As family physicians who enjoy maternity care, our role in your pregnancy is to advise you about the natural process, recommend tests and therapies when appropriate, and supervise the birth. Labor typically occurs spontaneously; it only needs to be induced, or started, in the event of concerns about the well-being of mom or baby. We see pregnancy and birth as a clear picture of the intricate design of God. It is one of our highest privileges to witness the miracle of birth. We are “on call” for our OB patients most of the time; we don’t like to miss births. However, if one of us is unavailable or out of town, another High Point physician assumes responsibility for your care. If your labor does not go as planned and a C-section is needed, we are able to perform that surgery together.
We care for patients of all ages, from birth to the end of life, in the clinic, hospital, or nursing home. We particularly enjoy delivering babies and watching families grow. We perform cardiac stress testing, colonoscopy, vasectomy, joint injection, minor surgery, and skin procedures, among other things.
Our physicians want to ensure continuity of care for our patients. To accomplish this, we see our patients that are hospitalized at Grant Regional Health Center seven days/week to review your care plan and make adjustments as needed. On the weekends, our High Point physicians collaborate with other local family doctors to share the rounding responsibilities. After you go home, we schedule a follow up visit in clinic to make sure you are continuing to recover.
High Point physicians care for patients at all three nursing homes in Lancaster and Fennimore for long term care or shorter rehab stays.
We encourage annual Annual Physical Exams/Wellness Visits for all patients. Typically covered by insurance, these visits are the best time for us review your health history, growth, medications, immunizations, and screening labs, as applicable. Many conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, have no symptoms for years, yet are able to treated or prevented if discovered in a timely manner at regular “check-ups” with your health care provider.
Patients are encouraged to come to the clinic for annual wellness visits. As a courtesy to our patients, we will complete your child’s Sports Physical Forms as part of their yearly well-child check. We provide Sports Physicals as a separate visit as well, but a fee would be charged if the office visit is not part of their annual check-up.
The purpose of the DOT/Commercial Motor Vehicle driver examination is to determine qualification status of commercial drivers for the safety of the driver and public.
As of May 2014, federal regulations require that a medical examiner be certified to perform this evaluation. Dr. Eric Slane is able to perform these exams for patients whether or not they consider one of us their primary care provider.
There is a set price for this examination which includes one certification or recertification office visit as well as required urine test. The patient/driver or employer may take advantage of the prompt pay 40% cash discount. This examination may not be billed as a yearly physical to insurance. High Point will report the examination to the FMCSA on the patient’s behalf.
“Welcome to Medicare” Preventative Visit – Medicare Part B (Medical insurance) covers a “Welcome to Medicare” preventative visit once within the first 12 months you have Part B.
This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education and counseling about preventive services, including these:
- Certain Screenings, flu and pneumococcal immunizations, and referrals for other care, if needed.
- Height, weight, and blood pressure measurements.
- A calculation of your body mass index.
- A simple vision test.
- A review of your potential risk for depression and your level of safety.
- An offer to talk with you about creating advance directives.
- Get details about coverage for screenings, immunizations, and other preventive services.
Yearly “Wellness” Visit – If you’ve had Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly “Wellness” visit once every 12 months to develop or update a personalized prevention plan.
This plan is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. Your provider will ask you to fill out a questionnaire, called a “Health Risk Assessment”, as part of this visit. Answering these questions can help you and your provider develop a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy and get the most out of your visit. I can also include:
- A review of your medical and family history.
- Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions.
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements.
- Detection of any cognitive impairment.
- Personalized health advice.
- A list of risk factors and treatment options for you.
- A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services. Get details about coverage for screenings, immunizations, and other preventive services.
- Advance care planning.
Your cost for both types of Medicare Wellness Preventative Visits is nothing. However, you may have to pay coinsurance and the Part B deductible may apply if:
- Your doctor or other health care provider performs additional tests or services during the same visit.
- These additional tests or services aren’t covered under the preventative benefits.
We make every effort to see our established patients for illnesses and injuries by reserving time each day for these unplanned, acute needs. Our goal is to help our patients avoid high cost Emergency Room visits by providing acute care whenever possible in the clinic setting.
Drs. Eric Stader and Neil Martin regularly perform upper and lower scope procedures at Grant Regional Health Center for both colon cancer screening and evaluation of other symptoms. We are glad to offer this service not only to High Point patients but also to any patients referred to us for endoscopy by area health care professionals. A History & Physical visit with a provider is required prior to these outpatient procedures.
We provide simple fracture care including casting and splinting in our clinic. We schedule x-rays for you prior to your appointment.
Dr. Eric Slane is able to perform and interpret various types of cardiac stress tests and also read both Holter and Event monitoring studies. Talk to your primary care provider about your symptoms or heart disease and they can determine if you need one of these tests.
We are able to perform minor procedures in our clinic to save our patients travel and cost. Procedures performed include, but are not limited to, the following: wart treatment, skin tag removals, mole removals, cyst removals, vasectomies, circumcisions, and contraceptive device placement and removal.
In addition to prescription contraceptives, our providers are trained to place contraceptive devices based on patient preference. Contraceptive devices last 3-5 years based on the type used. One device is implanted in the patient’s arm, while the other is an intrauterine device placed vaginally.
This permanent and affordable procedure is preferred by many couples due to its effectiveness and safety. Our male providers perform no-scalpel vasectomies in the clinic setting, not only for High Point patients but for any patient who is so inclined. We start with an initial consult to discuss the procedure and answer your questions before scheduling the vasectomy. Please inquire with your primary care provider for more information.
High Point is pleased to offer travel medicine consultations and immunizations before your next mission trip or exploration. Knowing these services are often out of pocket expenses for patients, we develop a personalized plan and make recommendations according to your destination and potential risks. Each of our physicians has traveled internationally, and we draw upon that experience as we advise you. In addition, Dr. Stader is certified to administer yellow fever immunization, making High Point the only location in Southwest Wisconsin where this is available.
Our providers diagnose, treat and monitor most chronic diseases. If a specialist is needed, we will assist you with appropriate consultation.
We manage Coumadin/warfarin anticoagulation for established High Point patients using a fingerstick INR machine. A provider reviews the results at the time of your appointment. This is generally a quick visit with one of our nurses.