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OUR OFFICE IS IN MANDEVILLE. THIS OFFICE IS CONVENIENT FOR OUR METAIRIE PATIENTS AS IT IS ONLY A MILE FROM THE END OF THE CAUSEWAY (SEE MAP BELOW). THE ADDRESS IS 231 ST ANN DR. SUITE 2 MANDEVILLE, 70471. OUR TELEPHONE NUMBER IS (985) 624-5410. OUR FAX IS : (985)624-5490


I am on call for refills etc even if you are out of state. Please do not run out of your medicine and please try to call for refills during the usual office hours. Refills will be done that day or the next AM. You can also fax questions to me. Leave a space after each question so I can write in an answer. You will get an answer the same day. If you don't, beep me for urgent questions or problems later that day or night.

The Metairie/Mandeville Institute is the Internal Medicine practice of Edward M. Gaber MD. Dr. Gaber is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has interests in Nutrition and Preventive Health. He graduated Tulane Medical School in 1969 and then did his one-year Internship and three-year Medical Residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He was a Major in the US Air Force from 1973 to 1975 and functioned for two years as an Internal Medicine and Emergency Room doctor for 20,000 active-duty and retired Air Force personel. He then started his practice in Metairie, Louisiana in 1975. He is a National Honor Society graduate of the Boston Latin School and Tufts University and has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at Tulane Medical School.

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      Edward M. Gaber MD
 
 
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MAGNESIUM AND ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

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  • At the Metairie/Mandeville Institute, we will keep you healthy with regular checkups, encouragement of exercise, goodnutrition, and life goals that will keep you at peak energy levels. We believe in taking the time to be thorough and careful.Therefore, all new patients get at least one and one-half hours and all routine revisits are at least 30 minutes. When you choose us for your primary care, we ask for a firm commitment to try to follow our directions, take your medications as prescribed, and let us know what is happening to you if your see any other specialists. If you wish to change your medication, we are most often willing to accomodate you, however, you must let us know before you stop, raise, or lower your your medication. This is VERY IMPORTANT and that is why it is in our first point of information.
  • Dr. Gaber is an Internal Medicine "Specialist" and a solo practitioner and will be "on call" for you every night, seven nights a week. Please call us during the day as soon as your know you are sick, so we can help. After hours, do not hesitate to call us if you get sick, especially if you have fever over 102, shaking chills, faintness, pain, any chest discomfort, altered mental state, arm or leg or face weakness or numbness or lack of coordination, shortness of breath, vomiting, bleeding, or rash. Please be considerate and do not call us after hours with non-urgent matters. Dr Gaber takes calls on his beeper 504-668-7716 from the time the office stops picking up calls until 11PM. However, every other week, you can reach him all night, as he works all night at the hospital. On the alternate weeks, when he is at the office, he does not take call from 11PM until 7AM, if you have an urgent problem, go directly to an Emergency Room or an Urgent Care Facility. A doctor will examine you there and call Dr Gaber afterwards if there is a problem he needs help with, or if you need admission. Always err on the side of caution and go to the Emergency Room if you are sick. Also, never try to convince yourself that upper stomach or chest pain is "not my heart." Call the Office Number 985-624-5410 from 8:30AM.  Call the Beeper Number 504-668-7716 from 7AM to 8:30AM and from the time the office stops picking up until 11PM.  However, every other week during the week and all Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, you can reach Dr Gaber all night from 7PM to 7 AM. You will not be able to reach him during the day on weekends, since he works nights as a Hospitalist on weekends. Dr Gaber says, "Do not hesitate to call me on nights or weekends or holidays. I'm happy to take your call if your are sick or in pain. It helps me also when I am able to treat your illness early on so I can keep you out of the hospital."  Similar to other primary care doctors, Dr. Gaber does not take care of his own patients at the hospital. If you need admission, a Hospitalist will admit you and communicate with Dr. Gaber about your admission and discharge, but you are also free to call Dr. Gaber if you have any problems not being addressed at the hospital. Please enter your 3 digit Area Code when you enter your telephone number when calling the beeper.  Please call again in 30 minutes if you don't get a call back. Remember the office is open every weekday, so try the office number first.


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NEW PATIENTS

We ask that all new patients provide us with demographic information upon arrival. If Dr. Gaber is a provider for your managed care insurance, we will need a copy of your insurance card and your driver's license for all necessary information. We verify all insurance policies. If you are a minor covered under your parent's insurance plan, we will need your parent's social security number.

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS
The office staff is available to make appointments from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. When scheduling an appointment, please inform the office of any new address or insurance information when you make your appointment. 

APPOINTMENT POLICY
Please understand that we will do everything we can to accommodate you with an appointment. Please try to make your revisit appointment as you leave the office as you may not be able to get the appointment time you need if you wait too long to make the appointment. If you wish to cancel a scheduled appointment, we ask that you contact us within 24 hours of that appointment. If you are over 20 minutes late for your scheduled appointment, we must ask that you reschedule as it is not fair to the rest of the patients that day, all of whom will now to have wait those extra 20 minutes to be seen. We do our best to accommodate all our patients. Please call one hour before your appointment to see how long Dr. GABER is running late. 
 
HOSPITAL POLICY
There are times that you may have to be admitted to the hospital.  If you are a patient or family member of a patient in the hospital and something is not right with the service you are getting there, pick up the phone and call Dr. Gaber immediately and tell him about it.
Dr Gaber only admits patients and sees patients at Singing River Hospital and Ocean Springs Hospital as a night Hospitalist
Hospital Medicine is a separate specialty now and the best hospital care is given by Hospitalists who are constantly at the hospital and not by office-based Internal Medicine doctors. Therefore, when you need to be in the hospital, we trust the Hospitalist for that hospital and the advanced subspecialists and critical-care doctors to give you excellent care there. Dr Gaber will get a detailed discharge summary and expect you to revisit at the office one week after discharge for close followup of your condition.

PRESCRIPTION REFILLS
Most routine prescriptions may be refilled by calling your pharmacy. The pharmacy then faxes or calls the physician and Dr. Gaber refills the prescription that day or at least by the next morning. If we have not seen you in the time period it was suggested that you revisit, we may ask you to make an appointment to be evaluated before your medication can be refilled. The decision as to whether or not a medication is refilled will be at the doctor's discretion only, as our nurses do not refill prescriptions. Also, if you have not obtained tests or blood tests that were suggested during your last visit, Dr. Gaber may not be able to refill your prescription because of medical/legal issues. Our policy is to refill prescriptions during regular office hours only. No refills will be made after office hours or on weekends unless it is a dire emergency.

LABORATORY AND RADIOLOGY RESULTS

We have found it difficult to keep up with posting results on our website on the hundreds of tests that come back. We will call only the abnormal results to you either immediately when we get them or within the week if they are not urgent problems. You can call us if you are very curious about the results and we will fax you a copy if you wish. Please understand that, as a solo practitioner, I cannot afford the extra employee we would need who would be dedicated to entering lab results. Rarely Xray departments or Quest Lab will not sent me a report. This is rare are will be picked up by our usual close followup - so don't miss appointments when requested. Also, don't hesitate to call if you don't feel well or your symptoms are not improving. We will be calling you when your test results require action on your part. It is extremely important that you take our advice to do blood tests and x-rays very seriously and do these tests exactly when you were told to do them. Our medications are extremely safe if monitored closely and if you do not allow us to monitor you as suggested, then grave consequences can result. Also, when you say you will do a test and then you do not get the test, believe it or not, this gives us medical/legal liability as we in fact have a legal obligation to remind you to do the test. Since we order 1,200 tests a week, we have no way of doing these reminders effectively. This means that if you say you will do a test and then you do not get the test, we will have to discharge you from our care. So tell us up front that you are not going to do the test and that relieves you and us from any medical/legal responsibility. This rule goes for the medication prescribed, which you agreed to take. If you stop, increase, or decrease the medication without notifying us, you will be notified that we cannot treat you any longer. These are firm rules that cannot be broken. Please tell us if any other physician has changed your medication or given you any new medication as we are more aware of your entire medical situation than anyone else. Please do not rely on emergency room doctors or any sub-specialist's reassurance that there will be no drug interactions. Drug interactions are often very complicated, esoteric, and often not well known. Dr. Gaber lectures on drug interactions and will be very careful not to prescribe any drugs that interact.

INSURANCE INFORMATION

Regarding Medicare, Dr. Gaber does accept Medicare assignments for Medicare. We will bill Medicare for all services you receive. You will be responsible for your deductible and 20% of your Medicare approved charge. You will also be responsible for any services requested or rendered that are not reimbursed by Medicare. If you have supplemental coverage, we will submit your balance to them after Medicare benefits are paid. Please note that Medicare does not pay for everything. There will be times when Dr. Gaber will order a test or laboratory test that Medicare does not deem necessary, but Dr. Gaber does. You will have a choice in doing the test, but you will need to sign a waiver stating you understand that Medicare might not pay for that test ordered and that you will be responsible for the price of the test. You will be notified ahead of time so that you can make that choice.

As for managed care plans, if Dr. Gaber is a provider for your managed care plan, we will submit your claim to your insurance company. You will be responsible for any copayment or deductibles at the time of your visit.

As for HMO's, the patient will be responsible for obtaining a referral from their primary care physician, Dr. Gaber, if their policy requires it. Please do not expect the doctor's office to make phone calls and request referrals the day of your visit to these other doctors. You must get the referral prior to the day of your visit to the specialist.


BILLING

Payment, not covered by insurance, is expected at the time of service. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards. We will provide you with a receipt, which you may file to your insurance carrier. We will bill all PPOs and HMOs with which we have contracts. Please do not ask the office to bill an insurance carrier, with whom we do not have an agreement. This is your responsibility. All managed care policyholders are responsible for the appropriate copayment or deductible and any services requested or rendered that are not reimbursed by their plan at the time of service. Please note that your managed care plan does not cover everything. The office does not know everything your plan covers. This is the patient's responsibility.

PHONE NUMBERS

During office hours, we can be reached at (985) 624-5410. After office hours, call our beeper number at (504) 668-7716. Our fax number is (985) 624-5490. Beeper : (504) 668-7716
 
 
OFFICE HOURS

Our office is located at 231 St Ann Dr. Mandeville, LA 70471 . Office hours are from 8:30AM to 5PM Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
Edward M. Gaber, M.D.



 

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We are one of the few places in Louisiana where you can estimate your risk of heart disease simply by measuring the thickness of the cholesterol plaque in your common carotid (neck) artery.See information on "IMT scoring" at www.cardionexus .com

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