Dr. Ahmad’s practice is not affiliated with any insurance providers, medicare or medicaid. The office will provide patients with all necessary information that is required for reimbursement. All patients with insurance coverage who have received services from Dr. Ahmad submit claims on their own. Reimbursement rates vary based on coverage and insurance carrier.
Payment, Fees and Cancellation Charges
We request that prior to all consultations, a credit card be provided to hold your first appointment and be kept on file for the duration of your treatment. In the case an appointment is not cancelled or changed within the specified time, your credit card will be charged for the full amount (3.9% surcharge will be added).
Full payment is due at the time of visit. Should you wish to pay for your appointment by cash or check, please inform the office, and your card will not be charged.
Cancellations or rescheduling of appointments must be made 2 business days prior to scheduled appointment. Medical emergencies or other extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration for rescheduling requests.
Medical costs associated with Dr. Ahmad’s weight loss programs vary from patient to patient, depending on the individual’s unique needs. Lifestyle habits, health status and weight loss goals of each patient at the onset of the program determine its length and nature. During the initial consultation, Dr. Ahmad will provide a clear outline of the costs associated with the treatment.
Many patients don’t realize that weight loss does not only translate into better health, but it also brings large savings. Studies have shown that on average the cost of a medically supervised weight loss program equals to the cost of being obese for a single year. In other words, patients who maintain their weight loss will continue to save the amount equal to how much they invested into their weight loss program each year.
The services covered and amount of reimbursement varies between insurance companies and their plans. Please check with your provider on the details of your coverage. Although Dr. Ahmad doesn’t participate in insurance plans, he will provide you will all the necessary documentation to file claims.
(Please note that food items such as the Optifast® drinks are not tax deductible as they replace patient’s regular meals rather than supplement them.)
For tax filing purposes, IRS defined obesity as a disease in April 2002. This means that some costs associated with the treatment of obesity might qualify as tax-deductible medical costs and patients may use pre-tax dollars from medical flexible spending accounts and Health Care Spending Accounts to pay for them.
As defined by law, medical expenses qualify for tax deduction only after the out-of-pocket healthcare costs exceed 7.5% of the patient’s adjusted gross income. Please consult your tax preparer to learn more about these provisions.
(IRS revenue ruling, IR 2002-19, approves the fees related to services (i.e., medical services and nutrition education meetings) when they are occurring for medically valid reasons.)