First-Call Medical, Nationwide 24-Hour Holter, Event, Pacemaker & Blood Pressure Monitoring
 

Patient's Answer Center

  1. Description of FCM services for Patients
  2. Symptoms and Diagnoses
  3. FCM Monitoring Equipment
  4. How To Enroll
  5. Billing Issues

1. Description Of FCM Services For Patients

    Are you concerned by that occasional chest pain, palpitation or dizzy spell? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Are you currently taking cardiac medication but are unsure that your condition is improving? These are some of the questions that can be answered with FCM cardiac services. The trend in medicine today focuses on defining and treating small problems before larger ones occur. Low cost, high diagnostic value tests are now used in this preventive medicine approach.
    FCM cardiac services are currently offered throughout the United States and are available in physician offices, medical clinics, and hospitals. The purpose for FCM cardiac monitoring is to assist your physician in more accurately assessing and diagnosing your condition as it relates to cardiac symptoms, family history of heart disease, and drug titration.

    FCM cardiac services are performed during your daily routine. Typically, your symptoms are more likely to occur while working, exercising, socializing, or engaging in family matters. FCM monitoring equipment is almost completely inconspicuous, which assures your privacy while at work or in public places. FCM employs the latest technology for monitoring: non-invasive, miniature recorders and transmitters worn or placed on the chest to obtain a high quality EKG signal.

2. Symptoms and Diagnoses

    The following is a list of some of the symptoms and diagnoses for which cardiac monitoring is considered medically necessary by most third party carriers:
    • Chest Pain
    • Dizziness
    • Palpitations
    • Lightheadedness
    • Face, Arm or Neck Pain
    • Arrhythmia
    • Atrial Fibrillation
    • Tachycardia
    • Heart Block
    • Angina
    • Syncope
    • Pacemaker implant  

3. FCM Monitoring Equipment

4. How To Enroll

  • Please obtain a physician's order or referral for Holter, Cardiac Event or Blood Pressure Monitoring. Please ask your physician to click here to complete the Patient Information Form.  
  • FCM will then forward a monitor directly to your home or work (hookup to be performed over the phone with FCM technicians) OR FCM will forward a monitor directly to your physician's office for the hookup and training.
  • Call our toll-free line (1-800-274-5399) with questions on service or to transmit your EKG (open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • All reports are available on our websites. In Emergency Protocol situations, we will contact your doctor for verbal notification and we will fax the report as instructed.
  • At the end of the monitoring period, FCM will retrieve the monitor from your home OR you may return it to your physician's office.

5. Billing Issues

  • In most cases, FCM will bill your insurance for the technical component of the procedure (Holter, Cardiac Event or Blood Pressure Monitoring) while your physician will bill for the professional component of the procedure. If you do not have insurance, FCM will make arrangements with you to bill you directly for the service (payment plans are available).
  • Please obtain any authorizations or referrals as required by the terms of your insurance policy.
  • FCM is a participating provider with Medicare and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
  • FCM is a participating provider with a growing list of HMO's and PPO's throughout the United States, please call our billing department for more information.
  • FCM accepts assignment from all non-managed care plans.
  • FCM accepts the following credit cards for payment of copays, deductibles, and self pays: Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
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