About Your Appointment
Thank you so much for choosing us as your ENT provider! We try to make the registration process as painless as possible but must collect some information from you to get your billing and medical history information correct. Online check-in allows for a more efficient registration process, but it’s still not instant! If you need help with registration, please arrive a few minutes early to your appointment.
- Print the Medical Records Release form – used for transferring records to or from our office.
- Print the Sleep Disorders Questionnaire – for new sleep and snoring consultation visits.
We are located in the 960 Building of the Northside Hospital-Atlanta campus near GA-400 and I-285 minutes north of Downtown Atlanta. Find us at 960 Johnson Ferry Rd, suite 200, Atlanta 30342. Please be prepared for a $6 garage fee. Note: Be sure you are headed to the Atlanta Johnson Ferry and not in Marietta! Also, sometimes Apple Maps will send you to 960 Old Johnson Ferry Rd instead. Our building is near the 285/400 interchange and nextdoor to Northside Hospital!
From Decatur, Stone Mountain, Spaghetti Junction
Take 285 W to Peachtree-Dunwoody Exit, take a left at the end of the ramp. Come up to Johnson Ferry Road and take a right. Go through one red light and we are the second building on right. Turn between the 960 and 980 buildings to enter the parking deck.
From Marietta and North I-75
Take 75 South to 285 East, take Exit 26, go right at the end of the exit ramp onto Glenridge Drive. Take the first left onto Johnson Ferry Road. Immediately after crossing over GA 400, we are the first building on the left. Northside Doctors Center. Turn left between the 960 and 980 buildings to enter the parking deck.
From Douglasville, Smyrna areas
Take 285 East, take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Glenridge Drive. Take the first left onto Johnson Ferry Road. Immediately after crossing over GA 400, we are the first building on the left. Northside Doctors Center. Turn left between the 960 and 980 buildings to enter the parking deck.
From Georgia 400
Take the Glenridge/Johnson Ferry exit. Take a left at the end of the exit ramp. Come to the first intersection and take a right onto Johnson Ferry. Immediately after crossing over GA 400, we are the first building on the left. Northside Doctors Center. Turn left between the 960 and 980 buildings to enter the parking deck.
Traveling from the Airport
Follow I-85 North. I-85 & I-75 merge together as you go through Downtown Atlanta. Continue 85 North of downtown (veer left). Transfer to the GA 400 North (exit to the right). After going through a toll booth, you will exit on Glenridge/Johnson Ferry Road. Take a left at the end of the exit ramp. Come to the first intersection and take a right onto Johnson Ferry. Immediately after crossing over GA 400, we are the first building on the left. Northside Doctors Center. Turn left between the 960 and 980 buildings to enter the parking deck.
Insurance Plan Info
Advanced ENT Associates gladly accepts the open-access plans of all major health insurances (Blue Cross, Cigna, Humana, Aetna and United Healthcare). A few HMO insurance programs still require a formal physician referral to us, which will have to be in place at the time of your visit. We do ask you let us know who told you about us, even in the case of an informal referral. We enjoy the opportunity to communicate back to your doctor or dentist!
There are some Closed-Network and HMO plans we do not accept, such as Medicaid, Kaiser HMO, Wellcare, Ambetter, Peachcare. Cost-sharing or “healthcare ministry” plans are not health insurance and are treated as self-pay. Please call and we can answer any questions you may have about coverage.
“Self-pay” or “Cash-pay” rates are available and offer a substantial discount if paid at time of service. Often this is roughly the same rates as negotiated insurance rates if paid timely.
Update: The Northside dispute with Blue Cross does not affect our practice. We are separate completely from Northside billing network.
Update: Similarly the Wellstar dispute with United Healthcare does not affect our practice
How Much Will Surgery Cost?
This is a tricky question. The simplest way to think of this is “What is my deductible? And how much have I met already?” Most insurance plans now have a deductible in place that you must spend out of pocket on tests and services before insurance starts paying. Most surgeries will cost a few thousand dollars altogether. Most insurance plans also have a “coinsurance” that you still owe AFTER your deductible is met. We can give you an estimate as your deductible remaining.
Example: Lets say your total healthcare CHARGES for the whole year is $20,000. Your in-network health insurance plan will likely have network reductions on these charges to something much lower like $8,000 total. You may have a deductible of $3,000 and a coinsurance of 20%. In this example, you could expect your year-end out of pocket healthcare costs to be about $3,000 for the deductible then another $1000 for the coinsurance. It is confusing though because those bills don’t hit at once and they trickles in over time, usually with a substantial delay. There are surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, pathology fees, and surgery center fees all billed separately – all different entities which legally cannot share contract rates with each other (so WE cant even say for sure what the cost of anesthesia is!). And of course you likely have charges from other doctors or tests this year that have already hit that deductible some. Some people still have an ACA-non-compliant healthcare plan (pre-Obamacare plan) which amounts to a much higher deductible with more costs out of pocket. Worse yet are the “cost sharing plans” that intentionally skirt insurance laws and are not health insurance. These plans are cheaper every month, but there is no upper limit to your spend. People in plans like this can rack up personal bills in the hundreds of thousands or more if disaster strikes.
We only use fully in-network surgery centers to prevent “surprise billing” issues. Surgeries done at the hospital will cost more! The Hospital’s negotiated rates for facility and and anesthesia are 2-5X what the surgery center allows (surgeon gets paid the same). It is more expensive to have surgery at the hospital, but is necessary for some cases. We do a handful of obscure out of network procedures, and we will let you know ahead of time if that is the case and what the charge is.