Dr. Longoria believes in keeping his patients well informed and prepared for heart procedures, including what to expect during pre-operative testing, your hospital stay, post surgical recovery and rehabilitation if you are in need for it.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a heart and vascular condition or you are undergoing surgery or a minimally invasive heart procedure, you can expect exceptional care with Dr. Longoria.
Becoming our patient
Dr. Longoria understands the emotional burden placed on a patient and their families when a referral is made to a cardiothoracic surgeon regarding the need for heart surgery. Whether it is for a simple or complicated procedure he understands this can be a challenging time. He goals are to alleviate your concerns and your families by communicating with you throughout the continuum of care you. An entire team is dedicated to helping you get through this time.
Your first visit
Dr. Longoria will evaluate your medical history and test results including any imaging or procedure you have completed. A physical examination will be performed. If additional tests are necessary it will be scheduled. Once all results and studies are obtained you will be contacted by the office staff.
Dr. Longoria will discuss and recommend a personalized plan of treatment. We encourage you to ask questions and discuss your treatment options. Depending on the reason for your visit, it may take an hour. Please plan accordingly.
What to bring:
For your first visit please bring the following items if you are able to obtain them:
Your primary care physician’s information
Radiology CDs and reports (such as x-rays or scans), including your most recent CT scans, catheterization films, and echocardiography, stress test and EKG results
Laboratory test results (if any)
A list of all the medications you are taking, including names and dosages. Please complete the Medication list and preferred pharmacy form
Your insurance card(s) for your primary and any supplemental insurance
Information regarding which doctor or doctors referred you to us. If possible please include the names and phone numbers of all doctors involved in your care.
A list of questions or concerns you’d like to discuss Completed
Preparing for heart surgery
BEFORE SURGERY, We Will:
• Verify your insurance and benefits
• Attempt to pre-certify your surgery, if necessary
• Send you notification if there are any problems with your insurance
• Contact you five to seven days before your surgery to discuss your past medical history and answer any questions you may have
• Contact you the day before surgery with the time you should be at the hospital
BEFORE SURGERY, You Should:
• Make sure to complete all pre-operative testing (Labs, X-rays. EKG, etc.) that your doctor may have ordered
• Make a list of all medication you are currently taking including dose and frequency
• Contact your insurance company if you have any questions regarding your benefits
• Notify us of any changes to your health prior to your scheduled surgery date
After your surgery, the appropriate prescriptions will be provided to you by Dr. Longoria’s nurse practitioner. If additional medication is needed, please feel free to contact the office
Bill pay/Financing options
Please contact the office for details regarding options for payment.
• As a patient you can review your health care bill regardless of your ability to pay it or the payment source
• Receive information about available financial resources
• If uninsured, to receive, before the provision of a planned nonemergency medical service, a reasonable estimate of charges for such service and information regarding any discount or charity policies for which the uninsured person may be eligible.
• Know if the Practice, doctors and other team members accept Medicare, the government’s health insurance for those aged 65+ or disabled
• Know and understand the Medicare charges for your services and treatment provided
• Receive if you ask, with explanation, a reasonable estimate of your health care charges before treatment
• To be free from any requirement to purchase drugs, or rent or purchase medical supplies or equipment from any particular source (specifically in accordance with the provisions of the CA Section 1320 of the Health and Safety Code) and also to receive patient choice in these type of decisions