Jax Vision Care – Liane Downtown
Consent for Treatment:
I am the patient or the patient’s duly authorized representative, and do hereby, voluntarily, consent to and authorize care encompassing all diagnostic and therapeutic treatment regimens necessary in the judgment of my provider, for myself, my minor child, or other. I am aware that the practice of medicine is not an exact science. I acknowledge that no guarantees have been made to me as a result of treatments or performed examinations.
I do, hereby, authorize the release of medical information necessary to file a claim with my insurance company and assign benefits otherwise payable to myself and Jax Vision Care, P.A.
In order to give you the best care possible, please read thoroughly and indicate history or diagnosis of any of the following:
** New patients will be dilated during the first visit. Dilation could cause light sensitivity and blurriness.
Thank you for choosing Jax Vision Care as your ocular healthcare provider. We are committed to providing the best medical care possible. Please understand that payment for your services is essential for us to continue to do so. All payment is due at the time services are rendered or materials purchased unless other arrangements are made PRIOR. The following paragraphs explain our financial policies. We will be happy to discuss these with you or answer any questions you may have. Please read, sign and return to the front desk.
For some insurances, we accept assignment of benefits, but in ALL cases, the person responsible for payment (guarantor), is personally liable for all balances or procedures not covered by insurance. Please be aware that some, and perhaps all, of the services provided may be non-covered services or may not be considered medically necessary under Medicare guidelines. If you are not insured by a plan that we participate with or you are, but do not have an up-to-date driver’s license or form of government issued identification and/or a current insurance card, payment in full is required at the time of service. If there are any changes with your insurance coverage, please notify our office as soon as possible PRIOR to your next appointment. Failure to do so could result in payment for services being patient responsibility.
USUAL AND CUSTOMARY RATES
We charge what we believe to be usual and customary rates for our specialty and region to our patients and insurance companies. If your insurance company uses a different fee schedule, you will be responsible for any leftover balance.
We file claims to your insurance company for payment as a service to you. We will assist in any way to get your claims paid in a timely fashion. It is your responsibility to comply with any requests from the insurance company regarding information for payment. The contract with the insurance company is between you and the company; we are not party to such contract. If your insurance company does not pay your claims within 45 days, the patient is responsible.
DELINQUENT/PAST DUE ACCOUNTS/CANCELLATION POLICY
In some instances, we may bill a patient after services are rendered as a courtesy and expect payment within a timely manner. If balances exceed 90 days, the account is considered delinquent or past due and a $15 billing fee will be added to the current balance. If the account continues in this manner, $15 will be added to each monthly statement. Accounts with balances exceeding 180 days will be sent to a collection agency and the patient or guarantor will be responsible for all additional fees, including but not limited to agency fees, court costs and attorney’s fees. Also, a 1099 will be issued to the IRS for cancellation of debt. Once this step has been taken, Jax Vision Care, P.A. will continue care for 30 days for emergency situations and only on a cash basis. We kindly ask that a 24-hour notice be given for cancellation of an appointment. Failure to do so will result in a $25 fee to be paid immediately.
CO-PAYMENTS AND DEDUCTIBLES
All co-payments and deductibles are due at the time of service. This is part of your contract with your insurance company. Failure to pay/collect could be considered insurance fraud. If co-pays and deductibles are not paid at the time of service, there will be a $15 billing fee added to your account that will not be covered by your insurance company.
***AS OF January 1st, 2019, Jax Vision Care will no longer accept checks from patients. Prior to that, checks that are returned for any reason will incur a $45 returned check fee in addition to any fees Jax Vision care, P.A. may incur from the bank. These fees are not covered by insurance and are expected to be paid immediately by cash or credit card to prevent legal action. All visits will be postponed until the account is current.
Performing a refraction is essential to your exam and vision care. Medicare, along with some other insurance companies DO NOT cover a refraction, but it IS very important in determining your potential vision and in medically diagnosing causes of vision loss.
What is a refraction?
A refraction is performed for multiple purposes in an eye exam. It helps with determining your need for glasses or contact lenses. More importantly, it can detect vision loss that a patient may not be aware of due to an unknown condition or problem.
Why is it a separate fee from the exam?
Medicare has deemed that a refraction is not a medical service and therefore is not covered. Most insurance companies follow Medicare guidelines. Medicare acknowledges that it is a separate service/procedure from the exam and therefore, it has a separate fee.
Do you have to charge for it?
YES. The Office of Inspector General has deemed that not charging for a provided service is an "inducement" to the patient and therefore illegal. The Federal Government insists that all services rendered must be charged for. The concern is that some physicians may try to lure or entice patients to their practice versus another by offering free services. We are obligated by the government to charge for all services.
The refraction fee is $35 and is due at the time of service. We will still bill it to your insurance company although payment is not expected. If your insurance pays the refraction or a portion of, your account will reflect that and there will be an appropriate credit.
*** I have read and understand the above policies. I have been given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any discrepancies I may have. ***
I have been provided the opportunity to read, or have it read to me, the Notice of Privacy Practices at Jax Vision Care, P.A.
I understand that Jax Vision Care, P.A. is committed to treating and using protected health information about me responsibly. I understand how information and records may be used and disclosed.
I understand that my health record is the physical property of Jax Vision Care, P.A., but the information belongs to me. I have a right to obtain, inspect, and amend a copy of my health record. Any costs associated with this will be my responsibility and must be paid prior. Written requests must be made to the Privacy Officer.
I understand that Jax Vision Care, P.A. is required by law to maintain the privacy of my health information. They will require my written authorization to release my information to outside sources with the exception of disclosures for treatment, payment and healthcare operations. These disclosures may include: access to my information by Jax Vision Care, P.A. staff and doctors; billing to me or a third party; in addition, business associates of Jax Vision Care, P.A. Upon the physicians’ best judgment, Jax Vision Care, P.A. may disclose to a family member, relative or close personal friend or any other individual I identify, health information relevant to that person’s involvement in my care. Health information may also be used for research data, organ procurement, marketing, FDA, public health or legal authorities and/or law enforcement authorities.
Jax Vision Care, P.A. may call or write me with appointment reminders, cancellations and may leave voice mail messages at home or place of employment as well as on my mobile phone.
CONTACT LENSES: To provide the best care to our contact lens patients, patient commitment and cooperation are essential. After the initial visit or the start of the fitting process, you are required to return to the office within 2 weeks to have your fit finalized. This is usually a quick visit for your doctor to check the contacts on your eyes.
GLASSES (FRAMES AND/OR LENSES): We are proud to provide our patients with top quality frames and lenses. We strive to order and deliver custom glasses to our patients as quickly as possible. Lenses are made and provided by various optical labs causing various return times. It generally takes about 1-3 weeks from the day glasses are ordered to the day they are ready for patient pick up depending on the lab. Patients are notified immediately when glasses are ready to be picked up.