Below are some of Frequently Asked Questions that Dr.Karnstedt
has answered. Please click on a question to read more detail about that specific topic.
With Which Insurance Plans Do You Participate?
We participate with most insurance plans. However, this can change depending on contractual agreements. For an up-to-date list of insurance plans please contact our office at 678-455-0030. We accept new Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Can I Get Prescriptions By Phone?
We request that patients bring in all their medicines and supplement bottles at each office visit. This enables us to be sure all medicines are correct, helps with dosage adjustments, and allows us to provide refills if needed. If you are running out of medication between visits, contact your pharmacy directly for your convenience. They will contact us on your behalf and speed up the process. You can also request refills using our Patient Portal on this website. It may take up to 48 hrs for refills to be processed, but we try to approve requests throughout the day.
For your safety, we will generally refuse to prescribe medications for a new problem without checking you at the office. We do require that anyone on continuing medication be seen at least yearly to evaluate drug effectiveness and to detect possible adverse reactions or other interactions with other drugs.
What Other Services Do You Offer?
Among the services available at Lanier Adult Medicine are:
In addition we also offer:
Preventive care, health screening and physical exams for individuals fifteen and older
Routine care for women including Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams, pregnancy tests
Treatment of complex and long-term medical conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression
Acute care for short-term illness
Flu shots and other immunizations
STD treatment and counseling
Skin Cancer screenings
Coordination of home health needs
Skin procedures such as biopsies of new or changing moles or growths, wound care, wart treatments, cyst removal, removal of skin tags, treatment of bursitis, joint injections, treatment of tendonitis and treatment of ingrown toenails.
Protime or INR testing services offered:
Lanier Adult Medicines nurse provides point-of-care INR testing to maximize care and minimize risks to patients on anticoagulant therapy. The benefits of face-to-face point-of-care testing with a nurse includes an opportunity for immediate test results, assessing for bleeding complications, reinforcing anti-coagulation education, and assuring adequate understanding of medication dosing schedule.
Do You Accept New Patients?
We gladly accept new patients into the practice. We require new patients to have a complete examination shortly after their initial visit. This helps us to know you as a person, and gives us a more thorough knowledge of your medical condition.
What is General Internal Medicine?
Internal Medicine is the specialty dealing with the medical problems of adults. We do not care for children under the age of 15. For teenagers and adults, we serve as the primary care physician--the one to contact first for any medical concerns.
What Are Your Office Hours?
Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 each day.
Is the Doctor Board Certified?
Yes, the doctor is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Which Hospital Do You Use?
We are on courtesy staff at Northside Forsyth, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Chestatee Regional Hospital, and Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. To give you the best hospital experience possible, we utilized the expertise of the on-staff hospitalists.
Do You Make House Calls?
Yes, on rare occasions for certain kinds of illnesses. As a rule, however, patients too sick to come to the office are usually sick enough to warrant evaluation in a hospital setting.
Where Do I Go For Lab Work?
Our office provides almost all laboratory services. Our in-house lab uses state-of-the-art computerized equipment to do most blood tests, providing rapid, accurate results and the ability to get an immediate response in many situations. EKG's, Strep tests, Flu tests, Protime, Glucose Levels, Pregnancy tests, Cholesterol and Urinalysis are some of the tests available at our office. Hundreds more are available on request or as needed.
What is the Phone Policy?
Our office staff has been trained to deal with most phone questions. If you need to speak with a doctor, please inform the staff of the nature of your call. Except for emergencies, our first priority is to patients in the office, so the call will be returned when there is a break in the schedule. We have an automated phone system that will enable us to direct your call to the proper department.
Do I Need An Appointment?
Yes. All visits are by appointment. We offer, as a convenience, same day appointments. Appointments can be made 24hrs a day using our Patient Web Portal. We make a real effort to stay on time, but when emergencies do arise and the doctor is more that thirty minutes behind schedule, we will give you the option of rescheduling. When patients miss appointments, we do have a policy of charging for the second and any subsequent missed appointments. We ask patients who can't keep their appointment to call 24hrs prior to canceling , so the time can be allotted to another patient.
Are You Available For After Hour Emergencies?
Yes, after the regular office hours and on Saturdays and Sundays the doctor is on call and carries a beeper. Call the office number for instructions. Please limit after hour calls to urgent problems which cannot wait until regular hours.
What Is Your Fee Policy?
We feel our fees are fair and appropriate for the service we provide. It is our policy that payment or co-payment for office visits is expected at the time of the visit. There is a nominal charge to fill out forms brought in from outside of the practice. If you have questions about our charges, please discuss them prior to your visit with us.