Why am I receiving multiple bills?
Professional fees for anesthesia services are billed separately from your hospital, surgical center, or surgeon’s bill. When you have a surgical procedure performed, you will typically receive a bill from each entity involved with your surgical care.
Why does the hospital also charge for anesthesia care?
The hospital or clinic will charge for any equipment, drugs or supplies used by our physicians, and sometimes for technical support by hospital employees. Our charges are for the professional portion of your care, and are based on the complexity of your procedure, the time required for your surgery, and your personal health status.
Why is my anesthesiologist not in my network, when my hospital and surgeon are network providers?
PAS physicians are not employed by the hospital, and our group is a separate entity. We do not always contract with the same insurance companies as the hospital or surgeon. While it is the patient’s responsibility to verify that all providers are in-network, our office staff will be happy to help you work with your insurance company to obtain the best coverage possible. It is sometimes the case that insurance companies will make an exception to the out of network designation, when it can be shown that the patient was at an in-network facility, and had no choice of providers for anesthesia.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, personal checks, cashiers’ checks or money orders, and the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Which insurance carriers do you accept?
Please follow the link see the companies with whom we are currently contracted. If you do not find your insurance company listed, please contact our office, and we can verify whether or not we are contracted.
Can I get an estimate of my upcoming anesthesia costs?
Yes, you can call the PAS office and we will assist you in determining the approximate cost of your anesthesia care. We will need the surgical CPT code, and your surgeon’s estimate of surgery time. Be aware that this will be an estimate only. Our charges will be based on the actual time of your surgery, as well as your health status, and the complexity of the procedure. Your surgery may be shorter, or longer, or involve complexities, or additional procedures not originally anticipated, and in that case, your actual charges for anesthesia may vary from the original estimate.
I was anesthetized by one anesthesiologist, and woke up to another; will I receive two bills?
PAS is large group of anesthesiologists that works closely together to ensure that each patient is provided the highest level of care. Occasionally, an anesthesiologist may be called to relieve one of his/her partners during a case. Only one bill will be processed, with the name of the anesthesiologist who spent the most time with you during your surgery.
What if I have no insurance?
We offer several methods for payment, including pre-payment with a negotiated discount, and also a flexible payment schedule. If you are uninsured, unemployed, or have other circumstances that prevent you from settling your account in a timely manner, please contact our office and one of our staff will assist you in determining what plan will work for you. Our practice has a long tradition of generous assistance to our patients who demonstrate financial need.
The hospital has approved my application for charity care. Can I assume that your services are included in this agreement?
No, our services are separate from your hospital charges, and our billing office must approve any and all requests for discounts or charity care. Please contact our office, and one of our staff will assist you in determining whether you meet the PAS standard for financial assistance in the form of a discount or charity care.
You may download a financial need application and send it to our office. Please follow all instructions provided on the form.
Does PAS offer financial assistance for anesthesia services?
Yes to those who qualify under the PAS program, which is separate of the hospital and surgeon's office. You may download a financial need application and send it to our office. Please follow all instructions provided on the form.