Our policy is not to accept assignment from any insurance company. “Accepting assignment” means Dr. Reed allows the insurance company to determine what Dr. Reed will charge and accept for transsexual surgery and pay the doctor all or a part, based on that amount. Towards the end of this week (December 18, 2015) for the first time we have learned Medicare is refusing to reimburse a patient any amount because we do not maintain electronic records or b. do not do electronic billing or c. accept assignment. This area has yet to be clarified. So for the time being, what had worked in the past is not working now.
The Hospital and anesthesia provider, if you are done at the Hospital as far as we know, are paid some amount by Medicare or your participating insurance company. If you have any questions or concerns please call Medicare or your insurance provider or the Hospital.
On February 6, 2015 our office has received a confirmation letter from First Coast a CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), saying that our PTAN (provider transaction access number) has been deactivated upon our request.
This is to say our office no longer accepts assignment or works with Medicare directly. For any questions, please confer with Medicare or your insurance provider directly for the most authoritative answer.
You are always welcome to call Anne at our office for a compassionate discount.