Preparing For Your Appointment

Preparing For Your Appointment

Preparing For Your Appointment

For the day of the appointment, we suggest that you print the document “Appointment Information”, which contains a new appointment checklist, and use it as a guide in preparing for your appointment.

Before arriving for your appointment, please complete the Patient History Questionnaire and bring it in on the day of your appointment.

For Your Appointment

The following tips will help you to make the most of your appointment.

Bring Insurance Information

This can include ID cards and, if applicable, written authorization of referral from your HMO or PPO. Please remember that it is the patient's responsibility to verify coverage. If you have any questions regarding insurance coverage for this visit, contact your insurance company.

Bring a Family Member or Friend

If possible, ask a family member or a close friend to join you for this appointment. Your physician requests this in order to obtain additional information concerning your symptoms that may aid in diagnosis.

If applicable, bring eyeglasses and/or hearing aids.

Arrive Early

Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early to complete appointment-related paper work. Allow extra time for traffic and parking. We are located in Downtown Chicago, and traffic delays are likely, especially during rush hours. Convenient parking locations are available.

If a Neuropsychological Evaluation is Recommended

At the Northwestern Neurobehavior and Memory Clinic, physicians often recommend that patients complete a comprehensive evaluation consisting of a neurological assessment and cognitive testing.

If your physician recommends neuropsychological testing, please read this document explaining the neuropsychological evaluation prior to your evaluation, paying particular attention to details about how the procedure is billed, including individual billing codes. Please use the codes in this document to verify your insurance benefits in advance of testing.

In addition, please ask a person who knows you well—and might even accompany you to your appointment—to complete the Informant Questionnaire - New Evaluation.

The neuropsychological evaluation usually takes 3-4 hours. It includes observations from someone who knows the patient well, because cognitive symptoms can be complex. This evaluation helps us determine specific areas of concern and to recommend treatment. Feedback can be provided. A written report with results and recommendations will be sent to any physicians you request.

At Your Appointment: Communication Tips from the National Institutes of Health

We encourage you to speak candidly with your doctor and to feel free to ask any questions you may have. These tips from the National Institutes of Health may assist you in preparing for your appointment.

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