It depends on your insurance and the type of coverage you have as to the coverage of your services at Gastroenterology Associates of Ithaca. You should contact your insurance plan to determine what co-pays and/or deductibles you have for office visits to a specialist or endoscopic procedures.
For patients who are scheduled for Screening Colonoscopies: Please be advised in the event of a finding, such as the removal of polyps, the procedure would no longer be considered a screening exam and your insurance coverage could change to diagnostic colonoscopy benefits. Please check with your insurance carrier.
If you were seen in our office for symptoms prior to the colonoscopy; this would not be considered a screening colonoscopy examination (even if you were due for a screening at this time). Precertification may be required. Please check with your insurance carrier regarding our participation and your coverage.
Please check with your insurance carrier for coverage for both a Screening and Diagnostic Colonoscopy.
If you are having a procedure; it is also important to know that there will be separate charges for the hospital as well as the pathologist (should biopsies or specimens be taken). Please contact the hospital in which your procedure is scheduled to inquire about coverage of their services and to obtain the name and information of their contracted pathologist. We are affiliated with Cayuga Medical Center.
You may request a written estimate of costs that will be submitted to your insurance on your behalf. Please be advised that these are just estimates and that the costs could increase due to unanticipated circumstances (i.e. a polyp is found and removed by varying techniques). Upon request you will be provided a list of other physicians and facilities that may be involved in your care. You must contact them directly to discuss their participation with your insurance plan