Philosophy

We believe in preventive health care which includes immunizing your child against life threatening diseases.  We stress the importance of routine checkups to help detect any possible growth problems or disease processes in your child. We also believe that you, as the parent, know your child best, and we respect any concerns you may have about your child. At the foundation of the relationship we hope to develop is one of mutual trust. We have only the best interests of your child’s health in mind.


Vaccine Policy
We believe in the effectiveness and safety of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.  All children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  We believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT FAMILIES THAT DO NOT IMMUNIZE THEIR CHILDREN, for fear of spreading vaccine preventable diseases to our vulnerable patients.  It is also an essential philosophical difference that we find difficult to reconcile.

 

Hospitalization

Our newborns at Northside are seen by Neonatal Associates. If your baby is born at a different hospital the staff pediatrician there will check your baby. We will see your new arrival at our office at one week of age. Children requiring hospitalization will be admitted to ChiIdren’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston or Scottish Rite through Doctor Direct. These Physicians specialize in hospital care and assist us in providing the best care for your child.


Prescriptions

To avoid misdiagnosis and to ensure your child’s safety, it is our policy not to call in antibiotic prescriptions for patients who have not been recently seen. For patients who do not appear to be responding to prescribed medication for all routine prescription refills, we request that you call during regular office hours, when we can best take care of you. Please allow 72 hours for refill requests.

 

Financial

Due to frequent changes in health insurance coverage, we require that you provide proof of insurance coverage at each visit. If you do not have insurance, are unable to provide proof of insurance coverage, or are on a plan in which we do not participate, full payment is required at the time of your visit.  All co-payments are due at the time of service. These fees cannot be waived. All co-pays not collected at the time of service will incur a $15 billing fee. Please be aware that some services provided may be non-covered services and not reimbursable by your insurance. You are personally responsible for these services. For your convenience we accept cash, check, Visa, American Express, Master Card (including debit cards), and Discover.  If we are a participating provider, we will file your insurance for each visit. Should there be a dispute with your insurance company, our insurance department will attempt to resolve it for you. During this time, the balance may be transferred to your responsibility. Please note that your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company, therefore, your balance is your responsibility.  Financial arrangements for large balances can be made through our payment program. Failure to resolve any past due accounts will be cause for dismissal from our practice.


Cancellation Policy

Missed appointments for routine/preventive care are very disruptive to our office and deprive others from an appointment to see the doctor. Twenty-four (24) hour cancellation notification is required to avoid the $25 charge. New missed appointment will not be rescheduled.  Three no shows will result in dismissal from the practice.