Frequently Asked Questions

Office Policies

Does my doctor need to refer me to see Dr. Boniske?
What insurances does Dr. Boniske participate with?

Do I need a referral for my insurance to see the doctor or have a test in the office?
What do I need to bring for my appointment with Dr. Boniske?
What happens if I am late for my appointment?
Do I have to pay at the time of my appointment?
Does the office accept credit cards?

Bone Density Testing (DEXA)
Can I have a bone density test without a consultation with the doctor?
Is a bone density test painful?
How long does the test take?
Does my insurance cover bone density testing?
Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a bone density test?

X-ray
General information about our x-ray services.

Lab
General information about our lab services.

 

Office Policies

Q: Does my doctor need to refer me to see Dr. Boniske?

A: Yes. We do not accept self-referred patients. Please note that you will also need a written doctor's order to have a bone density test at our office.
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Q: What insurances does Dr. Boniske participate with?

A: We participate with the following insurances:

Admar

Blue Cross HMO + PPO

Blue Shield HNO + PPO

CCN

CCS (with specific approval)

Champus - Tricare

Cigna HMO + PPO

First Health

Foundation for Medical Care

Health Net HMO and PPO

Interplan

Key Medical Group

Medi-Cal (as secondary only)

Medicare

Mosaic

One Health

Pacificare HMO + PPO

PHCS

United Healthcare HMO and PPO

(Note: This list is subject to change. Please call for the most up-to-date information.)
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Q: Do I need a referral for my insurance to see the doctor or have a test in the office?

A: A general rule of thumb is that most HMO's require a written referral for any care outside of your primary physician. If you are unsure you should ask your primary doctor's office or your insurance company. Our policy is that if you come for an appointment without a referral and your insurance requires one, you may agree to pay for your visit or be rescheduled. Acquiring the proper referral is ultimately the patient's responsibility.
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Q: What do I need to bring for my appointment with Dr. Boniske?

A: Please bring your insurance card(s), any pertinent medical records or x-rays and all of medicines you are taking. Also, it is important to make sure you have the proper referral for your insurance if it is required. Please also remember to arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork. We would like the paperwork filled out in advance if possible (see forms).
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Q: What happens if I am late for my appointment?

A: You may be asked to reschedule. Speak with the front desk if you arrive late and they will determine whether the doctor can see you.
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Q: Do I have to pay at the time of my appointment?

A: If we participate with your insurance and the proper referral(s) are in place you are only responsible for any co-pays your insurance may require. If we do not accept your insurance or the proper referral is not in place then you will be required to pay for your visit unless other prior arrangements are made.
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Q: Does the office accept credit cards for payment?

A: At this time we only accept cash, check or money order for payment.
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Bone Density Testing (DEXA)

Q: Can I have a bone density test without a consultation with Dr. Boniske?

A: Yes, your doctor can refer you to our office just for a bone density test. After your test we will send a complete report to your doctor. (Of course if you want a consultation with our doctor that can be arranged separately).
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Q: Is a bone density test painful?

A: No, bone density testing is completely noninvasive and painless. Most people find the test relaxing. You lie on a special padded x-ray table while measurements of your spine and hip are performed.
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Q: How long does the test take?

A: The test itself usually takes only 10 or 15 minutes. We schedule 30 minute appointment times to take care of paperwork and other preparations.
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Q: Does my insurance cover bone density testing?

A: Many insurance carriers cover bone density testing for specific reasons, those reasons vary according to medical history and/or condition. If you are unsure about coverage contact your insurance carrier directly. We participate with many of the major carriers in our geographic region including Medicare. Contact our office if you have further questions about coverage.
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Q: Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a bone density test?

A: It is best to wear clothing with no metal (snaps, zippers, clips, underwire, etc.) and it is also important that you have not had any other diagnostic tests that require the use of contrast media (barium, nuclear medicine, etc.) within a week before your bone density test. It is best if you do not take calcium tablets for 48 hours prior to the test.
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X-ray

We perform some standard x-ray imaging in our office for patients of Dr. Boniske. There is no specific preparation necessary when you are scheduled for x-ray but you may be asked to wear a hospital gown for certain procedures. You can always call if you have specific questions.
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Lab

We have a laboratory for patients of Drs. Boniske so that we can offer on-site phlebotomy services. Preparations for your specific lab test will vary and you should contact the office if you have any questions.
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