When can I get an appointment?

Patients who call the main line, 847-382-6579, will likely receive an appointment that same day if there is an illness or problem which must be addressed immediately. If you are scheduling for a preventative physical, you will likely receive an appointment either that same day, or within a few days.

How many doctors are in the practice?

There are two primary care physicians who specialize in Family Medicine (treating patients of all ages and both sexes), Dr. James Wilcox and Dr. Orazio Bartolomeo. Also located in the building on various days of the week are Dr. Kadakia in Cardiology, Dr. Atia in Gastroenterology, and Dr. Kazmer in Podiatry.

Which insurance plans are accepted?

Nearly all health plans are accepted. See our separate web page located on the home page for more information.

Are the doctors on any H.M.O. plans and what can I expect regarding referrals?

If you do not have an H.M.O. plan, this does not apply to you. Dr. Wilcox and Dr. Bartolomeo are part of H.M.O. Illinois, Blue Advantage H.M.O., Unicare H.M.O., Humana H.M.O., among others. For you to be a patient of Dr. Wilcox, your insurance card must say that you are assigned to either Advocate Good Shepherd or to Tri-County. In order to see Dr. Bartolomeo, your insurance card must say that you are assigned to either Advocate Good Shepherd or to Sherman Hospital. Call the 847-382-6579 for more details.

Regarding referrals for visits to specialists or to have tests done, a visit to your assigned primary care physician is absolutely necessary. Referrals cannot be arranged over the phone. Referrals will be given once the proper documentation in the chart is done and there has been a determination that the referral is medically necessary. These are the rules that are set up by your H.M.O. Please call the H.M.O. if you have any questions about this process.

Once it has been determined by your primary care doctor that the referral is necessary, a referral request will be placed by our office to your H.M.O. plan. It usually takes one week to obtain approval for the referral request. You will then be notified by our office that your referral was approved and you will be provided the name and number of the specialist who will be seeing you. Only after referrals are approved, should you make the appointment with the specialist.

I don’t have insurance. Will I be accepted into the practice?

Yes! We will gladly discuss payment options and reduced fees for cash-paying patients at an appointment.

What are the accepted forms of payment?

We accept cash, personal check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, and debit cards.

What should I bring with me to my first appointment with the doctor?

Please bring your current insurance card to every appointment along with an accepted form of payment (see above question) for any co-pay or other fees. Our front desk will ask for information such as current address, all phone numbers, social security number, and a list of your family members. On your first appointment, the doctor will likely be asking you for a full medical history. It helps if you write some notes prior to the exam. Your notes should include any personal past medical history such as diabetes, asthma or cancers; surgical history such as appendix, gall bladder, c-section and joint surgery; a current list of all medications including dose in mg’s and how often it is taken; allergies to medicines, the type of reaction you had and when; family illnesses in primary relatives such as mom, dad, sister and brother and how old they were when they were affected.

What should I do to prepare for an annual “head-to-toe” physical examination?

The preventative physical examination is very important because the primary care doctors will be screening for various health problems that may develop in the future. Preventative medicine is the key to living a long and healthy life. The preventative visit includes both a physical examination with the doctor and a wide array of important blood tests specific to each patient’s situation (i.e. age, family history, etc.). The ideal arrangement is to have your blood drawn at a blood draw only appointment about two weeks prior to the appointment with the doctor for your full physical exam. This allows the doctor to go over all of your results with you at your appointment. If time does not allow for these two visits, the doctor may be able to perform the physical examination and blood draw in the same visit. Results will then be reported to the patient within a week. If there are abnormalities detected on the blood tests, a follow-up visit with the doctor may be necessary. In either case, the blood draw should be done on a fasting basis.

What does it mean when the doctor wants fasting blood tests?

There are many blood tests that the doctor will order which must be drawn on a fasting basis. The definition of fasting for a blood draw means nothing to eat for 12 hours, however, you may have water or one cup of BLACK coffee (no cream or sugar). In fact, the blood and urine tests are more accurate if you show up well hydrated. Drink ten, 8oz. glasses of water in the preceding 24 hours before your tests. The easiest way to fast for 12 hours is to set up an appointment for the blood draw earlier in the morning. Then if you have an appointment for the blood draw at 8:30am, you only need to fast after 8:30 pm the preceding night. After the draw you can eat a late breakfast.

Is there any difference between a D.O. and a M.D. physician?

There are very few differences between the two designations. Our physicians receive board certification in their respective specialty from the same governing body, the American Board of Family Medicine. For a description of the slight differences, click on the link below.

http://www.osteopathic.org/index.cfm?PageID=ado_whatis

Where is the office located?

See the LOCATION web page located on our home page. Our address is 120 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010