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At Kentuckiana Perinatology, we want you to be informed, engaged, and ready for the challenges ahead. We know you have a lot of questions at this time. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions we receive:
What is a Perinatologist?
Perinatology is a subspecialty of obstetrics. Physicians specializing in this area are called perinatologists, and have extensive training in the field of high-risk obstetrics. Perinatologists are concerned with the care of the mother and fetus at higher-than-normal risk for complications. Perinatologists often work in conjunction with prenatal genetic counselors and neonatal health professionals so that you get the most comprehensive information related to your pregnancy.
Some patients may be referred to a perinatologist if their fetus has a suspected or known abnormality, an abnormal karyotype (such as Down syndrome), or a maternal condition like high-blood pressure or asthma, which may affect the fetus. Patients can be referred at any point during their pregnancy at the discretion of their referring obstetrician.
What insurance do you accept?
We accept most insurance and we will work with any patient, whether you intend to pay the full amount privately, or whether you are funded through Medicaid. Co-pays are expected at the time of your visit with the doctor.
Can Dr. Pietrantoni help patients who don't speak English fluently?
Dr. Pietrantoni speaks fluent Spanish, Italian, and of course, English. Patients who do not speak English as their first language can rest easy at our practice. We make sure all patients fully understand their treatment and have the knowledge to truly participate in their care.
At what hospitals does Dr. Pietrantoni have practicing privileges?
Norton Downtown, Norton Suburban and Baptist East hospitals all allow Dr. Pietrantoni the ability to order certain diagnostic tests, do consultations and rounds, and perform surgeries, in-utero medication procedures and the like.
Will Dr. Pietrantoni deliver my baby?
Yes. In some practices, babies are delivered by whichever partner is on call; but Dr. Pietrantoni delivers each baby personally, and performs most of the testing and testing analysis in person. His cell phone is always on, and he does not employ an answering service, because he believes patients should get direct and timely information from the doctor-not a clerk. He also is a true team player, coordinating well with other members of your treatment team, such as your original obstetrician, surgeons, genetic counselors or others involved in the treatment process.
What are your billing policies?
We have the capability to bill your insurance provider or Medicaid/Passport for your services. All planned co-payments for doctor visits are due at the time of service. Copayments can be made in cash, by check or through Visa, MasterCard or debit card. Inpatient or outpatient hospital services by the doctor will be billed to your insurance provider first, with the co-payment/deductible amount billed to you directly. Payment of the amount not covered by your insurance/health care carrier is expected in 30 days. If this is a financial burden, call our office, and we can arrange a payment plan for you.
What are your office hours?
Our offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dr. Pietrantoni strives to see each patient personally during each appointment, no matter how routine. However, due to the nature of his practice, he is sometimes called away for a delivery or emergency procedure. At these times, we will make every effort to reschedule you promptly and efficiently. And know that all our patients have access to Dr. Pietrantoni directly if problems or questions should arise outside of office hours. We believe your health, and the health of your baby, are more important than jumping through administrative hoops. Please do not hesitate to call.