Insurance contracts continue to progress and are reaching there last few weeks of approval. Keep in mind, insurance companies take several weeks to change a doctor from one group to another group.
Below is the list of the insurances that I will be taking. I joined with a group of local primary doctors (13 total) to increase the number of insurances we can offer. We are fully physician owned and physician operated. I anticipate insurance contracts will be completed during October 2021).
ACCEPTED INSURANCES STARTING MID OCTOBER 2021:
Medicare: We are a Medicare provider and accept the Medicare allowable for covered services. We take 9 different Medicare "advantage" plans. If we do not take your Medicare "advantage" plans, you will be responsible to pay the deductible (if it has not already been met for the year) AND the 20% Medicare co-payment if you do not have a secondary insurance. ** Note that it is in your best interest to stay within your health insurance network for best coverage. Contact your insurance company to find a provider in your network.
Cigna: Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Health exchange EPO plan. (I am currently taking Cigna Connect for the next few weeks then I will no longer be able to take it due to the group of doctors that I work with and share a tax ID with do not take Cigna Connect). No Cigna Medicare plans.
Humana: Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Medicare PPO. No Medicare HMO. No Health Exchange plans.
BCBS: Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Medicare PPO, Medicare HMO - Some plans. Health Exchange Blue Select. No MyBlue Health Exchange.
UHC (United): Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Medicare PPO, and Medicare HMO. No Platinum or Navigate.
Neighborhood Health Partnership (NHP): Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Medicare PPO, and Medicare HMO.
Aetna: Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Medicare PPO. No Medicare HMO.
Coventry: Regular PPO and Regular HMO.
Avmed: Regular PPO, Regular HMO, Medicare PPO. No Medicare HMO.
Oscar Health: Regular PPO.
We do not take auto insurance. We do not take workman's comp insurance.
** Please be advised that if we are a non-participating provider with your health insurance, you will be required to pay the entire balance at the time of your visit.
** Please note that it is in your best interest to stay within your health insurance network for best coverage. Contact your insurance company to find a provider in your network.
It is with great joy that I can announce the new office continues to grow and get further set up.
The credentialing and contract process with healthcare insurance companies is a very long and tedious process, however I am happy to have Medicare and a few other insurances contracted. I will post the entire list of accepted healthcare insurance plans to this website soon.
You can submit a Medical Release Form to have your prior medical records sent to the new practice. The form can be downloaded here: Medical Release Form.
Updates coming soon!!! Phone number and fax are listed by clicking the About section above. Please note this phone number will mainly go to voicemail for the next week, I will answer messages as I am able. I have been offering free services (to dozens of patient last week) as I am able. Please note: I will not be processing HMO referrals for at least the next 1-2 weeks while I wait for the insurances to activate with the new practice. This has been quite a process setting up a medical practice at a last moment, but everything is going smoothly.... More to come!
To My Dearest Patients,
It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the end of my practice at 237 George Bush Blvd and termination of my work with Baptist Health Medical Group. It has been a tremendous pleasure and gift taking care of you, your family and friends for the past 8 years.
At my core, I am a person that believes in the good of treating other people with compassion and respect. As a physician, I care deeply about my patients and want the best care for them. As a leader, I want my employees to be respected and to enjoy their work environment. Over my 20 years in healthcare, 15 yrs as physician, I have always practiced using five principles:
The Patient always comes first, this is nonnegotiable.
The staff come second. Their safety, satisfaction and respect is important and leads to better patient care and makes for an enjoyable work environment.
The hospital comes third (every hospital I’ve worked for has done very well when the patient’s needs are met).
Practice development comes Fourth.
Physician satisfaction comes last (time off, personal goals, financial stability, etc).
Bethesda is a great community hospital, I fully support it. The new CEO of Bethesda Health is a tremendous leader in healthcare in South Florida, I fully support him. Baptist Health South Florida is a superb healthcare system that I would happily send my family members to. As a physician, I am not continuing my current path with Baptist Health Medical Group. I will continue to refer my patients to Bethesda and Baptist hospitals for inpatient care as they offer quality care.
I apologize for any inconvenience to my patients as I transition into private practice, I did not choose the abrupt cessation of continuity with my patients. I will continue to provide medical services in Palm Beach County as a Board Certified and State Licensed physician. I do sincerely believe the patient always comes first and look forward to living by my five principles without any interference.
My private practice is built on the foundations of Professionalism; Patient centered care; Patient-Doctor relationship; Transparency in care; Transparency in billing; Quality based, not quantity based; Honor; Ethics; Higher Standards; Better care producing better outcomes; Doctor owned and doctor operated.
Looking forward to a bright new beginning of wellness for you, your family and friends for many years to come....
Respectfully and Sincerely,
Michael S. Burke MD
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MY PATIENTS:
During these challenging times, I hope you and your loved ones are safe. Please get vaccinated. Please adhere to "social distancing": stay away from people in general, be cautious if/when you go out (only very small groups, less than 10 people), get your essential grocery shopping done, then head home. Practice social distancing, but not social isolation: Please call friends and family, email, internet videos, chat, and go for walks in your neighborhood (this is good exercise, also chance to say "Hi" to neighbors from 6 ft away, and deter potential crime in your area, ie "neighborhood watch"). Staying socially connected is so important right now and it is so nice to know that we are all here for one another, if not in person, at least in caring.
I have greatly adjusted how I am seeing patients in my office. I am offering telemedicine visits when possible and appropriate. When an in-office visit is necessary, the waiting room and exam room are set up for social distancing. In the exam room, only one person and the doctor or MA are allowed. Visitors are not allowed in the office. No drug reps are allowed in my office. No individuals with respiratory tract infections are allowed in my office per hospital policies. All respiratory infections are treated via telemedicine as deemed appropriate. My elderly patients with other medical illnesses that must see a doctor can still be seen in my office safely. This might change over the next few days or weeks. However, for now, I do not want my patients especially the elderly, ill or frail patients randomly going to the hospital. This is taxing for the healthcare system as a whole and might cause more morbidity and mortality for everyone.
Daily, I’ve been communicating via group text and phone calls with a variety of over 20 doctors (medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, pathology, etc in different settings of private practice and group practice, and different parts of the US: NYC, California and Florida). I call in to the weekly FL DOH meeting to hear update from the FL Surgeon General. I am also attending web-based medical meetings regarding COVID-19, including ones with the PBCMS. I am a member of the FLHAN and get the fastest DOH and CDC updates. Us doctors are sharing what works and what is safe, not always agreeing, but in the end creating the best care methods during rapidly changing times. I promise I will continue to work hard for my patients.
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