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Frequently Asked Questions
1.)  Do I need an appointment to be seen in your clinic? Appointments are required for pre-travel consultations.  We are not able to accept walk-ins.  Call our office and in many instances we can schedule your appointment the same day you call. 2.)  Do you administer immunizations? We are a certified Colorado Yellow Fever vaccination site and we also administer a variety of other travel immunizations.  Click here for information regarding Yellow Fever vaccinations.  Click here for information regarding other travel vaccinations. 3.)  I am planning to travel outside the United States.  I do not know if I need any travel vaccines or medicines.  Can you tell me over the phone if I need any of these or if I need to make a Pre-Travel Consultation appointment? It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all persons traveling outside the United States should seek medical consultation with a travel medicine provider or a health care provider that is familiar with travel medicine.  We recommend that if you are not sure if you need immunizations or medication for travel, that you schedule an appointment for a Pre-Travel consultation with our provider.  We are not able to give medical advise or information over the phone or by email. 4.)  I need to get a hepatitis A vaccination or another vaccination my regular doctor does not offer.  I have received all the other immunizations and medications I need for my trip from my regular doctor.  Do I still need to schedule a full Pre-Travel consultation with your physician? No.  We do offer a Vaccine Only Consultation for those individuals who only need vaccines administered.  The only exception to this is if you need to have Yellow Fever vaccine administered.  Yellow Fever vaccine administration requires a Pre-Travel consultation. 5.)  Do you provide pre-travel consultations for children? We do see pediatric patients of any age in our clinic for Pre-Travel Consultations. 6.)  What is a Certificate in Travel Health®? The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) is a organization “committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel. In cooperation with health care providers, academic centers, the travel industry and the media, ISTM advocates and facilitates education, service, and research activities in the field of travel medicine. This includes: preventive and curative medicine within many specialties such as tropical medicine, infectious diseases, high altitude physiology, travel related obstetrics, psychiatry, occupational health, military and migration medicine, and environmental health.”1 The Certificate in Travel Health® recognizes individual excellence in knowledge in the field of travel medicine, associated with pre-travel care and consultation. The exam focuses specifically on the level of knowledge that is necessary to practice travel medicine. Knowledge of specific tropical diseases and treatments will be limited to that which should be known to advise travelers (for example, in the diagnosis and treatment of traveler’s diarrhea or rabies immunoprophylaxis), including post-travel triage of travelers and post-travel screening. Knowledge of tropical medicine is not required. Developed by an international panel of travel medicine experts representing a variety of professional disciplines, the Certificate will be awarded to eligible professionals who pass the Certificate of Knowledge Examination. The Certificate is a symbol of your achievement in the field - proof of your commitment to excellence. Those passing the examination will receive a Certificate of Knowledge and will be granted a "Certificate in Travel HealthTM" or "CTH®."”2 Billing / Office Policy 1.) Do you accept medical insurance? Denver Travel Medicine Clinic, PC is considered an “out of network” clinic by all medical insurance carriers.  At the end of your visit we can give you a copy of your “superbill” that summaries all of your charges that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  Note that most medical insurance carriers do not cover travel medicine services or vaccinations.  Clients are expected to pay for all consultation and vaccination fees incured on the day of service. 2.)  What types of payment to you accept? We accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card and cash.  We do not accept checks.  Payment for all travel medicine services is due in full at time of service.  We can not bill clients for services rendered.  3.)  What is your “No-Show” policy? Cancellation of an appointment requires 24 hours notice.  Failure to provide 24 hours notice will result in a $35 no-show charge. Other Common Questions 1.)  What is the difference between a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), MD (Medical Doctor) and a NP-C (Certified Nurse Practitioner)? DO, or Doctor of Osteopathy, is one of the physician designations (like MD) that identifies a physician who has completed medical school and appropriate advanced training. DO’s complete four years of medical school and at least three additional years of residency training and then may be certified as specialists in any medical speciality including family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, etc.  DO's receive additional training in musculoskeletal medicine and are also able to perform manipulation. In the state of Colorado, DO’s are licensed by the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners. MD, or Medical Doctor, is one of the physician designations (like DO) that identifies a physician who has completed medical school and appropriate advanced training. MD’s complete four years of medical school and at least three additional years of residency training and then may be certified as specialists in any medical speciality including family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, etc.  In the state of Colorado, MD’s are licensed by the Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners. NP-C, or Certified Nurse Practitioner, designates a Registered Nurse with advanced education and training, who practices in all speciality areas to assess, diagnose, and treat patients of all ages and with all types of health needs. NP-C’s generally have a minimum of a Masters Degree in Nursing and a National Certification to practice in an advanced role. 1-http://www.istm.org/WebForms/About/ 2-http://www.istm.org/WebForms/About/faqs.aspx
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