We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide Neurosurgical
care to Medicare insured patients and have made special accommodations for
them in this practice.
We are DEDICATED TO THE CARE OF MEDICARE PATIENTS even though
WE ARE NOT "MEDICARE PROVIDERS".
The U.S. Federal Government requires SOME CHANGES IN "PAPER-WORK"
PROCEDURES; however, these changes SHOULD NOT CAUSE YOU SIGNIFICANT
CONCERN. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SINCE IT MAY
PERMIT YOU TO ENJOY A HIGHER LEVEL OF CARE THAN YOU OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE
We will share written information with you that explains this new
In addition there are a COUPLE OF HIDDEN PLEASANT SURPRISES that go
along with this change.
THE CHANGES that "MEDICARE" REQUIRES:
- The first change that you will notice and benefit from is that
YOUR INITIAL COMPREHENSIVE NEUROSURGICAL CONSULTATION IS FREE OF
- Secondly, you MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR SOME FEDERAL INCOME TAX
BENEFITS in the event that you come to require a Neurosurgical
operation. (This is explained in a little more detail below
and you will want to consult your tax advisor regarding this
WHAT IS NOT CHANGED FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS
- PRIVATE AGREEMENT. Another area of "change" relates to a
part of your relationship with the Neurosurgeon. In this
case both you and the Neurosurgical Consultants' surgeons are
required (by the Federal Government) to ENTER A
"PRIVATE AGREEMENT" (a "contract") regarding that care.
This means that you and Neurosurgical Consultants must sign a
special form which we will provide to you free of any charge.
The "contract" will have the details of the
planned Neurosurgical Procedure and the financial arrangement that is
entered into regarding your Neurosurgical operation. (It is
this "out-of-pocket" health care cost which may provide you with an
additional Federal Income Tax benefit as mentioned earlier.)
- The Federal Government absolutely FORBIDS YOU from filing
any additional forms and/or claims for reimbursement of the costs
related to the "contract" between you and Neurosurgical
- You cannot file any Medicare or Medi-Gap claims for
reimbursement of the "out-of-pocket" costs for our NEUROSURGICAL
- Your HOSPITALIZATION CONTINUES TO BE COVERED by Medicare
Part A. In the event that a Neurosurgical operation becomes
appropriate for your care, MEDICARE WILL CONTINUE TO COVER YOUR COSTS
FOR HOSPITALIZATION under Medicare Part A. THIS IS THE SAME AS FOR
- There is NO CHANGE and NO REDUCTION OF BENEFITS FOR ANY OTHER
PHYSICIANS WHO DO PARTICIPATE in the Medicare "plan".
- YOUR CHOICE OF A "NON-PARTICIPATING" NEUROSURGEON DOES NOT,
IN ANY WAY, AFFECT YOUR MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR ANY OTHER MEDICARE
ELIGIBLE SERVICES or other doctors who continue to participate in
the Medicare program.
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