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812-376-9219

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1120 N. Marr Rd
Columbus, IN 47201

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Hours

Acute Care Walk-in Clinic: 
Monday - Saturday
7:20am – 9am

Well Child Appointments:
Monday - Friday
10am – 2:30pm

Sick Child Appointments:
Monday – Friday
2:30pm – 5pm

Nurse Walk-in Visits:
Monday -Friday
9:30am - 11:30am and 
1:30pm - 4pm

24 Hour / 7 Day a Week
On-Call Service:

Call 812-379-4441 and the hospital operator will page our medical staff person on call.

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Phone:
812-376-9219

Fax:
812-378-4821

Our Providers

Nancy Scott, MD

Rachel Kerschner, MD

Jennifer Hartwell, MD

Cheryl Harris, MD

Bruce Davison, MD

Rachel Woods, DO

Stephanie Fangman, MD

Kathryn McAleese, MD

 

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We are pleased that you have entrusted us with your healthcare. It is a privilege we take very seriously. Our goal is to provide outstanding care to achieve the highest possible patient satisfaction. As we are always looking for ways to improve our service, please feel free to comment on any issues that are of concern. We feel that we have a talented and dedicated staff. They will address any questions you may have regarding your healthcare.

We are proud of our staff and our office. We hope you share our sentiments.

Thank you for joining us.


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Appointments

To schedule an appointment, call 812-376-9219.

When you call for an appointment, we schedule to address all your concerns. Please help us be sure we have allowed enough time and inform the appointment desk of all your issues. We know your time is valuable to you, and we schedule accordingly.

Please give 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Due to the unscheduled nature of emergencies and periods of epidemic illness, occasional delays are unavoidable.  We hope that you will understand if you encounter such delays, and be comforted to know that if YOU ever require emergency attention, it will be provided.

Acute Care Walk-in Clinic:  Monday - Saturday, 7:20am – 9am  for established patients with acute illnesses only. 
No ongoing conditions please. This is a first come first serve acute care clinic with limited appointment availability.

Well Child Appointments: 
 Monday - Friday, 10am – 2:30pm  (schedules vary seasonally).

Sick Child Appointments:  Monday – Friday, 2:30pm – 5pm (schedules vary seasonally).

Nurse Wak-in Visits: Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 4pm.
Only for needs such as Injections, Vaccines, MD ordered Blood Pressure checks, Tests, and other nurse performed services. 

24 Hour / 7 Day a Week On-call Service: Call 812-379-4441 and the hospital operator will page our medical staff person on call.

Office Policies

Columbus Pediatrics is committed to providing you with the best possible care and glad to discuss our financial policy with you at any time. Your clear understanding of our Financial Policy is important to our professional relationship. The responsible party is the designated person to see that the entire bill is paid in full. Please feel free to contact us at (812) 376-9219 for any assistance you may need.


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Payment options are checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and debit cards.

Generally, you should receive a statement every thirty (30) days unless the visit is pending with your insurance company. After forty-five (45) days, if there is no response or payment from your insurance company, the balance becomes your responsibility.

Fees

The fee schedule has been designed to represent the usual and customary charges. It reflects time spent, supplies needed and the complexity of the problem and/or procedure. This may not always agree with your insurance company's global, usual and customary determinations.

The person with whom the child/children resides with will be listed as guarantor. If someone other than the guarantor carries insurance, the insurance information will reflect this. We expect payment from the person who brings the child in for services, and we do not get involved with billing other persons or waiting for the conclusion of court cases. Our system cannot accommodate two party billing.

We realize you may have financial problems, at times, making immediate payment difficult. Please feel free to discuss this with us. While we are concerned about our collections and expense, your child’s medical care is our priority. We always try to honor a faithful relationship.

Past due amounts that are greater than 90 days over due are subject to being turned over to a collection agency. You are strongly encouraged to pay all past due amounts promptly or set up a payment plan with us.

There is a $20.00 charge for returned checks. If two checks are returned, you will no longer be able to write a check in our office. Subsequently, payments must then be made either by cash, credit card, money order, or certified check.

We participate in: Anthem, Indiana Medicaid, SIHO, Encore, Sagamore, PHCS, IHN, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare and Humana. A current card must be presented at every visit in order for us to file your claim. Co-pays and deductibles are due at time of service.

You must also present your insurance card for non-contracted insurances that you wish us to file on your behalf. Payment responsibility remains yours. If your insurance does not satisfy the claim within 30 days, the balance is then due from you.

A Release for Medical Record Transfer Form must be completed in order to have your child’s medical record copied and forwarded to another health care provider.

A release for medical record transfer form must be completed in order to have your child’s medical record copied and forwarded to another health care provider. Please be specific on the contents of the record you need. The coping of records is a service provided for you. The state of Indiana Law (IC 27-15-13-2 Sec 3) establishes the fees allowed to copy these records. These fees are your responsibility to pay. Insurance does not cover this service.

We firmly believe:

  • in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
  • in the safety of our vaccines.
  • that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.  
  • that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
  • that vaccination of children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.  The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

These things being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination.  Indeed, Benjamin Franklin, persuaded by his brother, was opposed to smallpox vaccine until scientific data convinced him otherwise.  Tragically, he had delayed inoculating his favorite son Franky, who contracted smallpox and died at the age of 4, leaving Ben with a lifetime of guilt and remorse.  Quoting Mr. Franklin’s autobiography:

“In 1736, I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox…I long regretted bitterly, and till regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation.  This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.”

Over the past several years, many people in the United States and Europe have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after publication of an unfounded suspicion (later retracted) that the vaccine caused autism.  As a result of under immunization, there have been outbreaks of measles and mumps resulting in several deaths from complications of the vaccine preventable diseases in the United States and Europe over the past several years.  Most recent of note was an outbreak of Mumps in Bloomington, IN.

Furthermore, by not vaccinating your child you are taking advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, which decreases the likelihood that your child will contract one of these diseases.

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child.  We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents.  We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. 

However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your health care provider in advance of your visit.  In some case, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations.  Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers at Columbus Pediatrics. Such additional visits will require additional co-pays on your part.  Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign a “refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgment in the event of lengthy delays.

Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views.  We do not keep a list of such providers nor would we recommend any such physician.  Please recognize that by not vaccinating you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness, disability, and even death.

As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults.  Thank you for your time in reading this policy, and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us.

This is the belief of all our physicians and medical staff.

 

Appointments unable to be kept are requested to be cancelled within 24 hours.

Appointments cancelled less than 1 hour prior to the appointment time are considered failed/missed.

Three missed appointments without cancelling in a rolling 12 month calendar will result in termination of medical services from the practice for all family members.

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About Us

Established in 1974, Columbus Pediatrics has been honored to meet the newborn, pediatric and adolescent healthcare needs of families for over 40 years. Our pediatricians make up one of the largest and most experienced pediatric practices in the state. Similar philosophies on pediatric care and a commitment to excellence in medical care brought Drs. David E. Larson and Stephen R. Loheide together in 1974 to locate in a regional area in need of pediatric and indigent care. Columbus Pediatrics then grew with the additions of Dr. Stephanie Fangman in 1983, Dr. Bruce Davison in 1988, Dr. Cheryl Harris in 1989, Dr. Nancy Scott in 1991, Dr. Kathryn McAleese in 1996, Dr. Jennifer Hartwell in 2011, Dr Rachel Kerschner in 2013 and Dr. Rachel Woods in 2015.

Our Mission

We are committed to the promotion of the health and well being of our patients and their families. Whether your needs are evaluation of an acute illness, ongoing care of a chronic condition, health maintenance exam, or sports participation exam we will provide up-to-date, quality pediatric services and information in a compassionate and friendly setting, guided by the high standards of care set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We consider ourselves partners with parents, teachers, and the community in providing our children with safe and healthy lives.

Insurance Information

  • Anthem BCBS
  • Encore
  • Multiplan / PHCS
  • SIHO Insurance Services
  • Cigna/Sagamore
  • Aetna / PPOM
  • Medicaid
  • Sagamore Health Network
  • United Healthcare