In normal circumstances the price of personal protective equipment (PPE) on a per unit basis is material. Currently, because of significant disruptions in our vendor supply chains nationwide we are struggling to maintain a consistent inventory of PPE and the prices are fluctuating considerably. Until we are able to have more reliable procurement sources through our vendors and consistent pricing, there will be an additional fee of $15 for each appointment at our office. This fee represents a cost sharing strategy where the bulk of the increased expenses are shouldered by the practice, and a minimal amount is passed along to our patient base.
We want to be transparent about this new fee, and the increased costs we are experiencing due to COVID-19. Please recognize that this COVID-19 fee may or may not be covered by your insurance company, if that is your elected method of payment. We are anticipating that many insurance companies will cover fees corresponding to COVID-19, but at this time cannot guarantee that. If your insurance company declines payment, it will be your responsibility to cover the COVID-19 fee.