Practice Philosophy

Dr. Vereb chooses to be an out-of-network provider. At the end of your visit he will provide you with a receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Here is an explanation of why.

Welcome to our practice!

This document contains important information about our professional services. Please read it carefully and jot down any questions you might have so that you can discuss them with your doctor at your next meeting.

Our commitment is to you, the patient. We take all the time necessary to get to know you personally, to understand your concerns, and to create the best treatment strategy. We respect and value the doctor-patient relationship. In the face of modern medicine, some may consider this to be "quaint," or "old-fashioned." We do not.

We believe there is no substitute for the doctor listening to, and caring about, the individual patient. Your concerns are unique. We strive to understand them.

Our commitment is not to an insurance company, the Federal Government or any other third party. We can only directly control our own practice; third parties have their own rules and regulations into which we have no input, and have no control over.

As physicians we are dedicated to treating patients, to whom we swear, above all else, to "first, do no harm." This includes holding the patient's best interest first, and maintaining full patient confidentiality. But our training is only in medicine and psychiatry. It is not in how best to deal with insurance companies or government agencies.

Once you involve an insurance company or government agency in your medical care they have access to your medical record, and often influence treatment decisions. Understandably, these agencies strive to pay out as little as possible. Therefore, they are always on the lookout for "billing discrepancies," or "excessive" charges. The best way to determine this is to review the patient's chart. If you choose to allow a third party to pay for your medical care, the reality is that they have the right to intimate knowledge of your health records. Of course they claim to maintain confidentiality. But, unlike physicians, they are not obligated by the Oath of Hippocrates, or by the same professional standards.

Therefore, we feel it is very important that you, the patient, are fully aware of this. It is important to understand that what you and your doctor decide face to face may not be what ultimately becomes the course of your treatment. Whether simply through refusing to pay for the medications you and your doctor agreed upon, or refusing to pay for a medical procedure, the third party ultimately controls the care you receive. If you rely on a third party for payment, it too often happens that you and your doctor will decide on a best treatment plan for you, but the third party will not allow it.