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Policies of Discovery Pediatrics

Fee’s:

There will be a charge for the following services (These charges are not billable to your insurance carrier):

Late Fee will be applied on unpaid balance after the first month – $5 monthly

Form Fee: for the completion of all school, camp, sports forms – $25 per child per year

No Show Fee: for missed appointments not cancelled 24 hours in advance  – $50 well/$25 sick visit (shots and follow-ups included).  Confirmation calls are made two days prior to your visit and are a courtesy.  It is ultimately your responsibility to make note of the date and time of your child/children’s appointment(s).

Chart Fee: for the copying of medical records of each patient – $20

Convenience Fee: if the parent/guardian defers the receipt of immunizations or tests on the original date of exam for another date – $25

Failure to pay ins. mandated co-pay at time of service causing us to send a bill – $5

Travel Visits: preparation of what is necessary for travel to foreign countries – $50

Office Hours:

This practice has always made Sunday mornings, as well as holidays, available to our patients for emergency visits. We have always submitted a separate fee along with the office visit to insurance companies for these visits. These hours do not fall within regular office hours. You should contact your insurance to inquire about any balance they deem patient responsibility.

Mondays through Saturdays we do check-ups/physicals. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to all visits. There is a charge for missed appointments not cancelled the day before. On Sun/Holidays we see sick/emergency patients only. Please call between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to assure being seen that day.
Office phones open daily at 8:30 a.m. – a pediatric nurse is available to answer questions and give advice. Please try to call after 8:30 a.m. for advice.   If it is an emergency and cannot wait until then, please call our regular phone number (301) 681-7020 and a recording will give you the phone number of the doctor on-call.

We are open DAILY (365 DAYS A YEAR)!!

-  Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

-  Saturday: 8 :30 a.m. – noon

-  Sun/Holiday: Urgent care only – Call between 8:30 & 9:00 for an appointment

After Hour Calls – PLEASE LISTEN TO THE VOICEMAIL CAREFULLY

Each day one of the physicians is on call.  If your question is urgent and cannot wait until we reopen at 8:30 a.m. please listen to the message and then call the on-call doctor.

For LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES please call 911: then call us so we can help you until help arrives. For ALL OTHER PROBLEMS please call us first – we can often suggest ways to make your child more comfortable until the next day. Please don’t go directly to an Emergency Room or urgent care center – we can direct you to the best place to go based on your child’s problem.

Again WELCOME!! We look forward to a long and healthy relationship!