If you are being referred to Chitra Venkatraman, M.D., P.A. by another doctor, your first appointment may already be scheduled. If not, please contact us for an appointment by using the new patients link below to access our online appointment form or dialing 301-345-1800.
When scheduling your first appointment, please have available, your insurance information, including: name of your insurance company, plan number, policy number and claims-related contact information. Upon receipt of this information, we will verify your insurance coverage and benefits prior to your visit. We will also inform you of any out-of-pocket expenses that may be due upon your visit.
- Click here for a list of things to bring to your first appointment.
- Click here for what to expect at your first appointment.
We encourage new patients to complete Patient Registration forms prior to his or her initial visit to reduce wait time.
The financial costs associated with cancer are often overwhelming. Even having health insurance doesn't guarantee you'll be able to afford treatment. It's best to start researching your options before a financial crisis develops. Below is a list of various sources of financial assistance available to people with cancer. Check with each agency or organization to see if you qualify for help.
Nonprofit Programs for Co-Pay Relief
A number of nonprofit organizations provide help for expenses such as drug co-payments, deductibles, and other medical costs. These programs have their own eligibility rules and may cover only certain cancers. Contact each organization to learn more.
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Co-Pay Assistance Program
National Organization for Rare Disorders
800-999-6673 (Voice mail only)
Patient Access Network Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program
Patient Services Incorporated
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition
The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a group of financial assistance organizations that have joined forces to help cancer patients experience better health and well-being by limiting financial challenges. The coalition's website, www.cancerfac.org, includes a searchable database of local and national organizations that provide financial assistance to people with cancer and their families. The site allows you to search for resources by diagnosis or by the type of financial assistance you need.
Recognizing that a diagnosis of cancer, or any life altering diagnosis, is usually unexpected. Chitra Venkatraman, M.D., P.A. provides financial counseling to patients and their families to assist in alleviating the stress and strain that can occur. Each patient has access to a financial counselor who will help evaluate insurance benefits and discuss your responsibilities. Although you will be expected to pay any co-payments, deductible, co-insurance or uncovered portions of the charges when you arrive for your office visit, your financial counselor is available to answer any questions you might have about reimbursement and payment. We will do everything we can to help you and your family. Please do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Chitra Venkatraman, M.D., P.A. is a participating provider for Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurance plans and accepts most major credit cards. Your financial counselor will verify your benefits with your insurance company. Once you and your physician have determined a treatment plan, your financial counselor will provide you with an estimate of your out-of-pocket expenses and review the covered benefits of your insurance plan.
Your financial counselor is your resource person. Should you experience payment difficulties during your treatment course, your financial counselor can assist you in managing your account and resolving problems.
Here is a list of insurance carriers with whom we are in network :
- Medicare, including most Medicare Advantage plans
- Maryland Medicaid, including most Managed Choice plans
- District of Columbia Medicaid, including most Managed Choice plans
- United Healthcare
- Coventry Healthcare
- Mail Handlers Benefits Plan
- Most Military plans
- Alliance PPO / OneNet PPO
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- and many more
If your insurance provider is not listed on this page, please call the office to verify if we accept your insurance plan.