Dr. Wheaton is NOT a Medicare / Medicaid provider (under the Social Security Act). Therefore, as required by Medicare, all Medicare patients must enter into a private contract with Dr. Wheaton. You may choose to seek care from a participating physician, or if you do enter a private contract with Dr Wheaton this will not affect your status with other participating Medicare physicians. This contract states that you will be responsible for the full amount of all charges at the time of service, as Medicare will not make payment for any services. Medicare limits may not apply to our charges. As a Medicare beneficiary you agree to not submit any claims to Medicare from our office, or ask us to submit claims as this would be a violation of our agreement with Medicare.
Medicare plans do not, and other supplemental insurance may elect not to make payments for services not paid for by Medicare. Most require that a claim must first be processed by Medicare. Because Dr. Wheaton is not a Medicare provider we cannot submit claims to Medicare, so supplemental insurance often will not pay for these services either
If services are provided due to an emergency, no private contract with the patient is required. You will be provided with an estimate of all costs involved in your care with Dr Wheaton.