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Patient Policies

Welcome to our practice and thank you for choosing us to serve your health care needs.

This website is designed to answer many of the questions that you may have. The more you know about our policies and methods of practice, the better we may be of service to you. It is our goal to provide you and your family the best medical care possible and to maintain a pleasant and long-lasting relationship with each of you. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 813.782.7318.

Appointments

Appointments can be made by calling our practice directly or you can fill out the Request for an Appointment form on this website. Please bring your current insurance card, referral form if required, a list of any medications you are currently taking or refills needed and a list of any questions you may have. If you would like to ask us any questions before your appointment, please fill out a Contact Form to help assist you during your visit.

Billing and Financial Policy

If you have insurance, we will file the claim and bill your provider. However, patients are responsible for any required co-payments or outstanding balances. Payments are expected at the time of visit.

Billing Information

The financial policy set forth is to expect payment for your services at the time your services are rendered. Co-payments and balance dues are expected to be paid at the time of service. We will provide insurance claim filing for the insurance plans that we participate in. If there is a balance due after payment is rendered by the insurance company, we will expect your prompt payment of that balance.

It is the patient’s responsibility to provide us with current insurance plan information prior to services rendered in order for accurate billing of services to be filed. As a health care provider, our relationship is with our patients and as a team; we will continuously follow up on outstanding claims. At times, we may require the patient’s intervention to assist us and we appreciate the patient working with us in this regard.

In order to accommodate the needs and requests of our patients and the community, we have enrolled in various managed care plans. While we gladly provide this service to our patients, it is important for the patient to be familiar with the guidelines of their insurance plan requirements regarding authorizations, deductibles, co-payments and other vital requirements.

Cancellation Policy

Please call the office 24 hours in advance to cancel appointments as failure to do so could result in a fee of $25.00 to $50.00 (equivalent to the visit co-payment). Failing to do so could inconvenience the medical team and our other patients, therefore delaying our ability to deliver our special quality of care.

Emergencies and On Call

If you have an emergency, please call the office number which will be redirected to the answering service after hours. A member of our team will return your call as soon as possible. If you cannot wait for a return call or have an emergency situation, please go to the nearest emergency room or dial 9-1-1.

Lab and Test Results

For the most part, lab and test results will be discussed at a follow-up appointment. Upon completion of the specific test, further instructions will be given as to how and when the results will be made available.

Late Policy

Office Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We see all patients on an appointment basis. We know that your time is valuable to you and we make all attempts to see you promptly. However, there may be times when our physician is delayed by various hospital emergencies and it may be necessary to adjust our appointment schedule.  We encourage you to make sure we have your current, up-to-date phone number.

We urge you to be on time for your appointment. If you are late, it may be necessary for us to reschedule your appointment for another time. We do not mind if you call before your appointment to confirm our schedule.

Prescription Refills

All prescriptions and authorizations for renewals should be requested during regular office hours so that your medical record is available. We are currently utilizing electronic prescriptions / E-Prescribing.  Please have the phone number and address of your pharmacy so we may expedite your request.

Physician and Specialist Referrals

Please call the office at least three (3) days before the appointment to give us the information needed to complete the referral. That information includes: your name, the physician you are being referred to, his/her phone and fax numbers, the date of the appointment, the diagnosis for the referral, your insurance, whether it is for a visit or a specific procedure (such as surgery) and where it is going to be performed (office or hospital). We do not mail referrals to specialists. Please familiarize yourself with your insurance plan and determine if it requires you to take a referral with you.

Prescriptions

Calls for prescriptions received in this office after 12:30 pm will be addressed the following day after 2:00 pm. Please try to call the office at least 48 hours in advance for all medications. Calls received after 12:30 pm Friday will be returned after 2:00 pm on following Monday.

Records Release

Please complete the records release form (Authorization of Use And Or Disclosure of Protected Health Information) to obtain your medical records from your previous family physician and any specialists you may be consulting. Our Practice Privacy Policy is available at the office for your review.