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    Preparing information about your medical condition is very important, but preparing information that the doctor’s office needs for billing your office visit to the insurance company is essential in order to guarantee that you will even be seen by the doctor! Let’s start with the typical information you will need in hand in order to complete patient registration forms at the doctor’s office. Your social security number and that of the insured Your date of birth Your home address and...Read More
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    To address the special medical needs and concerns of children, it is important to have your child’s medical history written down, either on paper or digitally. Medical history around the time of the child’s birth, growth, and physical and social development is important for the pediatrician to know. Below are some topics and/or questions to include in your child’s medical history: Place of birth Ethnic background Are parents living together or separated? Alternative guardian? Were there...Read More
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    There are things that you should do before going to the hospital, that many people forget or do not think about. What to prepare before you go to the hospital Bring your own medications to the hospital with you. This will be helpful when the doctors need to confirm the drug names and doses. The hospital may need to temporarily borrow from your supply in order to continue giving you the drug if your medication is an uncommon drug or is not on formulary. On the other hand, do not take your own...Read More

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Alan Ettinger

Alan B. Ettinger, MD, MBA, is Chief of the Division of Epilepsy and Electroencephalography, Department of Neurology, at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, and director of the Huntington Hospital Seizure Monitoring Program in Huntington, New York. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, President of the Long Island Epilepsy Foundation Professional Advisory Board, and has published widely in medical journals...

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