Types of Appointments

At Rocky Mountain Family Physicians, we understand navigating the medical world can often be confusing and this all starts with scheduling your appointment. We would like to help our patients understand the difference between a Preventive Exam and an Office Visit. This is especially important when we send a claim to your insurance for your date of service.

So, what type of appointment do you need to schedule?

A Preventive Exam (also often referred to as an Annual Wellness Visit or Routine Physical) is a yearly, prevention-focused appointment. The purpose of this appointment is to help prevent illness and detect health concerns early. This does not include medication management, addressing new or current conditions, or managing chronic conditions. A preventive exam is often covered by your insurance once a year.  **It is possible to have a Preventive Exam and an Office Visit in the same appointment as these are two separate services.

To find out more information regarding a Preventive Exam, please see our Preventive Medicine page.

An Office Visit (Evaluation and Management Appointment) is a problem-focused appointment used to address new or existing health problems or symptoms. In this appointment, your provider may order tests, prescribe medication, refer you to a specialist, or provide advice and education. This includes both Urgent Care (Same Day Appointments) and Follow-up Appointments.

Co-payments and deductibles will apply.

Urgent Care (Same Day Appointment) appointments are reserved specifically for those injuries and illnesses that do not require a trip to the emergency room, including the following concerns: common cold, flu, cuts, scrapes, headaches, stomach aches, sore throats, fractures, and minor infections or wounds.

Copayments and deductibles will apply.

Follow-Up appointment is often required by a provider when a patient is being followed for chronic conditions and may need medication management throughout the year.

Copayments and deductibles will apply.

At some point you may also need to schedule a Minor Procedure. We are able to perform several minor procedures such as vasectomies, circumcisions, colposcopies, biopsies, skin lesion removals, cyst removals, and lipoma removals. These often require a Consultation prior to the procedure.

Copayments and deductibles will apply for all minor procedures and consolations.