Glossary

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Pain Management — 

Pain A specialty focusing on medical care that alleviates or reduces pain.

Participating Hospital Affiliation — 

The network hospital(s) at which the doctor has active or courtesy medical staff privileges. This information is collected before a doctor joins our network(s) and it is verified at least every 36 months upon re-credentialing or as new information is received from the doctor. If you need hospital care, your doctor may direct you to one of these hospitals.

Patient-Centered Medical Home — 

A Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) coordinates patients’ health care needs, and helps ensure that they receive the highest quality of care, at the right setting and at the right time.

Pediatric-Neuro-developmental Disabilities — 

A pediatrician who treats children having developmental delays or learning disorders, including those associated with visual and hearing impairment, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism and other chronic neurologic conditions.

Pediatrics — 

A specialty focusing on maintaining health and providing medical care for children from birth to late teens.

Physical Medicine / Physical Therapy — 

A medical practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed doctor (an M.D.), or osteopathic physician (a D.O.).

Physician’s Assistant — 

A medical practitioner who works under the supervision of a licensed doctor (an M.D.), or osteopathic physician (a D.O.).

Plastic Surgery — 

A specialty focusing on corrective operations to the face, head and body to restore function as well as appearance.

Podiatry — 

A specialty focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders and injury of the feet.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) — 

A positron emission tomography is a procedure that measures the metabolic activity of cells through the development of biologic images based on the detection of subatomic particles in conjunction with the use of a nuclear isotope or agent.

Psychiatrist — 

A physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists must receive additional training and serve a supervised residency in their speciality.

Psychologist — 

A professional specializing in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance and behavior problems. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication for their patients.

Pulmonary Disease — 

A specialty focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the lungs and airway.

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