All patients are encouraged to call with any questions. The office staff is
trained to answer most non-clinical questions. However, for medical related
questions or problems, the staff is not able to give any advice. Therefore,
Dr. Davis will return all medical related inquires. The doctor’s response time depends on their availability during office hours.
The priority always lies with patients that are in the office. Depending
on when the call came in, the doctor will return her calls after she is
finished seeing patients. Often times, she is able to call in-between
patients; but it all depends on their availability and urgency of the phone
If your child or teenager becomes acutely ill after office hours and you
cannot wait until the next morning, Dr. Davis will be “on-call” to take your call. Our phones are answered after hours by an answering service. They will take your message and forward it to the doctor. The doctor will determine whether she can handle the situation by phone and see you in the office the next morning or whether it will, in fact, be necessary to have your child seen more urgently in the emergency room.
When you are waiting for a doctor to return your call after hours, it is
recommended to disarm the feature on your phone that does not accept calls from anonymous numbers. For privacy purposes, Dr. Davis have this feature on their home and cell phone
It is the policy in the office that no new medication is prescribed without
being seen in the office. Furthermore, it is the Doctor’s general policy not
to phone in antibiotic prescriptions. If your child is sick enough to
require an antibiotic, we highly encourage for he or she first be examined.
For chronic conditions, we will be more than happy to fulfill a prescription
refill. Please contact your pharmacy and ask them to fax us a refill request
at (334) 649-3239, or you may leave a message for the doctor with any of our staff members. Please allow up to three (3) working days for your refill
request to be called in.
Co-payments and Deductibles. Your plan may require you to pay a co-payment and/or meet a yearly deductible. We expect these payments at the time of service; be sure that whoever accompanies your child to the office, he or she brings the payment with them. We accept cash, checks, VISA and MasterCard. Co-payments are a contractual obligation between you, your health plan and our practice; if the co-payment obligation is not met, your insurance plan has the right to deny the charges. This may leave you responsible for the services rendered during your visit.
Monthly Statements. You will receive a monthly statement from us if there is any outstanding balance on your account. Our insurance department is available to help you should you have any questions concerning your balance or your statement. Your statement will provide you with a detailed aging of how long balances have been outstanding. Our policy requires that balances older than 120 days are turned over to a collection agency, and we terminate our relationship as your child's physician. We can assist you in setting up a payment plan.
Payment Responsibility. It is always a good idea to double-check with your particular plan to ensure that the doctors are approved providers before you are seen at the office. Although we are happy to file insurance claims on your behalf each time you visit our office, please understand that you are ultimately responsible for the payment of all charges incurred with the office regardless of your insurance coverage or reimbursement.
Guarantor. You will be required to provide us with the guarantor on your child's account with us. The guarantor is the individual who assumes financial responsibility for all payments to the practice. The guarantor is usually the individual that the child lives with (in the case of separated or divorced parents) or the policyholder on the insurance coverage.
Medical Records must be requested in writing and signed by a parent or guardian. We do not charge for records sent to another physician. Shot records can be faxed or mailed at parents request at no charge. There is a fee for records copied for parent's personal use or for use by insurance purposes.
Each insurance plan is unique. Many plans have limits and/or exclusions that
apply to your child's medical care. We recommend that you check with your
particular plan in advance to find out what services are covered and how
much they will reimburse you for medical expenses. The office accepts the
following insurance plans.