We accept the following:
- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan
- Heritage and many others
It is important for all patients to understand a fundamental principle of the third party mechanism. Even if your provider (doctor or health care facility) specifically takes assignment of benefits, the patient is ultimately responsible for any non-covered services and their charges. The insurance relationship is between the patient and the insurance company, not between the patient and the provider.
There are two distinct and important elements to every visit to our practice.
- 1st : the most important aspect of your visit is to insure quality of life by providing you with a comprehensive, thorough medical examination of your eyes and visual system. Many eye diseases that affect your vision have few or no symptoms until the problem has become sight-threatening. Routine eye health examinations are critical to prevent debilitating eye disease.
- 2nd : each comprehensive eye exam will include a vision component to analyze and prescribe, if necessary, eyewear or contact lenses to correct your vision.
It may be necessary for your doctor to perform additional special testing to insure the overall systemic health of your eyes. Some of this additional testing may not be covered as part of your vision benefit. Payment for these additional special tests is the financial responsibility of each patient.
If the reason for your visit is a medical concern such as an injury, infection, or to monitor some other medical eye condition such as cataracts or diabetic eye disease, your general MEDICAL insurance may cover your visit.
The following is a discussion of some of the major Vision Insurance programs. Hopefully, this information will be helpful to all patients in choosing proper eyewear, contact lenses and eye care for themselves and their families. Please feel free to ask our staff if you have any questions about your specific vision insurance or medical coverage.
Vision Service Plan (VSP) – In many cases, VSP will fully cover your eye health and vision exam. In some cases there may be a co-pay on the part of each patient. The co-pay must be paid at the time of service. The eyewear component of the Vision Service Plan contributes or subsidizes the purchase of your eyewear. Each specific Vision Service Plan subsidizes eyewear purchases at different levels.
The Vision Service Plan is not an entitlement plan and patients are free to choose any frame or lens option recommended by their doctor. Our professional optical staff will be happy to determine if any out-of-pocket costs will be incurred by the patient.
Our practice fully participates in the Medicare program. We accept assignment of benefits on behalf of each eligible patient. The eye health examination is a fully covered service under the Medicare program. However, as mandated by Federal law, the refraction part of your exam is a non-covered service. Each Medicare patient will be charged ($32.00) for the refraction. This charge must be paid for at the time of service.
The only time that Medicare provides any coverage for eyewear is the first pair of glasses made following cataract surgery. Otherwise, there is no eyewear benefit under the program. The purchase of frames, lenses, lens options and coatings is the responsibility of each Medicare patient.
Hopefully, this information will give you a better understanding of some vision benefit plans. Our insurance coordinator is available to try to answer any questions that you may have. Due to the large number of different Vision Insurance Benefit Programs, it is impossible to know the specific details and reimbursement policies of each. If our doctors do not participate in your Vision Benefit Program, we will be happy to provide you all the necessary forms and documentation for you to submit to the carrier for reimbursement.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.