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Welcome to the Holzer Health Center Parent's Corner! Below you will find a list of Frequently Asked Questions, or read our annual Parent Newsletter. Questions not covered? email firstname.lastname@example.org
I didn't buy the Student Health Insurance for my son/daughter. Can they still use the health center?
Yes, the Health Center is available for all registered students regardless of insurance. Student ID and insurance card should be presented for their visit.
What is the charge for a visit at the Health Center?
There is no charge for the office visit, however, any labs, x-rays or procedures will be billed to their insurance. A limited number of generic prescription medications are available for a charge between 5 and 10 dollars. Payment is accepted by cash, check or charge place on student account. Many common, Over the Counter medications are available at low cost.
My son/daughter does not have a car. Are there any Over the Counter Medications available at the Health Center?
Yes, many common Over the Counter Medications are available at the health center, all at or significantly below prices in local pharmacy's and can be purchased with cash, check or charge placed on their student account.
My son/daughter needs to see a specialist and we have purchased the student health insurance. Do they need a referral?
No, students are not required to obtain referrals to specialists, however, it is highly advised that they do as many conditions can be managed by the health center saving them hundreds of dollars. In addition, you must be very careful to read the exclusions on your policy. if the student should obtain services for a non-covered illness, reimbursement for the visit will be denied and the student held responsible for the bill. The specialists are not responsible to have knowledge of the exclusions from all insurance companies. The student health center will be happy to assist with interpretation of covered services and referrals. The current student health insurance pamphlet does not note this change, as it was printed in advance of this change. Please see the Student Health Insurance Website for more information.
Who provides health care at the clinic?
The Health Center is staffed with two full-time Nurse Practitioners and four Medical Assistants. Your son or daughter will be assisted with a referral and appointment If their condition would require medical care beyond the scope of the health center.
What exactly is a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse who has advanced education and clinical training in a healthcare specialty area. The Health Center Nurse Practitioners hold a Masters degree, are licensed by the State of Florida as ARNP's, and have been credentialed by the ANCC, a national organization assuring excellence in health care. A Nurse Practitioner provides many of the same services as a physician, including but not limited to: physical examinations, diagnosis, treatment, dispenses medication and prescriptions, laboratory and x-ray prescriptions, and referrals for physical or chiropractic therapy.
Where can my son/daughter acquire prescription medications?
The Health Center has a pharmacy with a number of generic medications that can be prescribed and dispensed by the Nurse Practitioner. For other medications, prescriptions obtained at the health center can be filled at any of the local pharmacies. If you have Student Health Insurance you must obtain your medications at CVS for coverage.
What should my son/daughter do if they become ill after clinic hours?
In an emergency, call Security at 8111 who will call for an ambulance or assist in locating transportation to the local hospital. If it is not an emergency, and you or your son/daughter can not wait until the clinic is open, you may call OMNI Health Care, who has been contracted to provide medical care for Florida Tech students. The OMNI Urgent Care Center is located on west Hwy 192 across from the Olive Garden. It is suggested to call first, 723-9411, if they are closed, the student may go to any urgent care center that accepts their insurance. If desired, the student can speak to an OMNI physician for advice (no medications will be ordered) by speaking to the operator at the OMNI Urgent Care center. Inform them that you are a student at Florida Tech and a patient of OMNI Healthcare, and request them to page the physician on call. The physician can offer medical advice or direct them for additional care.
What vaccinations are required to attend the university?
All undergraduate students are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Two MMR's are recommended, but not required, for graduate students. A record signed by your health care provider listing two “MMR” vaccines or laboratory results of blood titers (MMR IG-G) is acceptable. Any student living in the dorm is required to show proof of vaccination for hepatitis B and meningitis or sign a waiver declaring they are aware of the dangers of the infection but decline the vaccine. See the CDC website for more information on meningitis and hepatitis b. Our vaccination information page offers a synopsis of all the vaccines and TB testing.
Is a TB Test required of all students?
No, only students that are coming from areas in the world that are considered "Tuberculosis Endemic." Endemic areas of the
world are considered any area NOT listed below:
North American Region: U.S.A., Canada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Virgin Islands
European Region: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Western Pacific Region: American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand
The T Spot Test is given at the Student Health Center for determing exposure to Tuberculosis. The TB Skin Test is no longer administered at Florida Tech, but will meet the TB requirements if given and documented from another location. If either are positive, the student will be required to have a Chest X Ray. The T Spot is a blood test that is more sensitive and accurate than the TB Skin Test, is not affected by BCG and gives fewer false positives and thereby reduces the need for exposure to radiation with a Chest X Ray.
Can I receive information about the medical treatment my child received at the Health Center?
Any student over the age of 18 years old is entitled to confidential protection of their health care information. This is a Federal Law that applies to all health care settings called “HIPPA.” The Health Center is not able to give information to anyone that has not specifically been named on their Health Information Protection consent. We cannot even verify if they have been seen at the clinic. The staff at the Health Center understands that this is very frustrating to you, so we encourage you to ask your son or daughter to list your name on the HIPPA consent when they fill out their registration papers at the clinic. We will be happy to assist you in contacting your son or daughter for their signature.
What services are provided at the Health Center?
The Health Center provides treatment for illness and injury. Allergy shots will be administered free of charge when serum is provided to the health center. All conditions can be seen at the Health Center and the majority can be diagnosed and treated. Injuries, such as minor lacerations, sprains, burns, insect bites, etc., will be evaluated; treatment will be provided when within the scope of the Health Center. Any condition or injury that requires further treatment will be referred to the appropriate facility, and your son or daughter will be assisted with directions, referrals, and appointments. If an X-ray is required, the Health Center will provide the order and direct them to the diagnostic facility and advise of appropriate follow up care. Immunizations, wellness or health screening services can be provided for an additional charge. Any student with a chronic illnesses or a condition that requires routine follow up and prescriptions must establish with a local primary care provider to continue their health care services and prescription refills. Please establish with a provider before urgent treatment is needed, as it can take up to 6 weeks for a new patient appointment with some specialists.