What is preadmission testing?
Preadmission testing is sometimes called, "PAT." The PAT center is where important medical information will be obtained and evaluated prior to your procedure to ensure that you are in the best possible condition to undergo surgery. The objective of the preoperative evaluation is to assess and optimize any medical risks that you may have that may lead to complications. This process includes a nursing assessment, history and physical exam with a CPC physician, records review, additional testing and consultations when appropriate, and discussions among your treating physicians when required.
What do I need to do?
CPC uses the most up-to-date evidence based information to evaluate your individual situation. As the patient, you are an integral part of your own healthcare and it is very important that you have an understanding of your medical conditions, previous surgeries, allergies, and medications prior to your arrival to the PAT center. You should bring to your exam a list of your medical history and your medications, dosage and frequency. You will also need to bring your current insurance card and information. Although you may be registered by hospital staff, there will be professional fees charged separately for the CPC physician care provided to you. When you arrive, there will be forms to complete that may seem repetitive. These redundancies have shown to help improve overall patient safety and improve quality of care.
Why do I have to see another doctor and pay another fee?
In order to give you the best healthcare, certain rules and regulations require patients to have PAT exams before surgery. There will be a separate fee incurred for your preoperative evaluation as you are seeing a medical doctor from Comprehensive Pre-Operative Consultants with focused training to assess your health prior to surgery. Your financial responsibility is based on your contractual relationship with your health insurance company. The charge for your consultation with a CPC physician is not included in your surgery fee paid to the surgeon or hospital.