Financial

We are committed to providing you with the best possible care. Your fee for service includes your visit with the doctor based on the time and complexity of your condition and any treatment provided. In addition, proper attention to your case requires that the doctor spend more time working for you outside your direct visit with her.

Such time may include:

Creation of a permanent medical record.

  • Review of laboratory test results.
  • Review of prior and current x-ray or scan reports.
  • Preparation and mailing of consultation reports and follow-up visit letters and laboratory/scan results to referring doctors and any subsequent consulting.
  • Phone consultation with referring or consulting practitioner and other health care providers about your case.
  • Other phone calls to and from you and your family members for various reasons.
  • Referral letters to any further specialists recommended by the doctor.
  • Patient educational materials and medication samples when available.
  • Any research done by the doctor about your case. The doctor uses medical libraries and computerized medical search services.
  • Staff assistance regarding your visit.
  • Arranging and coordinating other tests and consultations.
  • Calls to and from pharmacies.
  • Insurance application forms: medical/dental, no fault, and worker’s comp.
  • Discussions (sometimes acrimonious) with hospitalization utilization review, Insurance companies, or Medicare for ongoing hospitalization.
  • Review and management of hospital records.
  • Letters of necessity for medical services to Insurance companies.
  • Communication daily during admission with nurses, house staff, and attending physicians.
  • Other reports and forms: jury duty, school, job, and sick leave, back to work, communicable diseases, etc.

In addition, the doctor participates extensively in continuing medical education, clinical research, teaching and medical writing to keep up-to-date on the latest medical advances. At our office, we feel a strong commitment to keep costs to our patients down. Even so, the cost of salaries, rent, taxes, insurance, billing, postage, photocopying, medical/dental supplies, office supplies, medical/dental journals and textbooks and other materials keep increasing. We charge only what we feel is necessary in order to maintain the highest standard of care.

We welcome and encourage frank discussion of services and fees prior to treatment in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

The financial obligations for the treatment we render to you are your responsibility. However, we will be pleased to assist you in providing the appropriate information for submission to your insurance company for reimbursement.

BASIC POLICY

Payment for services rendered is due at the time of the service. You will be told prior to the visit the amount of the fee. You may pay by credit card, check (with valid driver’s license), or cash. For extensive treatment plans, please request an application for specific dental credit plans from our insurance coordinator.

There will be a billing charge for accounts delinquent past 60 days and the patient will be charged a service charge of one and a half percent per month until the account is paid in full.

If the account goes into default and is turned over to collection, the patient will be responsible for any additional charges incurred due to the collection agency or legal fees.