WPMG Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 2 -- 7/1/2009
We all know how hard it is to understand insurance claim forms. Filing the claim and making sense of the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is time-consuming and can be quite frustrating. In an effort to alleviate part of this problem, we will now file your insurance claim for you.
Many of you already know our billing specialist, Patty Shintani, for you to improve your insurance reimbursement. She will now review claims for accuracy and submit them electronically. We expect this may alleviate some of the problems we’ve had in the past with insurance companies asserting that claims had not been received or inappropriately sending them back. As a valued patient, you can depend on us to file your claim correctly and in a timely manner, giving you one less task to perform. For any questions, call Patty at 650-988-7548.
We can provide you with optimal personalized health care in part because we continue to be non-contracted with insurance companies. Reimbursements from contracted insurers necessitate less time per patient. We understand that this may result in additional cost to you, but our goal is to provide additional benefit to make the cost worthwhile. In these tough economic times, we are willing to work with you if the cost of your health care is a financial hardship. Our office manager, Randy Kensing, is working on ways to provide you with the best service while ensuring that our services are reimbursed at a fair and equitable rate.
Now that the hot summer weather is here, those of you with hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, have more trouble than ever. There is help for this condition with the FDA approved Botox® treatments for excessive sweating under the arms, or iontophoresis for excessive sweating of the hands or feet. Women Physicians offers both of these treatments and would be happy to consult with you about your best options. Call for an appointment at 650-988-7550.
doctors at Women Physicians aren’t about to be outdone in taking care of their
patients by the doctors on Grey’s Anatomy. Dr. Katherine Sutherland has
completed her training and her proctorship and has now done 5 major cases with
the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System at El Camino Hospital.
Traditionally, a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy
has been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Fortunately, less
invasive options are now available. For complex hysterectomies and other
gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System
may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. This is similar to
laparoscopy using tiny 1-2 cm. incisions, but allows the surgeon better
visualization, and more precision and control. This can result in less pain,
less blood loss, and faster recovery.
Or view this recent clip from Good Morning America -- http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/assets/email/2009/OneOff/GMA_postair/Good Morning America da Vin-2_WMV_CD.wmv.
The da Vinci® is a
state-of-the-art robotic-system designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities,
providing patients with a minimally invasive option for many complex procedures.
According to robot surgeons like Dr. Sutherland, "the robotic system can
translate my hand movements into corresponding movements of the very
sophisticated instruments positioned inside the patient. Two robotic arms,
representing my left and right hands, hold the main instruments. The
instruments–which have more range of motion than the human hand–are inserted
into patients through 1-2 cm incisions. The third arm holds the 3D camera, which
I can easily reposition, zoom and rotate to adjust to my field of vision, from
the console. The da Vinci® System delivers a highly magnified view of the
operative field, with bright, crisp images and natural depth-of-field, which
enables me to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with added
precision–even in confined spaces."
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Talk to your doctor at Women Physicians about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
Pamela Carlton, MD,
specialist in adolescent medicine and eating disorders, is offering monthly
meetings on topics around nutrition, exercise and the psychological health of
teens and young adults. Some topics are specific to eating disorders, but most
are geared to the general population. For more information, please go to
Would you like to feel more confident on that next job interview? Are you dreading your high school reunion? Is this your summer to be the mother of the bride? WPMG is offering a special discount on cosmetic Botox injections on July 23 and August 13 at $240 for the first site and $190 for additional sites. For more information, call 650-988-7550 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4EverFit Studio has
arranged for FitnessWave to bring their mobile dunk tank to provide accurate
body fat testing using the under water technique on Sunday, July 12, at their
studio for $50/person. This is the most accurate way to get body fat
percentage. For an additional $40 they also offer basal metabolic rate
testing. For more information, please call Brenda Kashuba at 408-873-8483 or
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Have a Great Summer!
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