Patient Financial Responsibility Consent Form
Please read the following carefully regarding patient responsibility for payment of your care and services.
Providers at Durango Dermatology participate with most insurance companies, but not all plans under all companies are accepted. In order to avoid unexpected charges, it is the patient’s responsibility to confirm that your particular health benefit plan is contracted with Durango Dermatology. Although we will do our best to guide patients through this process, it is impossible for our front desk to keep abreast of the requirements of the thousands of insurance products that are on the market today. Ultimately it is the patient’s individual responsibility to understand the provisions, limits, and requirements of their individual benefit plan and advise us accordingly. Patients will be responsible for insuring payment for all medical services provided. If a carrier denies payment for services because a plan requirement wasn’t met, services were considered “non-covered”, the plan benefits were exceeded, or treatment was considered medically unnecessary or experimental, patients will be responsible for those charges. Please bring your insurance card to each visit in case there are any changes with your coverage. If there are any financial problems, we will absolutely work with you on a reasonable payment plan so that it is not a deterrent to you obtaining medical care.
Referrals and Authorizations:
As a specialist, some insurance companies (particularly HMOs, VA and Tricare) require that prior to any visit you must obtain an authorization or referral from your primary care physician. It is your responsibility to know if this is required by your insurance, and if so, to obtain the referral. If your insurance company rejects a claim because a valid authorization or referral was not in place, the full cost of the visit will be your responsibility.
Patients Without Insurance:
As a courtesy for our patients, Durango Dermatology has created a self- pay fee schedule which includes a discount from our normal fees. Payment is expected at time of service. If a patient cannot pay in full, please contact our office manager to work out an acceptable payment plan.
There may be times that Durango Dermatology will need to seek outside consults for labwork or pathology. We will do our best to keep you informed when this may happen, but the patient will be responsible for these outside charges.
No Show Fee:
We understand things will come up which may require canceling an appointment. Please call us as soon as possible to let us know if you will have to miss an appointment so that we may fill the appointment slot. We, unfortunately, needed to incorporate a policy and fee due to a high no show rate combined with a long waitlist for appointments. Thank you for your understanding.
Medical/Surgical Appointments: To cancel a medical appointment, you may do so through your appointment text reminders or by calling our office at 970-247-1970. If you are calling outside of business hours, you are welcome to leave a message for our team. Patients who fail to show up for their scheduled appointment, without notice of cancellation, will be charged a $40 no show fee.
Cosmetic Appointments: To cancel a cosmetic appointment, you may do so through your appointment text reminders or by calling our office at 970-247-1970. Due to the nature of these appointments, cosmetic appointments require at least a 48 hour notice of cancellation. If you are calling outside of business hours, you are welcome to leave a message for our team. Patients who fail to show up for their scheduled appointment, without notice of cancellation, will be charged a $40 no show fee.
Durango Dermatology has contracted with Dermatology RCM for our billing and collection services. Billing questions should be directed to their office at (407) 335-4900.
I understand the above regarding patient responsibility at the time of service and I do not have any questions at this time regarding payment for the medical services provided.
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