What is the difference between OrthoTraumaBethesda and OrthoBethesda?
OrthoTraumaBethesda is a distinct organization created to enhance the orthopaedic trauma care for the residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. We share facilities with the physicians of OrthoBethesda.
Why are the groups separate?
As orthopaedic surgeons committed to trauma, we have to make ourselves available to people when they get hurt. That means being able to see you at the hospital, bedside, or operating room whenever the need arises, day or night. This limits our ability to carry on an office practice in the same way that other orthopaedic surgeons do. It’s a totally different model, and it requires an entirely different set of training, practices and protocols.
What’s so special about OrthoTraumaBethesda?
While many physicians treat fractures, the Board Certified surgeons of OrthoTraumaBethesda have spent additional years devoted to training and research in the field of orthopaedic trauma. By focusing exclusively on patients with traumatic injuries and complex reconstructive problems, we are able to provide a level of quality and availability that we believe is higher than most. For example, many fractures can now be treated with smaller incisions with newer “locked plates.” We are able to bring this expertise and other new trauma technologies to provide the latest care to our patients. We have crafted evidence-based protocols to smooth the care of the injured patient.
Why don’t you participate with my insurance?
Because we need to be available around-the-clock and wish to spend extra time with our patients, we have found it necessary to work with only certain insurance carriers. We are in-network with Medicare and Medicaid. Our goal is to operate a first-rate trauma program for the community and this would not be viable if we were to rely on the contracted rates of commercial plans. Nationwide, most surgeons who focus on Trauma do not participate with insurance.
How does this work?
Actually, we’ve found that it works quite well. Most surgeries are emergent. We submit the bills to your insurance and have found that most things are covered.
How much should I expect to pay?
That’s a great question. The answer is, it depends. We will work with you to navigate the insurance maze. Our goal is your maximal recovery from injury, and this is all part of the process.