Please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. We may charge a fee for missed appointments. Please provide us with at least 48 hours advance notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment and an interpreter has been scheduled. Otherwise, you may be charged for the interpreter.
There are charges associated with our completion of some forms required by your insurance company and/or employer. We require payment of the charge before returning the completed form to you. A signed Release of Information may also be necessary. Please allow 7-10 business days for us to complete forms.
FMLA Packets – $40
Any additional forms – $12 each
Please note, if you have moved after receiving services from our clinic, it is vital you contact our office and update your address. This is essential if you are owed a refund by Bellingham OB/GYN. If we must stop payment on a check you did not receive, there is a $35 fee placed onto the patient.
All women age 18 or older need annual gynecologic examinations, including a pelvic examination, as do sexually active adolescents younger than age 18. The well-woman visit is a key part of preventive care; it includes a discussion of the patient’s health history and reproductive health care needs, a physical examination, including a weight and blood pressure check, a clinical breast examination, and various tests depending on a woman’s age and risk factors for disease. Most insurance plans now provide 100% coverage for preventive services. Keep in mind there may be lab tests ordered that do not fall within the preventative guidelines of your insurance plan. It is important that you know which lab tests are allowed with a preventative exam.
Most insurance plans now offer 100% benefits for IUD and other contraceptive devices. The insertion of IUD or Implantable Contraceptive device may require the use of a paracervical block and often an ultrasound is done immediately after placement to check the position. These services may not be covered at the 100% benefit level or may be subject to annual deductible and therefore not paid at 100% even though the IUD or Implantable Device is.
Women with Medicare
Our office is a participating provider with Medicare because we feel a moral and civic duty to provide services to this population of patients; many offices choose not to see Medicare patients. Medicare never covers a well woman exam and requires us to inform the patient by use of an Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) for this or any other service we know or have reason to believe will not be covered. The Federal Government has very specific requirements and guidelines for how we submit claims for these services. Medicare will pay for a Pap test, pelvic exam, and clinical breast exam every 24 months and for some women at high risk every 12 months. Because Medicare does not pay for this exam we “carve out” the charge for the Pap smear, pelvic exam and breast check from our fee for the appropriate preventative examination with the balance being due from the patient for the portion not covered by Medicare. We are required by law to bill this balance to the patient and are not allowed to write off the balance unless we receive proper proof of financial hardship.