FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What insurance companies do you accept?
We accept most insurance plans including Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, UHC, PHCS,TriCare , and a variety of others.
When are copays/coinsurances or deductibles due?
All copays/coinsurances and deductibles are due at the time of service and will generally be collected prior to seeing the physician.
We accept Cash, Money orders, Personal Check, Visa, Master Card, American Express & Discover.
How is my insurance filed?
If we have received all of your insurance information on the day of the appointment, we will be happy to file your claim for you. You must be familiar with your insurance benefits, as we will collect from you the estimated amount insurance is not expected to pay such as copayments and coinsurance. We file most insurance electronically so your insurance company will receive each claim within days of the treatment. You are responsible for any balance on your account after 30 days, whether insurance has paid or not.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND that we file insurance as a courtesy to our patients. Your insurance plan is a contract with YOU and your insurance company. We are not responsible for how your insurance company handles its claims or for what benefits they pay on a claim. We can only assist you in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment. We at no time guarantee what your insurance will or will not do with each claim. We also cannot be responsible for any errors in filing your insurance; once again we file claims as a courtesy to you.
Most insurance plans DO NOT cover 100% of fees. Some pay more, some pay less. The percentage paid is usually determined by how much you or your employer has paid for coverage or the type of contract your employer has set up with the insurance company.
What is an Otolaryngologist (ENT)?
Otolaryngology is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.
What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?
The Ears-Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
The Nose-About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through, and the appearance of, the nose are also part of otolaryngologists’ expertise.
The Throat-Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
The Head and Neck-This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Diagnosis and Treatment in Seven Areas of Expertise:
Otology/Neurotology: diseases of the ear, including trauma (injury), cancer, and nerve pathway disorders, which affect hearing and balance.
Examples: ear infection; swimmer’s ear; hearing loss; ear, face, or neck pain; dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
Pediatric Otolaryngology: diseases in children with special ENT problems including birth defects in the head and neck and developmental delays.
Examples: ear infection (otitis media), tonsil and adenoid infection, airway problems, Down’s syndrome, asthma and allergy/sinus disease.
Head and Neck: cancerous and noncancerous tumors in the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid.
Examples: lump in the neck or thyroid, cancer of the voice box.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck.
Examples: deviated septum’s, rhinoplasty (nose), face lifts, drooping eyelids, hair loss.
Rhinology: disorders of the nose and sinuses.
Examples: sinus disorder, nose bleeds, stuffy nose, loss of smell.
Laryngology: disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems.
Examples: sore throat, hoarseness, swallowing disorder, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Allergy: treatment by medication, immunotherapy (allergy shots) and/or avoidance of pollen, dust, mold, food, and other sensitivities that affect the ear, nose, and throat.
Examples: hay fever, seasonal and perennial rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, laryngitis, sore throat, otitis media, dizziness.
What over-the-counter medication is best for me?
Guaifenesin – may help very thick, hard to clear secretions
Nasal saline – regular use helps with nasal hygiene, clearing nasal irritants, and relieving nasal dryness and can be used as often as needed
Nasal decongestants – provide temporary relief. These contain a medication that will shrink the blood vessels in the lining of your nose. The lining of your nose then becomes thinner and you are able to breathe more easily through your nose for 4 – 12 hours between uses. Recommended usage is no longer than 3 days in a row.
Oral decongestants – a pill taken by mouth that works the same way as topical decongestants. Caution is recommended in people with high blood pressure.
Antihistamines – stops the chemical reactions in the body that lead to such symptoms as sneezing, runny nose, and itchiness.
Oral allergy and sinus medications – provide temporary relief; usually consist of a combination of the decongestant and an antihistamine.
Dr. Roth does both medical and surgical evaluations of ENT disorders. He treats such things as sinusitis, sleep apnea, cancer, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, ear infections, and a variety of other problems.
The following is a list of some of the procedures that Dr. Roth specializes in:
Head & Neck Surgery
Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Coblation Assisted Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy
Coblation Turbinate Reduction (Adult & Pediatric)
Balloon Sinuplasty (Adult & Pediatric)
Sleep Apnea & Snoring (Adult & Pediatric)
XprEss Procedure (in office balloon)
Nasal & Sinus Allergy