F.A.Q.’s

Ted Barton, M.D. Staff

Here to help and answer any questions you may have

Frequently Asked Questions

In Home Birthing

As we do have a certified midwife on staff we get asked to do in home deliveries quite often. This is not something we provide at this time, Hospital deliveries only.

Linda Duce, is a Certified Nurse Midwife that has full hospital privileges, prescriptive authority in the State of Alaska, and assists on Cesarean Sections.

What age should I start seeing a gynecologist?

When you become sexually active, pregnant and/or 21 years old.

Should I still have Annual Wellness Exams if I've had a hysterectomy?

Yes, even if you no longer need a PAP smear you should still have annual exams and mammograms (age 40+) for preventative screening.

Does Dr. Barton handle high risk deliveries and VBAC's?

Yes, Dr. Barton is qualified to provide care for many high risk OB patients.  Including; Twin presentation, Preeclampsia, Concerns regarding advanced maternal age, Vaginal Births after C-section, and External Cephalic Version for breech presentation. In fact Dr. Barton is the only provider locally to offer many of these services.

How many Ultrasounds do we get with our Pregnancy?

In a normal singleton pregnancy you will receive two routine scans. The first is typically for dating purposes and is usually done in the first 13 weeks. The second is done at 20 weeks. This exam is called a Maternal Fetal Survey or Malformation Survey. We check the baby from head to toe making sure that everything we can see is well formed. At this time we are usually able to tell the sex if  you wish to know. Please feel free to let us know if you do not want to know, we will attempt to make sure you don’t see the sex if you don’t wish to know.

Billing and Payment Policy

Private Insurance

We are in-network and/or preferred providers for: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Medicaid, and Denali Kid Care. Proof of insurance is required at the time of service, however if a patient is unable to bring proof, we make every effort to look it up for them when possible.

Our office will bill as courtesy primary, secondary and tertiary insurance policies. We accept many other insurance policies that are not listed above. We inform our patients whether or not we are in-network with their insurance group and whether or not we have worked with their specific company before. All patients are encouraged to check their specific policy to see if an out of network acceptance is required, when applicable. Please provide all your insurance information to the front office staff and we will try to verify your coverage, as a courtesy. Please do not assume that you will not owe anything if you have more than one insurance policy. Our office staff can explain this information to you, if needed. If for some reason we are still unable to see a patient due to coverage restrictions or inability to pay, we try to always offer every other option, including other physicians that may possibly be able to assist them. We provide lists to our patients of local Family practice physicians, and pediatricians when requested as well.

Although we are contracted with the above insurance carriers, our services may not be covered by your particular insurance plan. A quote of benefits is not a guarantee of benefits or payment. Your claim will process according to your plan, if your claim processes differently from the benefits we were quoted, the insurance company will side with the plan and will not honor the benefit quote we received. Accepting insurance does not place all financial responsibilities onto our practice, payment for services is the patients responsibility.

Medicaid and Denali Kid Care

Recently the Alaska Health Care Exchange updated their application to be included with Medicaid (all one application). We accept Medicaid and Denali Kid Care, if a patient is applying for/or has been approved for either of these programs we let them know they do not have to wait for the cards or stickers to come in the mail as proof. Once they are told they have been accepted for either program we verify online, and can set-up an appointment at that time. If for some reason we are unable to verify proof of eligibility online patient must bring proof. If a patients need is urgent we suggest calling the local Kenai office, this can speed up the approval process.

BCHC Breast and Cervical Health Program of Alaska (Anchorage)

We are a BCHC provider; we have applications for patients to fill out at our office. We fax the applications for them. We also provide the website if they would like to apply online.

Military Coverage

We accept most military insurance coverage’s. It is standard for these insurances to require prior authorization request from the patient to see any specialist, this must be initiated by the patient. Many times the insurance company will even set up the appointment for the patient, if the patient requests. Tricare, Triwest, and the VA always fax the approval with benefits covered to our office.  We have to have this written authorization before the patients appointment.

In-Network

We are In-Network with BCBS, AETNA, United Health Care, Meritain, ODS/MODA, Cigna, Multiplan, EBMS, and ASEA. We also accept VA/Triwest ins (referral is usually required). If your insurance is not listed here that doesn’t mean we don’t accept it, please give us a call or shoot us an email and we will let you know if your insurance is accepted or not.

Self-Pay

Our policy for Self pay patients is that payment is due in full before or at time of service. For surgical procedures at the hospital, payment for Dr. Barton is due in full before surgery date.

Medicare

We are proud to say we do accept Medicare.

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