|Choosing the right professional Prosthetist and or Orthotist is an important decision. Here are some things to consider:
1. Is the practitioner certified and licensed?
If your practitioner is ABC certified and state licensed where applicable, you can be certain that you are receiving the best care from a knowledgeable individual who has met demanding and established industry standards.
2. Can you communicate well with the practitioner?
Do you feel comfortable talking to your practitioner? Does he or she have a good "bed side" manner? Do they listen to you? Do they answer your questions clearly and in terms you can understand?
3. How well does the practitioner work with your rehabilitation team (doctor, surgeon, physical and/or occupational therapist)?
Coordination and good communication is key to a successful endeavor.
4. Is your practitioner accessible?
Will your practitioner see you right away if something is not right? Can the office handle emergency visits? Does the practitioner have back-up staff who is able to see you if the practitioner is out of the office?
5. Is the practitioner's office staff helpful and friendly?
Will they take the time to explain office policies and billing procedures? Are you warmly greeted when you go in for an office visit?
6. Does the practitioner accept your insurance?
If not, are they willing to work out a payment schedule for you? Do they help you clearly understand your financial responsibility?