Welcome to Central Jersey Pediatrics. It is our privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to provide you with the best possible care available. In order to conform to the insurance regulations and keep our costs competitive, we kindly request you to comply with the followings.
As a Physician, me and my staff would like to be OPEN and HONEST with all our patients and parents from the beginning, and build Doctor-Patient relation on a solid ground. Over the past 14 years from interactions with multiple personalities and nature of insurance companies, we have concluded the following guidelines. We welcome your family and would be an honor to have you as our patients. We hope that you would also understand and comply to build the relation in the best of your children’s future care. We appreciate your trust in us. Please keep in mind, our goal is for well being and best possible care of our patients. That being said……….
For New patients few points in brief:
¨ Kindly give us 3 or more business days to prepare referral.
¨ If your insurance company delays/denies the referral, we will not be responsible for any inconvenience/expenses.
¨ We are unable to issue backdated referrals.
¨ Please pick up your referral from our office a few days before your visit with a specialist.
1. We are committed to providing the best treatment for our patients and charge what is usual and customary in our area. We take our responsibility with utmost seriousness and would appreciate prompt payment for our services. Patients are responsible for payments regardless of their insurance company’s arbitrary determination of usual and customary rates.
2. We will provide you with a receipt for all your payments at the time of your visit. Kindly keep this receipt in safe custody as we may not be able to provide you with another receipt or copies of statements at a later date.
3. Under certain special circumstances, you may be requested to pay at the time of your visit, regardless of the kind of your insurance. For Circumstances include (i) not having a proper Insurance ID card with doctor’s and patient’s name(s) on it, (ii) we cannot confirm your coverage with your insurance company at the time of your visit (i.e. in evenings, weekends, holidays or inability to contact your insurance company). We will promptly refund you once after your insurance reimburses our office.
4. Regarding Managed Care Insurance in which we participate: Please supply our office staff with your primary and secondary insurance identification card(s) at the time of your appointment. If your insurance requires co-pay or deductible, kindly pay it, at the time of the appointment.
5. There are certain instances under which we request you to be responsible for the payments. For example, incorrect insurance information provided at the time of your visit might lead to a delay in filing a claim with your insurance company. If your insurance company fails to compensate us for services rendered for any reason, payment will be your responsibility.
6. At times your insurance carrier may deny payment for authorized services. If so, you may be requested to help resolve these issues with your carrier.
7. Regarding Non-Participating Insurances: We do our utmost best to be a participating provider for a wide range of insurance companies. In the event that we do not participate with your insurance, bill payment at the time of service is your responsibility. Please kindly recognize that your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company and our office is not part of that contract.
8. Due to disruptions associated with cancellation of appointment, there is a nominal$35.00 fee associated when canceled less than a 24-hour notice. Parents with repeated missed/delayed appointment will be asked to choose another physician for future care of their children,
9. Payment must be received by the due date. A late fee of up to $ 50.00 will be charged after patient/parent is notified in person, by mail or phone for each visit.
Any account that is due over 14 days without payment is subject to immediate collection process. Accounts that sent out side agency/attorney for collection will be subjected to 35% additional charge plus attorney’s fees. After one year additional charge will be 45% plus attorney’s fees.
10. A charge of $35.00 will be collected for any bank return check, along with the previous balance.
11. We require social security number from both the parents and government issued proof of identification with photo. No exception is given to any one regarding this policy. Just because you have insurance, insurance company do not give us guarantee of payment. We take your privacy very seriously and do not share social security numbers with any outside agency/person except for collection purpose.We do not require social security numbers if you plan to pay in cash at the time of your visit each time.
12. We are contractually required to collect co-pay at the time of service. If you do not pay your co-pay at the time of service, you will be charged an additional $10.00. We make no exception to this policy.
13. If you are not sure of your covered benefits i.e. well Child visits, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company or employer benefit office.
14. We understand difficulties involve in divorce and court orders. However we do not participate in dispute between divorced parents. Co-pay/deductibles will be collected from parent bringing child to the office at the time of visit.
If you are uninsured, or if we are unable to verify coverage, we will require a payment at your visit.
Current policy or changes will be posted in our office. If there are any changes to the policy, it will be updated from time to time.
For small children, make sure you complete all other required shots before leaving country.
Try to drink only boiled or sterilized water.
Do you know you should get these shots if you are traveling to most of the tropical countries?
Dr. Patel offers pre-adoption consultation services. We meet with families in the office to review and discuss adoption records for potential or confirmed adoptions. We also review with adoptive parents what to expect from a medical perspective once they bring their child home. We discuss in detail necessary lab work, recommended immunizations, and developmental follow-up. Please be aware that these consultations are not covered by insurance. Please contact us for further information.
Dr. Patel offers health services for families that have adopted a child internationally. After a family has arrived home with their new child, Dr Patel recommends that the child be seen in the office for an international adoption visit within two weeks. We have a specific protocol in place to evaluate these very special children with regard to lab work, immunizations, and developmental follow-up. We look forward to partnering with you in caring for your child!
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
As Required by the Privacy Regulations Created as a Result of the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Effective Date of this Notice: 04-13-2003
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU (AS A PATIENT OF THIS PRACTICE) MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED, AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO YOUR INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION.
A. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of you/your childrens individually identifiable health information. (Please note that where ever we mention you in this document, it might apply to your child if your child is our patient and not parent) In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you.
We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information:
The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your IIHI that are created or retained by our practice. We reserve the right to revise or amend this Notice of Privacy Practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records that our practice has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records that we may create or maintain in the future. Our practice will post a copy of our current Notice in our offices in a visible location at all times.
B. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS NOTICE, PLEASE CONTACT AT:
Himanshu A. Patel, MD
Central Jersey Pediatrics, PC
1527 RT 27 South, Suite, 1600
Somerset, NJ 08873-3979
C. WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION (IIHI) IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your IIHI.
1. Treatment. Our practice may use your IIHI to treat you. For example, we may ask you to have laboratory tests (such as blood or urine tests), and we may use the results to help us reach a diagnosis. We might use your IIHI in order to write a prescription for you, or we might disclose your IIHI to a pharmacy when we order a prescription for you. Many of the people who work for our practice including, but not limited to, our doctors and nurses may use or disclose your IIHI in order to treat you or to assist others in your treatment. Additionally, we may disclose your IIHI to others who may assist in your care, such as your spouse, children or parents.
Finally, we may also disclose your IIHI to other health care providers for purposes related to your treatment.
2. Payment. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI in order to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits), and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover, or pay for, your treatment. We also may use and disclose your IIHI to obtain payment from/through third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members or collection agency. Also, we may use your IIHI to bill you directly for services and items. We may disclose your IIHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their billing and collection efforts.
3. Health Care Operations. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI to operate our business. As examples of the ways in which we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our practice may use your IIHI to evaluate the quality of care you received from us, or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our practice. We may disclose your IIHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their health care operations.
4. Appointment Reminders. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI to contact you and remind you of an appointment.
5. Treatment Options .Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI to inform you of potential treatment options or alternatives.
6. Health-Related Benefits and Services. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI to inform you of health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.
7. Release of Information to Family/Friends. Our practice may release your IIHI to a friend or family member that is involved in your care, or who assists in taking care of you. For example, a parent or guardian may ask that a babysitter take their child to the pediatrician's office for treatment of a cold. In this example, the babysitter may have access to this child's medical information up to a reasonable level.
8. Disclosures Required By Law. Our practice will use and disclose your IIHI when we are required to do so by federal, state or local law.
9. For your safety: We do not fax any medical records. We advice you to pick-up your records from our office, as we do not mail or fax it. We do not call for any prescriptions over the phone.
D. USE AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR IIHI IN CERTAIN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:
2. Health Oversight Activities. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative, and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.
3. Lawsuits and Similar Proceedings. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI in response to a court or administrative order, if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding.
We also may disclose your IIHI in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful process by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.
4. Law Enforcement. We may release IIHI if asked to do so by law enforcement official:
5. Deceased Patients. Our practice may release IIHI to a medical examiner or coroner to identify a deceased individual or to identify the cause of death. If necessary, we also may release information in order for funeral directors to perform their jobs.
6. Organ and Tissue Donation. Our practice may release your IIHI to organizations that handle organ, eye or tissue procurement or transplantation, including organ donation banks, as necessary to facilitate organ or tissue donation and transplantation if you are an organ donor.
7. Research. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI for research purposes in certain limited circumstances. We will obtain your written authorization to use your IIHI for research purposes except when an Internal Review Board or Privacy Board has determined that the waiver of your authorization satisfies the following:
(i) The use or disclosure involves no more than a minimal risk to your privacy based on the following:
(A) An adequate plan to protect the identifiers from improper use and disclosure;
(B) An adequate plan to destroy the identifiers at the earliest opportunity consistent with the research (unless there is a health or research justification for retaining the identifiers or such retention is otherwise required by law); and
(C) Adequate written assurances that the PHI will not be re-used or disclosed to any other person or entity (except as required by law) for authorized oversight of the research study, or for other research for which the use or disclosure would otherwise be permitted;
(ii) The research could not practicably be conducted without the waiver; and
(iii) The research could not practicably be conducted without access to and use of the PHI.
8. Serious Threats to Health or Safety. Our practice may use and disclose your IIHI when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.
9. Military. Our practice may disclose your IIHI if you are a member of U.S. or foreign military forces (including veterans) and if required by the appropriate authorities.
10. National Security. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to federal officials for intelligence and national security activities authorized by law. We also may disclose your IIHI to federal officials in order to protect the President, other officials or foreign heads of state, or to conduct investigations.
11. Inmates. Our practice may disclose your IIHI to correctional institutions or law enforcement officials if you are an inmate or under the custody of a law enforcement official.
Disclosure for these purposes would be necessary: (a) for the institution to provide health care services to you, (b) for the safety and security of the institution, and/or (c) to protect your health and safety or the health and safety of other individuals.
12. Workers' Compensation. Our practice may release your IIHI for workers' compensation and similar programs.
E. YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING YOUR IIHI
You have the following rights regarding the IIHI that we maintain about you:
1. Parents and Minor: We can use "discretion" to provide or deny a parent access to a minor's records as long as that decision is consistent with state law.
2. Confidential Communications. You have the right to request that our practice communicate with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. In order to request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request to us at our official address specifying the requested method of contact, or the location where you wish to be contacted. Our practice will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.
3. Requesting Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your IIHI for treatment, payment or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we restrict our disclosure of your IIHI to only certain individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request; however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies, or when the information is necessary to treat you. In order to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your IIHI, you must make your request in writing to us at our official address. Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion:
(a) The information you wish restricted
(b) Whether you are requesting to limit our practice's use, disclosure or both; and
(c) To whom you want the limits to apply.
4. Inspection and Copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the IIHI that maybe used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records, but not including psychotherapy notes. You must submit your request in writing to us at our official address 30 days in advance in order to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your IIHI. Our practice may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, labor and supplies associated with your request. Our practice may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however, you may request a review of our denial. Another licensed health care professional chosen by us will conduct reviews.
5. Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment (Not alteration) as long as the information is kept by our practice. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to us at our official address.
You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment. Our practice will deny your request if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is in our opinion: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the IIHI kept by or for the practice; (c) not part of the IIHI which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our practice, unless the individual or entity that created the information is not available to amend the information.
6. Accounting of Disclosures. All of our patients have the right to request an "accounting of disclosures". An "accounting of disclosures" is a list of certain non-routine disclosures our practice has made of your IIHI for non-treatment, non-payment or non-operations purposes. Use of your IIHI as part of the routine patient care (TPO) in our practice is not required to be documented.
For example, the doctor shares information with the nurse; or the billing department using your information to file your insurance claim. In order to obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to us at our official address.
All requests for an "accounting of disclosures" must state a time period, which may not be longer than six (6) years from the date of disclosure and may not include dates before April 14, 2003. The first list you request within a 12-month period is free of charge, but our practice may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period. Our practice will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and you may withdraw your request before you incur any costs.
7. Right to a Paper Copy of This Notice. You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices one time. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice again with charge.
8. Right to File a Complaint. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our practice, contact us at our official address. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.
9. Right to Provide an Authorization for Other Uses and Disclosures. Our practice will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your IIHI may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your IIHI for the reasons described in the authorization. Please note that we are required to retain records of your care.
Again, if you have any questions regarding this notice or our health information privacy policies, please contact us at our official address.