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Dr. Madan Kandula
Milwaukee, WI

Rated 1 out of 10 on 09/15/17
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I saw Dr. Kandula for a balloon sinuplasty.  It is camera guided tube into the nose that when the doctor presses a button dilates the sinus drainage hole for 10 seconds to 6mm to help sinus drain.  The procedure took a total of about 20 minutes in his Wauwatosa office. This is the procedure he promotes daily on local radio and TV.  When I looked at my insurance claim form, I saw that he billed my Humana insurance $37,300 for the 20 minute procedure ($22,000 for frontal sinus, $12,000 maxillary sinus) and another $3300 for his physician assistant (PA) to hold a Kleenex in case I got a nosebleed.!!  Humana paid him the insurance-contracted rate of $12,000 and another $1000 for the PA to hold a tissue as a “first assistant in surgery.” If this does not disturb you, it should.  If Dr. K does ten of these 20 minutes procedures per week (2 per day or ten in one day), and is paid $13,000 from private insurance, he is grossing over $6.7 Million per year - that's 6.7 million!!   I am a health care provider myself and I personally consider these charges unethical and a prime example of why health care costs are out of control in the US.  My own staff billers and coders determined that the national average reimbursement for these procedures is around $6000. So why did Kandula charge $34,000 and why did Humana pay him $12,000 plus another $1000 for the PA to stand and watch?  Our current for-profit health care payment system demonstrates little if any relationship between what is charged, what insurance will pay and what the actual cost of the procedures is to the practice.  And we wonder why our health insurance premiums keep increasing. Any medical professional who advertises "cash cow" procedures on TV and radio and with seminars at hotels should raise a red flag.  Is Dr. Kandula primarily a physician or a shrewd businessman?  This example of his billing practice ought to enrage us all.  Health care costs will not be contained by the politicians or the insurance companies or physicians like Dr. K who all benefit from the current system. Patients must speak up and demand reasonable and ethical charges and cost controls. I will start by not referring my patients to Advent again.     

Dr. Kevin Koehler
Sarasota, FL

Rated 9 out of 10 on 09/13/17
(10 is best)

last comment added Nothing but positive to say about this doctor; explains things in detail, I have never felt rushed and all  my questions answered.  Great bedside manner, kind, warm, compassionate.  

Dr. Jaime Pickett
Richmond, VA

Rated 10 out of 10 on 09/11/17
(10 is best)

last comment added

My dog had it's cruciate repaired at that hospital 2 years ago.  Surgery went well and rehab and recovery went smoothly. I recently went there and the new vets were shocked the ex-owner, Dr. Pickett, even did orthopedic surgery. It was above the new doctor's level of expertise I guess.  Time to find a new vet.

Thanks for everything Dr. P.  You will be missed!

Orangetown Smiles
Orangeburg, NY

Rated 10 out of 10 on 09/10/17
(10 is best)

last comment added Looking for an emergency dentist?No one should have to wait out a toothache. At Orangetown Smiles we’re open late and can even meet you on the weekend to get you out of pain as quickly as possible. Call us right away to let us know how soon you can get to our office. Our Orangeburg dentist is happy to see new patients. Call now!

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