Clearway
Surgical Center

AN AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER SPECIALIZING IN RESOLVING PAIN

At Clearway Pain Solutions Institute, we believe in treating pain with conservative measures whenever possible. However, some issues may require interventional procedures in order to manage, relieve and restore function. We provide the latest in state-of-the-art interventional treatments that are designed to deliver the best and most lasting results for back pain, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, bulging discs, chronic pain, neck pain, and other conditions that have not responded to treatment.

SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Our comprehensive, integrated approach to pain management includes the following leading edge interventional procedures:

OUR PHYSICIANS

Clearway’s physicians have dedicated their careers to the diagnosis and treatment of complex pain disorders ranging from spinal and joint degenerative diseases and injuries to cancer related pain syndromes.

Jeff Buchalter, M.D.

David Fairleigh, M.D.

Mark Larkins, M.D.

R. Ken Garrett, M.D.

Susan Griffee, M.D.

Kacey Montgomery, M.D.

Varun Rimmalapudi, M.D.

Jason Capra, M.D.

Jeff Buchalter, M.D.

  • Medical School: University of South Florida College of Medicine, 1987
  • Internship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas, 1988
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Anesthesiology, 1991
  • Fellowship/Subspecialty: The University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Pain Medicine, 1991
  • Board Certified: Anesthesiology, 1992 American Board of Anesthesiology-Pain Medicine,1993
  • Certified Independent Medical Examiner: American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, 2006
  • Fellow: American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, 2006
  • Associate Clinical Professor on active staff at the Florida State University College of Medicine.

David Fairleigh, M.D.

  • Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine Health Science Center, Louisville, KY, 1987
  • Internship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1988
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1991 Anesthesiology
  • Board Certified: American Board of Anesthesiology, 1992 American Board of Anesthesiology-Pain Medicine, 1992

Mark Larkins, M.D.

  • Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, 2002
  • Internship: University of Nevada, 2003
  • Residency: University of Florida, 2006
  • Fellowship: ACGME Accredited Fellowship in Pain Management, University of Florida, 2007
  • Board Certified: Anesthesiology, 2007; American Board of Anesthesiology-Pain Medicine, 2007

R. Ken Garrett, M.D.

  • Medical School: University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine
  • Internship: General Surgery, University of Missouri, University Hospital and Clinics, Columbia, MO
  • Residency: Anesthesiology (Outstanding First-Year Resident, Chief Resident), University of Missouri, Columbia, University Hospital and Clinics.
  • Fellowship Training: Pain Management, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • BSc: Biological Sciences (Cum Laude, Regents Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa), University of California, Irvine
  • Memberships: American Academy of Pain Management, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, International Spine Interventional Society, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Escambia County Medical Society, Special Operations Medical Association, Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeons

Susan Griffee, M.D.

  • Medical School: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Internship: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
  • Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellowship Training: Pain Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA., Advanced Spine Interventional, Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, Tyler, TX.
  • Memberships/Societies: Escambia County Medical Society, Spine Intervention Society, Florida Medical Society

Kacey Montgomery, M.D.

  • Medical Degree: University of Florida College of Medicine, 2007
  • Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, Anesthesiology, 2007-2011
  • Fellowship: University of Washington, Pain Medicine, 2011-2012
  • Board-Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, 2011; American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, 2012

Varun Rimmalapudi, M.D.

  • Medical School: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), N.T.R University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  • Residency: Anesthesiology, University of Florida, Jacksonville
  • Fellowships: ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; Advanced Spine Interventional fellowship at the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler, TX
  • Professional Society Memberships: American Society of Anesthesiologists; Florida Society of Anesthesiologists; American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; Spine Intervention Society; International Association for Study of Pain; Indian Medical Council; Andhra Pradesh Medical Council

Jason Capra, M.D.

  • Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 2006
  • Internship: Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, Internal Medicine, 2007
  • Residency: San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, Texas, Anesthesiology (Chief Resident) 2010
  • Fellowship/Subspecialty: Stanford University, Pain Management, 2011, Desert Institute For Spine Care, Phoenix, AZ, 2014
  • Board Certified: American Board of Anesthesiology, 2011 American Board of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, 2013

LOCATION & HOURS

The Clearway Surgical Center is located in Pensacola, Florida, and is open Monday through Friday from 7am until 5pm, except for the second Friday of each month, when the facility closes at 12 noon.

5102 N. Davis Hwy.
Pensacola, FL 32503

(t): 850-549-4960

ESTABLISHED CLEARWAY PATIENTS

Clearway offers a number of online tools to support our patient-focused mission to make your recovery as fast and pain-free as possible. Check out our patient resources page with access to the patient portal. There you can find information on preparing for your procedure as well as self-serve tools, online forms, patient forms and more.

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Financial Assistance Policy

Our goal is to ensure all patients can receive quality and timely access to care. In order to provide better service to our patients we offer a variety of financial assistance options to best suite your individual needs. Please contact our dedicated Financial Counselor at (850) 484-4080 ext 3035 for questions or inquiries regarding our financial assistance options available.

Application Process
Patients interested in financial assistance can reach out to the Financial Counselor for application processing.

  • Payment Plans
    Patients unable to pay the amount due at time of service or patients with large deductibles are
    encouraged to contact the Financial Counselor to set-up a payment plan.
  • Discounts
    Uninsured patients may be eligible to receive a discount for services. For more information,
    contact the Financial Counselor. Patients with insurance may be eligible for prompt pay
    discounts in compliance with their carrier regulations.
  • Charity Cases
    Charity case patients are encouraged to contact the Financial Counselor to apply.

Financial Information

Disclosure: Plans and network acceptances may vary. The carrier websites include a cost estimator to allow for a personalized procedure cost estimate based on your specific insurance plan. Please request the procedure codes by contacting the facility or ask for a procedure cost estimate. We strongly encourage patients to contact their health insurer for more information on the total cost after adjustments, deductions and copayments. Providers may or may not participate with the same health insurers or health maintenance organizations as the clinical practice which can cause some facility visits to be “out-of-network”. Patients with services rendered at Clearway Surgery Center will obtain a bill directly from the Clearway Surgery Center for facility fees and from Clearway Pain Solutions Institute for physician fees.

To confirm which carrier or specific plans your provider is in network with, please contact us at:

Clearway Surgery Center
PO Box 11637
Pensacola, FL, 32504
(850) 484-4080

Background
Medicare initiated the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) that ensures facilities enter payment arrangements that include financial and performance outcomes for episodes of care. These outcomes lead to higher quality and lower cost to Medicare. Previously Medicare would make separate payments to providers for each service provided during a single course of treatment leading to fragmented care and outcomes (CMS, 2016). Patients have the right to price transparency and what is included in bundled services or a single fee that accounts for several components to care.

Beneficiary Choice
Patients can always choose which providers or facilities to obtain care through regardless of participating status with BPCI initiatives. Patients will retain their full Medicare benefits regardless. The redesign is to improve quality of care while lowering the cost of care to Medicare.

Bundled Payment Process
Patients who private pay for services may benefit from bundled payments as it allows for more timely allowance to prepare financially for services. Private pay patients can expect a $399 facility fee that includes imaging, medication and supplies during the procedure in addition to the separate procedure fee. Patients have the choice of what facility they would like to receive treatment from.

CMS (2016). Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCI). Retrieved July 1, 2018 from https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-04-18.html

Patients are encouraged to compare pricing for procedures through Florida Health Price Finder.

Patients are expected to pay at time of service Patients will be provided with billing statement 7 business days after discharge. Patients should be reminded that they will receive two billing statements for services; one from the facility and one from the physician. Patients will also receive an Explanation of Benefits from their insurance carrier outlining charges. This is not a bill from the facility or physician. Patients will receive three billing statements and a collection letter if no payment or payment plan have been made. Please reach out to your Patient Billing Liaison with any questions pertaining to your statement to avoid going to collections.

Cost Sharing patients should contact their insurer or health maintenance organization regarding the cost-sharing responsibilities.

Questions about your bill can be directed to the Patient Billing Liaison at (850) 439-5444.

Disclosures

Services may be provided in this health care facility by the facility as well as other health care providers who may separately bill the patient and who may or may not participate with the same health insurers or health maintenance organization as the facility.

Patients and prospective patients may request from the facility and other health care providers a more personalized good faith estimate of charges and other information. Patients and prospective patients should contact each health care practitioner who will provide services in the ASC to determine the health insurers and health maintenance organizations with which the health care practitioner participates as a network provider or preferred provider. Patients may pay less for a procedure or service at another facility that the provider is credentialed with.

Patients are required to have a responsible driver over the age of 18 years old with a valid driver’s license accompany the patient to the procedure and remain at the facility during the procedure until discharge.  Patients should not bring any children to the facility.

Providers providing services at the Clearway Surgery Centers do not have direct financial interest in the facility.

Patients are encouraged to review the quality measure outcomes and statistics in relation to our facility and other facilities through Medicare Hospital Compare and Florida Health Finder (AHCA)