Get the Most From Doctor's Visits

Going to an appointment at your loved one’s primary care provider? Make sure you have everything you need—when arriving and leaving.

What to bring 


  • Questions and concerns
  • A list of any medicines or vitamins your loved one is taking, including the dosage
  • Names and contact information of any doctors seen since the last appointment
  • Results of any medical tests since the last appointment

What to bring home 


  • Answers to all questions
  • Directions about what to do, if anything, before the next visit
  • Resources for more information about new and existing conditions
  • Test results, if available
  • Specific directions for taking any medicines prescribed

It's important that you and your loved one feel you're getting the information needed from the primary care provider.

If your loved one doesn't have a regular primary care provider, consider choosing a patient-centered medical home. These practices may offer extended hours, more time with medical professionals, and same-day sick visits. To find an patient-centered medical home, please call Customer Service at the number on the back of your member ID card.

Find more information about patient-centered medical homes

Last updated: 01/01/2018

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island depends on contract renewal.

* Blue MedicareRx (PDP) is a Prescription Drug Plan with a Medicare Contract.

Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc., Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont are the legal entities which have contracted as a joint enterprise with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and are the risk-bearing entities for Blue MedicareRx (PDP) plans. The joint enterprise is a Medicare-approved Part D Sponsor. Enrollment in Blue MedicareRx (PDP) depends on contract renewal.