At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Consultants, we make every effort to provide you with the finest surgical care and the most convenient financial options. To accomplish this, we will work with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures and find a payment option that works best for you.
It is the responsibility of the patient or the patient’s responsible party for all charges incurred, regardless of insurance coverage.
We offer the flexibility of cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Financing options are also available.
Our surgeons perform an evaluation prior to your treatment. This exam may occur at a separate appointment, but is often performed on the same day as surgery. Please be aware that there are fees associated with your consultation that may not be covered by your insurance. Not performing an evaluation prior to treatment would compromise the care of our patients. Our practice does not compromise our standard of care because of insurance benefit limitations.
If you are covered by insurance, you are required to pay a portion of your total expenses. This initial payment is due on the day of your surgery and shall not be deemed as payment in full.
If there is no insurance coverage for your surgery, payment in full is required on the day of your service. We will assist you with financial arrangements if needed.
As a courtesy, we will file your insurance claims for you, provided that you supply us with complete and accurate information. Please remember that insurance is considered a method of reimbursing the patient for fees paid to the doctor and is not a substitute for payment. Some companies pay fixed allowances for certain procedures and others pay a percentage of the charge. It is your responsibility to know your plan(s) benefits, if any, and to pay any deductible, co-insurance or any balance not paid by your insurance company.
You may have benefits for your surgery through your medical and/or dental insurance, or no coverage at all. Because of this, we ask you to call your insurance company prior to surgery to verify your benefits (i.e. deductibles, limitations, exclusions and yearly maximums).
If your insurance company does not process your claim within 60 days, you may be billed directly for the full fee. To ensure prompt processing, we encourage you to check the status of your claim with your insurance company.
Please note that insurance is a contract between you/your employer and the insurance company. You are fully responsible for all fees and charges regardless of your insurance coverage.
An estimate of the charges for your surgery will be given to you upon request. A current x-ray is necessary for us to give you a complete estimate of our fees.
Some insurance plans allow a pre-determination to be processed prior to treatment, generally processed within 2-4 weeks. Although not typically mandatory, your specific insurance plan may require a prior authorization; it is your responsibility to inform us so we can assist you in this process.
If services provided are considered under your medical insurance, (biopsies, cysts, TMJ, infections, jaw deformities) and you are a member of an HMO, you must have a referral from your primary care physician. A referral from a dentist is not adequate for medical insurance consideration. Obtaining a medical referral is the patient’s responsibility. We cannot obtain the referral for you, and the referral may not be able to be obtained retroactively. If you do not have a referral, your medical insurance company may deny your claim or process it as “out-of-network”.
Medicare pays us directly for your care. You are responsible for any deductible and co-insurance. Medicare does not cover dental procedures (extractions, implants). If Medicare denies your procedure, you are responsible for the charges.
You will receive a monthly statement from us while your insurance is pending. Most insurance companies will respond within 2-4 weeks. Any remaining balance after your insurance has processed is your responsibility. Your payment is expected promptly.
If you are unable to pay in full, payment arrangements may be approved ain accordance with credit and collection procedures, as authorized by a Financial Coordinator. A 1.5% service charge (18% annually) will be added to any balance over 90 days.
Overpayments will be refunded to the appropriate party. Patient refunds will not be processed until all insurance processing is finalized. Refunds less than $5.00 will be issued upon request.
You will be responsible for all collection costs (which may be up to 42% of your balance), attorney’s fees and court costs. Delinquent accounts will be sent to an outside agency for collection.
Financing provided by Wells Fargo Financial National Bank with approved credit.