Understanding Your Surgery Billing
As you prepare for your surgery, we want to make sure you understand how you will be billed for the services you receive. At a minimum, you will receive four separate bills. Depending on your specific surgery, you may also get additional bills. The success of your surgery depends on a team effort by many dedicated professionals, including those in our office. Because government and insurance rules do not permit us to bill or collect money for other members (surgical hospital, anesthesia, etc.) of your care team, each member of that team must send you a separate bill and collect payment from you separately.
We realize that these multiple bills can be confusing. Our staff will do their very best to help you with questions and guide you to the proper sources of information.
Here is an explanation of the bills you will receive:
1. SURGERY CENTER'S BILL
You will get a bill from Same Day Surgery Center, LLC for what is known as the facility fee. This fee is for the staff and equipment they provide for your safe and successful experience. Questions and payments regarding your surgery center billing should be directed to:
Same Day Surgery Center, LLC.
2. PHYSICIAN'S BILL
Your surgery will be performed by Scott Eccarius, MD. Since Dr. Eccarius is not an employee of the surgery center, he will bill you separately for his services. Dr. Eccarius' bill will be sent from our office. Please address any questions regarding your bill to our office:
Eccarius Eye Clinic, P.C.
3. ANESTHESIOLOGIST'S BILL
The anesthesia you receive during your surgery will be provided by West River Anesthesiology Consultants, P.C. The anesthesiologist will give you either local or general anesthesia and will monitor you throughout your surgery. You will receive a separate bill for these services. Please address all questions regarding these services and send all payments to:
West River Anesthesiology Consultants, P.C.
4. NURSE ANESTHETIST'S BILL
The anesthesiologist works with a nurse anesthetist, and this person is generally employed by Rapid City Regional Hospital. The nurse anesthetist is also responsible for monitoring your condition while you are having your surgery. You will receive a separate bill for these services. You must address all questions regarding these services and send all payments to:
Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Depending on several factors related to your particular case, you might receive services for which you will receive additional bills. These additional bills MAY include:
- Laboratory/Pathology bill – for example, fees for blood tests or tissue sampling;
- Radiology bill – for example, charges for X-rays, CT, angiography, MRI, or ultrasound.