The cost of surgery involves two components: a “surgeon fee” and hospital charges. For most patients, the charges from Mercy Hospital or St. Louis Multispecialty Surgery Center are applied to their in-network benefits.
For Dr. Puthoff’s surgeon fees, there is a deposit which must be paid in full prior to surgery. The amount of this deposit is based on the expected length and complexity of your surgery. Whatever portion of the surgeon fees your insurance plan covers will be refunded to you after surgery, up to the amount of your deposit in some cases.
We have retained a negotiating company to advocate on your behalf to get the maximum possible coverage from your insurance for your surgery. Dealing with insurance companies can sometimes be a complex process which can involve processing denials and submitting appeals. We want to take this burden off our patients, which is why we have retained this negotiating company.