Saying "ahhh" may not be the only thing you are asked to do at your next doctor's appointment. You may also be asked to say "cheese."
When patients check in at Physicians to Women in Roanoke, they now have their picture taken with a tiny camera. "It doesn't bother me because that way they know who I am," said Gigi Shipp, a patient there.
Knowing who exactly is checking in is one reason behind the pictures. It's meant to cut down on insurance fraud.
"You'll have some patients that may not have insurance that will get a friend's card, bring it in and and pass it off as themselves," said Kim Sandras, Physicians to Women office manager. It's also meant to stops physicians from billing patients they haven't actually seen.
In a busy doctor's office such as Physicians to women where 12 doctors see a total of anywhere between 350 and 400 patients a day, the photographs also help out a face to a name.