Frequently Asked Questions

What insurances do you participate in?
We participate in a number of insurance plans and are in the process of adding more. Our Insurance Verification Unit will contact your insurance company and get all the necessary information regarding your coverage before you see your physician. Just call us at 732.720.2555 and we will provide you with all the information you need to understand your coverage.

How long does it take to get an appointment?
Our physicians at AOSMI are available at our Freehold location Monday through Thursday 7am to 7pm and Friday 7am to 5pm. We have additional hours at our satellite location in Monroe. With the addition of our Urgent Orthopedic Care service we can usually see patients the same day for urgent needs. In an emergency situation or during off hours we see patients at the emergency room at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, Raritan Bay in Old Bridge, and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

What is an orthopedic surgeon?
An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and any related painful conditions.  View AOSMI’s orthopedic surgeons.

What is a physician assistant (PA)?
Physician assistants are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. PAs are licensed to write prescriptions. AOSMI has PAs who work closely with the physicians in the ER, OR and with in-house patients at the hospitals.

What is the difference between a DO and MD?
DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, the degree awarded to graduates of osteopathic medical schools. In the United States, physicians can have either the MD or DO degree.  Both physicians have identical practice rights, and have nearly identical training. The differences between a DO and an MD are primarily in the focus of their education and training during medical school. Osteopathic schools traditionally teach medical students to look at, or treat, the whole patient, rather than the injured or diseased part.  AOSMI’s DOs.

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