Our office accepts most insurance plans. We do not accept Medicaid. Please check with your insurance plan to determine if the providers of Children’s Medical Group are listed as participating (in-network) providers with your insurance plan. You are responsible for all applicable copays, co-insurance, annual deductibles and any non-covered services. Please understand that we cannot waive any patient balances. All copays are due at the time of service.
In the event you have an insurance plan that Children’s Medical Group does not contract with, you will be responsible for payment of all charges not paid by your plan. Most insurance plans refer to this as “out-of-network”. If you have an insurance plan that requires a primary care physician, you must specify your selection to your insurance plan prior to being seen at Children’s Medical Group. For newborns, parents have a period of 30 days to contact their insurance company and enroll the baby on the insurance plan.
Verification of Insurance:
Proof of insurance is required by providing your insurance card at each visit. This is done to ensure that we are a participating provider in your plan and that all information and/or changes have been documented correctly. Please inform our receptionist of any changes in your insurance coverage, address, phone, etc. To avoid appointment delays and to expedite your visit, please bring your insurance card with you and present it at each visit.
Methods of Payment:
Check, cash, debit. MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted for your convenience.
Return of Check Charge:
If your check is returned for any reason, a thirty-five dollar ($35) return check charge will be assessed to your account. Cash or credit cards are accepted to pay for these charges and is expected upon notification. After two returned checks we will no longer accept checks as payment for services.
We offer medical ear piercing for children and babies over 4 months of age to 12 months of age and older than 5 years of age. Please call the office to make an appointment.
We use the Blomdahl Medical Ear piercing system which is available ONLY to physicians. The Blomdahl Medical Ear piercing system uses single-use cassettes which minimizes chances for infection. It uses medical grade plastic and medical grade titanium studs which eliminates the risk of nickel allergy. Using this system also eliminates the possibility of patient-to-patient cross-contamination because the single use part of the equipment never comes in contact with the skin of the patient at the piercing site.
Children’s Medical Group recognizes that by offering these services, your child will have a professional service, a sterile system, and better outcome than at a mall or tattoo parlor.
CMG will do ear piercing for infants aged 4 months to 12 months and for children 5 years of age and older. This ensures that infants have received the first two sets of vaccines, including the DTaP, and allows the ear to grow big enough for more accurate placement of the earring. After 12 months of age, children are more active making the actual piercing experience more difficult and less safe. For children over 5 years of age, it is important that the child has requested to have their ears pierced and the Parent/Guardian has agreed. The child needs to be able to sit still during the procedure and has to allow or participate in responsible after-care to ensure a good outcome. The child will sit beside the parent and will lean against the parent’s shoulder. Teens will simply sit quietly on the own.
We only pierce earlobes and will only do one piercing per earlobe. We do not pierce cartilage or other body parts.
The cost for medical grade plastic is $100.00 to pierce both ears and $50.00 for one ear only. The cost for medical grade titanium is 120.00 to pierce both and $60.00 for one ear only. Payment is due in full when you check in for your ear piercing appointment. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by your insurance and will not be billed to your insurance.The payment includes the ear piercing stud made of medical grade plastic or titanium, and the cost of the ear piercing procedure by the Provider.
Ear Piercing Appointments:
You may schedule an Ear Piercing Visit with our providers which would be to solely perform the medical ear piercing procedure. Ear piercing will not be performed during any other Well Check or Sick/Problem Visits.