Office Policy

I am afraid that I don't accept any third party payment from any health plans. I am sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause some patients. The reason for this policy is partly practical and partly philosophical. Practically, third party billing requires a tremendous amount of administrative overhead. Health plans are also notorious for denying claims and delaying payment. Accepting insurance would require me to divert my focus away from clinical care and onto these administrative matters. Philosophically, I feel strongly that medical care is a process between a patient and physician and third parties should not intrude on this relationship. Increasingly, health plans have not only reimbursed care but have tried to oversee and direct care. For instance, the federal HIPAA statute gives government officials access to all of a physician's patient records if a physician submits electronic claims. This is unacceptable to me, and I'm sure is unacceptable to many of my patients.

I will, however, be happy to provide patients with itemized bills, which they may submit themselves to their health plans for reimbursement according to their policy provisions.

Payment is expected at the time of your appointment either by check, cash, or credit card.