I’m writing to let you know that starting January 2, 2018, we will now bill your insurance company a $15 charge for all office visits after 5pm, and for all weekend visits.
Insurance companies are asking us to apply this code, to accurately reflect the extra level and hours of service we provide, and to help them track appointments that occur in the evenings or on weekends.
Most private insurance companies, and ALL public insurance plans, cover this charge — although, in some cases, it may be applied to the deductible. We wanted to let you know in advance, in case you wanted to check with your insurance provider about the specifics of your plan.
If you do want to contact your insurance company, ask about code 99051, which is the standard code used by insurance companies to identify a visit during regularly scheduled office hours outside of the standard 8am-5pm, Monday-through-Friday time frame.
If you have any questions for us, we’re happy to answer them. Just give us a call in the office and ask to speak to the Billing Department.
As always, thanks for being a part of our practice, and for trusting us with the care of your children.
Dr. Wolf, one of the physician owners of the practice, is the CFO of Kids Plus.