The term provider is generally applied to any person who provides healthcare: doctors, nurses, podiatrists, chiropractors, etc. However, many physicians do not appreciate being labeled providers.
Shameka Hunt. McElhaney, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursWellstar Powder Springs Medical Center
Powder Springs, GA 30127
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia
- BlueChoice (BC/BS of GA)
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Coventry Health Care
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Humana Health Plan
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans
- TRICARE South/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
- Wellstar Cobb Hospital
What is a healthcare provider?
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How will I know if a new doctor takes my insurance?
The best way to find out if a doctor takes your insurance is to check with the doctor’s office staff. Remember, most insurers offer a variety of plan options. You have to be certain the doctor participates in your particular plan. Alternatively, use your health plan print or on-line Provider Directory to be certain your doctor is “in network.”
How can I determine if a doctor will see patients at night or on weekends?
Most physicians will not see patients in their offices or at the patient’s home in the evening or on weekends. Some will, however, and there is a new practice model called Concierge Medicine in which physicians promise greater access for a fee. Typically, if a patient calls a physician after hours, that doctor, or a covering doctor, will respond, discuss symptoms and advise the patient to immediately go to the emergency department at a nearby hospital if it is a critical problem or come in to the doctor’s office the next day if the need is not urgent.
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