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Bone Health First Visit

Step 1 : Patient Health Questionnaire

For your first visit, please complete the patient health questionnaire. Please take time to fill out this form carefully and completely. Click on the link below to download and print the file. Please bring the completed form with you to your first appointment.


Step 2 : First-Visit Checklist

For your first visit to Colorado Center for Arthritis and Osteoporosis, please make sure you…

  • Bring your completed patient health questionnaire. You must have it in order to be seen by a provider.
  • Bring your insurance card(s).
  • Bring any prior bone density scans or medical records pertaining to your bone health
  • Are prepared to pay your insurance co-pay.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to assure that new patient registration and co-pay are completed in time for your appointment with the provider.

Step 3 : What to Expect

At your first visit we will collect your patient health questionnaire (see Step One above). We will also ask you to provide insurance information and other demographic information that is necessary for us to bill your insurance. Please bring your insurance card(s) and referral information (if applicable) with you.

During your time with the provider, he or she will spend time discussing your health history. Your CCAO bone health evaluation will include an assessment of your risk factors for osteoporosis as well as personalized counseling to maintain or improve your bone health. Following your conversation, the provider will perform a complete physical examination. This generally does not include a breast or genital exam.

There is a safe, accurate, and quick diagnostic test available to assess bone health and screen for osteoporosis (a bone density scan also known as DXA). CCAO offers on-site DXAs. You will receive a bone density scan if medically indicated.

The provider will then discuss his or her findings with you, and explain recommendations and treatment options. Additional blood tests, x-rays, or other studies may also be ordered as appropriate. If necessary, a follow-up appointment will also be scheduled.

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