Doctor's Desk

frequently asked questions

What type of patients do you see?

Adult Movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, Atypical Parkinsonism Such As Multiple System Atrophy, Lewy Body Dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Ataxia, Gait Disorders, Tremor, Myoclonus, Dystonia, patients with Deep Brain stimulation implant, and patients that need Chemodenervation Therapy (Botox).

Do I have to make an appointment?

Yes. We do not accept walk-ins. To make an appointment, please call 408-376-0316.

Does my insurance cover my visit?

We are contracted with most insurance plans including original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, commercial PPOs & HMOs. We do not have an exhaustive list of all the insurance plans we participate in. It is highly recommended that each patient check with his or her own insurance carrier to verify that we are "in network". 

Do I need a referral?

Referrals are not required for Medicare and PPO plans.

Some insurance plans (mainly HMOs) may require referrals and authorizations from your primary care doctor for services like follow up visits, medical botox therapy and Deep Brain Stimulation programming. Once you become an established patient, our office will submit authorization for continuing services. Please check with your insurance plan if authorization is required.

Do I need to request my old medical records before the appointment?

Not necessarily. To avoid bias, Dr. Huang and Lin generally see new patients without first looking the old medical records. After formulating the initial diagnosis, they will then review your medical records if available.

How long is each appointment?

The initial evaluation is 45 to 60 minutes including check-in. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to be checked-in. The follow-up appointments are scheduled based on complexity and it ranges from 30-45 minutes.

Are there special preparations I need to make for my appointment?

For initial consultation, there is no need to change your daily medication routine. For follow-up appointments, Dr. Huang and Lin may sometime ask some patients to withhold medications for a certain period of time, as in some cases of DBS programming.

How do I get in touch with the doctors between appointments?

Call the office at 408-376-0316 to talk to a helpful staff member or email us at staff@parkinsonclinic.com For non-urgent requests, Dr. Huang or Dr. Lin will call back within 24 to 48 hours. All medical related issues will be addressed by Dr. Huang and Dr. Lin themselves. You may also email Dr. Huang at drhuang@parkinsonclinic.com and Dr. Lin at drlin@parkinsonclinic.com.

How often do I need to see Dr. Huang and Dr. Lin?

It varies. Some patients may need to be seen every 2-3 weeks until acute issues are resolved. Others may need to be seen every 6 months or once a year. On average, it is about every two to three months.

Will you be my main neurologist or do I continue with my current doctor? 

 Dr. Huang and Dr. Lin generally recommend that you continue seeing your local Neurologist. The choice is yours.

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