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Background. I have practiced medicine in the Glendale area since 1982. I am certified by the boards of three specialties: the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine. I have broad experience in internal medicine, addiction medicine, and pain medicine. I closed my internal medicine practice and left Verdugo Internal Medicine on 2/14/14 and am still setting up my new office in Pasadena. I will limit my practice to addiction medicine and pain medicine. You can call for an appointment after Monday 3/3/2014.
Contact information. After 3/3/14, call Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM-noon and 2:00-5:00 PM at (818) 790-4300, fax (818) 790-4301. On Wednesdays the phones are only open in the morning. I'm still working out office locations and schedule. For now I'll be in the office on Fridays at 39 Congress Street, Suite 303, Pasadena CA 91105. The office building is on the Huntington Memorial Hospital campus near the emergency room.
Types of problems addressed:
- You feel stressed out or overwhelmed.
- You'd like help with too much drugs or alcohol.
- You'd like to start Suboxone or Subutex.
- You have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, or other chronic pain.
- The medications you're using for pain aren't working properly, or you're misusing them.
My approach. I spend the time with my patients I think they need to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Many of my patients tell me their previous physicians have never taken the time to listen to them. When appropriate, much of my treatment is counseling in self-help measures and proper lifestyle. I know about the proper use of herbal medicines and supplements.
Costs and insurance. As I describe at length, the current system pays physicians to do things to patients, not to take the time to figure out what's wrong and what to do about it. Because I spend more time with patients than most, patients are responsible for paying in full at each visit. Except for patients with Medicare, I do not bill insurance directly but will assist you in recovering the maximum insurance reimbursement.
I do not accept Medi-Cal but am a provider in Medicare. Thus, though you will pay at the time of service, Medicare and your secondary insurance will reimburse you for most of the cost of your visits. All fees are set by Medicare and are about half our usual charges.For those not on Medicare, here is a rough guide to how much visits may cost (but your insurance should cover at least some of this):
- Initial visit: $200 to $450
- Routine follow-up visits: usually $95 to $125 but may be over $200 for unusually long visits
- X-rays, labs, specialist referrals, etc.: Costs are set by providers -- almost all are "in network" and accept PPO and Medicare insurance payments.
Last updated Mon, Feb 17, 2014