What do I bring to my first appointment?
You should bring current medications, a list of allergies with reactions, our paperwork completed with surgical history, pertinent medical records ( other doctor records, previous colonoscopy reports, pathology reports, etc ) insurance cards and photo ID.
Please bring the completed Patient Registration Forms and Medical History form located under our "Patient Forms" tab. We do request that you fill our forms yearly, to keep our records up to date.
If you have an insurance that requires a referral, we must have it prior to the date of your appointment, if we do not have the referral, we will be happy to reschedule your appointment. Many HMO's and Prime Tricare needs a referral. Copays are due at time of service!
Copays and forms being filled out?
Your copay is expected at every visit. There will be a $5.00 if you are unable to pay at the time of your visit and will be charged each month until the bill is paid. There is a $10 fee per form - Disability, AFLAC, Medical Leave Forms, Insurance Forms - which must be paid before the forms are filled out. Our office has 10 working days from the day the forms s are turned in to be completed.
What if I do not have any insurance for the office visit?
A deposit of $250.00 in cash, check or credit card required at the time of your visit before you see the physician. Just for the office visit itself, the charge can range from $150 to $400 depending on the level of visit and there also may be a charge if the physician has to perform an anoscopy or proctoscopy in the office. The rest of the visit must be paid within 30 days after your visit or you will be charged a monthly charge of $5 until the balance is paid.
Is there a charge if I do not cancel my appointment 24 hours in advance?
Yes, there is a $25 charge for an office visit, $75 charge for a colonoscopy, and $150 charge for a surgery.
How can I be scheduled for my surgery?
Most often the doctor will indicate when surgery should be scheduled for the best possible outcome. Our staff will work with you to schedule your surgery.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Our physicians perform outpatient surgeries in many locations. These locations include: University Hospital, University Summerville, and Augusta Surgery Center.
Are any procedures performed in the office?
There are some procedures that can be performed in the office at the doctor's discretion. The doctor will discuss your options during your consultation. There is a separate charge for the office visit and for the procedure done in the office. Many of the procedures will go to your deductible. It really depends on your insurance.
Will my physician only schedule a colonoscopy if I am having a problem, or how do I schedule one?
Our physicians recommend and perform screening colonoscopies.
Approximately 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year, however, colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented and cured if detected and treated early. A screening colonoscopy is recommended at age 45 for African Americans and at 50 for all others.
If you have a family history of colon cancer in a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child), then you should have a colonoscopy at age 40, or 10 years younger than the age at which your family member was diagnosed.
All you have to do is call our office at 706.722.2118 to make an appointment!!
Will the office obtain my surgery authorization if one is required?
Yes, our office will do its best to obtain any necessary authorization from your insurance carrier if one is required. However, in some instances, we may require help from you with this process.
Will I have to pay anything before my surgery?
Our office will verify with your insurance company what they will cover for your surgery, how much your deductible is and how much has been met, and approximately how much will be due at the time of service. Patients with commercial insurance plans, or those who have no insurance, will be required to make a payment prior to the surgery date. Our staff will work with you to determine the amount. Our office is working with Care-Credit who can assist you if you are unable to pay your bill before surgery.
What charges do I have after my surgery?
After a major surgery, you are granted a "post-operative period". Depending on your surgery, your post-operative period will range from 10 to 90 days. During this time, you will be seen in the office for follow-up care directly related to your surgery at no cost to you.
How can I pay my bill?
We accept all major credit cards, money orders and checks. We are also working with Credit-Care to help you with another option to pay your bill. Please talk with our staff to find out more.
You may pay your bill by calling our billing office at 706.722.2118 or by mailing payments to:
Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates of Augusta
1348 Walton Way, Suite 6500
Augusta, GA 30901
Refill of Prescriptions?
Do not wait until the last moment! Your prescription will be refilled as soon as possible but it may be at the end of the day after regular patients have been seen or the medical assistant has to wait until your physician is out of surgery. Please call before you do not have any refills or medicine left.