Does the facility file insurance claims?
Yes. The facility will file your insurance claim. We will also file to your secondary insurance as a courtesy. You will be responsible for any co-payments, coinsurance amounts, and/or deductibles.
Does Barkley Surgicenter participate in the Medicare Part B program?
Yes. The facility is a participating provider.
Is Barkley Surgicenter accredited?
Yes. Barkley Surgicenter is accredited by Joint Commission (JCAHO). JCAHO is considered the Gold Standard in health care. The facility is owned and operated by the physicians of Gastroenterology Associates of S.W. Florida, P.A.
Is the facility fee included with the Dr. bill for my procedure?
No. Each entity bills separately. You will receive the following bills when undergoing a procedure:
•Gastroenterology Associates of S.W. Florida, P.A. (Your physician bill)
•Barkley Surgicenter, Inc. (The Facility Bill "hospital bill")
•Anesthesia Bill (239-204-5788)
•Pathology Bill - You will only receive this bill if you have tissue removed.
Does the facility participate with my insurance plan?
We participate in many plans; however, if you are unsure, please contact your financial counselor at 239.275.8452, ext. 116.
What if my insurance requires a pre-authorization?
The Admissions Secretary will contact your insurance company to obtain a pre-authorization. However, we do request that you contact your primary care physician upon leaving our office and let them know the date, time, and type of procedure you will be having. This will help meet the requirements of advance notification to your primary care physician's office.
How long does it take for my insurance to process my claim?
Most insurance companies pay claims within 45 days of your procedure date. If you have not received notification from your insurance company within this time frame, you should contact your insurance carrier to assure prompt payment.
What will the charges be for my procedure?
The patient cost for a procedure varies based on a number of factors including the individual health of the patient and their needs, the number of procedures performed in a single operative session, and the indication for the procedure. In order to assist our patients in making an informed decision regarding their healthcare, below is a listing of the billed charges for the procedures that are commonly performed at Barkley Surgicenter. A billed charge is the amount that a physician, hospital or other healthcare entity charges for the specific procedures or services provided to the patient. This list is not all inclusive and does not reflect any discounts offered by your insurance company. For assistance in determining your patient responsibility, please contact our Central Business Office at 239-275-8882 ext. 506 for a patient specific estimate of cost.
The facility has one fee that covers the following items: Nursing, Technician and related services; use of the facility; testing for certain lab tests performed at the surgery center just as glucose (blood sugar), pregnancy; medications administered before, during and after your surgery while in the facility; surgical supplies used by the physician and staff; equipment used in the facility; surgical dressings; implants except those specifically classified as premium implants that require additional patient payment. For more information on Florida Transparency Act of 2016 click here. Procedure CodeDescriptionBilled Charge 43235EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) $ 1200.00 43239EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) with Biopsy $ 1200.00 43248EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) with dilation $ 1200.00 45330Flexible Sigmoidoscopy $ 400.00 45331 Flexible Sigmoidoscopy with Biopsy $ 400.00 45378Colonoscopy$ 1400.00 45380Colonoscopy with Biopsy$ 1400.00 45384Colonoscopy with Hot Biopsy$ 1400.00 45385Colonoscopy with Biopsy by Snare$ 1400.00 G0105Screening Colonoscopy (High Risk/ Surveillance)$ 1100.00 G0121Screening Colonoscopy (Routine)$ 1100.00
If I do not have insurance or I am unable to pay my balance, can I make payment arrangements?
Yes. However, payment arrangements are granted based on financial need. In order for the facility to properly evaluate your individual needs, you must contact your Financial Counselor at 239.275.8882, ext. 506.
Patient Rights Under Florida Transparency Act of 2016
Services Provided by ASC Surgery Center, a state licensed health care facility.
ASC Surgery Center schedules patient care when your physician schedules a procedure for you at this surgery center. The facility has one fee that covers the following items: Nursing, technician and related services; use of the facility; testing for certain lab tests performed at the surgery center just as glucose (blood sugar), pregnancy, medications administered before, during and after your surgery while in the facility; surgical supplies used by the physician and staff; equipment used in the facility; surgical dressings; implants except those specifically classified as premium implants that require additional patient payment.
Services may be provided in this facility by the facility as well as by other health care providers who may separately bill the patient. Those separate health care providers may or may not participate with the same health insurers or health maintenance organizations (HMOs) as this facility. Patients and prospective patients should contact each health care provider who will provide services in the facility to determine the health insurers and HMOs with which the provider participates as a network provider or preferred provider.
Another health care provider who will bill you for services includes your physician performing the procedure. Other providers who will bill separately if they provide you with health care services in this surgery center include an anesthesia provider who delivers anesthesia services to you at the facility and a pathology provider and laboratory which will analyze tissue your physician may require be sent to the laboratory to diagnose your condition.
You can contact the facility’s anesthesia providers about whether they participate in your health plan. The anesthesia providers are:
West Florida Anesthesia
Telephone number: 239-204-5788
We may be required to send tissue for analysis by a pathology lab contracted with your health plan. Your insurer’s provider network information may include the pathology lab in the insurer’s network of providers. You may want to check with your insurer. Or, you can contact the laboratory directly about whether they participate in your health plan.
The pathology labs we send tissue to for analysis include:
Ameripath Southwest Florida Quest Diagnostic 1620 Medical Lane Suite 100 1635 Medical Lane Fort Myers, FL 33907 Fort Myers, FL 33907 Telephone number: 239-275-1164 Telephone Number: 866-697-8378 Website: www.ameripath.com Website: www.questdiagnostics.com
Mark and Kambour Pathology ( Aurora Diagnostics) LabCorp
4665 Ponce De Leon Blvd 14131 Metro Ave #102
Coral Gables, FL 33146 Fort Myers, FL 33907
Telephone number: 786-268-6050 Telephone number: 239-477-2268
Website: www.mkpathology.com Website: www.labcorp.com
Lee Memorial Outpatient Lab
16281 Bass Road # 203
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Telephone number: 239-343-7200
Estimate of Charges
Patient or prospective patients may request from this facility and other health care providers an estimate of charges prior to receiving services. We must respond to you within seven days of your request.
Our estimate will be based upon the procedure your physician tells us that he or she plans to perform and the insurance information that you provide to us. We normally will contact your insurer to learn of your eligibility for the procedure and will then base our estimate upon what the insurer tells us about the payment they will make for the procedure. The procedure your physician actually performs may differ from the initial one planned based upon your medical condition at the time of the procedure. Since we cannot forecast the change, the estimate will be based upon the planned procedure as scheduled by your physician. You may pay less or more for this procedure or service at another facility or in another health care setting.
Prior to your scheduled procedure, we will contact you with the results of the verification of your insurance benefits to advise of your insurance deductible and co-payment amounts that will be due from you prior to your surgery. We expect the amount estimate due to be paid on the day of your surgery when you register at our admission desk. If you need special consideration for payment of the amount due, you must contact us prior to the date of the planned procedure so we can evaluate your eligibility. You may be eligible to pay your balance monthly over a period of three months.
If we received denial of payment from your insurer or Health Maintenance Organization, we will notify you. If we receive payment from your insurer or HMO that is less than projected, we will notify you of additional payment due. Payment will be expected within 15 days of notification of the balance due. Failure to pay the balance due by the deadline will result in your account being turned over to a collection agency.
If you have notified us in advance that you have no insurance and will pay cash for your procedure, you may be eligible to receive a discount off the usual charge for payment of your estimated charges in advance of the scheduled procedure. You must attest that you have no insurance and you must pay the full estimated charges in advance. If the procedure performed by your physician differs from the one scheduled, you may owe the difference between the scheduled procedure and the actual procedure performed. The balance, if any, will be due within 15 days. Failure to pay the balance will result in the discount arrangement being null and void and a full payment will be due.