The Empire Plan Health Insurance – New York Urology Specialists

Our policy is to make available excellent urology care to all patients without regard to their insurance policy.  For patients with health insurance policies that cover our fees, your costs will depend on your copay, deductible and co-insurance policy of your insurance plan.  For patients with insurance policies that do not cover the fees for care provided by New York Urology Specialists, discounted self-pay rates are available for patient who prepay for their care in full at the time of visit.

New York Urology Specialists accepts patients with The Empire Plan by UnitedHealthcare commercial health insurance plans as an out-of-network provider.

New York Urology Specialists is not an in-network provider; this means that we do not have a contractual agreement; as a result we submit all claims as an out-of-network provider.  Typically, there may be higher deductible / copay / coinsurance when you see an out-of-network provider.

Laboratory tests (blood tests, urine tests) can be performed at one of the laboratories that are in-network with your insurance. We typically use Labcorp, Bioreference and Quest Labs.

Radiology studies (CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds) can also be done at one of the in-network facilities with your insurance plan of your choice.


If you have any questions about your insurance benefits, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us.  

We would be happy to check your health insurance benefits from Empire Plan and to explain to you the costs (copays, coinsurance, deductible) that apply to you.


PPO Plans:

If your health insurance plan from the Empire Plan has out-of-network benefits, all or part of your costs of care at New York Urology Specialists for medically-necessary care will be covered subject to terms and conditions of your health insurance policy (including copays/deductibles/coinsurance).

Some tests and procedures done at New York Urology Specialists may be considered not medically necessary by the Empire Plan or non-covered by the Empire Plan.  This determination is a business decision based on terms of your agreement with the Empire Plan.   When you are offered or prescribed a course of treatment at New York Urology Specialists, our advice is based on best-available science and extensive experience treating patients with a given condition.

Why are you not in-network with the Empire Plan?

We understand that many patients with Aetna are looking for high quality urology care but have difficulty finding urologists who accept their plan in-network in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester and surrounding areas.

If your plan has no out-of-network benefits or you cannot afford the higher fees for out-of-network care imposed by your insurance plan, please contact the Empire Plan and request that they authorize out-of-network care at New York Urology Specialists.

Just as there are inexpensive drive-by fast food restaurants and more expensive sit-down restaurants with chef-prepared means, medical care is offered by a variety of providers.

We understand that health care is expensive.  While the quality of care is a paramount consideration, the costs of care are important to consider as healthcare costs can be considerable for patients with significant medical and urological problems.  

We encourage your to compare our prices to comparable in-network providers with your plan.  You will often find that our fees are comparable and are often lower than the fees that your insurance company has negotiated with other providers.  New York Urology Specialists is an independent physician-owned and physician managed practice.  As such we are free to refer you to highest quality and fairly priced independent providers of ancillary services.  Most urology practices in New York area are owned and operated by hospitals; these mandate that the employed physicians refer you to high-cost hospital based testing, including hospital laboratories, hospital radiology centers and hospital-based surgical centers. You may also be subject to hidden ‘facility’ fees for seeing hospital-employed physicians as well as other hospital-based providers for office visits.

There are many hidden fees in healthcare. You should be aware that physician fees will typically comprise a small fraction of your total costs of care. 

Many hospital-based tests, procedures and surgeries can be provided at a fraction of the cost by independent laboratories, testing centers and surgical centers with equal or better quality and lower cost.

We encourage our patients to compare prices. We are confident that when the overall costs of care (physician fees, testing and laboratory as well as surgical facility fees) are compared, many patients will discover that the care provided at New York Urology Specialists is not only of higher quality but at lower cost than what comparable care costs at some in-network facilities.

I cannot afford to pay my out-of-network deductible and copay. What can I do?

Please contact the Empire Plan and tell them that you want New York Urology Specialists to be an in-network provider.  If your coverage is through your employer, contact your human resources department and tell them that you’re not happy that New York Urology Specialists is not part of the network.