Paitent Information for Surgery in Grand Island, Nebraska
We want you to be as comfortable as possible about your surgical procedure, so we've compiled some basic information to help you feel more at ease. Here you'll find:
financial policy and insurance procedures for weight loss surgery patients
what you can expect during your first visit
a list of questions to ask your physician as you prepare for your surgery
Preparing For Surgery
The questions below will help you be prepared when speaking to your physician on certain occasions.
What operation is being recommended?
Why is this surgery necessary?
Are there other treatment options to this surgery?
What are the benefits of this surgery?
What are the risks and possible complications of having the operation?
Where will the surgery be performed and who will be in the operating room?
What type of anesthesia will be given?
Will I be able to eat or drink after my surgery?
Concerning post-op expectations and recovery
When should I schedule my post-op appointment?
How long is the standard recovery for this procedure?
What activities should you avoid during recovery?
What is expected during the recovery phase?
What are signs of abnormalities or complications?
When will the desired surgery benefits become evident?
What steps should be taken if an adverse reaction occurs?
Are there long-term preventative actions that should be taken post-operatively?
Regarding payment options and insurance coverage
What are the specific costs of the operation?
Will you submit a coverage estimate to my health insurance company or provide the necessary paperwork so I can submit the bid?
Will the doctor's office submit the insurance claim for you when procedures are complete?
What is the history of coverage for this procedure?
What fees will be incurred (i.e. surgeon's fee, hospital fees, other medical personnel fees)?
Do you offer financial options, such as a payment plan?
Do you accept credit card, personal check or require cash?
How much of the total cost is due at time of surgery?
Do you require a down payment prior to date of surgery?
Are there consultation fees associated with the initial clinic visits or post-operative visits?
Is payment due at time of service for these consultations?
Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid?
To find out about surgeon's previous experiences
What is the physicians experience with the procedure being performed?
How many times has he/she performed the surgery?
What is the record of successes as well as complications?
Does the physician have credentials and/or additional certifications which would make them more qualified to perform the procedure?
Is the physician/surgeon affiliated with an accredited healthcare facility or organization?
Your First Visit
What to Bring With You?
After you or your referring Doctor makes the appointment for your first visit, we will try to collect the following information by phone: full name, address, and telephone number, date of birth, insurance information. We may not always be able to collect this information before your appointment, so it may be done when you come to the office for your first visit.
To make your first visit to our office more efficient for you, we ask that you fill out the necessary forms prior to your visit. These forms can be located on the Downloadable Forms link of this website.
Please bring with you to your first appointment, the completed forms (Registration Form, Health History Form, and Authorization to Obtain or Release Medical Information) a current list of medications and dosages (including over the counter medications), and your insurance card. If you do not have insurance, we will have you visit with one of our staff members to discuss a payment plan that will work for you.
What to Expect?
At this first visit, your medical history will be reviewed and a physical exam completed. The surgeon will then determine your need for surgery. If surgery is deemed necessary, it will be scheduled as soon as possible, taking into account your schedule, as well as the availability of the surgeon and facilities. Instructions of when, where, and surgery preparation will also be provided to you at this time. Also, do not hesitate to ask questions so that you can feel as comfortable as possible with your scheduled surgery. After your surgery, a post operative visit often times will be scheduled to follow up on your healing and any relevant test results.
Will There Be a Long Wait Time for my Visit?
Our surgeons make every effort to be on time for scheduled clinic appointments. Occasionally, unanticipated delays may occur due to unforeseen hospital or surgical emergencies. Office staff works hard to keep you informed of any such delays and if rescheduling will be necessary. Please feel free to call about 30 minutes to an hour prior to your appointment time to find out if the Doctor is delayed.
Patient Information and Health History Forms
For the convenience of our patients, we have provided our patient information forms for you to print and complete at home in order to give you adequate time to verify all the information is as accurate as possible. We ask that you bring the completed forms with you at the time of your initial consultation and arrive 15 minutes early to confirm all the paperwork has been filled out correctly. If you are unable to complete the forms in advance, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to complete the paperwork in our office.
Please use the links below to download PDF versions of the forms.
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When does insurance cover cosmetic surgery?
For cosmetic surgical procedures, it is common that insurance will not provide coverage for conditions that do not include specific diseases or interference of function. However, if you are pre-approved through your health insurance company, Surgery Group of Grand Island would be happy to submit your claim.
It is customary to make financial arrangements and payments prior to having surgery.
Financial Policy for Weight Loss Surgery
Thank you for choosing Surgery Group of Grand Island for your bariatric surgery needs. This is a big decision not only medically, but financially as well. You will need to consider several factors when determining how much money you will need to pay for the surgery.
If you have health insurance that covers these procedures then the most important thing to consider is your Out-of-Pocket expenses for the year. This is the maximum amount of money that your insurance company determines that you should have to pay every year for your healthcare expenses. This amount does include your coinsurance and on some policies your deductible, but does not include office visit co-pays, prescription drug co-pays or anything specifically excluded on your policy. Your yearly maximum out-of-pocket expense will most likely determine how much money you will need to contribute toward your surgery. Please keep in mind any expenses that are not covered by your insurance, are also not included in your Out-of-Pocket amount.
Surgery Group will check with your insurance company to make sure the surgery is covered under your insurance plan, and how much of your Out-of-Pocket expenses you have met for the year. Since this is an elective surgery, this is the amount you will need to pay Surgery Group prior to your surgery. This amount will need to be paid seven (7) business days prior to surgery. We will issue a refund on the pre-payment (if you have overpaid), only when all charges have been posted and paid on your account.
We do offer Care Credit for our bariatric program to help with high deductible costs. Please contact Melissa if you have questions regarding the program.
A new services for Surgery Group of GI patients
Once you become a patient at Surgery Group of GI, you will have the opportunity to access your records through our Patient Portal. Our staff will give you an initial password that you can change once you log in. We hope this improves your experience with our clinic. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Using our Patient Portal, you will be able to:
Communicate with the practice, securely and efficiently.
Request appointments, see date and time of upcoming appointments.