Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our patients see us in conjunction with their employers’ executive health programs. However, we also welcome individuals, couples and families (children over 18 years of age). Northwestern Executive Health is open to all adults looking for a convenient, comprehensive examination at a leading medical center.
It is very difficult if not impossible for a typical physician’s office to devote multiple hours to you, provide you with same-day results and incorporate specialist consultations and testing into a single visit. As a result, any specialist consultation or testing must be scheduled separately causing multiple interruptions to your schedule and delaying treatment or diagnosis.
Your executive physical will include tests and examinations to address your specific needs and concerns. The cost of your executive physical will be based on the services you receive. Please contact us at 312.926.1300 for information on pricing.
If you are coming to Northwestern Executive Health as part of a corporate executive health program, please check with your employer regarding company-specific billing arrangements.
A portion of the executive physical is not billable to insurance and must be paid prior to receiving services unless your employer has made prior arrangements. For medical services, specialist consultations and most testing, Northwestern Executive Health accepts a variety of managed care, PPO and POS insurance plans. Please contact us at 312.926.1300 to see if your health insurance will cover any of your examination.
Contact the Northwestern Executive Health at 312-926-1300 and ask to schedule an appointment. We will also schedule a time for a pre-visit telephone consultation with the physician that will conduct your examination.
It is to your advantage to schedule four to six weeks or more in advance of your appointment. This will allow sufficient time to coordinate all of the services and consultations that you would like to receive on the day of your executive physical.
Please plan to spend 8-10 hours with us for a typical executive physical. Because your examination will be personalized based on your needs, your actual time at our center will vary. Prior to your arrival, we will provide you with estimated start and end times.
This is a conversation with the physician who will conduct your examination. During your consultation, you and the physician discuss your medical history, needs and concerns. This will allow us to personalize your executive physical, including which specialists would be most beneficial for you to see on your day of care.
a. Convenience: See key medical specialists on one day instead of over the course of a year
b. Care Coordination: Your Northwestern Executive Health physician will review all of your specialist reports and test results and consult with the specialists if necessary. Prior to the end of your executive physical, the physician will give you a comprehensive review of all of your results with personalized recommendations. This avoids communication issues between multiple medical specialists.
c. Access: Northwestern Executive Health has access to the top specialists and can often facilitate appointments on an expedited basis.
During the telephone consultation with your Northwestern Executive Health physician, you and your doctor will identify which specialists are necessary based on your current health needs and concerns. Our care coordinators have access to virtually any specialty available at Northwestern Medicine, and will use the information gathered during your phone consultation to coordinate your care.
If you need a colonoscopy, we can schedule you either prior to or after your executive physical.
A cardiac stress test is a standard component of the executive physical. A stress echocardiogram is not a standard element of the examination; however, our physicians may recommend a “stress echo”, based on your personal risk factors.
Full body scans are not a standard feature of our program. In the event that your Northwestern Executive Health physician recommends an advanced study, it will be for a specific purpose related to your personal health situation. While constantly on the alert for serious diseases, our physicians believe in judicious use of radiation in screenings, and find the tests already offered at NEH cover the most common forms of disease. During your phone consultation with your Northwestern Executive Health physician, your specific risk factors will be assessed to determine the necessity of these scans.
We realize that you are busy and that obtaining medical records can be a time-consuming task. If the Northwestern Executive Health physician would like to review your records, we will obtain them on your behalf.
You and your Northwestern Executive Health physician will review your results at the end of your day of care. Together, you will discuss your findings and review a personalized Action Plan created by your Northwestern Executive Health providers. Your Action Plan will contain recommendations to address your current medical needs and prevent future illness. At the completion of your day of care, we will provide you with a secure USB drive containing both your summary of findings and your Action Plan to prepare you for the coming year.
Not at all. At Northwestern Executive Health, we recommend that each of our patients have a relationship with a primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, we are happy to assist you in identifying one based on your personal preferences. Northwestern Executive Health physicians are available for ongoing primary care on a fee-based membership basis.
Northwestern Executive Health will, with your permission, communicate all findings from your executive physical including specialist and diagnostic reports, test results and recommendations to your primary care physician.
Your medical information is confidential and will not be shared with your employer without your written consent. Upon your arrival at Northwestern Executive Health, we will provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices that describes how your medical information may be used and disclosed as well as your rights as a patient.
Should you have to reschedule, please do so at least 14 days prior to your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee.