Frequently Asked Questions Related to Our Practice
We aim to make things as simple as possible for our patients. Here are some frequently asked questions related to the scheduling of appointments, treatment procedures, and more.
Please call the AVN office at (661) 948-1388 to contact the appointment desk!
Your family doctor may have noticed a symptom or a laboratory finding that could indicate a problem with your kidneys, or you may have a history, or family history, of some condition that can sometimes lead to kidney disease. Your doctor knows that early evaluation and treatment are the best defense against chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.
AVN is a specialty practice that provides care for persons with kidney-related conditions. We do not want you to have an unnecessary office visit with us if you are not sure ours is the type of practice you need. We will make an appointment for you to help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis in the future. We specialize in Hypertension and Diabetes, which lead to CKD. Your family doctor or primary care physician (PCP) may suspect that you are having some sort of kidney problem and have shared his findings with us. We also require authorization if you are enrolled in an HMO Program.
There are several factors in your blood that can indicate to your doctor, as time goes by, how your kidney disease is progressing, how well the prescribed treatment is working, and whether your prescriptions need to be adjusted.
We are very careful to abide by federal laws protecting the privacy of your medical information. We can have no certainty that the person on the phone is the person whose information is being requested, so we will not fax records or share them verbally. If you want your information shared, we will ask you for written consent to send specific information to another doctor, or under certain circumstances, your nephrologist may call you with the results of a test.
Your insurance card and one other form of ID. We need to know what medications you are taking, the dosage, and how often you take them. To better assess your doctor's visit, please bring any medical records of other doctors' visits and medication changes. This will keep our records updated for your chart.