Our facility provides the highest quality care in a friendly, personalized setting for patients whose surgical needs do not require overnight hospitalization. The facility's physicians and the individual attention provided by our staff help minimize the stress associated with your procedure. Our procedure and recovery suites contain state-of-the-art equipment. Your procedure will be performed by your own physician, supported by our highly skilled nurses. After a short stay in the recovery room, you will be allowed to leave the facility to complete your recovery in the comfort of your own home. The relaxing environment and special facilities are helpful in comforting fears.
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:
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. 220.
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 facility is unable to supply exact charge amounts prior to the procedure because we have no way of knowing if additional procedures (such as polyp removal and/or biopsies) will be performed. The facility, upon request, will supply you with an estimate.
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 239.275.8452, ext. 260.
The Following link is for the performance outcome and financial data that is published by the Agency for Health Care Administration.
On November 3, 2012 Dr Weiss and Staff participated in the Crohn’s & Colitis 1.2 mile walk, “Take Steps to be Heard” at Lakes Regional Park in Ft Myers. Gastroenterology Associates had taken donations for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and will continue to support the cause. Barbara Cioffi our practice representative had set up a table for digestive awareness at the event and coordinated with physicians and staff to get involved. If you would like more information on this foundation or would like to donate to our team go to this direct link here.
On March 24, 2012 Dr Weiss, Dr Perez, Michele Robbins, PA-C and Staff participated in the Colon Cancer 5k run/walk, “Get Your Rear in Gear” at Hammond Stadium in Ft Myers. Gastroenterology Associates made donations for the Colon Cancer Coalition and will continue to support the cause. To see video slide show of the event click here. If you would like more information on this foundation or would like to donate to our team go to this direct link here.
Dr Perez has been featured in the Latino Press Release click the link to view the news article “The Latino American Who’s Who Recognizes Julian Perez M.D.”
We now have FREE Wi-Fi available in our Ft. Myers office and at Barkley Surgery Center for patients and their family members while they are waiting. Please see signs in the waiting room for logon information the next time you visit us.
Dr Perez has been featured in a new story – click the video link below to view now!Watch the Video
Congratulations to our newest Associate, Julian Perez, M.D., for obtaining his Board Certification in Gastroenterology!
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