Appointments and Fees
Please call (908) 273-7770 to book appointments in either our:
- Summit, NJ Office or
- Somerset, NJ Office
If you are a NEW PATIENT, it is important that you follow the steps listed on our New Patient Information page prior to making an appointment.
The Initial Visit: Prior to your first visit Dr. Podell and the nurse educator review your comprehensive history questionnaire, along with lab reports and other records you submit. Plan to spend about 2.5 hours at our office for the first visit. Dr. Podell sees each patient for about 1.5 hours. Our nurse educator spends additional time with you both before and after the visit.
The goal of the first visit is to listen carefully to your history, discuss your past records, conduct a physical examination, and develop an over–view plan for diagnosis and treatment. At the end of the first visit we provide each patient with a written list of instructions for the next weeks. At your request, we will dictate a letter to or discuss your case with your physician. The fee is $690.00 with Dr. Podell. Payment is required at the time of service.
Please note: When you send in your questionnaire to make your appointment we request a deposit of $150. This is credited towards the $690 visit fee. Please see our New Patient Information page.
The Second Visit is usually about 4 weeks later: In some ways this is the most important visit. We review the results from recent diagnostic tests, and evaluate the success of the treatment strategies we began after our first visit. For most persons the second visit is 30 minutes, and the charge is $220.
The Third Visit is usually about one month after the second, and takes 30 minutes. The charge is $220.
Further visits are scheduled as needed.
Dr. Podell does not participate with any Health Insurance Plans, including Medicare/Medigap programs. We will, however, provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance plan (other than Medicare/Medigap) for possible reimbursement. Dr. Podell’s referrals for laboratory work, x-rays, etc. are typically covered by Medicare/Medigap since the providers of these services are usually Medicare participants.