Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Insurance – New York Urology Specialists

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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 Independence Blue Cross  commercial health insurance plans.

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


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 Independence Blue Cross and to explain to you the costs (copays, coinsurance, deductible) that apply to you.


PPO Plans:

If your health insurance plan from Independence Blue Cross 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 Independence Blue Cross or non-covered by Independence Blue Cross.  This determination is a business decision based on terms of your agreement with UnitedHealthcare.   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.  Each insurance company makes its own decision what constitutes “medically necessary’ care. If you disagree with their decision, you can appeal their decision with New York State Department of Insurance.

HMO Plans:

Most HMO plans do not have out-of-network benefits and your care at New York Urology Specialists will not be covered by you Independence Blue Cross HMO plan.

If you have an emergency and cannot find an in-network urologist who can see you in an urgent manner, you may be able to appeal to Independence Blue Cross (IBC) to have your full or part of your bill covered.

At New York Urology Specialists, we require that you prepay your care. We can submit insurance forms (CMS 1500 form) with billing codes to your insurance plan on your behalf; if you prefer you can submit the forms on your own.

Why are you not in-network with Independence Blue Cross?

We understand that many patients with Independence Blue Cross are looking for high quality urology care but have difficulty finding urologists who treat complex urological problems 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 Independence Blue Cross 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.

UnitedHealthcare has offered New York Urology Specialists rates that are far below the market rates that it and other plans pay for high quality care in New York area to other providers of urology care.  As adequate payments are necessary to provide high-quality urology care for complex urological problems we have made a decision not to compromise our commitment to quality.

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 Independence Blue Cross 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. You can even Twitter them!