Billing and Insurance

Prescription refill requests should be made by calling the office, during normal business hours. When calling please have the following patient information available: name, date of birth, prescribing physician, prescription name, prescription dosage amount and frequency, and the name and number of your preferred pharmacy. Requests after office hours will only be handled in emergency situations. Additionally, please contact us prior to running out of medication. Go to the Contact Us section of our website to view office hours and contact information.


Appointments

Prescriptions and Refills

What is Pediatric Cardiology?

Patients are scheduled during business hours by calling 334-612-2111 to make an appointment. It is usually best for your referring doctor to call and make the appointment so that we can get the necessary medical information and records. When the appointment is made, we will need all of the patient’s personal information (full name, DOB, SSN, home address, at least 2 phone contact numbers, current insurance information and referring physician). Also, when the appointment is made, we will need the cardiology related medical reason for which your referring doctor would like your child seen.  Appointment times are set between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday through Thursday. For your convenience, we will  provide a courtesy call prior to your appointment. 


Be mindful that new patient evaluations require variable amounts of time depending upon the problem, so please all ample time (up to 2 hours) for new patient appointments. Filling out the necessary forms, prior to your visit, can help to lower wait times. Go to our Forms section to begin the process. Lastly, if you are unable to keep your appointment or anticipate a late arrival please notify the office.


Tests and Procedures

In order to keep our expenses low and minimize fee increases, we request payment (Cash, check, VISA and MasterCard) at the time of your visit, for copays, deductibles or any other charges not covered by your insurance. Exceptions to the general rule include hospital care and certain types of emergency care, for which we will bill you. As a service and convenience to you we will file directly with your health insurer if you provide us with the necessary and most current policy information.  Please verify with your carrier that we participate with your plan so that your payment responsibility will be accurate.  (We allow up to 60 days for insurance company payment, after which any unpaid balance will become due and payable by you.)


In order to adequately evaluate patients we employ a number of routine test and procedures:


  • Electrocardiogram - Instantaneous graphic recording of the heart's electrical activity. 
  • Echocardiogram - Sound wave image used to visualize heart structure and function, similar to an ultrasound during pregnancy.
  • Oximetry - Painless measure of blood oxygen level.
  • Exercise Stress Test - A study performed while walking/running on a treadmill. Assesses heart function and limitations during physical exertion. Stress Test instructions can be obtained from the Forms section of our website.
  • Ambulatory EKG (holter) - A wearable device that records heart electrical activity for a 24-hour period. Recording is used to identify abnormal rhythms.
  • Heart catheterization - A study in which the patient is sedated and small tubes are placed in the blood vessels of the heart to measure pressure, oxygen, and to take moving x-ray pictures. 


Pediatric Cardiologists are pediatricians with additional training to become a pediatric heart specialist. They diagnose and manage congenital and acquired heart disease in the unborn, infants, children and adolescents. They also participate in the care of adults with congenital heart disease. Infants and children with heart murmurs are often referred for evaluation. Rapid or irregular heart rhythms and children with chest pain, fainting, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, or those with questions about sports participation are also evaluated.