Thank you for choosing The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University (DCG) to serve the dental care needs for you and your family. We are pleased to participate in your dental care and look forward to establishing a lasting relationship as your care provider. As part of this relationship, we have outlined our expectations for your financial responsibility in our Patient Financial Responsibility Policy. Please read this document thoroughly.
If you owe additional money after your visit, you can expect to receive a statement. Statements are mailed out on the first of each month. Payment is expected within 30 days of receipt of your statement.
Payments made online will be posted to your account on the next business day.
Co-payments are collected at the time of check-in.
Insurance deductibles and fees for services not covered by your insurance policy, if known, are due at the time the service is rendered. We accept cash, check, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. We will also accept your HSA/FSA card, however please be aware that as an educational institution, as well as a healthcare provider, some HSA/FSA programs will not process payment requests from our institution. In this event you should be prepared with an alternative form of payment and to make other arrangements for reimbursement from your plan.
For procedures requiring laboratory work, a deposit must be paid prior to the case being sent to the lab. This requirement is in place regardless of insurance coverage.
Deposits may also be required for procedures that do not require labs such as surgeries. Patients should be advised of these requirements in advance.
Payments apply to outstanding balances before they may be applied to required deposits.
A deposit of $100 is required for services rendered in the Emergency Clinic. If you are unable to pay the full amount at the time of your appointment, a payment agreement is available.
Past Due accounts may hinder your ability to have appointments scheduled. Patients who ignore collection notices and fail to pay their balance risk dismissal from the practice and possible negative credit ratings.
Returned checks are subject to a $30 fee and your account will be placed on a “cash-only basis.” We will accept payments only by cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card until the balance is cleared.
It is important for you to be an informed consumer, who understands the specifications of your insurance policy (e.g., visit coverage, referral/authorization requirements for specialty care, x-rays, and laboratory tests). Your insurance policy is a contract between you and your Insurance Company or employer. Please note it is your responsibility to know if your insurance has specific rules or regulations, such as the need for referrals, pre-certifications, pre-authorizations and limits on charges regardless of whether or not our providers participate.
You must present a current insurance card at each visit. As a courtesy to you, we will bill your insurance company directly for services rendered. If problems arise regarding coverage issues, we will attempt to work with your insurance company to help resolve them prior to making it your responsibility. However, please be advised that you are nevertheless ultimately financially responsible for payment of services rendered by DCG.
If you do not present a current insurance card, you will be responsible for payment at the time of your visit. You must furnish insurance information within 30 days of an appointment in order for DCG to file on your behalf. After this date we will provide treatment information for you to file with your insurance company. You will receive reimbursement from DCG if your insurance pays the claim at a later date.
You have a responsibility to provide information to our office so that a claim can be properly submitted. If your insurance company has not paid a claim on your behalf at 90 days, the balance may be transferred to your account and you will be responsible for payment. If we receive payment from insurance at a later date, you will be reimbursed for any overpayment on your part.
If you are uncertain about your current health insurance policy benefits you should contact your plan to learn the details about your benefits, out-of-pocket fees and coverage limits. You are responsible for payment of any service rendered which is deemed “non-covered” by your plan.
Our providers belong to many insurance plans. Before your appointment, please be sure your provider is in-network and the services are covered under your plan. If your provider is out-of-network, you will be billed for the cost of care.
Parent and guardians are responsible for payments for their dependents at the time services are rendered. Minors and dependents must present a valid insurance card at each visit if a claim is to be filed.
Payment plans may be available for treatment plans that will extend beyond 3 months for completion. A down-payment equal to 30% of the total treatment will be required in advance. The balance will be divided into equal monthly payments extending over the expected duration of treatment. Certain treatment, e.g., bleaching and x-rays, are not eligible to be placed on a payment plan and must be paid in full at time of service.
DCG contracts with the VA to provide certain services to eligible beneficiaries on a referral basis. Eligibility is determined solely by the VA.
Only services included on the referral will be covered by the VA. The VA will be billed directly for these services and the patient will not be held financially responsible for any of these services.
The patient must provide at time of service: a claim number, name of the carrier, the date of injury, employer at time of injury and name and number of the claim adjuster. Without this information, the patient will be held responsible for all charges, and payment will be collected at time of service. Patients will be held financially responsible for any services received that are not covered.