Questions About Anesthesia
Sometimes, patients have questions about the anesthesia that will be given for their surgical procedure. Your surgeon will explain some of the basic information about the anesthesia used during your surgery during your pre-op office visit if not before. Every patient also has an opportunity to discuss their questions or concerns with the anesthesiologist directly before the surgery.
CAMA embraces the intent and purpose of the various rules and regulations involving patient privacy and security, including the federal HIPAA laws, as well as traditional concerns for privacy held by physicians and those promoted by our surgical facilities and hospitals.
As hospital-based anesthesiologists, our privacy policies are incorporated in the materials reviewed by the facility in-take personnel where the surgery is performed and are not separately presented by the anesthesiologist.
Fees and Insurance Information
Coastal Anesthesiology Medical Associates (CAMA) is a provider for most San Luis Obispo-area insurance plans, including Medicare, Medi-Cal, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Physcian’s Choice SLO/SM, United Healthcare, Dignity Health, CCPN, Cigna, Aetna and others. CAMA has a comprehensive policy regarding fees (Link to CAMA Fee Policy) and special payment arrangements may be made for situations involving economic hardship. Payment of insurance co-pays and deductibles may be made via cash (in person), check, money order and credit card.
For detailed information about all matters involving fees, payments, billings and claims, contact the group’s billing office.
Discounts may be negotiated based on economic hardship or other special circumstances. The basic discount is 25%. All requests for discounts or special fees should be requested through the billing office. Please visit our Contact Us page for billing office information.
Both the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Society of Anesthesiologists are very committed to providing important, useful and accurate information. This will help you become a more informed patient about the medical anesthesia care you receive before, during and following surgical and diagnostic procedures.
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