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Advanced Podiatry Services, Dr. Howard Penn, Lackawanna, NY

PATIENT INFO

Scheduling Appointments

We realize that our patients' time is valuable, and we make every effort to see patients at their scheduled time. However, occasionally, our office falls behind schedule. We ask for your understanding; we, also, ask that patients provide as much advanced notice as possible when running late for an appointment or when needing to cancel. With this advanced notice, the time can be scheduled for another patient.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

If you are a first-time patient, please plan on arriving early in order to complete a patient registration form and please bring the following items to the appointment:

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Insurance and Payment Information

We are a provider for Medicare and most major insurance plans. What follows is a list of some of the insurance plans we accept. This is not a complete list of all the plans we accept. Please call and ask if you are unsure whether or not we accept payment from your health insurance provider:

Since we provide insurance billing, we encourage all patients to confirm their coverage prior to making an appointment. Co-payments are due at the time of the appointment. If the insurance company does not pay the full balance, or denies the claim, then any unpaid balance is due within 30 days following the appointment.

For your convenience, we accept MasterCard and VISA credit cards.

Please call us with any questions regarding which insurance plans we accept or other billing concerns. Insurance coverage and benefit questions should be directed to your insurance company.

Please bring a signed copy of our patient financial policy with you to your appointment.

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Hospital Affiliations

Advanced Podiatry Services is pleased to maintain privileges at the following hospitals:

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Patient Forms

You can print the necessary patient forms for your appointment using the links to the forms below. Please complete the above forms and bring them with you to your appointment. Thank you! The following forms are PDF format. If you need help opening or printing, please go to PDF Help.

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Medicare Coverage for Toenail Debridement

According to the most recent written guidelines given to us from Medicare, the debridement of toenails is covered only for the treatment of either fungal infection of the toenails, enlargement with increased thickening and curvature of the toenails, or marked overgrowth of the toenails. They further stipulate that the treatment of this type of toenail condition is only a covered service when the toenail causes pain and, as an end result, causes limited ambulation or limited walking secondary to the painful nail condition. The treatment of toenail conditions in a non-ambulatory or wheelchair bound patient is covered only when the patient suffers either from pain or secondary infection resulting from the thickening and abnormality of the toenail.

Advanced Podiatry Services is committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients' feet to enhance their quality of life. We do, however, feel that some of the issues that are raised with the Medicare guidelines are issues that patients themselves need to look at subjectively and evaluate whether or not, truly, their nail condition is causing pain to the extent of limiting their ambulation or walking activity. Therefore, we are now requiring that all our patients who present for nail care sign a form which would acknowledge that on that date of service they are presenting with a painful nail condition which causes restricted ambulation for them for which they are seeking treatment. The other option is they are presenting for nail care that is not causing pain or restricted ambulation and, therefore, is not a covered service. When it is not a covered service, then the patient will be paying out of their own pocket on the date of service for the treatment rendered.

If you have any further questions, we will certainly be very happy to discuss this with you personally. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Notice of Privacy Practices

Advanced Podiatry Services wishes to present a our notice of privacy practices.

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Advanced Podiatry Services
Howard A. Penn, D.P.M.
1271 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
Tel: 716.824.9835
Fax: 716.827.7095
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