Many patients ask for information about when payment is due for services. The following information should address most circumstances; but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Financial Administrator.
Pre-cycle Lab Work
Before you begin any cycle of treatment, you may need certain tests that help determine the cause of your infertility. Payment is due in full at time of your service. We work with most PPO insurance companies and we will bill for these services whenever possible. We will provide you with a superbill so that you may discuss the possibility of coverage with your insurance carrier.
If you need an in-hospital stay, we will attempt to pre-authorize all surgeries with your insurance carrier. A deposit is due at the time of the pre-operative visit. As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance for the physician’s fees. Any portion of the charges unpaid after your insurance benefits will be your responsibility. You should also expect to receive a bill from the hospital and the anesthesiologist.
You may buy fertility medications at any pharmacy chosen by you and/or your insurance company. Many medications used in treatment can only be purchased at specialty fertility pharmacies.
IVF Cycle Fees (All PFCLA Program Plans)
Single cycle fees are due in full one (1) week prior to the time you and/or your surrogate or donor start fertility medications. If applicable, we do require a letter from your insurance company stating that you have IVF coverage, and indicating the specific services they will cover. We will attempt to get pre-authorization for you. If your insurance does not cover 100% of the services you require, a deposit from you will be necessary before the cycle of treatment begins.
Outside Lab Charges/Shipping Costs
Some of our lab tests are referred to an outside laboratory for processing. This laboratory (such as MedScience or LabCorp) will bill your insurance for you and bill you for what insurance does not pay. Other laboratories, such as Reproductive Immunology Associate’s Laboratory in Van Nuys require that a payment accompany the specimen. While PFCLA does not make a charge for collecting these specimens, we do incur Federal Express expenses related to shipping. You are responsible for payment of packaging & shipping costs.
Methods of Payment
For your convenience, we accept personal checks (U.S. dollars), cash and all major credit cards (VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover).
If treatment is cancelled after it has been initiated for any reason, we will review your account and only charge you for procedures completed before the time of the cancellation. In some instances, such as when an IVF cycle has already been started, a cancellation fee is charged for non-medical cancellation excuses. Please check with our office for the amount charged.