INSURANCE CARDS and a GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID must be presented at time of visit otherwise full payment will be required in order for Piedmont Eye Center to file insurance claims.
Piedmont Eye Center DOES NOT participate with vision plans.
As a requirement by your insurance company, a co-payment is required at the time of service. We reserve the right to reschedule your appointment if your co-pay is not paid at check-in.
Piedmont Eye Center charges a fee for completion of patient forms (i.e. FMLA, Disability, etc.)
Piedmont Eye Center will impose a reasonable cost-based fee, which shall include only the cost of supplies for and labor of copying the requested information, postage when the individual request that such information be mailed, and preparation of an explanation or summary of such information as agreed to by the individual including any person with authority to act on behalf of the individual who is the subject of the health record.
MEDICAL RECORD RETENTION
Regulations of the Board (18VAC85-20-26) state that practitioners must maintain a patient record for a minimum of six years following the last patient encounter with the following exceptions:
1. Records of a minor child, including immunizations, must be maintained until the child reaches the age of 18 or becomes emancipated, with a minimum time for record retention of six years from the last patient encounter regardless of the age of the child;
2. Records that have previously been transferred to another practitioner or health care provider or provided to the patient or his personal representative; or
3. Records that are required by contractual obligation or federal law to be maintained for a longer period of time.
Patient records will only be destroyed in a manner that protects patient confidentiality, such as by incineration or shredding.
APPOINTMENT CANCELLATION CHARGE
If you fail to notify our office of a cancellation within 24 hours of your appointment, a charge may be placed on your account. We will be unable to reschedule any future appointments until the balance has been paid.
Our physicians are considered SPECIALISTS. Your insurance company may require that you obtain a referral from your primary care provider prior to being seen.
Typically, a refraction measurement is not covered by insurance. Performing a refraction measurement for best corrected vision means the patient is charged for a refraction measurement. If the work is performed, the refraction charge is viable.
Refraction Fee is $30.00 (2015-current)
In most cases when a patient is new to an ophthalmology practice, a refraction is performed to establish a baseline of the patient’s best corrected visual acuity, the refractive power of the eye, and if applicable prescribing purposes. For established patients most ophthalmology practices repeat the refraction measurement annually, for baseline monitoring of visual acuity including changes and if applicable prescribing purposes.
If a patient’s vision is less than 20/20 on the visual acuity exam, it is common practice to perform a refraction to determine the full vision capability of the eye, a necessary component for ruling out disease and pathology.
Refractions can be obtained in several ways. The most common for adults is a subjective refraction. A phoropter is placed in front of the patient and a selection of lenses are shown. The patient chooses the clearest lens selection and a refractive power is documented. A glasses or contact lens prescription may be written from this information.
Refractions for infants and children are done using an objective method. When a child is not old enough to make lens selections, a method called retinoscopy is used to determine retinal reflex motion. This procedure involves a hand held
instrument called a retinoscope. The light from the retinoscope is swept back and forth in front of the patient’s eye. The direction of the retinal reflex motion seen in the eye indicates the refractive power of the eye. A glasses or contact lens
prescription may be written from this information.
If a patient is scheduled for a “work-in problem” visit (not a routine exam) and they received a refraction measurement and prescription at the end of the exam, this most likely was a courtesy to the patient. Typically a patient that is “worked
in” to the scheduled for a problem is brought back at a later date for the “routine” exam and refraction measurement and new charges apply for exam and refraction measurement.
(updated MAY 2017)
Piedmont Eye Center, Inc. complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Piedmont Eye Center, Inc. does not exclude people or treat them differently
because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Piedmont Eye Center, Inc.:
- Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
- Qualified sign language interpreters
- Written information in other formats
- Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
- Qualified interpreters
- Information written in other languages
If you need these services, contact the Grievance Officer.
If you believe that Piedmont Eye Center, Inc. has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with:
116 Nationwide Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
You can file a grievance in person, by mail or by phone. If you need help filing a grievance, the Grievance Officer is available to help you.
You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-868-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)
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