Surgery FAQs and Information | Spine & Neuro Center

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Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, patients may call and set up their own appointments with Dr. Cheng Tao and Dr. Derrick Cho without a referral from a physician. Spine & Neuro Center also offers appointments with our physician assistants and CRNP’s (Nurse Practitioners) without a referral from a physician. All other physicians in our practice require a referral from your primary care or urgent care physician. Please keep in mind that some insurance companies require referrals as well.

How do I get an appointment?

Please bring the following:

What do I need to bring with me?

  • All X-rays, MRI’s, and CT’s films pertaining to current problem/diagnosis

  • Insurance card

  • Driver’s license

  • Records regarding previous treatments

  • All medications

  • Co-payment or minimum payment (given at time of appt. for uninsured patients)

  • New patient registration forms

I am an established patient of a physician at Spine & Neuro, and I would like to see a different physician within the practice. What should I do?

For continuity of care, our physicians retain the same patients. However, special concessions may be made in individual cases.

For more information on specific conditions and treatments, visit the AANS website

Conditions and Treatments

I have been seen at Spine & Neuro in the past. Do I need another referral?

If you are already an established patient, it may be necessary to get another referral if:

  • You need to be seen for a different problem / diagnosis

  • If your insurance requires a new referral

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