At West Volusia Pediatrics we respect that your time is valuable. It is our policy to do our best to limit your waiting time. During the week, we reserve many appointment openings for those sudden illnesses. Should you feel that your child needs to be seen by a physician, please call our office at 9:00am and we will do our best to be able to arrange an appointment for the same day. We are sometimes able to accommodate “walk-ins” however, there may be a bit of a wait as we endeavor to fit you into the schedule. West Volusia Pediatrics is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:30pm. As opposed to a “sick” or “problem focused” visit, a wellness check up requires a specific amount of time on our schedules and must be pre-booked. At some times during the year, a wait of up to two weeks may be necessary to schedule your child’s wellness visit. Please try to plan ahead, and give us at least two weeks notice when scheduling non-emergency appointments.
In today’s hectic world we understand that there will be times when a scheduled appointment cannot be kept. If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, we request that you notify our office a minimum of 24 hours in advance. If your appointment is made for the ‘same day’ and you find yourself unable to keep it, please call to cancel with a minimum of one hour’s notice in order for another child to be scheduled. If you do not cancel by the deadline or, if you simply do not show up for a scheduled appointment, a $20 missed appointment fee will be added to your account. This fee is not covered by insurance and will be your responsibility to pay upon or before your next visit. Please note that some insurances require non monetary penalties for excessive missed appointments, up to and including dismissal from our practice.
Our Billing Office is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please call with any billing or insurance questions and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. Understanding your health insurance plan’s benefits and restrictions has become a very complicated task in these days of managed care programs. We shall endeavor to assist you as much as possible; however, it does remain your responsibility to be aware of the details of your particular policy. Some of the limitations for you to be aware of may include: utilizing a specific lab or pharmacy, the requirement of obtaining prior authorization before being evaluated by a Specialist Physician, and the requirement of being “assigned” to our physicians in order for any payments to be issued. Not following your insurance company’s specifications often results in a family being responsible for payments that their insurance plan would normally cover. Please review your Plan Summary carefully, and contact your company’s Member Services with any questions. Remember, your insurance coverage is a contract between you and your insurance company. West Volusia Pediatrics is not responsible for services denied by your insurance company.
West Volusia Pediatrics does have preferred provider contracts with several major insurance companies. Please contact your insurance company to determine if our practice is contracted with your insurance company. Any financial portion that is the “member’s responsibility” such as a copay or a non-covered percentage will be collected at the time of service.
If payment from the patient is not collected in full at the time of service a $10 billing fee will be added to the account balance. Additional billing fees will be added for each statement that is mailed. If your insurance company does not have a contracted affiliation with West Volusia Pediatrics, or if you do not carry insurance, it is your responsibility to be prepared to make full payment for services provided, at the time of service.
We are happy to accept payment via debit or credit cards, for your convenience. Any requests for other payment arrangements MUST be made before the appointment. We are always happy to provide a billing copy for you to file with your insurance company for YOUR reimbursement, upon request.
Protecting your family’s right to privacy is of utmost importance to us. West Volusia Pediatrics’ Notice of Privacy Practices is available here on our website (click on the link) and also at the Reception Desk. We will be happy to provide a copy for you, upon your request. You will be signing a consent upon registration that describes how your child’s protected health information may be used or disclosed, and for what purposes. The procedure for requesting revocation or restrictions to that consent is described in the text of the consent.
At West Volusia Pediatrics, we firmly believe in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and save lives. In a effort to protect all of our patients to the best of our ability, we are no longer accepting patients who decline to vaccinate according to the guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control. If your child is not fully vaccinated but you are now prepared to follow the CDC's "catch up schedule" (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/catchup.html), we will be happy to assist you, but please note that we will not be willing to break up or delay vaccines. Please contact our Practice Manager should you have any questions regarding our Vaccine Policy.
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