In most cases, new patients can get an appointment to see Dr. Pulliam relatively quickly: Usually in a week or less and oftentimes within a few days after you contact us (holidays and other special circumstances excluded). There's no reason to stay in pain or struggle with your problem—call our office today to see if we might be able to help you.
Our clinic does not require a physician referral to be seen; however, some insurance plans might require a referral to satisfy policy regulations. We accept most major private insurance plans and Medicare, and you are welcome to call the office to check or confirm if your plan is accepted. We also accept cash pay; please contact us for details.
MRI, X-ray, CT, and Myelogram Films
It is very important that you bring all recent (within ~ 2-3 years) radiological studies (e.g. x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, myelograms, etc.) with you to your visit. Dr. Pulliam needs to see the actual images from the procedure: Either the printed films or, preferably, a CD, DVD, or other digital copy. The radiology report alone is not adequate for the previously mentioned studies. If you had an EMG, bone density test, or bone scan, the radiology report alone is appropriate.
Please bring all relevant studies to your appointment, including the studies ordered by Dr. Pulliam's office. You will probably need to pick up the printed films or CD at the facility that performed the procedure, so be sure to contact them in advance and obtain the records before your appointment with Dr. Pulliam.
New Patient Paperwork, Forms, and Information
If you are able, please print off and complete the following forms before your visit. If your appointment is scheduled far in advance, we are happy to mail you a copy of the paperwork, and we also have plenty of copies available at the office. Completing—or at least reviewing—the forms at home will make it easier to lookup important information such as medications and medical history.
To help us accurately document your medical history and current medical problems, leading to the appropriate treatment of your condition, it is very important that you answer all portions of the New Patient Health History form.
New Patient Complete Paperwork. Download, print, and complete these essential documents for your first visit. This link contains the Patient Registration Form, the New Patient Health History, our Notice of Privacy Practices, and the Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices.
External Medical Records Request Form. If you need to have records sent to Dr. Pulliam's office, other facilities should accept this standardized State of Texas form; however, you should contact them if possible to see what they require.
Medical Records Request Form. Complete this form to request medical records from Dr. Pulliam's office. Depending on the nature of the request, a fee might apply.
Notice of Privacy Practices. This document is included in the new patient paperwork packet, but we have included it separately as well. You may also read it in digital format on our Notice of Privacy Practices webpage.
Your First Visit
Please arrive at your first appointment at least 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment time. If you have not completed the new patient information forms, please allow extra time to do so at the clinic. Please bring the following with you to your first appointment:
- Completed new patient information packet,
- All recent radiology studies,
- Your driver license,
- Your health insurance card(s),
- A list of all current medications,
- And your copay or payment for the visit (we accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard).
A lot goes on behind the scenes at the clinic; even though Dr. Pulliam might not be in the room with you, he is already working to help you by reviewing your medical records and reading your x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or other studies before your exam. Then, Dr. Pulliam will visit with you and conduct a thorough history and exam, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Additionally, after your visit, there is a substantial amount of time and resources devoted to your medical care, including: medical documentation, seeking approval from and filing claims with your health insurance entity, arranging surgical procedures, consulting with your other medical providers, and more.
We look forward to seeing you. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.