At Bay Area Heart Surgery Center we want our patients to have the best possible care. We want you to know your rights as a patient as well as your responsibilities to yourself, your physician and the Center. We support these rights and responsibilities and have developed them with utmost concern and respect for our patients, physicians and team members.
For all services and procedures performed at Bay Area Heart Surgery Center, please know that the service bundle information a patient or prospective patient receives is a non-personalized estimate of costs. The actual cost to the patient will be based on the services rendered to the patient. As a patient or prospective patient you have the right to request a personalized estimate from Bay Area Heart Surgery Center.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration maintains a websites with information regarding cost estimate: Florida Health Price Finder website. This sites will provide you with cost estimates for services.
**Please note that while these tools are pulled from valid data sources, the complexity of health care and negotiated payer rates (insurance coverage) means that the information in these tools may not necessarily reflect the actual cost for an individual patient as it does not consider deductibles, co-pays or insurance coverage
Patient Financial Policy
Bay Area Heart Surgery Center would like to provide notice to all patients and prospective patients of our Financial Policies including Financial Assistance, Collection Procedure and Payment Plans.
Our financial assistance program offers a variety of ways to reduce a patient’s financial responsibility for services rendered by the surgery center. Our program structures a balance between offering the patient a reduced financial liability while still complying with insurance contract obligations and Federal and state regulations. Please contact our facility’s business office for further information on our policies as reflected below. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other service providers (such as laboratories) bill for their services separately from the surgery center and may offer their own financial assistance program—please contact them for further information regarding their services.
The following are general instructions for surgeries/procedures being done at the Bay Area Heart Surgery Center. If you have been given specific instructions that differ from these, please follow those instructions. If you have any questions about your pre-procedure instructions, please call us at 727-544-1443.
The Day Before Surgery
Do not eat, drink (including water), or smoke after midnight, unless your surgeon indicates otherwise
Bathe or shower the night before or morning of your surgery
Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours before surgery
You must have a responsible person to drive you home after your surgery, please plan accordingly
No caffeine for 48 hours prior to any heart related procedures (angiogram/stent/angioplasty).
The Day of Surgery
Arrive promptly at your scheduled appointment time
Wear loose, comfortable clothing, shoes and undergarments
Bring a picture ID, your insurance cards and a list of any questions
Bring a complete list of your medications, herbals and supplements, including the dosage and frequency
Do not wear lotions or perfumes.
Leave all valuables and jewelry at home
Inform our staff of any special medical needs before your surgery/procedure
The Days After Surgery
You will receive post-operative instructions from your surgeon regarding specific care after your procedure, including diet, activities, and medications. A written summary of these will be provided to you prior to your release. Be sure to notify your doctor immediately if you notice any abnormalities at the operative site.
Please note: Side effects of anesthesia may linger up to 24 hours. Please refrain from:
Driving or operating machinery or equipment
Making significant decisions or signing important papers
Consuming alcoholic beverages
Taking any medications that are not prescribed or acknowledged by your surgeon
Patient Privacy Practices & HIPAA Notice
Bay Area Heart Surgery Center will not disclose information that identifies or can be used to identify you personally (such as name, address, names of relatives, birth date, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, social security numbers, and health plan beneficiary numbers) to any third party without your consent, except when required to do so by law.
An advance directive allows you to state your choices about health care or to name someone to make those choices for you, if you become unable to make decisions about your medical treatment. An advance directive can enable you to make decisions about your future medical treatment.