|Scheduling Office Visits|
Scheduling By Phone
You or your primary care provider may schedule an appointment by calling (907) 562-2277 during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (closed holidays).
During the scheduling call, you will be asked to describe the reason for your visit (chief medical concern) and provide basic demographic information (name, address, date of birth, etc.). Insured patients will also be asked to provide insurance information. Please have your insurance card or information ready when you call. First visit documents can be found at "First Visit Forms".
If you or your primary care provider are uncertain about which OPA surgeon or physician’s assistant to see, we will be pleased to recommend one for you, based on your condition and other factors. OPA schedulers will always consider the urgency of your condition together with travel and other special needs when scheduling your appointment. When unexpected openings occur that may shorten your wait, we will contact you immediately.
Patients who are not able to wait for the next available appointment with a surgeon or who prefer to be seen as soon as possible are encouraged to schedule an initial visit with a Certified Orthopedic Physician Assistant. Physician Assistants work closely with the surgeons to expedite the appropriate care. (See, “Visits with Certified Orthopedic Physician Assistants” below)
Scheduling By Online Appointment Request
You may request an appointment 24/7 via our secure online appointment request system. After submitting your request, an OPA representative will contact you by phone or e-mail with a schedule confirmation.
Courtesy Confirmation & Reminder Call
All OPA patients receive a courtesy confirmation and reminder phone call on the day before the scheduled visit. When necessary, we will leave a voice message.
Changing Your Appointment
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, please call our office no less than 24 hours in advance. Representatives are available to take your call Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Visits with Certified Orthopedic Physician Assistants
OPA offers visits with both orthopedic physician/surgeons and certified orthopedic physician assistants (PA-C). Orthopedic physician assistants work hand in hand with surgeons both in the office and in surgery and are qualified in every way to help with the diagnosis treatment process whether on the first visit or on follow up visits. Physician assistants are also a tremendous help to patients in answering questions and are able to follow up on details when surgeons are in surgery. The surgeon, physician assistant and medical assistant comprise the essential care giving teams at OPA.
Certified orthopedic physician assistants are non physician medical providers licensed by the State Medical Board to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. In order to be certified and eligible for licensure, a physician assistant must pass a nationally standardized medical board examination. Physician assistants are qualified to prescribe medications in all 50 states, and are trained initially in general medicine before training in specialty areas such as orthopedics.
OPA employs only licensed and certified physician assistants trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic/musculoskeletal conditions. At the surgeon’s request, and with the consent of the patient, physician assistants may be present during surgery to provide a skilled extra set of hands during more complicated procedures.
Documents showing the education and current collaborative plan for each OPA physician assistant are available to patients for inspection during regular business hours.