The information below is for informational purposes only and do not apply to every patient that receives treatment at our facility.
General Collections Policy

BILLING PRACTICES

The Bonati Institute will bill the responsible party’s insurance company for facility charges. We will also collect any co-payments, co-insurance, and/or deductibles at the time of surgery. The responsible party will be billed for any remaining charges not covered by the insurance, including copayments, co-insurance and/or deductibles within 30 days. Additionally, the responsible party will be billed for facility charges in full should the insurance company deny coverage due to lack of referral, no pre -authorization, lack of proper reporting of the incident/accident, lack of individual coverage, or for any other reason, where applicable. PLEASE NOTE: It is the patient’s responsibility to understand their individual insurance benefits.

PATIENT RESPONSIBILITY ESTIMATE

Any fees collected at the time of service and any quotes regarding such fees are estimated based on the information available to us at the time of service. We rely on information provided by the responsible party regarding insurance coverage, as well as information from the responsible party’s insurance company. This quote is only an estimate.

COLLECTION ACTIVITY

Any account balance that is not paid timely may be forwarded to an outside agency for collection follow-up, in our sole and complete discretion.

PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS

Payment arrangements are available, and we strive to work with every patient to ensure that our services are affordable to everyone. Patients are encouraged to ask about this option if they are interested. Any payment arrangements should be arranged prior to services being provided.

Financial Assistance Policy

It is the policy of the Bonati Spine Institute that all patients be eligible for medically necessary care. Third parties who may be liable for payment are excluded from coverage of this policy. Access to one discount policy only per patient/family. Only medically necessary services are eligible for use of this policy; services that are not deemed medically necessary by the payer are excluded from coverage of financial assistance

Patients must complete a financial hardship application and provide proof of income for the preceding 3 months CLICK HERE to download the application.

Charity Policy

It is our goal to provide treatment and care to all who need it and otherwise qualify to be a candidate for our services. For details, please refer to our Financial Relief and Hardship Program. Beyond this, we reserve the right to provide services free of charge to prospective patients, in our sole and absolute discretion. For more information, please contact the Business Office Manager at (727) 868-9563.

List of Potential Health Care Providers:
As a The Bonati Institute patient, depending on the specific treatment and care ordered by your Surgeon, other providers may separately bill you for the services provided. Depending on the specific treatment, one or more of the following providers may be involved during your course of treatment:

Gulf Coast Orthopedic Center Corporation
7315 Hudson Avenue
Hudson, FL 34667
(727) 868-9563
Alfred Bonati,MD
Dennis Jones,MD
Miguel Lis-Planells,MD
Robert Uteg,MD
Robert Dunn,MD
Rhonda Larimore,APRN
Elaine Sadeghi,APRN

American Medical Care, Inc.
7315 Hudson Avenue
Hudson, FL 34667
(727) 868-9563
Tonina Campoli,MD
Robert Sherman,MD
Karl Swanson,MD
David Hirschauer,DO

Medical Development Corporation of Pasco County
7315 Hudson Avenue
Hudson, FL 34667
(727) 868-9563

Estimate of Charges

Patients and prospective patients may request a non-personalized estimate of charges and other information from this facility and any of our health care providers. Our estimate is based on services we typically provide, and it is possible that the procedure our surgeon performs may result in charges that are different from the estimate provided. You may request an estimate of charges, by contacting our Business Office Manager at (727) 868-9563 or via mail at 7315 Hudson Avenue, Hudson FL 34667. This estimate can be compared to prices from other facilities for non-personalized bundles maintained by the Agency for Health Care Administration through the following link: http://pricing.floridahealthfinder.gov