- Type of Practice
- Routine Question
- If Hospitalization is Unavoidable
- If You Are Coming In For a First Appointment
- If You Are Referred By a Primary Care Physician
- Office Fees and Insurance
- Our Practice & Select Insurance Companies
About Your Procedure
You will be given instructions and an information brochure about your procedure. Please read them carefully. Educational videotapes are available and may be viewed in the doctor's office. Most patients will receive an intravenous medication to promote relaxation and sleepiness. Patients will be observed until most of the effects of the medication have worn off.
You will NOT be able to drive after receiving intravenous sedation. Patients should arrange for a responsible friend or family member to drive them home. Please do not bring jewelry or other valuables when you come for your procedure. Lockers are available for your use at the time of your visit. The nursing staff will contact you after your procedure to check on your condition and answer any questions you may have.
The Montgomery Endoscopy Center is conveniently located in the Connecticut Belair Medical Park on Veirs Mill Road just north of Connecticut Avenue. There is ample free parking in front of the center which is fully handicapped-accessible. Directions and Hours
Type of Practice
We are a two physician group that specializes in gastroenterology. We see patients 16 years of age and older.
If You Have a Routine Question
We request that you call the office during regular office hours.
Prescription and Medicine Refills: Please let your pharmacist know that you wish a refill and he will contact our office or you may call the office and leave your name, medicine requested, dosage, and pharmacy phone number with the nurse. If there are any questions, your doctor or a nurse will call you back. We only refill medicines prescribed by this office. Requests for prescription refills should be made ONLY during regular office hours.
When Hospitalization is Unavoidable
We have active staff privileges at Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, Maryland) and Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, Maryland).
If You Are Coming In For a First Appointment
If blood work and X-Rays regarding your problem have been taken within the past year, please bring them with you to your appointment. X-Rays can usually be obtained from the facility where they were performed. This will be helpful to the physician evaluating your problem and make your initial office encounter more productive.
Office Visits: All visits are by appointment only. We make every effort to see you at your scheduled time. Occasionally, when emergencies or hospital delays occur, we will request your patience. If due to unavoidable circumstances you have to cancel an appointment, we would appreciate notification at least 24 hours in advance. Such notice allows us to use this time for another patient that may require our attention. We reserve the right to bill for any office visit that is not cancelled with adequate notice.
If You Are Referred By a Primary Care Physician
We will be available to treat you for the gastrointestinal problem for which you were referred. If you belong to an HMO or PPO you must bring a referral form with you. We ask that you rely upon your primary care physician for your general medical care.
One of our physicians is always available for any medical emergency that arises. We can be reached during office hours at (301) 942-3550 or through our answering service at the same number when the office is closed. We request that you please state the nature of the emergency to the nurse or answering service. When the office is closed, the physicians are often busy caring for such emergencies. We request, therefore, that you do not contact them for routine questions or prescription refills. For emergencies, the doctor will return your phone call as soon as possible or issue instructions through the nurse. If, for some reason, you are unable to contact a doctor, please go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room listed above and ask them to notify our answering service.
Office Fees and Insurance
Payment for "in-office" examinations and procedures is expected at the time services are rendered. Payment may be made in cash or personal check. In addition, for your convenience, we accept major credit cards.
The final responsibility of payment is the obligation of the patient. Any health insurance you have is an agreement between the health insurance company and you, the patient, for reimbursement for your healthcare cost.
Our Practice Does Participate With Certain Select Insurance Companies
Please check with our staff to see if we participate with your particular insurance carrier. If we do participate then we will receive the primary payment directly from your insurance company. You must, however, pay any deductible and co-payments due prior to the filing of your insurance forms. If, however, we do not participate with your insurance company then payments must be made in full at the time of each visit. It is the patient's responsibility to bring updated required referral forms from their primary care physician.
Our staff can assist with any questions reagarding reimbursement from your insurance company. Please note: we will not file a co-insurance except for Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and participating health plans. All deductiblle and co-payments must be paid at time of service.
As a service to our senior citizen patients we accept Medicare assignments.
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