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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need a referral from my primary care doctor to be seen at Advanced Lipidology?
No, self-referrals are accepted. But we do prefer to work collaboratively with your primary care physician. We will communicate results of testing and treatment recommendations to your physician at your request. It is very important that your physician be aware of any new medications you are taking. 

Will my visit be covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies are accepted at Advanced Lipidology, including Medicare. We do not currently accept Medicaid. It always a good idea to check with your insurance provider, if you are uncertain about your coverage.

Will the labs be covered by my insurance?
That depends on the coverage provided by your insurance policy. We find that the majority of lab work is generally covered by most insurance policies. Some, but not all, insurance policies cover the NMR and LpPLA2 tests. Medicare does cover NMR lipoprofile four times per year. It always a good idea to check with your insurance provider, if you are uncertain about your coverage.

We do have the ability to order labs through an alternate route that will provide coverage for NMR and other optional labs at NO out-of-pocket cost to patients, if their incurance does not cover these services. All patients should now have access to advanced testing at reduces to no cost, if not routinely covered by their insurance. When scheduling labs ask the scheduler about your options.

I've read about the Carotid Intima Media Thickness Evaluation (CIMT). Is this normally covered by insurance? And what else can you tell me about it?
The Carotid Intima Media Thickness Evaluation (CIMT) is an ultrasound test, not "lab work." It is not routinely covered by most insurance companies. A standard carotid ultrasound measures plaque and blood flow within the artery. When an ultrasound is used with the CIMT software, the test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery - the intima and media.

Arterial thickening provides the earliest evidence of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, the beginning stage of a disease process that leads to heart disease and stroke. Doctors can use this carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) measurement to calculate the age of the patient's arteries, which does not always match the patient's calendar age. Presently, the cost for a CIMT in our offices is about $300, and we recommend them as warranted. Click Here for a release by The University of Chicago Medical Center about CIMT. A second item by them can be found by Clicking Here .

Can Dr. Dall, or the Nurse Practitioners see me for my primary care needs?
Advanced Lipidology is a specialty clinic. We do not manage patients' primary care needs. It is important that you maintain your doctor-patient relationship with your primary care physician.

What is advanced lipid testing?
An inital advanced lipid testing done by Advanced Lipidology is likely to include an NMR Lipoprofile or Apo B, a Lipid panel including Non HDL cholesterol, a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), a Thyroid panel (TSH) and Free T4, and perhaps antiTPO antibodies and antithyroglobulin antibodies, a 25 OH Vitamin D test, a Lipoprotein (a) test, and it is also likely the evaluation may include LpPLA2 (PLAC) or hsCRP tests.

What are the hours of operation?
Monday through Wednesday 8:00 - 5:00, or at other times by special appointment.

Why does my insurance statement say Dr. Dall, when my visit was with one of the Nurse Practitioners or Physician's Assistants?
All visits are ultimately under Dr. Dall's supervision, and are billed under her national provider number.