Eye Care Specialists is proud to offer services of a certified Ambulatory Surgery Center. Our surgery center is staffed with highly trained surgeons, as well as a highly experienced nursing staff. Our surgeons are board certified. We also offer the services of a trained corneal specialist.
Above all else we pride ourselves in patient care. Eye Care Specialists is committed to the highest safety standards and quality of care. Our staff provides patient education services, as well as community education services. We further provide efficient and cost effective services, with specialized surgical care focusing solely on ophthalmology.
Each surgical procedure will be handled on a case by case basis, and our surgical staff will review details with you several days prior to surgery. Below are just a few common ways to prepare for a procedure at our surgery center.
The type of anesthesia you are given determines your time in post op/recovery before being discharged. You will have a registered nurse assigned to you the whole time you are recovering. Before being discharged, your surgeon will personally evaluate you.
Some of the surgery options we provide:
View Eye Care Specialists Surgeon Performing Cataract Surgery
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Beginning January 1, 2020, Washington state law protects you from 'surprise billing' or 'balance billing' if you receive emergency care or are treated at an in-network hospital or outpatient surgical facility
What is 'surprise billing' or 'balance billing' and when does it happen?
Under your health plan, you're responsible for certain cost-sharing amounts. This includes copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. You may have additional costs or be responsible for the entire bill if you see a provider or go to a facility that is not in your plan's provider network.
Some providers and facilities have not signed a contract with your insurer. They are called 'out-ofnetwork' providers or facilities. They can bill you the difference between what your insurer pays and the amount the provider or facility bills. This is called 'surprise billing' or 'balance billing.'
Insurers are required to tell you, via their websites or on request, which providers, hospitals and facilities are in their networks. And hospitals, surgical facilities and providers must tell you which provider networks they participate in on their website or on request.
When you CANNOT be balance billed:
The most you can be billed for emergency services is your plan's in-network cost-sharing amount even if you receive services at an out-of-network hospital in Washington, Oregon or Idaho or from an out-of-network provider that works at the hospital. The provider and facility cannot balance bill you for emergency services.
Certain services at an In-Network Hospital or Outpatient Surgical Facility
When you receive surgery, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, or hospitalist services from an out-of-network provider while you are at an in-network hospital or outpatient surgical facility, the most you can be billed is your in-network cost-sharing amount. These providers cannot balance bill you.
In situations when balance billing is not allowed, the following protections also apply:
If you receive services from an out-of-network provider, hospital or facility in any OTHER situation, you may still be balance billed, or you may be responsible for the entire bill.
This law does not apply to all health plans. If you get your health insurance from your employer, the law might not protect you. Be sure to check your plan documents or contact your insurer for more information.
If you believe you've been wrongly billed, file a complaint with the Washington state Office of the Insurance Commissioner at www.insurance.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-6900.