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Our Mission

Lone Star Pain Medicine is a center for excellence, in the treatment of pain disorders. We are committed to the recovery of function and the restoration of well-being in a compassionate and friendly environment.


At Lone Star Pain Medicine, you will find a caring group of physicians and staff...


Frequently Asked Questions | Helpful Links

 



Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Where is your clinic located?
  2. What does it mean to be board certified?
  3. What is a Physicians Assistant?
  4. What are the training requirements to become a PA?
  5. What types of services are provided by a PA?
  6. How does a PA work with their supervising physicians?
  7. Is a PA covered by malpractice insurance?
  8. Will Insurance pay for my treatment at the Lone Star Pain Medicine?
  9. Where are procedures performed?
  10. Do any of your physicians or staff speak Spanish?

Where is your clinic located?

We are located in Weatherford Texas.  For street address and directions to our clinic, visit our contact us page.


What does it mean to be board certified?

Becoming a licensed, board certified physician means meeting the most rigorous training and continuing education offered in the field of medicine.


Certification of physicians is done by medical specialty boards, recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), as a way to tell consumers that the doctors with this credential have successfully completed approved training and have passed an evaluation process assessing their ability to provide quality patient care in their specialty.


Board certification is time-limited, and to maintain their certification, doctors are periodically reevaluated. They must present evidence of licensure and scope of their practice and pass an examination every 7 to 10 years, depending on the specialty.


Board certification is a good indication that your doctor has made a commitment to continuing education and is keeping up with the latest findings in his or her field.


What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant, or PA, is a licensed and highly skilled health care professional, trained to provide patient evaluation, education, and health care services. A PA works with a physician to provide medical care and guidance needed by a patient.


What are the training requirements to become a PA?

A PA must attend a specialized medical training program associated with a medical school that includes classroom studies and clinical experience. An Academic degree and/or certificate is awarded upon graduation. Many PAs have two or four-year academic degrees before entering a PA training program. Prior health care experience is required by most PA training programs.


What types of services are provided by a PA?

A PA performs many diagnostic, preventative, and health maintenance services. These services include, but are not limited to, the following list.


  • Taking health histories
  • Performing physical examinations
  • Ordering X-rays and laboratory tests
  • Performing routine diagnostic tests
  • Establishing diagnoses
  • Treating and managing patient health problems
  • Administering immunizations and injections
  • Instructing and counseling patients
  • Providing continuing care to patients in the home, hospital, or extended care facility
  • Providing referrals within the health care system
  • Performing minor surgery
  • Providing preventative health care services
  • Acting as first or second assistants during surgery
  • Responding to life-threatening emergencies

How does a PA work with their supervising physicians?

Each PA must be supervised by a physician. The physician supervises the PA either when both are at the same location or by telephone. The supervising physician must always be available to the PA should the need arise. The supervising physician is responsible for following each patient's progress.


Is a PA covered by malpractice insurance?

Yes. Generally the PA works under the insurance policy of the employing physician or health facility. PAs may also carry their own malpractice insurance.


Will Insurance pay for my treatment at the Lone Star Pain Medicine?

We accept most major insurance plans at Lone Star Pain Medicine. For more details about specific insurance companies, visit our insurance information page or call our office.


Where are procedures performed?

Procedures may be performed in our office or at a Surgery Center. The location of the procedure is determined by which environment is the safest and most cost efficient for the procedure.


Do any of your physicians or staff speak Spanish?

Dr. Harmer speaks spanish as well as members of our front desk and counseling staff.

 



Helpful Links

http://www.texaspain.org/ Texas Pain Society

http://www.asipp.org/index.html American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)

http://www.painedu.org/index.asp

http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/ Texas Medical Board

http://www.ampainsoc.org/ American Pain Society

http://www.spinalinjection.org/ International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS)