In this era of Obama care and electronic health records, the protocol has changed from what you may have experienced in the past in other offices. First of all, we do not immediately treat patients since we are not an emergency room and many steps must be done before any treatment is rendered. We do not jump into cases with heroic care since spine pain is not like "pulling a thorn out of a paw." It more closely resembles a twisted knee that must be examined closely before treatment is done. We will, however, help you deal with the pain in other ways so you will probably feel better on the first day, but we will not do any spinal adjustments until the legal protocol is complete.
If you are in severe pain and cannot walk, you may want to visit the ER before coming to our office to make sure there are no cancers, fractures, or serious infections, which happen in a small percent of cases.
We hope that this review of our protocol for new patients will give you a clear understanding how our office works to give you the best in chiropractic spinal care.
To facilitate your time as a new patient at the initial consultation, we can email the new patient paperwork to you directly. This will save you nearly an hour of time on your first visit. When they are completed, the system will automatically return your completed forms to our office for review. Please ensure you bring any x-rays or MRI scans you may have. As you will notice, there are three Pain Indexes--neck, mid-back, and low-back. You only have to fill out those that relate to your main complaints.
Not available to cover our care at RAFB (It does cover chiropractic care in other regions)
Does cover chiropractic care on a limited basis. You have the legal right to get chiropractic care, but you must get diagnosed at their Dublin hospital before they refer you here.
Does cover our care on a limited basis. Including 80% for spinal adjustments, acute care (not maintenance care). Exams and therapy are not covered.
Federal Blue Cross/Blue Shield#104 & #105 enrollment codes
$20 Co-pay and offer 12 chiropractic adjustments and 75 therapies
Federal Blue Cross/Blue Shield #111 & #112 enrollment codes
$25 co-pay and offer 20 adjustments and 50 therapies.
Administers the Georgia State health benefit plan for local teachers and has either a deductible or co-pay that allows 20 chiropractic and manual therapy visits per year.
Contracted through ASHN that allows 8 chiropractic visits then a clinical treatment form is submitted for further approval on future visits.
If you have any other insurance coverage, our staff will check individually since there are many types with varying coverage.
*The DRX9000 spinal decompression is not covered by any insurance. You will be happy to know we offer the DRX at a greatly reduced rate. For example, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $200 per treatment, but we offer it for only $65 (plus any other therapies or procedures, of course). The standard DRX program consists of 30 visits and we re-evaluate every 10 visits to gauge your progress. Many patients use the following plan below to pay for this treatment and other non-covered treatments.
Financing with CareCredit®
A healthcare credit card specifically designed to pay for treatments not covered by insurance. CareCredit has two unique features: every CareCredit transaction is eligible for a No Interest (if credit is approved and if paid in full within promotional period up to 18 months) or Low Interest Payment Plan and you can use the card at all healthcare practices that offer CareCredit.
We highly recommend this program because we know the first month of care includes exams, x-rays, chiropractic care, manual therapy, and other therapies that are costly. With CareCredit, you can have the care you need with an affordable monthly payment program that is interest free.
If you use CareCredit, you can still submit your bill to the insurance company to get reimbursed for what they will cover.
You can apply online yourself to determine which program is best for you at www.carecredit.com. If you are not computer savvy, our staff will be glad to assist you in this application process when you’re in the office.
We look forward to welcoming you to Smith Spinal Care Center!
Please complete the form to the right to request an appointment. Be sure to include both your first and last name.
Upon receiving your request, we will email you a link to complete all necessary new patient forms online.
Below you will find detailed information regarding our office protocol and insurance coverage options.
If you would like any further explanations or if you have any questions about the information provided, please contact us at 478-922-4091.