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Office Policies

Telehealth Consent

• I understand that telemedicine is the use of electronic information and communication technologies by a healthcare provider used to deliver services to an individual when he/she is located at a different location or site than I am.

• I understand that the telemedicine visit will be done through a two-way video linkup. The healthcare provider will be able to see my image on the screen and hear my voice. I will be able to hear and see the healthcare provider.

• I understand that the laws that protect privacy and the confidentiality of medical information including (HIPAA) also apply to telemedicine.

• I understand that I will be responsible for any copayments or coinsurances that apply to my telemedicine visit. If telemedicine visits are not covered by my insurance policy, I understand I will be responsible for any amounts not paid by my insurance plan.

• I understand that if I am not available at the time of my appointment and do not call to cancel, or otherwise notify Sound Sleep Health at least 1 full business day in advance, I may be charged a $50 no-show/cancellation fee.

• I understand that I have the right to withhold or withdraw my consent to the use of telemedicine in the course of my care at any time.

• I understand that by signing this form that I am consenting to receive health care services via a secure internet based audio and video link.


Office Policies

Prescription Refills

For our patients who need refills on their medication(s), please contact your pharmacy directly to request a refill. Since it usually takes 5-7 business days to get a refill, please contact your pharmacy 5-7 days before you are completely out of the medication(s). Please be aware that some medications may require an office visit for regular monitoring and refills in accordance with state laws. These medications may include but are not limited to: opioid pain medications (e.g., codeine, oxycodone), stimulants (e.g., Provigil®, Adderall®), and many prescription sleep aids (e.g., Ambien® and Lunesta®)

PAP Device and Supplies

For patients who need replacement CPAP or BiPAP devices or supplies, please first contact your durable medical equipment (DME) supplier directly. It may take up to 2 weeks to get supplies. Medicare patients using PAP therapy are required to have a inperson or telehealth visit with a sleep medicine provider annually to continue their prescription for supplies. Please be aware that due to high demand we often book up to 8 weeks or longer in advance. It is your responsibility to schedule far enough in advance to avoid interruption of your supply prescription. Prior to each CPAP/BiPAP compliance visit, we download a detailed compliance report – we charge a fee billable to your insurance for this download.

Insurance and Billing Information

We participate with most insurance plans. We must obtain a copy of your driver’s license and current valid insurance to provide proof of insurance. If you cannot provide us with the correct insurance information at the time of visit, you are responsible for paying for the office visit: new patient visit – $300, and follow up appointment – $225.
As a convenience, we submit the bill for physician visits and diagnostic tests to your insurance carrier. If you are insured by a plan we do business with, but don’t have an up-to-date insurance card, payment in full for each visit is required until we can verify your coverage. Of course, if we receive dual payment on your account, you will be refunded. If your insurance changes, please notify us as soon as possible.
If you are not insured by a plan we do business with, payment in full is expected at each visit. Understanding your insurance benefits is your responsibility. Please contact your insurance company with any questions you may have regarding your coverage.
Some insurance policies do not include coverage for sleep disorders. Please call your insurance carrier before your appointment to check your benefits so that you have advanced knowledge of your financial responsibility as well as if any referrals will be necessary.

Important: for home diagnostic tests, we require a credit card or HSA card on file.

Co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles

Every insurance plan splits the responsibility for health care costs between the insurer and the patient by setting co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. For an example, see the section titled, “Covered by insurance”, below. We are required by our contracts to bill our patients for co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. Failure on our part to bill the patient portion of a bill is a violation of our insurance contracts and can be considered fraud. Please help us by paying your co-payment and any outstanding co-insurance or deductible balance at the time of each visit.

Cancellation Policy

Office visits and sleep studies involve a large commitment of resources on our part. If you cannot come in for an appointment or study, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to allow us to fill your slot.
Office Visits: If you do not show or don’t call to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance, you will be billed a $75 no-show/cancellation fee.
Sleep Studies: A $175 no-show/cancellation fee applies to any sleep study.

Self-Pay

If you do not have insurance or wish to pay out of pocket, we require payment in full at the time of service for office visit and full payment in advance for sleep testing. Please call the office for more information about these costs.

Default

Any unpaid patient balances after 120 days or any missed payment exceeding 15 days while on a payment plan are considered in default and are transferred to a collections agency. Once your balance is with a collection agency, we are no longer able to make any payment arrangements with you.
I agree to be responsible for any amounts not paid by my insurance plan. In the event that I default on payment of my account, I understand I am responsible for any and all costs incurred on the collection of my account, including court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees. If the debt is assigned to a third-party collection agency, I agree to be responsible for collection fees and interest due to amounts in default.


Insurance Overview

“Covered by insurance” – What does this mean?

It DOES NOT mean: that insurance will pay for 100% of the cost.

What it DOES mean: that insurance deems the service or device to be medically necessary and will either apply the cost to your deductible or, if your deductible has been met, will pay for most of the cost, minus your co-insurance and/or co-pay.

Example 1: say you have health insurance with a $1000 deductible and 10% coinsurance, and none of your deductible has been met for this year. You get a diagnostic test that is covered by your insurance with a $1500 allowed amount.

First, you will need to pay $1000 out of pocket to meet your deductible. The remaining $500 will be shared 90%/10% between your insurance and you, so you will need to pay 10% of $500, or $50. Your total out of pocket amount will be $1000 plus $50, or $1050. Insurance will contribute $450 toward the bill.

Example 2: your doctor next determines that you need a medical device costing $1500.

Your deductible for the year ($1000) has already been met, so the $1500 device cost will be shared 90%/10% between your insurance and you. Your total out of pocket for the device will be $150. Insurance will contribute $1350 toward the second bill.

Summing it all up:
You got a total of $3000 of services and devices. You paid $1050 toward the test plus $150 toward the device, or $1200 in total, and you fully met your deductible for the year. Insurance contributed $1800 toward the cost, or 60%.

Important Notes:
Every insurance plan is different! Please use the above examples only as a general guide to the rules of the game. All insurance plans have limitations. You are responsible to verify that your insurance covers sleep testing and medical devices, if needed.

How much will I have to pay for my visit or diagnostic test?

The health insurance system is very complex, and unfortunately, we cannot know exactly how much a certain service will cost you. We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance company and ask them about your share of the costs. We are happy to provide you the billing codes for each procedure we do.

Each insurance company has its own schedule of rates for specific services. Your individual rate depends not only on the brand of insurance you have, but also on which level of plan you have. Also, your share of the costs depends on the amount of your deductible, co-insurance, and co-pay.

The rates below are for general guidance. Most of our patients are responsible for only a fraction of the amounts indicated.

New patient office visit: up to $300
Follow up visit:up to $225
Sleep apnea diagnostic home tests: up to $2000 for 3 nights of testing
Overnight EEG testing: up to $2000 for 3 nights of testing
In-lab test, polysomnography (PSG): up to $2000 per test
In-lab test for excessive sleepiness (PSG/MSLT): up to $3000 per test
Phone call with provider (generally not covered by insurance): up to $150
Telemedicine visit with provider (sometimes covered by insurance): up to $250