San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
Making the choice to undergo a life-changing surgical procedure can be tough; but for people who do not have insurance coverage, it proves a much more difficult decision. Dr. Nilesh Patel has been healing patients through successful weight loss surgery for over eight years; and now, Dr. Patel and the Bariatric Program at Southwest General Hospital have been designated as exclusive providers of BLISCare.
BLIScare is an exclusive financial protection program for uninsured patients or insured patients with weight-loss surgery exclusions. The program is underwritten by a nationwide insurance company and provides comprehensive financial protection for complications arising from surgery. The cost of protection is fully included in the cash price for Bariatric surgery patients, while keeping the total cost of surgery within or under most competitors that do not have protection.
Dr. Patel and Southwest General Hospital are now a part of an exclusive network of best in class surgeons from around the country that have been approved by BLIS, Inc., a Portland, OR based company that offers their surgeons access to an innovative new insurance product. Approved surgeons are able to provide complication related care for their patients with the bills going directly to BLIS. To date, BLIS has protected over 6,000 patients and saved them over $12,000,000 in medical bills!
“This program is only offered to a handful of surgeons and hospitals that BLIS continually monitors demonstrating their strong commitment to clinical outcomes. It is essentially another way for patients to know that their surgeon has been confirmed to possess superior skills and encourages surgeons and hospitals to provide the highest quality of care to their patients,” states Dr. Nilesh Patel, Medical Director of Texas Bariatric Specialists.
With insurance coverage continually changing, the financial responsibility for complication related care has risen dramatically. Even a minor complication can mean several thousand dollars in additional costs. By applying for and becoming approved by BLIS, Texas Bariatric Specialists and Southwest General Hospital are able to provide bariatric surgery patients with a safety net should a complication occur. Patients can focus on being healthy and not worry about the cost of complications, post-surgery.
“Many patients without insurance are willing to pay the out-of-pocket costs for a surgical procedure but are nervous about the potential additional out-of-pocket costs that they might incur should a complication arise. With the state of the economy today, most people are unable to justify this financial risk for themselves and their families.” states Dr. Patel. “Although complications are rare, they can happen and the peace of mind of not having to pay for medical expenses, should this happen, helps patients feel more comfortable with their decision.”
The BLIS complication cost protection program is exclusive to Texas Bariatric Specialists and Southwest General Hospital. Dr. Patel and the Hospital are the only Bariatric Program in South Texas to offer BLIS and the cost is included in the price of Bariatric surgery. Per Dr. Patel, “The peace of mind that we can now offer to our patients through this program is phenomenal. We certainly hope that none of our patients ever need to rely on the BLIS protection but feel strongly that it is a great benefit for our patients and we are proud to be the only San Antonio Bariatric surgical practice to be able to do so.”
About Southwest General Hospital
Southwest General Hospital has provided high-quality health care for residents of San Antonio for over 30 years and continues to be the only health care facility in the southwest quadrant of the city. Southwest General is a 327-bed facility staffed by experienced health care professionals. The hospital is committed to providing high-quality health services and an excellent patient experience. Southwest General has earned numerous distinctions for quality, including a HealthGrades 5-star rating for maternity care seven years in a row, 5-star rated for treatment of heart failure 2012, 5-star rated for treatment of COPD 2012, 5-star rated for pneumonia 3 years in a row (2010-2012), 5-star rated for treatment of sepsis 3 years in a row (2010-2012). Southwest General has also earned the Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and the ISO 9001:2008 certification.
BLIS is a privately held company headquartered in Portland, OR. BLIS provides insurance and professional consulting services through a network of related business entities and industry partners. For more information, please visit http://www.bliscompany.com.