Q Is Cedar Valley Medical Specialists a part of area hospitals?
A: No, the physicians, advanced practice providers and employees of Cedar Valley Medical Specialists (CVMS) are independent of the hospitals. However, many of our providers do have privileges to provide services at area hospitals such as ER consults, in- and outpatient surgeries and interpretations of radiology studies, as well as other tests and treatments.
Q Why should patients consider using CVMS?
A: CVMS’ physicians and advanced practice providers are true specialists in their areas of expertise. If you’re having a sinus problem, many people prefer to see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist first instead of a general practitioner — who often ultimately refers patients to see an ENT. Seeing a specialist at CVMS first often avoids two separate doctor visits, which saves the patient time and money, and helps reduce overall insurance costs.
Q What makes CVMS different from other providers?
A: Our specialists truly are specialists — offering advanced, specialized health-care services typically found at major medical centers. In fact, with CVMS, advanced health-care treatment doesn’t have to mean a long road trip to specialty clinics in Rochester or Iowa City. We’ve brought world-class experts right here to our area from the most prestigious names in the medical field.
Q Do patients need a referral to see one of CVMS’ specialists?
A: No referrals are needed for most patients. Appointments can be made directly with any specialist at CVMS. If you think your insurance might require a referral, check with CVMS and the staff will be happy to look into your individual situation.
Q What are the benefits of choosing CVMS vs. a major specialty clinic outside of our market?
A: CVMS has brought in the highly qualified medical experts that patients need. It’s very reassuring to know that whatever patients are facing, it can usually be addressed right here in the Cedar Valley. Handling all of your medical needs close to home has so many advantages. The convenience factor is huge, and it can also significantly reduce the amount of time, and, more importantly, the amount of stress that can arise when dealing with medical situations.
Q What medical services does CVMS offer?
A: CVMS continues to expand and bring on new specialists in the areas of:
- Allergy and Immunology
- Bone Health
- Breast Care
- Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Facial Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery & Med Spa Services
- General Surgery
- Imaging Center
- Otolaryngology/ENT and Sinus
- Pain Management
- Physical Therapy/Occupational Rehabilitation
- Sleep Center
- Skin Cancer
- XL Sports
Q How can CVMS offer services with up to 50 percent savings in some cases — or more — to patients?
A: CVMS is a truly unique provider of medical services. We are not owned by any hospitals or health systems. We are the Cedar Valley’s premier independent source for patients. We don’t have the same costly overhead expenses that many hospitals have, meaning our costs are much lower. We pass those savings onto patients — which in some cases can be up to 50 percent or more.
Q How does CVMS offer such a high-quality health care experience for patients?
A: Our clinics are staffed by dedicated professionals ― specialists who are trained at the finest names in medicine, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic and the University of Iowa. They’re not distracted with administrative burdens or mandated requirements that other providers may experience. CVMS’ home office in Waterloo takes care of the business side of business, so our doctors and providers can do what they do best ― take care of patients.
Q Where is Cedar Valley Medical Specialists located?
A: Our corporate offices are located in Tower Park in Waterloo, and our specialists are located at their individual clinics throughout Waterloo and the Cedar Valley. Many of our doctors have additional clinic locations in surrounding communities, and maintain hours or serve smaller hospitals in the greater Cedar Valley region.