We welcome you as a patient in our practice. We pride ourselves in delivering the best urological care that can be found. Although we work as a team, we always strive to maintain the cherished patient/single physician relationship.
At Cleveland urology Associates, our entire staff is highly qualified to deliver the best possible patient care. Please contact us with any questions that you may have regarding urological health, insurance questions or to schedule an appointment. We have six office locations to provide urological care and to meet your needs. We see patients every day and have late evening, and Saturday hours.
We usually see patients on an appointment basis. This is convenient for both patients and our staff. However, if you have a special situation, and you have to be seen, please call us and we will attempt to accommodate you as best as we can. Sometimes, unforeseen surgical situations arise that could delay an appointment and you may have to wait in our office to be seen, but we do our best to inform you of any delays. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please let us know so that we may modify our schedule and accommodate other patients.
Routine telephone calls:
We encourage you to call us with any questions that you may have. Our telephone operators are available to answer your routine calls from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our office staff has been trained to answer many of your questions. They can:
- make an appointment
- change your appointment
- arrange for in office procedure
- arrange for in hospital procedure
- any other questions you may have
If they cannot answer your questions, they will relay your message to our doctors and they will call you back and speak with you.
Emergency telephone calls (evenings and weekends):
Please call us with non-urgent matters doing routine working hours. However if you have a true emergency please call us and the answering service will answer your call and connect you to our doctor on call immediately.
Let us emphasize that you should not hesitate to call our office with your questions and concerns. They are important.
In the event of life threatening emergency, please go immediately to the nearest emergency room and ask them to contact us. If the situation is not that severe, but one in which you would like to call us, please call our office telephone at (440) 891-6500 and our answering service will ask you few pertinent questions (your name and a callback telephone number). Doctor on call will call you back promptly.
We have set our fees at a reasonable level based on community standards. If you have questions about our fees please feel free to call our billing department. You can help keep down the cost of your medical care by paying upon completion of each visit. All co-pays and deductibles are to be paid at the time of your visit. Sending statements increases our costs and fees. In case of financial hardship, and special circumstances, an arrangement can be made with our office manager.
Copayments are due at the time of your visit. You also may be asked to pay for services not covered by insurance and if there are any deductibles. Please bring cash, check or major credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Every time new charges are incurred, you will receive an itemized statement for those charges. Only one itemized statement is sent for each service.
Finance charges and balances over 90 days old
A 1% finance charge will be assessed on any balances over 90 days old. Any balance amount over 90 days old must be paid in full before new charges may be added to the account.
Returned check due to NSF
There is $40.00 fee on all returned checks
OVER DUE ACCOUNTS
Statements are sent monthly. If you are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact our billing department immediately to discuss payment arrangements. Unless overdue payment arrangements have been made, overdue accounts may be released to an outside collection agency and $50.00 service fee is added to your account.
Patients with no insurance coverage will be asked to make payment at the time of service, unless other specific arrangements have been made with our office manager.
We are “medicare participating” provider. We accept what medicare approves. They pay at 80% of the approved amount and 20% is patient’s responsibility unless and until secondary insurance pays in full. If you have a secondary insurance we will bill them for the co-insurance and deductible. We are also required by law to collect from the patient any co-insurance due and any unsatisfied deductible.
Many Medicare beneficiaries are changing their insurance from traditional medicare care to a Medicare HMO. If you have changed to a Medicare HMO, please remember to obtain a referral from your primary care physician prior to your visit. If you do not have a written referral, you will be asked to sign a waiver and will be responsible for the charges incurred for that visit. It is your responsibility to obtain a referral from the primary care physician. Please also provide our staff with a Medicare HMO card NOT the Medicare Social Security card so that we may bill the proper insurance.
We participate in most of the plans that are available in Northeast Ohio. We will file an insurance claims for all services provided to you. However, please remember the responsibility for payment of fees is the direct obligation of the patient. If not payment or a rejection notice has been received within 30 days from the date of filing, we suggest that you should contact your insurance company about the delay. Please remember to obtain a referral from your PCP if you have an HMO insurance. Should you have any questions, please contact our billing department at 440-891-6500
We participate with most insurance companies in Northeast Ohio. To see the list of insurance companies, please click here.
ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR BILL PLEASE CALL OUR BILLING DEPARTMENT AT 800-972-9298 X 126 OR 440-891-6500
Many of our patients are referred to us by other physicians. It is a very important that you first obtain a referral from your primary care physician before making an appointment with our office. Many HMO insurance plans require referrals from the patient's primary care physician before we may provide any service.
FOR WHAT WE BILL?
Office visits and office consultation
- Surgical Procedure
- If you are scheduled for a surgical procedure, either in the office or in the hospital, we will bill your insurance company directly.
- Inpatient Hospital Charges
- Laboratory Charges
- Except for Medicare and Medicaid patients, all laboratory charges are billed through our office.
- Ultrasonography Charges
- Our office will bill for all ultrasound procedures performed in our office
- Radiation therapy Charges. All charges in connection with radiation therapy are billed to your insurance company
through our office.
Thank you for choosing Cleveland Urology Associates. After making your first appointment, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail, which will include information about our practice, a map to our office, a demographic questionnaire, and health history form. Please fill out these forms at home before coming for your appointment.
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
- Your Insurance Card
- I.D., your Driver’s license
- List of current prescriptions including dose and frequency
- All over the counter medications
- Pertinent information about your medical, surgical and urological history
- Any urology records
- Any recent x-rays or laboratory reports
We are hoping that your experience at our office is a pleasant one. If you have any issues or need any extra assistance, please do not hesitate to call our administrator, Sumita Kedia at (440) 891-6500
When you arrive for you appointment each time we will verify your demographic information and insurance. We will also request that you update your signature on a yearly basis. Please be prepared to show your insurance card and driver’s license every time you are seen. We must verify you insurance numbers and keep a current copy of the card on file. Please let us know if there are any changes in:
- Medications/Allergies (bring with you current list of all your medications)
- Any new illness
- Any recent surgery
- Your address
- Primary Care Physician
We prefer that you ask for prescription refills during your normal office visit. However, if you need a prescription refilled prior to a visit please call us. Refill requests by telephone will be fulfilled during office hours and will require 48 hour turnaround time in order for your request to be processed. The most efficient way is to have your medication refilled is to call your pharmacy and request that they call us. We cannot fill narcotic prescriptions during evening and weekend hours. If you have not been seen in the last 10 to 12 months we will not refill any prescriptions. You must be seen and evaluated. When you call, be prepared to provide our staff with:
- Your name
- Your telephone number
- Your birthday
- The name and spelling of the medication
- Pharmacy name and Telephone number
- It is also helpful to have the actual medication bottle on hand when you call our office.
We are unable to keep up with ever changing formularies offered by different insurance plans. If your mail order pharmacy calls to alert us that prescription we wrote is not covered by particular insurance plan, we will substitute the formulary approved drug.
We are happy to provide you with copies of your records.
We are limited by the HIPPA laws as to where and to whom we forward your medical records.
If you would like us to send your medical records to a physician other than the referring physician, you must request this in writing.
Your request to fax the records also has to be in writing.
When your labs, x-rays or pathology results are normal, we usually do not call you.
If your labs, x-ray results are abnormal, you can expect a phone call from our office. Due to the volume of calls we receive each day, we request that you please wait for our call, rather than you calling us for results. We will call you immediately with any abnormal results. If you have not heard from our office, please feel free to call us.
If you had a urine culture done in our office, we will call you with the results. If the culture is positive we will get the telephone number of your pharmacy and call in an antibiotic prescription for you.
If you had prostate or bladder biopsies done in our office, we will not call you with the results. We prefer to see you in person in our office to discuss the biopsy results. You also need to have urinalysis done at that visit to rule out urinary tract infection.
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
Cleveland Urology Associates respects your privacy. We understand that your personal health information is very sensitive. We will not disclose your information to others unless you tell us to do so, or unless the law authorizes or requires us to do so.
The law protects the privacy of the health information we create and obtain in providing our care and services to you. For example, your protected health information includes your symptoms, test results, diagnoses, treatment, health information from other providers, and billing and payment information relating to these services. Federal and state law allows us to use and disclose your protected health information for purposes of treatment and health care operations. State law requires us to get your authorization to disclose this information for payment purposes.
Examples of Use and Disclosures of Protected Health Information for Treatment, Payment, and Health Operations
- Information obtained by a nurse, physician, or other member of our health care team will be recorded in your medical record and used to help decide what care may be right for you.
- We may also provide information to others providing you care. This will help them stay informed about your care.
- We request payment from your health insurance plan. Health plans need information from us about your medical care. Information provided to health plans may include your diagnoses, procedures performed, or recommended care.
For health care operations:
- We use your medical records to assess quality and improve services.
- We may use and disclose medical records to review the qualifications and performance of our health care providers and to train our staff.
- We may contact you to remind you about appointments and give you information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services.
- We may contact you to raise funds.
- We may use and disclose your information to conduct or arrange for services, including, medical quality review by your health plan; accounting, legal, risk management, and insurance services; audit functions, including fraud and abuse detection and compliance programs.
Your Health Information Rights
The health and billing records we create and store are the property of Cleveland Urology Associates. The protected health information in it, however, generally belongs to you. You have a right to:
- Receive, read, and ask questions about this Notice;
- Ask us to restrict certain uses and disclosures. You must deliver this request in writing to us. We are not required to grant the request. But we will comply with any request granted;
- Request and receive from us a paper copy of the most current Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information (“Notice”);
- Request that you be allowed to see and get a copy of your protected health information. You may make this request in writing. We have a form available for this type of request.
- Have us review a denial of access to your health information—except in certain circumstances;
- Ask us to change your health information. You may give us this request in writing. You may write a statement of disagreement if your request is denied. It will be stored in your medical record, and included with any release of your records.
- When you request, we will give you a list of disclosures of your health information. The list will not include disclosures to third-party payors. You may receive this information without charge once every 12 months. We will notify you of the cost involved if you request this information more than once in 12 months.
- Ask that your health information be given to you by another means or at another location. Please sign, date, and give us your request in writing.
- Cancel prior authorizations to use or disclose health information by giving us a written revocation. Your revocation does not affect information that has already been released. It also does not affect any action taken before we have it. Sometimes, you cannot cancel an authorization if its purpose was to obtain insurance.
For help with these rights during normal business hours, please contact:
Sumita Kedia at 440-891-6500
We are required to:
- Keep your protected health information private;
- Give you this Notice;
- Follow the terms of this Notice.
We have the right to change our practices regarding the protected health information we maintain. If we make changes, we will update this Notice. You may receive the most recent copy of this notice by calling and asking for it or by visiting our [office/medical records department] to pick one up.
To Ask for Help or Complain
If you have questions, want more information, or want to report a problem about the handling of your protected health information, you may contact:
Sumita Kedia at 440-891-6500
If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may discuss your concerns with any staff member. You may also deliver a written complaint to Sumita Kedia, Cleveland Urology Associates. 19250 Bagley Rd. Suite 107, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130. You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
We respect your right to file a complaint with us or with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. If you complain, we will not retaliate against you.
Other Disclosures and Uses of Protected Health Information
Notification of Family and Others
- Unless you object, we may release health information about you to a friend or family member who is involved in your medical care. We may also give information to someone who helps pay for your care. We may tell your family or friends your condition and that you are in a hospital. In addition, we may disclose health information about you to assist in disaster relief efforts.
- [Hospitals] Information may be provided to people who ask for you by name. We may use and disclose the following information in a hospital directory: your name, location, general condition and religion (only to clergy)
You have the right to object to this use or disclosure of your information. If you object, we will not use or disclose it.
We may use and disclose your protected health information without your authorization as follows:
- With Medical Researchers—if the research has been approved and has policies to protect the privacy of your health information. We may also share information with medical researchers preparing to conduct a research project.
- To Funeral Directors/Coroners consistent with applicable law to allow them to carry out their duties.
- To Organ Procurement Organizations (tissue donation and transplant) or persons who obtain, store, or transplant organs.
- To the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relating to problems with food, supplements, and products.
- To Comply With Workers’ Compensation Laws—if you make a workers’ compensation claim.
- For Public Health and Safety Purposes as Allowed or Required by Law:
- to prevent or reduce a serious, immediate threat to the health or safety of a person
- or the public.
- to public health or legal authorities
- to protect public health and safety
- to prevent or control disease, injury, or disability
- to report vital statistics such as births or deaths.
- To Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect to public authorities.
- To Correctional Institutions if you are in jail or prison, as necessary for your health and the health and safety of others.
- For Law Enforcement Purposes such as when we receive a subpoena, court order, or other legal process, or you are the victim of a crime.
- For Health and Safety Oversight Activities. For example, we may share health information with the Department of Health.
- For Disaster Relief Purposes. For example, we may share health information with disaster relief agencies to assist in notification of your condition to family or others.
- For Work-Related Conditions That Could Affect Employee Health. For example, an employer may ask us to assess health risks on a job site.
- To the Military Authorities of U.S. and Foreign Military Personnel. For example, the law may require us to provide information necessary to a military mission.
- In the Course of Judicial/Administrative Proceedings at your request, or as directed by a subpoena or court order.
- For Specialized Government Functions. For example, we may share information for national security purposes.
Other Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information
• Uses and disclosures not in this Notice will be made only as allowed or required by law or with your written authorization.
The observance of the following guidelines will provide more effective patient care and greater satisfaction for the patient, the physician and the individuals that make up the office organization. It is in recognition of these factors that these rights are affirmed.
The patient has the right to considerate and respectful care; cultural, psychosocial, spiritual, personal values, beliefs, and preferences will be respected and care will be given in a safe setting. Patients with vision, speech, hearing, language and cognitive impairments have the right to effective communication.
The patient has the right to receive from his/her physician information necessary to give informed consent prior to the start of any procedure and/or treatment. Except in emergencies, such information for informed consent should include but not necessarily be limited to the specific procedure and/or treatment, the medically significant risks involved, and the probable duration of incapacitation. Where medically significant alternatives for care or treatment exist, or when the patient requests information concerning medical alternative, the patient has the right to know the name of the person(s) responsible for the procedures and/or treatment as well as the person(s) responsible for their sedation and anesthesia.
The patient has the right to every consideration of his/her privacy concerning his/her medical care program. Case discussion, consultation, examination, and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discreetly. The patient has the right to expect that all communications and records pertaining to his/her care should be treated as confidential. Those not directly involved in his/her care must have permission of the patient to be present.
The patient has the right to obtain from the physician complete current information concerning his/her diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in terms the patient can be reasonably expected to understand. The patient has the right to be involved in decisions about their care, treatment and services and the patient has the right to have their pain assessed, managed, and treated as effectively as possible.
The patient has the right, and when appropriate, the patient’s family to be informed of unanticipated outcomes of care, treatment, and services that relate to sentinel or adverse reviewable events.
The patient has the right to expect that within its capacity, this ambulatory facility must provide evaluation, service and/or referral as indicated by the urgency of the case. When medically permissible, a patient may be transferred to another facility only after he/she has received complete information and explanation concerning the needs for and alternatives to such a transfer.
The patient has the right to obtain information as to any relationship of this facility to other health care and educational institutions insofar as his/her care is concerned. The patient has the right to obtain information as to the existence of any professional relationships among individuals, by name, which is treating him/her.
The patient has the right to expect reasonable continuity of care. The patient has the right to expect that this facility will provide a mechanism whereby he/she is informed by his physician of the patient’s continuing health care requirements following discharge.
The patient has the right to know the mechanisms for grievance as well as suggestions.
The patient has the right to change their choice of physician.
The patient has the right to refuse care, treatment, and services in accordance with law and regulation.
The patient has the right to dispute information in their medical record.
The patient has the right to examine and receive an explanation of his/her bill and to expect ethically billing practices.
The patient has the right to exercise all rights without discrimination or reprisal, abuse or harassment.
The patient has the responsibility to provide the physician with the most accurate and complete information regarding present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, allergies and unexpected changes in the patient’s condition.
The patient is responsible for asking questions when they do not understand what they are told or what they are expected to do.
If the plan of care is agreed upon, the patient has the responsibility to follow the plan of care or express concerns with compliance. The patient and family are responsible for following the preoperative and post discharge care plan . The patient and family are responsible for the outcomes if the do not follow the care plan.
The patient is responsible to provide an adult to transport him/her home from the facility and remain with him/her for 24 hours, if required by his/her physician.
The patient is responsible to inform his/her physician about any living will medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect his/her care.
The patient and family are responsible for following the practice’s rules and regulations concerning patient care and conduct.
Patients and families are responsible for being considerate of the practice’s staff and property.
The patient and family are responsible for promptly meeting any financial obligation agreed to with the practice.