Embrace Your Beauty
Nobody likes to think about paying that new deductible. There are several reasons why I personally want to meet my deductible early in the year:
- If I meet it early, I can then take care of everything that needs attention without trying to squeeze in all the appointments in a short time.
- I’m able to spread the copay and coinsurance amounts over several months instead of paying them all in one month or pay period.
- If I start a treatment that is going to take several visits or several months, I have plenty of time before the end of the year and can still get everything done in one year without having to pay another deductible next year to finish up.
Near the end of every year I hear over and over “But I’ve met my deductible, can’t you please get me in before the end of the year?”. I personally was in that situation last year, having met my deductible and out of pocket in November. There were several things that needed attention, but I waited too long, and was unable to get everything taken care of last year while my insurance was paying 100% because medical providers have only so many appointments remaining before end of year. I guess I will be paying my deductible again this January to finish up what I started late last year.
At Genesis Laser and Vein, having your consult or visit in January or February will allow you to meet your stocking trial if required by your insurance, submit for authorization, and proceed with treatment that will allow you to finish up before the end of the year. We offer GreenSky Payment Plans that can spread your deductible payments over six to twelve months depending on the amount. It is offered as “same as cash” with no interest if paid within the six to twelve months. This way you can proceed with treatment and pay off the deductible over a longer time period instead of all at once upfront.
Do you have questions about insurance and your vein care? Please give me a call. I like to discuss insurance deductibles, coverage and benefits, and would be glad to help.
Back Office Coordinator
Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today. If you had parents like mine this is something you have heard often. Unfortunately, putting off health care is something our staff hears about often. Every year we hear similar stories from our patients at this time of year. They tell us they are going to wait to do their vein care until they have met their deductible. There are many reasons they may choose to make this decision, but I would like to address one of the reasons:
“This is an elective procedure that I can wait to do until I don’t have to pay out of pocket.”
I would like to challenge this line of thought. I had my vein care done over 10 years ago. Why? Call me the guinea pig! Whenever Dr. Prasad is trialing new procedures, I am usually the first name that gets thrown in the hat. I can honestly say I would have never chosen to seek vein care at that time of my life otherwise. I did have visible veins, and parents and grandparents who suffered horribly from vein disease. My legs did ache at the end of the day, I could barely tolerate long car rides, and plane travel was miserable. But these changes happened slowly over time and I just learned to live with them. Thank goodness I was put in the position to do it for someone else because I would have never taken the time to do it for myself. Who knows when I would have started taking care of my legs.
So what did I gain?
- Legs that felt great
- A new vigor in my running
- And yes, they did look better
I also prevented many of my symptoms from getting worse. I am convinced I would not have been able to maintain the level of exercise I have or continue to enjoy the types of traveling I do. I still have vein disease and always will, but with 1 to 2 treatments a year I can keep ahead of it and enjoy my active life.
So what’s your story going to be?
You have a choice! Choose to treat your vein disease. You’re worth it! Life is too short to sit on the sidelines. Join me in doing the best we can to stay active, stay fit and enjoy life. A great resolution to have for 2019!
Happy New Year!
For many of you who know me, you know that I exercise almost daily. When compression sleeves came out, I began to use them during my runs or other aerobic workouts. After many months of wearing them faithfully, I began to doubt the need for them. I’m no different than other people in that when something works regularly and is of benefit, it begins to lose its value and I begin to doubt the need for it.
So recently, I stopped using the sleeves but have continued to exercise. The intensity of my exercise routines continued to increase, and I began to notice that my legs felt rather sore and heavy at work. I usually am at the gym by 5:30am and then am on my feet at work all day. I hadn’t ever had any issues with my legs, even after years of standing in operating rooms and office days. This was a new and very annoying phenomenon, and I really didn’t put two and two together at first. This went on for about 3 months before I had the revelation that the only change was being too lazy to put on the sleeves before going to the gym.
A few weeks ago, I began wearing them again. What a surprise! My legs weren’t heavy and achy at work. This in retrospect all seems a little silly, but I am writing this blog to relate my experience to you so that all of you will benefit from wearing these compression sleeves while you exercise. However, you must remember that the sleeves are not a substitute for thigh high compression for those of you with vein disease. They are for use only during the period of exercise, and will be of value to everyone whether you have venous disease or not.
So, if you enjoy running, walking or any other form of aerobic exercise, come and get a pair of our exercise compression sleeves. Your legs will thank you!
We know you have a choice when it comes to your vein care, so why choose us?
First, our experience.
Dr. Prasad has been performing vein procedures his entire career, maintaining board certification in surgery and phlebology. When he first started practicing medicine in 1996, all vein care was performed in operating rooms. As a surgeon, he performed many venous procedures. He then partnered with SSM Health-St. Mary’s to open the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center in 2001, which remains open to this day.
With the knowledge that many ulcers are caused by poor venous circulation and with the new advancements in laser to treat vein disease, Dr. Prasad felt he could provide patients with a better outcome for wound healing and vein disease if he began to offer laser treatments as an option. This led to the opening of the Laser & Vein Center in 2007. Here he provided the most comprehensive and latest treatments for the care of the vein patient. Now all treatments could be treated in the office without general anesthesia and with minimal pain and downtime.
Dr. Prasad continues to remain at the forefront of medical breakthroughs to treat vein disease. Today, Genesis Laser & Vein offers cutting-edge vein care with the addition of Varithena and VenaSeal. These are two of the newest options to treat vein disease, and Genesis Laser & Vein Center is the only practice in Mid-Missouri to offer these treatments to our patients. These two new treatments are non-laser-based, and the advantages include no pain, no anesthesia, and no numbness at the treatment site, and sometimes do not require the patient to wear compression hose!
Second, the patient experience.
At Genesis Laser & Vein Center, we value your time. We strive to keep our appointments on time and see you in a timely fashion. We are a stand-alone clinic, which only treats vein disease. You will not be exposed to other patients who may be sick or have other serious illnesses. When you are at Genesis Laser & Vein Center, you will only be with other patients seeking care of the same disease. This allows you to discuss your disease and experience with people who are going through the same process, if you are so inclined.
Our clinic’s aesthetics and the patient flow are second to none. Here, your time and our knowledge of your disease take center stage. Our main goal is to educate you on vein disease and set appropriate expectations for your treatment process and results. The soothing ambiance and calming sounds allow you to enjoy your visit and have the opportunity to fully understand vein disease through the exceptional education provided by our staff. We feel that education is the key to your success and welcome any and all questions. Further, we feel that once you understand vein disease, you will be your own best advocate to receive the care you want and deserve.
Lastly, our staff.
From the front desk to the office staff and nurses, we have the most educated staff who desire to provide you with the best customer service possible. Here, you are the reason we come to work every day. At Genesis, we have routine continuing education for all aspects of the clinic. If there are issues, we will address them in a prompt, courteous manner. We will never refer you to another phone number or email should you have questions. You will deal directly with the staff you have come to know and can meet with any of our staff from front to back in person to answer any questions you have, from billing and scheduling to client care.
In closing, we know you have a choice. It is our sincere hope that you choose us for your vein treatments. We will value that choice by always aiming to provide the care and service you deserve.
It is hard to believe that we are about to begin our ninth year of service to our community. We at the JCMG Laser & Vein Center are truly grateful for the loyalty and trust that you have in us. I would like to reflect back on how the LVC became a reality.
For years, I had treated venous disease. However, before modern techniques came along, I had only surgical interventions to offer my patients. Because of the nature of the treatments and the perception that veins were primarily a cosmetic concern, both myself and my patients tended to wait until there was a severe problem before considering treatment. Frequently, patients would present to me with a sore or ulcer on the leg and would need help in getting it healed. These ulcers are very challenging problems and require highly specialized and expensive care. Eventually, in cooperation with St. Mary's Hospital, we opened the wound care center. This center has helped hundreds of people heal these terrible wounds. The better question, however, is how do we not get these terrible ulcers? Research into the cause of the wounds revealed that up to 70% of leg ulcers begin from vein disease.
So, you can now see why it is important to treat venous disease. If you keep your legs healthy when you are young, you will be less prone to getting bigger problems as you get older. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, restlessness, tired or heavy legs with no energy, call us to schedule an evaluation to see if you have venous disease. Remember, it is not about what you see on the surface, but what is underneath the skin causing the problem.
October is anniversary month for JCMG Laser and Vein Center. It is hard to believe we have been open for 8 years. Time has flown! I am so grateful to all of our clients for trusting us with their vein and esthetic care needs. It is because of that trust that we are able to continue to do what we love. This has been a wonderful working experience for me and I have enjoyed meeting our clients and working with our dedicated staff.
I thought I would reflect on how being exposed to what we do has changed me personally. I can honestly say my health and well-being would be different if I had not started working here. It all started just like the LVC started, with vein treatments. I have horrible vein disease. It runs in both sides of my family, and having four kids, it was almost a guarantee I would develop this disease. If I did not work here, however, I would have just accepted this as a part of aging and probably waited to seek treatment or not even realized I could be treated.
Lucky for me it didn't happen that way! I did get evaluated, received treatment, and continue to return to keep ahead of this chronic problem. So instead of legs that ache so badly I can hardly stand a two hour car ride without stopping, I am able to travel long distances, even on airlines, with minimal discomfort. Instead of giving up running because of heaviness and pain in my legs, I am able to keep up a weekly run schedule. Instead of coming home with aching, swelling legs after long days of standing, I am able to continue to do the things I need to do without paying for it afterwards. Plus, I have the added bonus of not being thoroughly embarrassed to wear a skirt or shorts. So I am adding to my anniversary celebration list gratitude for better leg health. I am so glad I didn't suffer needlessly with a disease that has such a simple treatment option that was covered by my insurance!
I am proud to work for a company that has done this life-changing service for so many others. So again, thank you for your trust in us. For you procrastinators out there, now is the time to take the jump and start taking care of yourself. Next year you can be celebrating, too. Stay tuned for my next blurb on how our esthetic services have also brought change to my life.