New to Continucare? To make your first visit go smoothly, please:
Frequently Asked Questions
Continucare is a primary care practice with locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Pasco and Hillsborough Counties in Florida. We understand that seniors have specific challenges and their healthcare needs become more unique as they age. We created an approach called senior-focused primary care, which means providing personalized, high-quality care combined with an excellent patient experience. Our care team has decades of experience in both the treatment and management of most chronic and acute-care conditions. As a partner in your health, we provide health education and well-being services to help both our patients and our community members improve their health.
Our staff will be happy to help you and your family establish your relationship with a Continucare physician. Give us a call or visit any of our Continucare offices to receive a New Patient Information Packet which you can complete at home and bring with you to your first appointment.
To help with your transition, if your medical records are currently with another physician, we will need you to sign a Medical Records Release form that gives us permission to request your records be sent directly to your new Continucare physician. Questions about any of the forms? We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have, visit our market pages to find the nearest location.
We want the time with your doctor to be well spent. To best achieve this, please be sure to bring the following items to your initial appointment:
- Your current insurance card and a valid photo ID.
- All your medication bottles, including non-prescription medicines. It's very important that your health care team gets a full understanding of the prescription and non-prescription medicines you currently take. This insures that your doctor does not prescribe a new medication that could have a negative interaction with other medications you already take.
- Please be ready to provide a thorough description of any health problem you've been having, and how it affects you.
- Any questions you may have for our team.
- Bringing a companion is helpful if you have limited hearing, vision or other special needs; they can also help with understanding and remembering the doctor's instructions.
Call any of our offices, and one of our staff members will be happy to answer your questions or send you further information. Visit our market pages for a list of our Continucare office phone numbers.
For non-emergency medical needs after-hours or on weekends/holidays, please call your usual Continucare office number. Our 24 hour answering service will relay your message to the doctor on call. The physician returning your call will be from one of our medical offices. Visit our market pages for a list of our Continucare office phone numbers.
We strive to make accessing medical care easy. Contact your Continucare office by phone to schedule an appointment. Same day appointments are usually available in the event of an urgent need; please help us to serve others by requesting same day service only when you really need it.
In addition, each Continucare medical office has a Nurse Practitioner on duty to assist with managing your care between physician visits.
Please call in advance to schedule lab appointments; this will help avoid long waits.
Call immediately to reschedule if you are unable to make your appointment. This way we can ensure you stay on track, while also opening the availability to another customer.
It is best to call your Continucare medical office. They will guide you to answers for your specific questions.
Your insurance card contains a great amount of essential information needed for billing purposes. Once we capture this data in our system, we will want to review your insurance card in subsequent visits to ensure that our records are current and there have been no changes to your insurance plan. This step prevents confusion and limits the likelihood of us billing you personally due to incorrect insurance information.
Note: When your insurance coverage changes, always be sure to notify your Continucare medical office.
As an informed consumer it is vital that you understand exactly what your health care insurance policy covers - and what required co-pays and deductibles you may be responsible for.
Not all health plans offer the same benefits. Providing quality care is our primary concern, and our goal is to provide that care within your insurance contract guidelines. However, since those guidelines differ substantially from one policy to another, we must rely on you to know what your plan covers.
Like most medical practices, we require that you pay your co-pay at the time of your appointment. Medical practices have contracted agreements with insurance companies to submit claims on the patient's behalf with the exception of co-pays which are the patient's direct responsibility. Please do not request us to break policy to "just bill you" for co-pays since the bookkeeping cost of sending and tracking a statement is often as much as - or more than - the actual co-pay amount.
If you are insured with a Medicare Advantage plan, please be sure to familiarize yourself with your Evidence of Coverage and the Benefits portion of your enrollment package. This may vary by county and region.