Financial Information for Vance Thompson Vision

Understanding Billing

When patients have an upgraded package with their cataract surgery, it is important to understand that there are two components for billing.

Medical

The Medical or Therapeutic Component: (outlined in the green box)

  • The first 90 days of postoperative care, known as the global period. Day one starts the first day after surgery. On what date will the 90 day global period end? Click HERE for a day to date calculator.
  • Submitted to the patient's medical insurance.
  • This charge should be handled just like you would if you were billing postoperative care for standard cataract surgery.

Elective

The Refractive or Elective Component: (outlined in the yellow box)

  • Involves the extended aftercare (day 91-180) that is an additional period of time, not covered by insurance, to monitor the results and manage the patients success. On what date will that second 90 days end? Click HERE for a day to date calculator.
  • Our office will schedule the patient an appointment with your office around the 100th day following surgery, which falls outside the 90 day global period.
  • The payment for extended aftercare is mailed to your office to cover the refractive visits that are not covered by insurance.
  • The payment may come in the form of a check payable to your office, credit card, or one of our financing companies and it will be indicated accordingly on the Financial Information for Co-Managed Patients form which accompanies the notes from our office.
  • When you receive credit card information, your team will need to run this transaction.
  • If your office participates with Care Credit or ALPHAEON CREDIT, your office will also need to run those transactions.

Financing Options

When patients have an upgraded package with their cataract surgery, it is important to understand that there are two components for billing.

Alphaeon

Alphaeon Credit is a company that provides patients with a financing option for their LASIK or other elective procedures. Alphaeon features a Budget Pay Plan which sets a fixed monthly payments in addition to their Equal Pay Plan, and No Interest options. Alphaeon Credit has no up-front costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties.


CareCredit

CareCredit is a company that provides patients with credit for their LASIK or other elective procedures, offering short-term, 0% interest payment plans and low-interest, extended payment plans. CareCredit has no up-front costs, no fees and no pre-payment penalties.


Financing Forms