When patients are preparing to undergo a procedure at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence, they may have questions regarding cost, billing and insurance for our services. Because there are several different types of insurance companies and plans, sorting through and understanding the benefits of your health care can sometimes be overwhelming. We accept Aetna, Cigna, Health Net and United, but can also work with patients outside of these plans, including those with no insurance, and we offer competitive pricing.
We realize that medical billing can be confusing, so our primary goal is to simplify process as much as possible. Please feel free to contact us at (888) 548-7614 with any questions you may have regarding payment for your upcoming procedure. Prior to seeing one of our doctors, you can also contact us to confirm your insurance policy, and we will be able to offer you a personal coverage assessment.
Insurance Plans Accepted at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence
The Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence accepts all PPO plans (Preferred Provider Organizations), and we can work with your PPO provider to confirm coverage. Because PPO plans provide the most freedom regarding selecting a healthcare provider or facility, they tend to be one of the most popular types of insurance. The most common PPO insurance accepted includes:
- Health Net
For patients with insurance not accepted by the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence, or for those with no insurance, we are proud to offer a competitive cash discount. Specific payment plans for patients with no insurance will be determined by our billing department.
Fees and Payment Arrangements
When a procedure is performed at the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence, many services may be included, which will then be factored into the overall cost of care. For each procedure that is performed at our outpatient surgery center, the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence charges a facility fee. This fee does not include fees for your surgeon, consulting physician, anesthesiologist or required pathology and laboratory work, and these fees vary by procedure.
As a patient, you are responsible for payments for your procedure. If you have insurance, we require that you pay your estimated co-payments and deductible prior to your procedure. We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express and personal checks (co-pay ONLY). Once you have paid these fees and we have verified your insurance, we will bill your insurance provider on your behalf.
Advantages of Outpatient Surgery
It is important to factor both quality and cost when choosing a surgical facility. Because it is an outpatient surgery center, the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence offers the highest quality and personalized care in a controlled, safe environment.
Our unique structure, coupled with our world-renowned physicians and state-of-the-art technology, enable us to perform certain procedures on an outpatient basis that would normally require inpatient hospital stay when performed at other facilities. Inpatient hospital stay can become quite pricey, and because of this, many patients find that our outpatient services are comparable or even less expensive than at a hospital.
Because the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence is an elective, non-emergency surgical center, our patients are far less likely to contract an infection and do not experience long delays for their procedures. In addition to this, our doctors work with the same nurses and assistants on a daily basis, which translates to reduced time under anesthesia and more efficient surgery. Because of these reasons, the Barrett’s Esophagus Center of Excellence has quickly gained a reputation among surgeons and other physicians as the “go to” center for outstanding surgical care.
Contact Our Outpatient Center to Confirm Your Insurance Coverage
Pricing and services vary between each procedure, so the best way to ensure that you are covered before meeting with one of our doctors is to contact our billing department by filling out the form at the top of the page or by calling (888) 548-7614. Upon reviewing your insurance information over the phone, we can confirm your coverage, as well as answer any questions regarding insurance and pricing. We typically respond to these inquiries within 24 hours.