Billing Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I receiving more than one bill for the same surgery?
There are a number of separate charges associated with your surgical procedure. You MAY receive charges from several companies.

  • Alaska Surgery Center – facility fee for your surgical procedure.
  • Your surgeon’s office – his/her fee for performing your surgery.
  • Anesthesiologist – his/her fee for anesthesia services for surgery.
  • Radiology – services for x-ray, if required.
  • Pathology – services for tissue specimens removed during surgery requiring further examination.
  • Laboratory – services for laboratory tests run on specimens removed during surgery.

What type of credit cards do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and CareCredit.  Before your date of surgery you are welcome to visit the CareCredit website at www.carecredit.com to pre-apply for an interest free payment plan for up to 18 months.

When should I expect my first bill?
We will bill you any balance due after your insurance company has paid your claim. There may be a delay if your insurance company has paid us incorrectly and we have re-submitted your claim for a corrected payment and allowance determination.

Do you charge interest?
No

Are we able to set up a payment plan?
We do ask that all balances are paid in full within 45 days. If you encounter problems paying within the 45 days, please contact our office immediately at 907-550-6200 and ask to speak with one of our patient account representatives.

What is your credit and payment policy?

Full payment is due within 45 days from your date of service.  Please contact your insurance company directly if you experience any delays.  YOU are responsible for guaranteeing payment on your account and being aware of your individual policy restrictions and benefits.

Your insurance company, including Worker’s Compensation, auto (no fault) and personal injury, is legally responsible to you.  Our relationship is with you, our patient, not your insurance company.  Consequently, all charges incurred are your responsibility.  The obligation to assure payment in a timely manner lies with you regardless of what your insurance company chooses to do.  You should normally receive a response from your insurance company within 30 days of your date of service.  If you experience a delay, it is expected that you contact your insurance company to check the status of your claim and to expedite payment.  Please call our Business Office at (907) 550-6200 if you encounter a problem with your insurance company and need our assistance.

Alaska Surgery Center’s policy is to turn over to an attorney or collection agency all accounts which are delinquent.  You will be responsible for any collection fees that are incurred.
We utilize TSI Phase II (425) 778-2303 as our collection agencies.

BILLING/COLLECTIONS

THE ALASKA SURGERY CENTER WILL BILL AS FOLLOWS:

Auto Insurance with Med pay available

Employers with Patients Consent

MEDICARE
We accept assignment of benefits.

PRIVATE INSURANCE
Your copay amount is due on or before your date of service.  We will submit your bill directly to your private insurance company.  A bill will be sent to your secondary insurance upon receipt of payment or denial from your primary insurance.  If you have no secondary insurance, a bill will be sent to you for any balance after receipt of payment or denial from your insurance company.  We must make a copy of each insurance card at the time of registration.

SELF PAY
You will be contacted prior to your surgery with an estimated procedure cost for your surgery.  A down payment equal to 1/2 of the total estimated amount due is expected.  You will be asked to complete a financial agreement.  The remaining balance will be due within 90 days from your date of service.

SELF PAY – COSMETIC SURGERY – ELECTIVE SURGERY
Payment in full must be received 10 days prior to surgery.