Thanks for your interest in becoming a new patient! We are currently accepting new patients from birth to age 12 years. Getting hooked up with our office is a fairly painless procedure. To start the process, please glance through the following information. You may also call our receptionist and let us know how we can help you.
Download and print our New Patient forms, which include the usual name, address and insurance form, and a medical records release form. These are simple forms and should take you just a minute or two to complete. You may also pick up forms at our office.
Email (send to: info@LakeOconeePediatrics.com), mail, fax or bring the completed forms to our office. If you email the forms to us, please call us a couple days later to make sure we have your forms!
Once we have your paperwork, we can set up a well or sick visit at your convenience. Please note that if your child's medical history is more complicated, we may need to wait until we can review their past records first.
If you call with an urgent problem and have never been seen in our office, we cannot see your child until your child has been registered! Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you register your child as a patient with our office as soon as possible, i.e. before they get sick and need an urgent visit! This will prevent any delays in your child being seen for their first visit.
To ensure that everyone is seen in a timely manner, we ask that you arrive for your very first appointment 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If more than one child is being seen, you may be asked to arrive even earlier. Late arrivals may be asked to wait or to reschedule depending on how full the day's schedule is. It is strongly recommended not to "no-show" your first appointment! Please note that for patients less than 18 years of age, an adult parent or guardian must be present for all appointments (or we must have written authorization for another adult to bring the child).
Please bring the following to your first appointment:
If you are planning on having a baby or are currently expecting a baby, you are welcome to make a free "prenatal visit" with Dr. B, to get to know the office and staff. Dr. B would be happy to sit down with you and your family to answer questions about himself, the office, and the simple way we do things. Just call our office for a prenatal appointment! Dr. B also invites families to schedule a "Meet the Doctor" visit, to learn more about the office and staff before scheduling an appointment. Please feel free to bring your kids in to meet the doctor!
Of course, these visits are completely optional and there are no fees involved.
We accept all major forms of insurance for established patients (if you are simply visiting the Lake Area, see "Visitors" section below). As a service to you, we file a claim with your insurance company after your child is seen. Please remember that insurance is considered a method of lessening fees paid to the office, and is not a substitute for payment. It is your responsibility to know what your insurance covers, and to pay for any deductible amount, co-pay, or any balance not paid by your insurance company.
Insurance co-pays, if required by your insurance plan, are collected before your appointment. The parent or responsible adult that comes with the child to the office should be prepared to pay the co-pay on arrival to the office.
Private insurance plans vary widely. Some cover check-ups, and some cover only sick visits. Some cover shots and some don't. It is your responsibility to know what your insurance plan covers! For example, if your child is given immunizations, and your insurance plan does not cover immunizations, you may be responsible for these fees. We therefore recommend that you review your insurance plan's details, or contact your insurance company to discuss coverage, before being seen by our office.
We are happy to see visitors to the Lake Oconee area for urgent visits and walk-in appointments, if our regular schedule permits. Due to our large regular patient volume, visitors will be fit in as time slots are available. We can accept insurance for out of town visitors, however cash or credit card payments are also accepted. Call our receptionist for more information.
Generally, we prefer for patients to have one of our accepted insurances, to lessen fees they may be charged by our office. However, if you do not have insurance or have a non-accepted insurance, we may still be able to see your child on a fee-for-service basis (i.e. personal payment for office fees by cash, check or credit card). Acceptance of patients on a fee-for-service basis will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of our office staff.
Some plans not listed are under the 'umbrella' companies above. If you don't see your plan listed, please call us to see if your plan is accepted.
Lake Oconee Pediatrics currently accepts plans from the following insurance companies:
We do NOT accept the following insurances: