Forms & Policies
Insurance & Payment
Q. What insurance do you accept?
A: We accept most insurance and Medicaid plans.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A: Cash, credit card (Visa, American Express, Master Card and Discover), debit card, personal checks (with proper identification) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) cards.
Q. Can I make payments online?
A: Yes. Please click on ‘Pay Your Bill’ found on either the Quick Find section located on the homepage or under our Forms and Policies section. Be sure to know your account number and total balance due when going to our online form as you will be asked for this information.
Q. Will services provided be covered by my insurance?
A: Most services are covered, but we do recommend you contact your insurance company to verify your plan benefits. Below are a few suggested questions to ask:
- Is your plan an HMO which requires an assigned PCP? If yes, verify Pediatric Associates is your assigned PCP.
- Are preventive medicine visits (Well care) a covered service. If yes, what are the limitations?
- Do I have a co-pay or deductible?
- Is there additional patient responsibility if the services are provided after hours?
Q. I have Medicaid and want to apply for Medicaid for my newborn. What do I do?
A: Call our Billing Department at 954-967-6400 ext 7422 and we will be glad to assist you with that process.
Locations, Services & Appointments
Q. What are your hours?
A: We are open 365 days a year, including nights and weekends.
- Regular Hours: Our offices are open for well and sick care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday.
- After Hours: After hour sick care is available for all patients in our regional after hours locations (Skylake, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coral Springs, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach) from:
- Monday through Friday- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday- 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sunday- 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Holidays- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that you may incur additional fees for an after hours visit.
- Extended Hours: Please see our Miami Beach, West Kendall, Royal Palm Beach, Lauderdale Lakes and St. Lucie West office also have extended weekday and/or weekend hours, please check hours under our ‘Locations' page.
Q. Where is Pediatric Associates located?
A: The practice has 25 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties. See our ‘Locations’ section for exact addresses and cities.
Q. What languages do your providers and staff speak?
A: In addition to English, many of our providers and staff speak other languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Creole, Russian, Hebrew , Hungarian and more. Please note that under each provider’s biography languages spoken is included.
Q. Can I go to any Pediatric Associates location?
A: Yes. As a patient of Pediatric Associates, your child can be seen at any of our 25 locations. For example, if you’re traveling with your child who gets sick and you’re closer to a location other than your primary one, you can schedule an appointment for that office. It is recommended, however, that you pick one office as your primary location, where your primary provider and chart remain.
Q. Do you accept walk-ins?
A: Walk-ins will be scheduled for the next available appointment (which may be at a different location or the following morning if the visit is not a medical emergency), but will not be able to be seen immediately. We encourage everyone to make an appointment. We have quick online access to scheduling sick and well appointments on our site.
Q. Can I make any type of appointment online?
A: Existing patients can schedule a well or sick visit online with exceptions below*. It is important to note that you must type in your child’s name exactly how it appears in our records to be able to access an online appointment. For instance, do not type in nicknames.
Types of visits that cannot be scheduled online
- Any visits for a child under two months
- The first evaluation for ADD or ADHD
- Pre-operative clearance
- Injuries (ie: lacerations, broken bones, sprains)
- Respiratory distress
Q. What if my child only needs to come in for a shot/vaccine?
A: You can schedule a “shot only” appointment by calling the office.
Q. How far in advance can I make my appointment?
A: You can schedule well visits up to one year ahead of time.
Q. How long can I expect to wait?
A: We strive to get you in and out of your appointments as quickly as possible. If it’s a particular busy day with a lot of sick visits or emergencies, you may wait longer. If you are not committed to any particular provider, you can request an appointment with our ‘First Available’.Please note that the best time to schedule your visit is first thing in the morning or first thing after lunch.
Q. What kind of services are offered in your locations
- On-site laboratories in all offices
- X-rays in most offices
- Minor surgical procedures
- Hearing & vision testing
- Ear piercing from 3 months
Q. Do you offer any classes or support groups?
A: We have a variety of classes that we offer throughout the year in many of our locations, including Basic CPR and First Aid, asthma support and prenatal classes. Visit our Classes & Events section for offerings, times and locations.
Q. Do you offer same day sick visits for your patients?
A: Yes. All sick children will be seen on the same day if possible. If an appointment has not been scheduled and a patient walks in, they will be booked in the next available appointment time (which may be an alternate location or the following morning if there is not a medical emergency).
Q. What do I do if my child is sick at night or on the weekend?
A: If your child is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1. If your child is sick, call your primary office. If it’s after regular business hours, you will be directed to the nearest Pediatric Associates after hours location, where you can bring in your child to be examined by one of our providers. Please note that you may incur additional fees for an after hours visit.
Q. Who takes sick calls at night?
A: Phone coverage is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If your call is medical related, you will get a return call from an after hours pediatric nurse, who will answer your questions. One of our providers will be reached if it is medically necessary.
Q. What do I need to tell the medical assistant when calling for advice about a sick child?
- Your child's age
- What you are concerned about
- How long it has been going on and has it been getting worse
- What you have done about your child's illness
- Your child's temperature
- Your child's state of alertness
- Your child's intake of fluids
- Have your contact phone numbers ready so you can be called back if necessary
Q. Do you have separate well and sick waiting areas?
A: Yes, all of our offices have separate sick and well waiting areas.
Q. At which hospitals are your providers on staff?
A: Our providers are on staff at most of South Florida’s major hospitals. major hospitals. Please see our list under the ‘Expectant Parents’ page under our New Patients section.
Q. Will you visit my child if he/she is in the hospital?
A: If your child is sick in the hospital, he/she will be visited by one of our affiliated hospitalists who will keep your pediatrician informed on his/her condition. A post-hospital visit with your pediatrician will likely be scheduled after your child is discharged.
Q. How often do I need to bring my child in for a check up?
A: Unless your child is sick, children over age 3 are generally seen once a year for their annual check up. The easiest way to remember this is to schedule his/her visit around their birthday.
- During your children’s first year of life, well visits are scheduled 3 days after birth, at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and at 12 months.
- During your child’s second year, well visits are scheduled for 15 months, 18 months and 24 months.
- During your child’s third year, well visits are scheduled at 30 months and 36 months.
Q. Will I always see the same doctor?
A: In the interest of continuity of care, we encourage you to schedule your well visits with your primary provider. If your child is sick, we cannot guarantee your provider will be available or on the schedule that day.
Requests for Forms, Records, Refills, Referrals
Q. How do I get a referral for a specialist?
A: Contact your office and let them know what type of referral you need. When your referral is completed, you will be contacted by our office. This should be completed within 7 days.
Q. How do I get a prescription refill?
A: Contact your office and let them know what medication you need refilled and the phone number for your pharmacy.
Q. How do I request a copy of my child’s records for any reason? Is there a fee?
A: Please go to our Forms & Policies section. Download the Medical Record Release form, fill it out and fax it to the office. Office fax numbers are listed under each office’s information. Nominal fees will apply for copies.
Q. How do I request a copy of a HRS/School Form (for school, daycare, camp, etc.) for my child?
A: Please contact our office with your request. Your form will be completed within 48 hours.
Q. How do I have records from another physician sent to Pediatric Associates?
A: Contact the doctor’s office you are transferring from and request that the records be released to the Pediatric Associates office you are moving to.