just to get in for an injection?
For appropriate continuation of care, we prefer that all injections be performed by your pain physician on record. If your regular physician is unavailable on a regularly scheduled return visit, we will make every effort to accommodate you with another physician if necessary.
Should I continue taking my medications as usual?
For the most part, yes. The only exception would be blood thinners. If you are on blood thinners, please discuss this with the Pain Physician, as these will likely need to be stopped for a period of time before your procedure.
Can I eat or drink before my procedure?
When receiving sedation, you should not eat (8 hours) prior to the procedure but it is OK to take scheduled medications as prescribed. You may have clear liquids up to (2 hours) prior to procedure. Any questions regarding this policy should be addressed with our clinical team prior to arriving for your procedure.
How long will my procedure take?
Most procedures take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Some of our more intricate interventional procedures may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Each patient procedure, along with risks, benefits and alternatives, is discussed prior to each procedure.
Can I call in my prescription on the weekend for a refill?
Please contact TPC directly at 623.516.8252 to discuss your specific treatment plan.
Can my prescription be filled early if I run out?
Please contact TPC directly at 623.516.8252 to discuss your specific treatment plan.
Can my family member pick up my prescriptions?
Yes, as long as they are listed on the HIPAA form you fill out with your patient paperwork. If you have not listed someone whom you want to grant permissions, please see the front desk next time you are in for an appointment and they will be happy to assist you in filling out any needed information. They also must provide positive identification when picking up the prescription.
Can my prescription be refilled without an office visit?
As a general rule, medications, and specifically narcotic medications, are not refilled without an office visit at The Pain Center, unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon with your provider.
Billing & Insurance
Will I be billed by you or my insurance for any procedures or office visits?
You will be billed by The Pain Center, P.C.
Urinary drug screens and sedation services are services that are provided by contracted companies we work with. These services will be billed separately from The Pain Center, P.C.
Can I be billed for my co-payment?
No, co-payment is due at the time of service. All deductibles and additional co-pays will be further billed after your insurance assessment.
How can I get an appointment for physical therapy?
Your provider needs to order a PT evaluation through the referral department, and then the referral department will get authorization for the referral and send it to a contracted facility.
Can my appointment be scheduled before you have my referral?
No, unless your insurance company does not require a referral.
How do I get my MRI results?
Due to the medical nature of diagnostic studies, your MRI results will be discussed with you at the first follow-up appointment after your MRI is completed.
What is Celéri Health?
Celéri Health is a clinically-validated Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) assessment, engagement, and education platform that couples reimbursement with longitudinal outcomes reporting.
Why does The Pain Center use Celéri Health?
- Helps clinicians track patient progress, tailor care, and have more impactful conversations with patients
- Enhances patient outcomes
- Customizes & streamlines workflows
- Collects insights that evolve care
- Facilitates collaboration for research
- Integrates seamlessly with our EMR
How does Celéri Health work?
The Celéri Health platform sends the carefully chosen assessments directly to TPC patients directly by text or email on the providers preferred schedule. Since Celéri integrates with the TPC chart results automatically load into the patient record for immediate review. There is no additional cost to you or your insurance for this benefit.
How often will I be asked to complete a survey?
TPC providers have requested that the PROMIS29 survey be completed once every 60 days by all patients.
Patients that are scheduled for a surgical procedure may be asked to complete specific measures starting just before surgery and continuing at regular intervals for up to years, even when the patient no longer experiences any pain.
Can I choose not to participate with Celéri Health surveys?
TPC is confident that the partnership with Celéri Health is an important part of your treatment and also a great way to improve pain management for everyone. However, if you choose not to participate, please send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and future surveys will be discontinued.
Do your clinics offer wheelchair assistance?
What are your office hours?
7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Does each of your pain clinics have a different phone number?
No, we have a phone tree that directs the patient to the appropriate department so that each call can be directed appropriately. Please call our main number at 623.516.8252.
What is the Wellness Program?
Our Wellness Program treatment professionals are dedicated to helping patients minimize and overcome the cognitive, emotional and neurochemical barriers created by pain. We will assist you in developing coping strategies that are personally meaningful and can help change the way you respond to and manage your pain.
Can I be late to an appointment?
It is required that you check in 15 minutes prior to a regular office visit or a procedure being performed without sedation. If you are having a procedure with sedation, we ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. We ask that you come in prior to your scheduled time so that the appropriate administrative and clinical paperwork can be completed and ready for your procedure as well as any pre-procedural tasks that need to be completed. Failure to arrive at the requested time may result in cancellation of your appointment.
ATTENTION, all TPC patients please read
Medical Device Fraud – Warning
It has come to our attention that various organizations are contacting individuals by phone or mail, offering back braces and/or knee braces and claiming these braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance programs. These individuals are not associated with The Pain Center and are part of a scam being investigated by the Better Business Bureau.
Please be aware that if your doctor believes a brace is medically necessary, they will discuss this with you in person during one of your appointments. Your doctor or a representative from The Pain Center will not contact you about a brace by phone or mail.
The Pain Center takes this matter very seriously. We hope that by alerting our patients, this will stop them from falling victim to this scam. If you receive a phone call or a post card in the mail from anyone claiming to be from “The Pain Center,” please call our offices at 623.516.8252.