Dr. Alan Thometz, MD

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Age 59
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Dr. Alan Thometz, MD
I established cardiac electrophysiology (EP) here in 1991, and in 1993 moved to the Billings Clinic where support for the program has always been very high. This specialty is focused on treatment of heart rhythm problems rather than treatment of the vascular parts of the heart. It takes a couple decades to develop such a substantial program. We provide all electrophysiology services. Since 1991 the specialty has evolved enormously. Defibrillators once requiring an open surgical procedure to implant are now done simply like a pacemaker. Radiofrequency ablation has conquered electrical short circuits causing fast heartbeats, one after another. We are highly experienced in ablation of all tachycardias, such as atrial fibrillation, SVT, Wolff-Parkinson-White, atrial and ventricular tachycardia. We are experienced with defibrillator and pacemaker implantation and follow around 1800 devices. We perform chronic device lead extraction. We have 4 pacemaker nurses, 3 mid-level providers (PA's/Nurse Practitioners) all dedicated to EP, nurses, and extensive facilities newly built or being extensively remodeled and expanded. A service like this does not appear in a matter of a few years. No other EP program in the region has such an infrastructure. There is no other regional EP specialty practice remotely this capable and advanced. We recently upgraded the hospital EP laboratories, more than doubling our capacity with more room space and more state of the art equipment, due to heavy demand. In addition, a hybrid laboratory is available for those procedures requiring a cardiovascular surgeon. The Billings Clinic is focused on safety and was the #1 Hospital for Safety nationally in consumer reports in 2012. I am not pressured financially to do, or not to do procedures. I am not pressured to see too many patients in a short amount of time. The emphasis is on patient care rather than profits. Of course it's necessary for any business to stay solvent. But, unlike other hospitals run only by financial/managerial personnel, who's CEO is usually an MBA, our CEO is a physician and our board dominated by physicians. Therefore our "culture" is oriented towards patient care as a fact rather than a marketing slogan. This in turn attracts the right kinds of physicians to practice here. We do not allow technicians to insert catheters or sheaths for procedures. We allow plenty of time for our procedures, and if necessary will spend more time than expected to finish the job, rather than bringing the patient back later for another one (although the nature of the EP practices is such that this is sometimes still necessary). These approaches are different than many other EP-providing hospitals. In medical school at The University of Washington, an instructor once said "the secret to patient care is caring for the patient." While it can sound trite, it's actually the bedrock of a successful practice. Patients can tell that you are really trying to help them. But I can always learn what practice patterns are most appreciated. So I read my reviews on health grades and from elsewhere, and have in the past altered my practice as a result. It's likely I will do so again in the future.

Billings Clinic Cardiovascular

2800 10th Ave N # 400

Billings, MT 59101

Contact Information

(406) 238-2000

Dr. Alan Thometz, MD

Dr. Alan Thometz, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Thometz's Experience

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Dr. Thometz's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Cardiology
  • Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Internal Medicine
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
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Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Disease
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
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Conditions Treated

  • Arrhythmias
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia, Familial, 1
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bradycardia
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern
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Procedures

  • Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Electrophysiological Study
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Montana State University, Bozeman
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University Of Washington School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Kaiser Fdn Hosp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Kaiser Fdn Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Kaiser Fdn Hosp-Sunset
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Thometz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Thometz to family and friends
4.4
based on 5 total reviews (1 with a comment)
Dr. Thometz's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
in Billings, MT |
Dr Thometz has been my doctor for over 20 years. He has treated me for atrial fibrillation. He is truly a specialist in this condition of the heart. I would probably not be alive today without the care I received from Dr. Thometz. I would highly recommend him...
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Dr. Thometz accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
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Billings Clinic
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT 59101
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