Policies

 

 

New Patient Form

New patients should print, fill out, and bring this form with them to their first visit.

Scheduling Appointments

All patients must be seen by their doctor at least one time a year for their wellness visit. Please call the office during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to schedule routine appointments. If your child is ill and needs to be seen, please call as early in the day as possible, preferably at call time, to schedule a time. All patients must be seen by their doctor at least one time a year, for their wellness visit, so that, as your child's medical home, we can provide quality preventive health care.

Emergencies

If you have an emergency, always call the office number, day or night. If there is no reply or if your call is not returned, please try again, the message may not have gotten through. Please do not go to a hospital emergency room unless you think it is a life-threatening emergency and always call us first, if possible. Please limit these calls to problems with emergencies. (Routine feeding and illness questions can usually be handled during morning call time).

Referrals

Please call the dedicated referral phone line 617-864-0671 and follow the instructions.

Refills

Please call the office during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to request refills or make an email request through the Patient Portal.

School Forms

Signed School Forms with the latest physical and immunization records for your child are given out at the end of every wellness visit for your records. If you need an additional form please call the office during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make a request.

Insurance

Some of the Insurance Plans that Yogman Pediatrics accepts: Blue Cross, Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Mass Health PCC Plan, Unicare, Private Health Care, Fallon. Call the office for others.

Financial Policy/Co-pays

We make every effort to provide the highest quality individualized children’s medical care and to maintain the cost of that care within reasonable limits. A significant portion of this cost is billing; therefore we request that you pay co-pays and any balances due after insurance processing at your visit. Co-pays are always due at the time of service so please have your insurance card with you at your appointment. Please be aware that some insurance plans limit the number and type of yearly visits and that any additional visits will be billed to you. Please realize that the bill is your responsibility. If you have questions regarding your insurance, our secretaries can try assisting you, but since there are so many different insurance plans it would be to your benefit to contact your insurance directly. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any aspects of our financial policy or any other payment arrangements you wish to make with us in advance.

Changes of Address/Insurance

Please inform us promptly if your address or insurance coverage changes.

Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Yogman has admitting privileges at Children’s Hospital, Mass General and Tufts Medical Center and can see your newborn in the hospital if you deliver at Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel, Mt. Auburn, Cambridge City Hospital, or Mass General Hospitals. Dr. Need and Dr. Roitfarb have admitting privileges at Children’s Hospital and can see your newborn in the hospital if your deliver at Brigham and Women’s Beth Israel, Mt. Auburn and Cambridge Hospitals.

Antibiotics

Most illness in children is viral and needs comfort. We try to be careful and sparing with antibiotics saving these for true bacterial infections so that they will work when we need them and to avoid needless allergic reactions and side effects. Our job is to help you understand tis distinction.

Immunizations

In contrast to our efforts to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, we strongly recommend prevention of illness with vaccines. We are happy to talk in detail about the scientific facts regarding the benefits and side effects of immunizations. However, we generally recommend the adherence to the standard immunization schedule because we think it is in the best interest of children.

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