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What to Expect at our Chiropractic Practice
If you’ve ever gone to a social event where you didn’t know anyone, you know how uncomfortable that can make you feel. Our goal is to eliminate every shred of apprehension and make you feel at home.
Since chiropractic care involves a series of visits, with each one building on the ones before, it’s important that our relationship can go the distance. We’ve found that one of the best ways to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. No surprises!
The more you understand who we are, what we do, and why we do it, the better results you’ll enjoy. It’s as simple as that.
Your First Visit
The goal for the first visit is to get an idea of your health problem, make sure it is something Dr. Steve Milligan can successfully treat, and that it is safe and appropriate for him to treat you.
The doctor will have you complete some paperwork, take your history, review any studies that you may have, and examine you. If Dr. Steve Milligan decides that he has a good chance to help you, he will then will start light force standard chiropractic care. If paperwork is completed prior, allow 40 minutes.
First visit costs range from $130.00 to $ 145.00
Your Second Visit
On the second visit, we will start active care. I do not have a formula
for a patients needed care and rely on my patients' response to schedule
their care. I do not believe in overtreating my patients. Your second
visit takes on average 20 minutes.
On a follow-up visit
With more challenging cases where Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is most appropriate, X-rays, higher math, biophysics, and measurements are needed and take an extended time. See globalao.com for more details.
A Typical Office Visit
Our typical office visit starts with brief paperwork reporting your improvements, or concerns. Dr. Steve Milligan will take a brief history and decide that day’s course of treatment, and future care. The main factor is how much you have progressed overall. Allow 20 minutes.
So, check us out here. Poke around. Get to know us. Then, contact Stephen R. Milligan, DC today to make an appointment.
OUR MISSION: To assist you in regaining your health & vitality in life. To offer state of the art compassionate care that is both effective and affordable.
CASH PATIENTS: 100% payment for services rendered due at the time of service. We accept cash, payment plans, checks, debit and Credit Cards.
MEDICAL INSURANCE: As a courtesy we will bill your insurance for you. After that payment will expected at the time of service. Most major insurance companies do cover chiropractic treatment.
PAYMENTS / Insurance Billing: In general, payment is due at time of service, with a few case by case exceptions. To assist all our patients in quick insurance payment, we will electronically bill your insurance for you. We can also provide a statement sheet (a.k.a. superbill) that can be easily submitted to one’s insurance company for reimbursement.
MEDICARE: Medicare will not pay for routine or maintenance care. YEARLY DEDUCTABLE … … At the Beginning of each year, you have to meet your deductable before any payment can be sent from Medicare. We will bill Medicare for you, Medicare will then bill your secondary insurance. WE are a non-participating provider for Medicare, which requires your payment at the time of service. We will then submit your billing.
Medicare does not pay for EXAMS, X-rays, adjustments to your shoulder, knees, hands, or other necessary services.
WORKER’S COMPENSATION CASES: We are hesitant to accept Worker’s Compensation cases. AS they do not serve the injured worker’s best interest and payment is rare.
PERSONAL INJURY CASES: Auto accident insurance with “Med-Pay”, may be billed for reimbursement. Your health insurance plan, may also offer coverage. We offer a no interest Care Credit Plan. We also can make payment arrangements with you, so you get the care you need WE do not accept third-party liens. Otherwise, 100% payment is due at the time of service. At the close of your case, you are responsible for any balances due.
IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD: We are not contracted with your insurance provider, you are.
They have no reason to work with us. They can save money by not paying their due. We can not promise that your insurance company will or should pay for services rendered. As a courtesy, our office will attempt help you. All monies due are solely your responsibility.
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Regardless of Medicare Care coverage, we promise to make the recommendations that can best help you. We'll do everything we can to make your chiropractic care affordable.
We look forward to showing you ways to get well and stay well. Naturally. Without drugs or surgery.
Medicare is likely to cover at least some of your chiropractic care.
We prepared this brochure because Medicare handles Chiropractic Care differently for medical treatment. Here's how to take advantage of your chiropractor benefits under Medicare Part B.
Medicare only covers the cost of Chiropractic adjustments designed to help correct vertebral subluxation. This is when bones of the spinal column lose their normal motion and position. The resulting nerve involvement can have far-ranging health effects. If you have a Medicare replacement plan, your coverage may be different from traditional Medicare. We will help confirm your benefits.
An examination is necessary to identify the presence of vertebral subluxation. Medicare requires this. Medicare does not pay for the cost of the exam or any needed x-rays.
Regardless of the type of doctor you see, Medicare requires you to pay an annual deductible amount. Then, you'll be responsible for a 20% co-payment for the cost of each Chiropractic adjustment. Medicare will pay the remaining 80% of the cost of adjustments that Medicare deems medically necessary.
For Medicare to pay for your adjustments, they must be “medically necessary.”
- your adjustments must relate directly to your specific Health complaint,
- your adjustments must hold the promise of making functional improvements, and
- you must follow your chiropractor's specific plan for active treatment.
Instead of judging your progress simply by how you feel, Medicare wants to see an improved function. That means the restored ability to turn, bend, walk, sleep and generally perform your daily activities.
once Improvement stops Medicare coverage stops. That's because they consider further care to be maintenance care and expect you to self-pay.
Medicare does not pay for chiropractic care to maintain your progress or help prevent problems. For most patients see the wisdom of some type of Wellness care, but it has not paid for it. Recognizing the value of protecting their Improvement, many opt to self-pay.
We only recommend the care that is clinically appropriate. That might include other procedures such as massage, traction or other therapies. Medicare does not pay for these, nor do they pay for adjustments to your wrist, ankle or other extremity. Sometimes these procedures may be covered by any supplemental insurance you may have.
Time of service discounts or membership in a discount medical plan May reduce your out-of-pocket expense.
The number of adjustments covered by Medicare varies. He's based on the severity of your conditions. Sometimes (but not Medicare), you may pay for the care of yourself.
Our practice is a non-participating Medicare provider. That means, on each visit we will collect our fee from you ( set by Medicare) for the Chiropractic adjustment. Then, we will bill Medicare. They will reimburse you 80% up to the dollar limit they said. If you have supplemental insurance, it may assume some or all of your 20% co-payment and exclude services.